Creative Women - 2016

5 March 2016, 9:00am-4:30pm

Shona Wilson in conversation with Katherine Roberts, Senior Curator, Manly Art Gallery

Sculptor Shona Wilson makes works that draw our attention to the small, detailed, even microscopic, aspects of our world. Using found, natural materials such as leaves, twigs, rocks, insect wings and bone to construct intricate assemblages, Shona sends a powerful message about beauty and where we find it. For Shona, it’s found in nature and the natural world is her muse. The power of her very personal Instagram ‘One A Day’ series – “One ephemeral artwork a day for one year, rain or shine, tired or inspired, 5 minutes or 50, a daily practice” – spread like wildfire and grew into a series of workshops, an exhibition and a book.

Julie Paterson and Karen McCartney in conversation with Tanya Buchanan, Editor, Belle

In the world of architecture and interiors publishing Karen McCartney’s name is writ large. She made her Australian splash, direct from the UK, as editor of marie claire lifestyle and the launch editor and editor for 10 years of Inside Out. Karen went on to hold the senior position of editorial director at NewsCorp and, more recently, with online retailer Temple & Webster. She is author of two architecture books – Iconic Australian Houses (Murdoch Books) and Superhouse (Penguin), which were translated into successful exhibitions, as well as an interiors tome, Perfect Imperfect (Murdoch Books). Karen also writes an architecture column for Belle.

Julie Paterson sketches her breakfast, the view out the window, dogs. If it’s not a sketchbook and pencil in her hand, it’s fabric and a sewing machine. A walk in the bush near her home and creative studio in the Blue Mountains is fuel for her creative fire. Her career, as textile designer and founder of ClothFabric 20 years ago, is chronicled in her book, Clothbound (Murdoch Books). Think raw, earthy designs reproduced on soft, supple, natural fabrics by hand, the old-fashioned way. Her favourite colour is Old Lady Red.

Harriet Goodall in conversation with Victoria Carey, Editor-in-Chief, Country Style

NSW regional artist Harriet Goodall harvests plant materials from the bush, coastal gardens and beaches and salvages rusted and decaying farm materials for her sculptural woven works. Her aesthetic was profoundly influenced by her country childhood and her creations reference the ephemeral beauty of nature. Harriet’s basket weaving classes are much more than a lesson in how to weave; they are circles where connections are made and stories told. On Instagram, Harriet collects followers from all over the world.

Victoria Alexander in conversation with Carolyn Lockhart, previously Editor, Vogue Entertaining & Travel

Successful careers as a fashion editor for Vogue Australia and Cosmopolitan, art director, stylist and businesswoman (The Film Business, The Russell Hotel and The Bathers' Pavilion) preceded Victoria Alexander’s latest role as photographer and author. Since completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons.), Victoria has had three photographic-inspired books published. The books – One, Colour, and Real (all by Murdoch Books) – explore ways of living a more balanced life and being authentic. In her spare time, Victoria is a children's guide at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Liane Rossler in conversation with Jess Scully , director Vivid Ideas and a TEDxSydney curator

As co-founder of Dinosaur Designs artist and designer Liane Rossler was, in part, responsible for raising this city’s design consciousness. Today, she’s at the coalface again, promoting sustainable design products and solutions with her collaborative project Supercyclers, curating art projects; and, in another collaboration called Happy Talk, bringing people and ideas together through design projects, workshops and talks. Her current project is superlocalstudio, a space designed for creative thought and practice. Liane contributes to the design community in a range of mentoring, advisory and ambassadorial roles.

Kara Rosenlund in conversation with Barbara Sweeney, journalist and founder of Food & Words

If you ever need someone with a dazzling kilowatt smile guaranteed to light up a room, then Kara Rosenlund is your woman. It’s her secret weapon. And possibly why so many people opened their hearts and homes to her when she travelled around Australia in 2014 to capture, on camera, the way people live. Really live. The evocative images that document her travels appear in Shelter: How Australians Live (Lantern/Penguin). Kara is an Instagram phenomenon with more than 100K followers, an appreciative audience for her prodigious talent and photographic élan.

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