Shanti Sparrow
Graphic Design & Ilustration

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Illustration, Graphic Design, Branding, Web Design, Art Direction, Typography, Poster Design, Women of Graphic Design, Designspiration, Shanti Sparrow.

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Refinery 29 Cool Hangs
I recently got to go and visit the beautiful people at Refinery 29 as part of their "Cool Hangs" series. I talked to their New York design and illustration team about my designs and how teaching has dramatically changed my relationship with design.  


JUNE 2018
Fired Up Lipstick Design
This June I teamed up with the Lipstick Lobby to create the "Fired Up" lipstick. Proceeds from purchases of the lipstick collection will go to the Brady Centre to Prevent Gun Violence—something particularly pertinent in the minds of America’s citizens following several tragic incidents within schools this year. Please support this important cause by purchasing your own lipstick here. 

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MAY 2018
American Web Design Award (GDUSA) Win!
Incredibly proud to announce that I have won an American Web Design Award with GDUSA. The winning entry is for my amazing clients who run Taste of the Upper West Side.


MAY 2018
Juror for Young Guns 16

ADC Young Guns recognises the vanguard of creative professionals 30 years of age and under. Founded in 1996, it has grown to become one of the most coveted awards for young creatives around the globe. For many, being named an ADC Young Gun winner is a sure sign of a skyrocketing career, as well as a source of validation for all of the stressful days and sleepless nights that have come with early successes.The Young Guns 16 jury is an eclectic group of creative professionals from across the globe and many disciplines. Along with past Young Gun winners they are joined by an all-star cast of industry veterans, as skilled as they are curious about the rising talent that is celebrated with every passing year of Young Guns.

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APRIL 2018
Indigo Design Award Winner!
Proud to announce that I have won two Indigo Design Awards Awards. The New York Women's Surf Film Festival won in the category of Branding and Tropic Novella won in the category of Editorial Design. 

Wallace and Gromit Art Auction Statue Collaboration
The APM mall in Hong Kong commissioned myself and 5 other talented artists to create a custom 'Wallace' for a Chinese New Year display. I have loved Wallace and Gromit since I was a kid so I was very excited to create my own pink and yellow cherry blossom version. These 5 foot statues will be auctioned off to raise money for selected charities. 

Chinese Luna New Year Peach Blossom Installation
The World Trade Centre mall in Hong Kong and I collaborated to create the interactive forest of peach Blossoms and fortune birds. Peach blossoms symbolise prosperity while the hundreds of coloured butterflies dancing in the flowers, symbolise the coming of spring. A flock hummingbirds bring luck and wealth to the visitor.  The installations uses innovative technology within an arc-shaped interactive digital screen that acts a a wishing pavillon. The touch sensitive animation plays soft music and reveals good fortune to those who walk though it. 

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Birds in Paradise is a mural installation for the World Trade Centre mall in Hong Kong.
I have been commissioned to design over 100 square metres of wall and floor illustration to enrich the entrance of the mall.  The theme was a bird filled enchanted forest filled with more then 60 different plants, flowers and trees. The butterfly path lead the visitor through the mall to the central atrium. The Birds in Paradise design was also used on a range of supporting collateral including special edition shopping bags, giveaway coffee cups and a free New Years 2018 diary. 


American Graphic Design Award (GDUSA) Winner!
Proud to announce that I have won two 2017 American Graphic Design Awards. The New York Women's Surf Film Festival won in the category of Branding and Tropic Novella won in the category of Editorial Design. Two of my favourite pieces in collaboration with two of the best clients. 

IFC Mall Shanghai "Summer Supreme Animal Kingdom"
This summer the Shanghai IFC Mall and I collaborated to create a "Summer Supreme Animal Kingdom" installation. IFC wished to celebrate a world full of colour and happiness and I was honoured to help them with this request. This joyously colourful sculptural attraction includes 16 life sized pattern rich animals which were all hand painted with elaborate details. The installation will be located in the Shanghai IFC mall from the start August to September 3rd. It has been a dream to see my illustrations come to life but even more rewarding to see people enjoying and interacting with them.


JULY | 2017
Geometric Trend Book Feature 
Geometry not only manifests itself in design but also in clothing, accessories, tattoos, and furniture. This book explores how minimalist lines, shapes and angles can create embellishment, structure and impact. Oh Hey! was featured as an example of this design aesthetics alongside other incredible architectural, industrial design, fashion and body art examples. 

APRIL | 2017
Women in Graphic Design – Book Club Review
I have recently tried my hand as a book reviewer. I took this opportunity to turn the spotlight to a subject that is close to my heart – Women in Graphic Design. ‘Women in Graphic Design 1890-2012’ attempts to answer some of the more complex questions related to women within the design industry. Why is it still the case that so few women speak at conferences? How have previously celebrated female designers gradually been forgotten? Are women today judged solely on their work? Why is there still a wage gap? This is a bilingual book (English and German) which celebrates some of the most significant, contemporary female designers and traces their pioneering paths within design through biographies, essays and interviews – a very worthwhile read. 

APRIL | 2017
The Design Kids Feature
I have collaborated with The Design Kids to release this Featured Creative article. Please enjoy! – "We chat to Illustrator, Designer and Shillington Lecturer (and all-round amazing lady), Shanti Sparrow about everything from the global financial crisis to publishing children’s books. She tells us about her struggle getting into the industry, and how receiving a ‘thanks, but no thanks’ email was considered a good day. We talk about how looking back over her childhood artwork helped define her style, and her totally awesome new mag dedicated to promoting student work called Small Fries (cute!)." 

MARCH | 2017
Sydney Children's Hospital Solo Show – Nesting
Excited to be part of the upcoming summer art exhibitions at the Sydney Children's Hospital. My solo exhibition 'Nesting' has 14 framed artworks up for grabs. Some of the patients from the Children's ward have also contributed to the exhibtion with their very own beautiful Sparrow creation. Join us for the opening on Thursday 2 March 5.30-7.30pm at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick and check out some beautiful art for a good cause. 

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Sydney Children's Hospital Group Exhibition – Concrete Jungle
I am once again honoured to be part of the Sydney Children's Hospital Christmas exhibition entitled ‘Concrete Jungle’. It's a collaboration alongside the incredible Niki McDonald, Scott Marsh, Sha'an d'Anthes, NICO and many more. The exhibition will be on display until 16 February at the hospital and is open to the public between 8.30-6pm. So if you are in Sydney, go grab yourself an awesome piece of art for a fantastic cause!

Project Feature

Harajuku Kira Kira Burger Designs featured in the 36th issue of Gallery Magazine! Omnomnom

OCTOBER | 2016
Shanti Sparrow Hide & Seek – Puzzle Awarded 2016 Kid’s Product of the Year in the Puzzles category by Creative Child magazine
Challenge and inspire young minds with this fanciful floor puzzles! Really big pieces are perfect for tiny hands while modern imagery captures the imaginations of young minds and sparks new excitement for contemporary art. Available Here>

Gallery Magazine – Project Feature

Issue 35 of Gallery Magazine is out and I am proud to have three design projects featured this month.

AUGUST | 2016
Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) Feature
AGDA have published an article about my story and journey in graphic design. It was a pleasure to work with the Author Heath Campbell and I hope my story was helpful to those starting out in the design community. – "Travel and design go hand in hand for Brisbane-based lecturer, designer, and illustrator, Shanti Sparrow."  

AUGUST | 2016
Shanti Sparrow Colorful Creatures – Coloring Book Released
Wise old owl Bill on a moonlit branch, making eyes at his ladylove, Judy. Maggie the koala cuddling with baby Milo amid the eucalyptus. You’ll find twenty-two outlines of Sparrow’s adorable characters in this coloring book. They are shown as small, full-color versions on the inside front and back covers. You might want to copy Sparrow’s colors, patterns, and textures, or you might decide to dream up something new. The last page of this book is blank so that you can draw and color your own picture—perhaps of your favorite pet, or any animals that inspire you. Like Sparrow, you might even name your characters and share each one’s story. Available Here>

AUGUST | 2016
Shanti Sparrow Dazzling Drawings – Sticker Book Released!
In this sticker book you’ll find an elephant named Martha, an owl named Aaliyah, a sea turtle named Byron, and so many, many more loving, happy animals illustrated by Shanti Sparrow. Shanti has hidden pretty patterns within the feathers and stripes and fur—every little bit, down to the panda bear toes. Using watercolor, vector, and collage, she has made her own brightly colored animal kingdom (and don’t forget the fruits!). It’s a place where everything is just a little sunnier. Available Here> 

JUNE | 2016
3×3 Illustration International Professional Show Winner
It has just been publicly announced that I have been selected for two awards in the 3×3 Illustration International Professional Show. A Merit Award in the category of greeting cards and an Honourable Mention in the self promotion category. I am really excited to be included in the 13th printed annual. Huge, warm congratulations to all of the other nominees and winners. It is humbling to be included alongside you!

