Sophie Paul (she/her, b. 1998) is a designer and writer based across London and Oxfordshire. Her work triangulates between critical theory, trashiness, and eroticisms, with an interest in feminist materiality. Her MA thesis, Notes Towards a Theory for Iridescence was awarded the 2022 RCA Writing Prize. Her writing is held at Van Gough House, Poor House Reading Rooms and Tate Archive, and has appeared in BOMB Magazine, ARC Magazine, The Pluralist, Fortified Gazette, Deptford Culture Review, and Scrawl. She has written for live voice with Montez Radio, Repeater, Export Radio, and in association with Pitt Rivers, Oxford. She has exhibited at MAC Birmingham, Lunchtime Gallery, and LUCKY as part of Kunstverein München’s interdisciplinary artists residency on the Ammersee. 

Alongside Kaiya Waerea, she is one half of Sticky Fingers Publishing, an intra-dependant publisher based in London, publishing experimental feminist, queer, crip, non-fiction.





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Sophie Paul (she/her, b. 1998) is a designer and writer based across London and Oxfordshire. Working with experimental writing, collaborative publishing and performance, her interests intersect critical theory, trashiness, and eroticisms. She has written for radio and live voice, run writing and zine making workshops and staged interventionist performances at various sites around London, introducing alternative dialogues around the body as sites for interruption and excess.

Her thesis, Notes Towards a Theory for Iridescence uses the qualities of iridescence to propose an affective re-writing of the ways girlhood and iridescence intra-act. This piece was awarded the 2022 RCA Writing Prize.

Alongside Kaiya Waerea, she is one half of Sticky Fingers Publishing, an intra-dependant publisher based in London, publishing experimental feminist, queer, crip, non-fiction.

She is currently a resident at Peripheral Alliances at the Ammersee, a cooperation between Kunstverein München and Euroboden.






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︎︎︎ @theunofficialsoupdragon
︎︎︎ RCA2022

Education

2020-22
– MA Writing, Royal College of Art, Pass without Corrections
2017–20
– BA Design, Goldsmiths University of London, 1st Class Hons
2016–17
– Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Banbury College
2014–16
– Chenderit Sixth Form, A levels: English Lit. (A*), Fine Art (A), History (B)


Professional Experience

2022- present
– Abigail Nocon, Access Support
    Support Worker for creative studio founder and writer with development and running the studio. Responsibilities include: copywriting & transcribing; concepting; support with task management; research and support with grants; support with emails & communication.

2022
– Europa, Access Consultant
    Access consultancy for Europa design studio, for the visual identity of RCA2022. This role involved advocating with and on behalf of the RCA’s disabled, neurodivergent, and D/deaf student body; putting together a tiered campaign approach for RCA2022 with an understanding of the social model of disability, across online and physical spaces.

2019- present
– Sticky Fingers Publishing, Co-Founder & Editor
    Sticky Fingers Publishing is an intra-dependant feminist press based in London, which I run alongside Kaiya Waerea. We are a feminist, queer, disabled led publishers producing work at the intersection of design, academia, art, visual culture and performance. We share all tasks including: writing; editing; designing; production; admin.
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2022
Literally-no-pleasure, Matthew Richardson at Lucky München, graphic designer
2021–22
– Bookseller, Waterstones
2021
– ARC Magazine: Proxyerotics, Art Direction
2021
Wiped, Export Radio, 2019 – Graphic Designer Hey, Look, Something Is Happening, Goldsmiths BA Design Degree Show, Editorial & Events Commitee
2019
– Oxford Green Print, Studio Assistant
2019
– Something and Son, Studio Assistant
2019
– Warner Records UK, Art Direction Assistant
2019
– Print Club London, Exhibitions Intern
2019
Tomorrow’s Great Pageant, Post Workers Theatre, Co-Author
2018–19
– DIY Space for London Print Collective, Facilitator


