Sarah Bellisario is a freelance and published illustrator, art teacher, academic researcher, creatrix and compulsive children’s book collector.
Sarah’s illustration work uses a love of fine line, pattern and detail set off with bright colours and splashes of ink. She also explores ideas through ceramics, textiles and printmaking taking inspiration from her cultural heritage, travels and the esoteric. She is a lover of liminal spaces, flow states and magical consciousness; and themes such as mediumship, votives, witchcraft & cunning folk, folklore, healing and goddesses are often found in her work. Obsessive research, her personal esoteric practice and healing journeys are at the crux of all her making. Wherever possible she charges her art using elementals, and combines materials such as rust, nails, crystals, herbs, ashes, river water and written spells and intentions into her work, imbuing her artwork with layers of meaning and symbolism. In her studio she is a hoarder of objects and scrappy travel journals, collector of graphic novels and reader of many books.
Sarah creates both hand drawn and digital illustration and past work includes large scale murals, web apps, stationery, wallpaper, wall stickers, fashion textiles, magazine illustration, logos and children’s books. She works with clients both in the UK and internationally.
Clients include: Dove, NHS, Clementine App, Mutha Hood, CMC playground (UK) + Folk Made, Hello Kitty, KOKKA, Slinky Touch, Haneda Airport, Hankyu Umeda Dept Store (Japan)
Doctoral ‘Fine Art’ research student at UH, researching –
The Art of Healing – symbolic objects and transformational making: Making, creating and assembling in spiritual, creative and magical healing practice.
Sarah’s research explores how symbolic objects are understood and used in magical, spiritual and faith healing practices. It asks how contemporary British practitioners are reimagining and reinterpreting healing and ritual through syncretic assemblages and intercultural processes, as well as exploring the materiality and potency of the objects and artifacts used in these practices and the part they play in transformation and healing through symbolic engagement.
BA(hons) Contemporary media practice – Westminster University
PGCE (FE) – Greenwich University
QTLS (Primary and Secondary Ed) – Institute for learning
MA Children’s book illustration – Cambridge School of Art
Get in touch: Sarah exhibits and sells her work, and loves to produce bespoke work on commission. To contact her about commissions including murals, artwork, spells and talismans or her research please email email@example.com