Franki Sparke is currently working on a range of print, book and comic related projects. Her artwork is characterised by the use of simple hand-cut printmaking techniques such as woodblocks, stamps and stencils, and frequently includes multiple and repeat images, text and pictographic elements.
Franki’s illustrations have won awards both locally and internationally. In 2006 she won the M16 Drawing Prize and an Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) Distinction Award for Illustration. In 2008 she received First Prize in the 14th International Competition of Illustration held by the Teatrio Cultural Association of Venice – the first Australian to have received this award – and was also a finalist in the associated 7th International Competition of the Illustrated Book.
Franki’s work has been selected and exhibited in Italy on numerous occasions, including twice at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair International Illustrators Exhibition (2007, 2010) and twice at the Museo Diocesano di Padova in the I Colori del Sacro International Exhibit of Illustration (Aria 2012, Il Viaggio 2014).
In 2013, Franki spent 3 months by the Danube as the Bridgeguard Artist-in-Residence in Štúrovo, Slovakia, developing a stencilled picture book without text.
She is also an active printmaker – a member of Megalo Print Studio and dedicated to the print medium in all its forms, and the simplicity and honesty of relief printing in particular.
She is available as a freelance illustrator and welcomes enquiries.