Ingrid was born in Sydney to an artistic family and a gypsy life of creativity and travel. At Sydney University involvement in the creative undergrad scene led to designing the Architecture Revue & several plays before graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Architecture) She then spent a year at CCAC in San Francisco majoring in installation and jewellery.
Back in Sydney, Ingrid linked up to the emerging independent theatre scene – designing sets and costumes for early Tamarama Rock Surfers plays at the Old Fitzroy, Belvoir St and the Wharf. This led to work with Tracey Moffatt, assisting on her photoshoots and a couple of years designing and prop making on ABC TV’s Playschool.
A new path as a graphic designer in film and tv productions followed. This involved much research and immersion in period and place: 19th century London for Channel 10’s “The Potato Factory”, the 1940s for the feature “In a Savage Land”, ABC’s “Changi” and US television’s “South Pacific”, culminating in the fascinating early 19th century world of naval warfare and botany in “Master and Commander”.
Next, a period in theatre- this time with the STC, working as costume designer on “Away” in Wharf 2, and David Williamson’s ” Influence” in the Opera House. Working as art director for Roy and HG on ABC TV led to the position of Series Designer on “The Chaser’s War on Everything”. A two year immersive experience designing costumes and sets- from Trojan horses to Elizabethan palaces. Following that came costume designer roles for Rob Carlton (“Chandon Pictures 2”), Andrew Denton (“:30 Seconds”), and Peter Andrikidis (“Blood Brothers”). She was the Costume Designer on the film “The Little Death”.
She has done the art direction and wardrobe for countless television commercials, including the “No, Gary, No” Nicorette ad, the original “Rhonda” ad, the 2014 David Jone Christmas Campaign and most recently for Ancestry.com.
Even in her days as set and costume designer, Ingrid was designing interiors; – a Chinese/Indian inspired Flickerfest Bar at the Bondi Pavilion; the design and construction of “The Monkey Bar”- a retreat for the cast of “Master and Commander” in Mexico and the penthouse of a Falls Creek Ski lodge.
Her work renovating the Old Schoolmaster’s House in a former gold rush town in NSW Central West has been profiled on Design* Sponge and Frankie Magazine’s “Spaces 2” book as well as in her blog of the same name.
In 2015 she has designed the month long pop up bar for “Summer at the House” at the Sydney Opera House. She also designed and ran the pop up “Hillendia” in Hill End. She has designed two private cafes for the Macquarie Group at Number 1 Martin Place. She was the Interior Stylist on “The Yard” for Charter Hall.
In 2016 she designed the creative hub “Charlies” for Australians in Film at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles, which was featured in the Los Angeles Times. Following that she redesigned the foyer/cafe/student area of the Australian Film Television and Radio school.
In recent years Ingrid has trained as a photographer and was chosen by Samsung as one of 32 photographers from 8 cities around the world for their campaign ” Life’s a Photo – Take It”. She has been featured on the Instagram blog in their round up of the weeks best photos. In 2015 she became one of 5 QANTAS ambassadors for the campaign “Feels Like Home”, flying around Australia to photograph and document the activities celebrating 90 years of bringing Australians home as well as giving workshops.
She is active on social media with over 71,000 Instagram followers and 51,000 Pinterest followers. Her piece “5 London Finds” on the Steller Stories app was the most read story the month it debuted.