Sunday 15 September
220 Ingles Street, Port Melbourne
Secondary students interested in pursuing a creative career are invited to come and meet current practitioners in the fields of art and design and hear their stories about how they progressed in a creative industry.
Speakers from the fields of fashion design, photography, filmmaking and graphic design will feature.
Snapshot of Featured Presentations
Graphic Design – Leisha Muraki
After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design, Leisha has worked as a designer in Europe, the United States and is currently a freelancer in Melbourne. She previously worked for 1000 £ Bend, an art gallery in the CBD and as a designer for Just Another Agency, a creative representation firm. She has collaborated with the United Nations AIDS Foundation, the National Gallery of Victoria and Mag Nation to name a few. Along with being an AGDA councilor for the state of Victoria, Leisha has helped with Positive Posters and most recently a graphic design conference titled Sex, Drugs and Helvetica.
New Careers in Graphic Design – Gerard Brennan
Learn how new technology in graphic design is shaping career opportunities. Melbourne Graphic Designer Gerard Brennan discusses how relevant print technology based design is and how it still accounts for the majority of design positions but notes the main strong growth area is in FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods). In conjunction with the requirement to understand new technology is a growing interest in “old school activities’ in particular Letterpress printing which has gained wide spread support in England and Europe both in education and as a design tool, there are now quite a few specialist design studios based on letterpress disciplines in Melbourne.
Copyright and the Designer – Jane Brown
Jane is the owner and principal of ChoyBrown, a boutique firm practicing exclusively within intellectual property law. She works closely with membersof the advertising and design industries in the protection of intellectual property. Topics covered include, what copyright is, what can be protected in relation to creative work, who owns copyright and what ownership means in terms of what can be done with the creative work, particularly creative material on the internet.
Milliner – Richard Nylon
Richard is an award winning milliner, who specialises in couture millinery and bridal headpieces. President of the Millinery Association of Australia since 2008, Richard is a highly respected member of the millinery community. He is known for his unique approach, using both traditional and non-traditional millinery methods. Throughout his career, Richard Nylon’s pieces have been featured atop the heads of A-list celebrities including Kate Bosworth,J Alexander, Dame Edna and Jennifer Hawkins.
Fashion Designer in Melbourne – Alexi Freeman
Having launched the ALEXI FREEMAN brand (est. 2006), Freeman’s fierce determination and creative energy combined with his nous for business have created a strong platform from which his brand continues to grow. Significant recent accomplishments include: Selection to represent Melbourne designers at London Fashion Week, Finalist in The Powerhouse Museum International Lace Award, Selection for the Signature Style touring exhibition curated by Craft Victoria, Costume Design commission for The Australian Ballet and numerous exhibited collaborations with jeweller Tessa Blazey. The work of the ALEXI FREEMAN brand has been featured by international cult blogs Style Bubble, Kingdom of Style, Taistoisoisbeau and Fashionising. Freeman has now completed thirteen ready-to-wear collections, selling to clients in Australia and internationally.
So you want to be a Visual Artist? – Michael Peck
Michael is a Melbourne based artist whose artistic practice is concerned with the sensation of disorientation and dislocation that is often felt within the post modern world. Michael has been a finalist in the Dobell Drawing Prize, the Archibald Prize Salon Des Refuse, the Metro 5 Award, the City of Hobart Art Prize and received the National Gallery of Victoria Trustees Award. Michael discusses his journey as a successful artist in Melbourne.
Freelance Photography – My Story – Alexandrena Parker
Alex was told on a regular basis ‘never work with kids or animals’ however this idea baffled her because she actually couldn’t think of anything better! She decided to begin photographing children’s advertising and editorials when she had to pick a particular niche of photography to focus on for her third year folio at university. Alex is currently completing her Grad Dip in Education Middle Years Teaching as well as working as a freelance photographer.
Filmmaking – Tips & Traps – Andrew McKenzie
Andrew has worked in creative industries for over twenty years. He is a writer, a director and a content creator, working in film, television and digital media. Most recently he wrote the original screenplay for Sweetwater which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival starring January Jones, Ed Harris and Jason Issacs. He is currently in post production on a tv series pilot titled Solace. The pathway to making a living being a creative is not an easy journey, to which Andrew can attest. He will discuss the rewarding yet potentially hazardous journey that lies ahead!
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