JUNE | 2016
The Design Kids Industry Chat & Chill
Had a great time meeting so many new designers and other industry folk at the TDK meet and greet event. I represented the world of ‘freelance design’ and I hope my humble advice helped. If you have any further questions or want to connect with me, please find me here on LinkedIn

APRIL | 2016
RAW Artists Brisbane presents  ‘Signature’
A huge thanks to everyone who came out to see me at the Brisbane Raw Exhibition. It was the first time exhibiting in Brisbane for me and I was so incredibly impressed with the other artist and the vibe of the creative community!

APRIL | 2016
RAW Artists Brisbane presents  ‘Signature’

RAW is an independent arts organisation for artists, by artists. They focus on spotlighting independent talent to the public. Six times a year in Brisbane they hand-select and showcase approximately 40 artists in film, fashion, music, visual art, photography, performing art, hair and makeup for a one-night creative explosion! I will be featuring in the ‘Signature’ event on Thursday, 7th April at the Met in Fortitude Valley.  I will be selling art prints in different sizes as well as Blue Island greeting cards. Tickets are just $20, please choose my name as the referrer when you are checking out. It will be a night filled with art and entertainment. I’d love to see you down there!


33 Women doing Amazing Things in Graphic Design
I have just been named number 27 on the article ’33 Women Doing Amazing Things in Graphic Design’. That’s exciting enough however the company I keep on this list is truly humbling. Paula Sher, Jessica Walsh, Debbie Millman, Leta Sobierajski, Jing Zhang among many more are my idols and real design legends. Happy doesn’t even cover it!

JANUARY | 2015
Avant Card Promotion
Keep a look out for the Rave postcard FREEBIE! Distributed through Avant Card they can be found at cafes, pubs, schools, bookshops and public spaces across Australia.

Greeting Card Range
Together with Blue Island Press a large range of Shanti Sparrow greeting cards are now available. These are printed on gorgeous card stock with stunningly rich colour. Available wholesale through Blue Island Press or retail through most bookshops, galleries and giftshops.

Glebe Market Art Stall

This Spring I decided to try something new and set up at Stall at Glebe markets. It was a beautiful Spring day and I had a wonderful time meeting so many of you. It was a pleasure to talk to you all face to face. Thank you for coming down to see me. I will definitely hold more stalls in the near future. I’ll keep you posted on Facebook.

AUGUST | 2015
Sydney Children’s Hospital Art Class

In August I was the guest artist for an art class at the Sydney Children’s Hospital. We all made liitle versions of Luna the owl. I met some wonderful and funny kids and they made some beautiful pieces of art. I thought you might enjoy them too. Have a happy crafter-noon!

AUGUST | 2015
Wonderful shout out from Illustration Friday!
Illustration Friday, an incredible international illustration blog, featured my art as an inspiration post.


AUGUST | 2015
Rummage Magazine Feature Article
Rummage Magazine showcases some of Australia’s raw, emerging, and inspirational creative talents within art, illustration, design, fashion, photography and writing. I have been lucky enough to be featured in issue 2 ‘Industrial Beauty’ in which I created an exclusive piece. It is an incredible production and I am very proud to be apart of it. Go out and grab a copy it’s a fantastic read!

APRIL 2015
RELEASED! | Shanti Sparrow Children’s Books
I have been busily working over the past 6 months on two children’s books. They will be published by Hardie Grant and are to be available to buy in bookstores in April 2015! The first two books are aimed at the 0+ year old range and will focus on colours and shapes. It was an amazing project to work on and I am very proud of the finished results. Keep an eye out at bookstores near you!

Sydney Children’s Hospital Christmas Art Show
If you are in the Sydney area please drop by the new exhibition at the Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick (sponsored by Louis Vuitton Australia). I am honoured to be part of a group exhibition entitled ‘Concrete Jungle’ with some incredible urban artists including Scottie Marsh, Nico, Mulga, Skulk, Rebecca Murphy, LK, Stephanie Elizabeth and Bafcat. The exhibition runs until 31st February 2015. An online catalogue of art that is still available for purchasing is available HERE.

APRIL | 2014
Yen Young Australian Art Awards 2014
I was very excited to get a small mention as an ‘exciting entrant’ in the third annual Yen Young Australian Art Award presented by Gaffa.

MAY | JUNE 2014
Shanti Sparrow ‘Hatched’ Exhibition

Hello beautiful people, recently I held a small solo exhibit at the Central galleries, Level 3, Central 28 Broadway Chippendale. It ran for two weeks from the 27th of May to the 9th of June 2014. There was an exhibition party on the 31st filled with yummy nibbles, champagne and cheer. It was a great success and I thank everyone who came out to support me and make the event very special. 10% of all sales from the exhibition was donated to the Greyhound Rescue and they thank you too!