Friends of MSS
Mandy Beaumont is an internationally published poet and artist. She has won numerous awards for her work and has lots of books, zines, art and public space wordy goodness out there. This year she is being published in The Best Australian Poems 2009.
Joanna Coltman likes to write about little things and has a blossoming love affair with zines, artist books and other paper things.
Over the past twenty years, Brisbane-based designer, KT Doyle, has travelled widely researching textile and decorative arts collections in Australia and Europe, along with the notion of the contemporary nomad. The basis for her work is conceptual, evolving the physical execution of ‘the idea’ in the most appropriate media including installation, the ready-made object, digital media and textiles. Besides developing new products for her innovative range of sustainable textiles, wallpaper and unique prints, KT offers a Bespoke Design Service to clients. “My design philosophy is to create work that tells a story with integrity, emotional value and design awareness.” (photography courtesy of Adam Smith).
Megan is a glass and books artist among other things, who established Hand Held Gallery in the centre of Melbourne in August 2008. It’s a tiny gallery space with a focus on the hand held object including jewellery, miniature sculpture, glass, book and paper arts, textiles and small scale installations as solo or small group exhibitions or on consignment in the gallery shop.
By day Susan works as an Event Manager organising conferences, trade shows and special events. At night and on weekends she is the owner/designer of the Feel Felt Found brand about to launch its first product – a modern, colourful, eco-friendly magnetic knife block unlike anything else in the market place. Susan also dabbles in hand made 100% wool felt and will also be producing a range of modern eco-furnishings for home and body using felt and designer fabrics.
Georgina Lewis states – “I think I wanted to be a designer before I knew what a designer was. I never “played” with my toys but arranged them in pleasing displays, colour coded and organised according to size and shape.” Georgi’s strength as a designer is her communication and problem solving skills and she now practices as a product designer. After studying a bachelor of design studies at Queensland College of Art Griffith University, Georgi has worked in varied roles, in street furniture and computer games packaging as well as exhibition design. Her current role is lead Designer for Argent Australia involving the design of furniture for wholesale distribution through bathroom retailers. In her spare time Georgi designs small home wares, stationary and fabric and produce them through varied means. She enjoys designing things that make people smile – it relaxes her!
Catherine Lowe is a professional photographer, operating two business’s Celebrations Studios – for all personal, wedding & corporate portraits, and Gold Coast Real Estate Photography. She is flexible, and easy to work with. Take a look at her online blog which features images from her shoots, along with personal updates on family, and discoveries.
Ashley is a Brisbane based Graphic Designer and Photographer, specialising in strategic branding and film photography. Ashley is the designer behind the Myrtle Street Studio brand, and the photographer behind much of the shots featured here on our website and blog. She continues to develop the Studio’s visual style as construction nears completion, and can often be found here with vintage camera in hand. Ashley’s passions lie in design with purpose and brand management for creative businesses. Her personal photography work can be found under the name One Blue Wren, which now has an online shop featuring limited edition prints from various film and polaroid mediums.
Eleni Papadatos was introduced to the idea of becoming a graphic design whilst working for a web-hosting company in Athens, Greece. She finds designing both creative and strategic and enjoys the combination of these challenges. She is keen to combine her illustration and photography hobbies with her graphic design career. Eleni is an avid traveller and enjoys outdoor adventure sports. She would like to trek Nepal and climb Mt Kilimanjaro, however she must conquer her fear of heights first.
For the past 6 years David Perkins has been a co-owner of Queensland Media Group (QMG), a brissy based Web and Multimedia company. David is a web guy with a special interest in interactive media such as Flash websites & applications, Flash games and online advertising.
Pia Robinson is an emerging artist who is equally passionate about working in the Visual Arts Industry. She recently graduated from Queensland College of Art majoring in Gold and Silversmithing, since then she has started a Graduate Diploma in Arts Management at Queensland University of Technology and has completed Marketing the visual Arts at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London. Her previous employment is diverse as Membership Officer at Artworkers Alliance, Production Design Assistant on an Australian Film, Volunteer Tour Guide and Activity Supervisor at the Queensland Art Gallery, Archivist at Fire-works Gallery and Art teachers’ Aide.
Thea Samios owns and operates a boutique screen-printing studio in Brisbane. Original designs are hand-printed on organic and natural fabrics. Thea’s designs are inspired by living in Queensland, the sunshine state. It could be the architectural detail of a house or the marine life of our fresh-water lakes or sea.
Rebecca Thompson is the Managing Director of Elevation. She specialises in executive coaching, personal clarity and direction, team dynamics consulting, elite sports personal coaching, depression/anxiety and stress management, employee productivity/well-being and balance, personal coaching, teen issues and management coaching.
Michelle Vandermeer is a Sydney-based designer whose work encompasses graphic design, photography, art, product design, book design/binding, and urban games/events. After completing two degrees (Architecture; Graphic Design) she now manages her own freelance design practice, and has created a range of handmade products and stationery under the brand Shelbyville, an off-spin of her blog of 5 years. Shelbyville now incorporates several online retail stores, a designer/maker market venture, and a variety of Shelbyville products are stocked in retail stores around Australia.
Alarna Zinn designs, makes and sells all sorts of stationery, textile and papery goodness at her shop, Little Jane St. As many creative ventures do, Little Jane St sprang from a novel idea: to revive our greeting culture and defy the mushrooming e-card inclination with an inspired line of stationery items. The Little Jane St boutique stationery collection currently includes hand collaged limited edition greeting cards and gift enclosures, gift tag sets, paper decorations, limited edition prints, signature wrap, personalised gift trinkets, ribbon, paper decoration and other stationery tidbits. All products are delivered to her lovely customers in organic hand-stitched cotton carry bags tied up with string, allowing you to take a little piece of that gift giving thrill for yourself! (photography courtesy of Ashley Oostdyck).
E J Zyla formulates thought-scapes that create characters that inspire stories. The characters go about marking the imagination with new perspective. The stories are a fragile mapping of the past and future for the now. They then become the inspiration for which to paint/draw them into existence visually. Becoming more than an idea, they serve as a translator. They are sent on their way to travel thru the thought-scapes, lands and valleys of E J s’ mind. They report back, telling all that is happening and E J documents this information with Paintbrush, pens, paper and pencils.