Residencies & Awards

2022
– Lewisham Arthouse Graduate Award, shortlisted (as Sticky Fingers Publishing)
2022
– Peripheral Alliances Residency at the Ammersee with Kunstverein München
2022
– RCA MA Writing Prize: Notes Towards a Definition for Iridescence
2021
– Another Gaze Critics Workshop, Open City Documentary Film Festival
2021
– How To Begin, Louise Olwin (online)


Talks & Workshops

2022 
– It Will All End in Tears: Writing Rage with Sticky Fingers Publishing, Figs in Wigs Calm Down Dear: Camden People’s Theatre
2022
 – Camberwell UAL, MA Graphic Visual Communication, visiting practitioner talk with Sticky Fingers Publishing
2021
 – Work is a Verb: Zine making workshop with Sticky Fingers Publishing, ‘Bodies of Work,’ We Are Superfluous
2020
Postmodern Rom-Com, Re-writing workshops, online
2019
 – The Anti-Tour, developed with The Natural History Museum


Selected Writing

2023
Jumbo’s Last Stand, Sticky Fingers Publishing, forthcoming
2023 
– Moments of Clarity, Kunstverein München, forthcoming
2022
No Place For Our Quick Stuff, Passe Avant, forthcoming
2022
 – Symbio.Scenes: Michelle O’Higgins and Alex Scobie at Cafe Babette, Deptford Culture Review
2022 – Food Diary, Fortified Gazette
2022
 – My Mother Mitochondrion, Wild Stone: a journal with RCA Sculpture Students and Poor House Reading Rooms. Held in private and public collections including Poor House Reading Rooms, Van Gough House London, and Tate Archive
2021
 – BODYMOVIEMACHINE, ARC Magazine: Proxyerotics
2021
 – BOMB Retrospective: Cookie Mueller Revisited by Sticky Fingers Publishing, BOMB Magazine
2021
 – Night Slugs, The Pluralist
2020
Treatise on Mould, ‘Ending, Stopping, Closing,’ Scrawl Society
2020
Script for a Postmodern Rom-Com, FDBNHLLLTTFGROUNDLESSNESS

Exhibitions

2022
– Peripheral Alliances, group show at Lucky (München)
2022
– Moments of Clarity, solo show at Lucky
2022
– I’M BORED OF READING I WANT REVENGE, Sticky Fingers Publishing, Lunchtime Gallery (Glasgow)
2019
– Great Unrecorded History | Art Show, University of Birmingham Gender and Sexuality Liberation Associations, MAC Birmingham


Selected Sound

2022
– present – Sticky Fingers In Your Ears, periodical slot with Repeater Radio
2021
Just Speak Nearby, featured partnership with Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford
2020
– Scrawl Sound, ‘Ending, Stopping Closing’ Extract from Treatise on Mould, Export Radio


Selected Publishing with Sticky Fingers

2023
A Masturbatory Reader, foreword by Emily Pope, forthcoming
2022
– Pagemasters Print Fair
2022
– Miss Read Berlin Art Book Fair
2022
Memoirs of a Child Plot Hole: How to Escape Yourself Without Even Trying, by Evelyn Wh-ell
2022
Notes on Intra-Dependant Publishing
2022
– Montez Press x Babeworld, Interjection Calendar 7 launch & performance night
2020- present
Sticky Fingers In Your Letterbox, Monthy Mail-out
2020- present
Dead Lovers, (Various authors) 
2019- present
Artist Self Publishing (ASP) Fair 5-7
2019- present
FDBNHLLLTTFPublications (Various authors)


Research

feminist new materialism, poststructural feminism, pedagogy, pop culture, philosophy, embodiment, materiality, texture, eroticisms, trashiness, access, publishing histories, queer phenomenology, slits & wounds, futurity

Creative Interests

creative non-fiction, short story, cultural criticism, review, zine making, self publishing, image making, distro, radio, live voice, performance

Skills

publication design & layout, risograph printing, graphic design, copywriting, editing, reviewing, workshop facilitation, consultancy, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, Zoom

References available on request