Sonja Hindrum

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Sonja Hindrum

Lecturer, Object Design
University Connections Program
Art | School of Creative Arts and Media

Inveresk Campus

03 6324 4400 (phone)


Sonja is the Object Design, University Connections Program, Lecture and Unit Coordinator. She is best known for her large textile instillations, costume designs and her work with Bacterial Cellulose.

Sonja is a Launceston based multimedia artist and designer who over the years has developed site-specific artworks and costumes for various companies. Her commissioned works have included collections of hand-blown glass and stainless-steel wearables for the Regional Arts awards. In the past her textile and small wearable sculptural works have been available from Handmark Gallery and the Design Tasmania Centre.

After achieving her undergraduate degree from RMIT in Fashion Design in the early 90’s Sonja’s work was published in Vogue Australia and other fashion and textile magazines. She then went on to design and make costumes for a number of National and International theatre and dance companies.

Sonja has had a number of solo exhibitions and been part of a large number of group exhibitions nationally and internationally.

Her more recent works have been exploring human connections and working with an Art [Science] focus exploring interdisciplinary approaches to community art [science] engagements. Sonja is currently a PHD student with the School of Creative Arts and Media at UTAS and also works with the School of Architecture & Design (SoDA - UTAS) Her academic research is looking at the materiality of bacterial cellulose with the resulting works generated being a More than Human Orchestra.

The More than Human Orchestra has performed at MONA FOMA, Junction Arts Festival, Ten Days on the Island, the Festival of Bright Ideas and in Pubs. Her future prototypes created with bacterial cellulose have been part of Melbourne Design week.

Professional Bio:

Career summary



Title of Thesis





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Co-creation is being explored through a methodology of care.
As a result, a More Than Human Orchestra (MTHO) has been created.

This practice-based research represents a collaborative, cross-disciplinary material investigation that seeks to discover if co-creation could extend beyond the domination of human-centered collaboration and question if design research could be more aware of interspecies design interactions.

Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania



BCA (Hons)


Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania



BA. Fash


Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology



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Fields of Research

  • Interaction and experience design (330310)

Research Objectives

  • Environmentally sustainable manufacturing activities (240699)
  • Other manufacturing (249999)
  • Environmentally sustainable construction activities (120699)


Total publications


Conference Publication

(3 outputs)
2018Bissember A, Hindrum S, Hornblow M, Kilah N, Power J, et al., 'Growing and bio-fabricating SCOBY: a project developed in an extended cross-disciplinary research team', Proceedings of the 1st Annual Design Research Conference (ADR18), 27-28 September 2018, University of Sydney, pp. 581-595. ISBN 978-0-646-99249-5 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Bissember A; Hornblow M; Kilah N; Power J; Thickett S; Yong A


2018Hindrum S, Hornblow M, Power J, Yong A, 'Biofabrication with SCOBY: material innovation and independent learning in a summer research unit', Teaching Matters 2018, 21 November 2018, University of Tasmania, pp. 39. (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Hornblow M; Power J; Yong A


2018Hornblow M, Power J, Binte Mohd Sham DS, Yip E, Hindrum S, 'Advanced design research and the teaching-research nexus', Teaching Matters 2018, 21 November 2018, University of Tasmania, pp. 39-40. (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Hornblow M; Power J


Major Creative Work

(1 outputs)
2020Hindrum S, 'SCOBY Bear', Future Prototyping Exhibition, Melbourne School of Design (2020) [Other Exhibition]

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