Behind the Scenes with Sophie from Scoops Design

A unique feature of the independent design community is the opportunity to learn about the people behind the products. This knowledge adds character, context, spirit and creativity to the products that adorn your living space or your wardrobe. Today I’d like to introduce Sophie Cooper from Sydney label Scoops Design who shares some insight into her design background and creative mind…

Scoops Design

Scoops Design is…

I started Scoops Design in 2005, when I was working as the Network Art Director for Channel 7. I found I needed a creative outlet outside my work and wanted to make something with my hands, not on the computer. Initially I made brooches from perspex as gifts for friends and then started sewing and making t-shirts and baby clothes.

In 2007, I was approached by a number of boutiques after being featured in magazines and having a stall at the Powerhouse Museum, Young Blood Designer markets. The National Gallery of Victoria also got in touch to design a series of brooches as exclusive ranges for exhibitions such as Art Deco, Salvador Dali and Rupert Bunny.

Towards the end of 2010, the business had grown so much that I decided to take the plunge, leave Channel 7 and work on Scoops Design full time. During the last two years Scoops has changed direction and focussed more on baby products rather than jewellery, although I still make and design both!

Scoops Design Handmade Cushions

In my collection you will find…

I currently make laser cut mirrors, hair clips, brooches, cushions, greeting cards and artwork. These are all designed and made in my Surry Hills workshop!

My artistic/ educational background is…

After a year of Commerce at UNSW (yes what was I thinking!) when I left school, I switched to Visual Communication at UTS and graduated with first class honours. I started working for Foxtel in my third year and ended up staying for 5 years! I never really thought I would end up in broadcast design/motion graphics, but I loved it.

I initially designed graphics for Nickelodeon and created little idents using plasticine and hand drawn animation. I then went on to work for a post-production house for a few years and then was a partner in a business called Fifty3 Creative. We designed graphics packages for TV channels and shows for Australia, UK and the US. In 2004, I was approached by a recruiter to work for Channel 7 heading up a new department designing graphics for on air promotions. I accepted the job and closed my half of the business and worked for 7 up until the end of 2010. By that time, I had reached as high as I could go as a graphic designer in television and felt I had designed everything I possibly could for a TV network! Although it was an amazing job, it didn’t satisfy me creatively, so as Scoops Design grew, I knew I had follow my dream and make it my full time job.

Scoops Design Handmade Brooches

When I look around my workspace I see…

Organised mess! The lovely Frances is working for me today helping to get my greeting cards in order. I also see loads of design books, scraps of perspex and a list of things I need to do!

My design style is influenced by…

My favourite designers are Dick Bruna and Jan Pienkowski. I grew up reading Miffy and Meg and Mog and I still love the simple, colourful yet beautiful style of their illustrations. I really love bright colours and geometric shapes and I try to carry this through in all my products. I also grew up with Marimekko fabric on the walls and lots of patterned clothing, which I think has really influenced my sense of colour.

Scoops Design Handmade Greeting Cards

My idea of complete happiness is…

Doing what I love each day! When I’m busy packing orders or laser cutting late at night, I forget that I am so lucky to be able to design and sell products that people enjoy and love.

My biggest weakness is…

Cheese – I love it! As a teenager, I worked in Woolworths in the deli section and cut up cheese and ever since I haven’t been able to leave it alone. I think my mother might be to blame as well.

The first handmade product that I made for my store was…

A silver mirror bird brooch. It’s still one of my most popular items.

Scoops Design Handmade Brooches, Mirrors, Cushions, Decor

The next handmade item I plan to make is…

A new range of mirrors, cards and cushions. The best part of my job is coming up with new product designs and making them! I usually test them on a group of friends and their kids and do samples before going into production.

If I were a cartoon character I would be…

Buttercup from the Powerpuff girls! No reason other than I love the style of animation. Or maybe Astroboy’s sister… I used to have that haircut.

If I could go back and give one piece of advice to my teenage self it would be…

Be compassionate to yourself and trust your instincts.

Scoops Design Handmade Cards, Decor, Mirrors

Visit Scoops Design to view the full collection or purchase some goodies, or visit Sophie on Facebook for all the latest releases.


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