Why I studied … Bachelor of Design (Interior Architecture) at QUT

During COVID, artist S-J Botham went back to study, finding a passion for design and its potential to create social change.

Sarah-Jane (S-J) Botham is an artist and designer who grew up in Canberra and has lived all over the world. She is currently living on Bribie Island in Queensland and is a dedicated advocate of positive change through ethical design. Her design interests span interior architecture, industrial design, design theory and design thinking, all geared towards addressing intricate societal and environmental challenges.

Fascinated by cutting edge sustainable design practices, Botham is interested in biotech alternatives to plastics and eco-friendly solutions that minimise waste. She envisions a future where visionary thinking and environmental consciousness lead a transformative movement in design.

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She was previously a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk