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Let the SpeedMeet +Folio Review commence. Photography Elliot Fooks.

Let the SpeedMeet + Folio Review commence! Photography Elliot Fooks.

The latest instalment of Tarmac’s SpeedMeet + FolioReview (presented by DIA Queensland Branch Tarmac Student Council) was held at The Queensland Museum and Sciencentre on 30 July 2013.

Using the format of speed dating, but with a whole lot more style and design intent, Industry Professionals sat down with passionate students, reviewed their work and offered advice about landing that all important first job. Students received folio feedback, made some important contacts, and gained insight into the industry.

Students mingle before the event starts.

Students gather before SpeedMeet + FolioReview event starts. Photography Elliot Fooks.

Every five minutes (or so) a bell rang to mark the time for participants to stand up and swap tables (and therefore mentors). This format made for an exciting event with a fast and furious pace, and interesting and to the point discussion.

Folio review and feedback. Photography Elliot Fooks.

Folio review and feedback. Photography Elliot Fooks.

Attending students were from a broad range of creative industries including Interior Design, Architecture, Graphic Design, Illustration and Industrial Design, as well as hybrid and interdisciplinary mixes of all of the above.

Julian Munro (Derlot) talks shop with an avid audience. Photography Elliot Fooks.

Julian Munro (Derlot) talks shop with an avid audience. Photography Elliot Fooks.

The industry professionals, who mentored for the event, included Jason Bird and Benjamin Breitenstein (Luxxbox), David Shaw (Street and Garden), Marc Harrison (Husque), Julian Munro (Derlot), Natalie Wright (Lecturer Interior Design, QUT), Christina Waterson (yes thats me), Beck Davis (Design Department, Griffith Uni), Kasia Jarosz (Jarosz Design), James Luu and Melissa Tooley (PDT), Philip Bugden (One Alliance) and Eddie Maksoud (Edwards Advertising).

Check out upcomingTarmac Events (including Speedmeets and Design Crawls) on the DIA Tarmac Facebook page or get in touch with DIA Tarmac directly and be a part of their next great event!

A SPECIAL THANK YOU to Vanessa Parker (President of the DIA Qld Tarmac Student Council) for inviting me to be a Guest Professional for the event! Gratitude to Elliot Fooks (3rd year Industrial Design student, QUT) for the great photography.

Since March this year I have been contributing to ArchitectureAU. Its an online portal for Architects and Designers to connect with people, the latest projects and critical discourse. To date I have contributed five stories with photographs and illustrations.

APT7 at GOMA – View to Damien Gulkledep’s Pomio People 2011. Photography Christina Waterson.

1. My first was a postcard about APT7 at GOMA.

This story also included a series of collages and illustrations I completed while Studying Architecture at The University of Queensland.

Design Process – This story also included a series of collages and illustrations I completed while Studying Architecture at The University of Queensland. Collage by Christina Waterson.

2. The next was an interview with Queensland Interior Designer Marisha McAuliffe about her groundbreaking research into the Design Process.

The Opposite House Foyer – a luxury hotel in Sanlitan Village, Beijing, designed by Kengo Kuma’s. Photography by Christina Waterson.

3. Then I contributed a Postcard about a great hotel I stayed in while visiting Beijing, called The Opposite House.

Jeweller Phobe Porter at the Opening of her Exhibition entitled Unfold. Photography by James Braund.

Jeweller Phoebe Porter at the opening of her exhibition entitled Unfold. Photography by James Braund.

4. I loved writing the catalogue essay for Jeweller Phoebe Porter on the occasion of her exhibition Unfold held at Craft Victoria. It was great to share this essay called Making Refining Sharing on the Architecture AU website accompanied with beautiful imagery by photographer James Braund.

WOOD: art design architecture - view to Sherrie  Knipe's work

WOOD: art design architecture – view to Sherrie Knipe’s work Boot Lace. Photography by Christina Waterson.

5. And my latest contribution – a review of the exhibition WOOD: art design architecture at JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design, Adelaide.

I have come to really love being creative through writing and photography, as well as meeting the talented practitioners behind the amazing work. It is a pleasure to present their stories through the professional forum of ArchitectureAU.

Follow the links above to my articles posted on the ArchitectureAU website, have a read and let me know what you think!

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design. Founded in Adelaide JamFactory has ensured some of Australia’s most talented craft and design practitioners have realised their full creative potential. On any given day the quality and diversity of practitioners working within JamFactory’s walls are a reflection of its contribution over such a long period of time.

It’s Monday and I decide to visit JamFactory Studios to see who is at work.

Natalie Gock working at her bench within JamFactory’s Metal Design Studio, Adelaide.

Natalie hand sawing copper sheet into test forms.

Natalie’s previous work – Black Cockatoo Neck piece. Image Courtesy of JamFactory.

At the Metal Design Studio, I find Natalie Gock hand sawing copper sheet into fine petal like test forms. She is working on an exhibition piece for Maker/Wearer/Matchmaker – part of Art Month Sydney 2013. The necklace will be made in silver for one of the Directors of Nine Galleries (at 2 Dank St) to wear and be displayed at Studio 20/17 from 26th until the 28th March 2013. Natalie is an Alumna Resident having completed the Associate training programme in 2012.

Nadja Maher working on a new collection in JamFactory’s Metal Design Studio.

Nadja works the prototypes on JamFactory's anvil.

Nadja works her small earring prototypes on JamFactory’s anvil.

Nadja's previous work - Overnight Earrings.

Nadja’s previous work – Overnight Earrings. Image Courtesy of JamFactory.

Jeweller Nadja Maher (a 2nd Year JamFactory Associate) is working on a new collection. Nadja, having cut and annealed her little silver earrings prototypes, is now gently working them on the JamFactory’s prize anvil. The JamFactory structures the Associate’s week by engaging them to work with staff in the making of Studio pieces for wholesale and retail sale and contributing to public program’s via workshops, exhibitions and talks, while also enabling them to work on their personal practice and commissions.

Kate Sutherland making finishing touches to a commission.

Kate Sutherland, is finishing a special commission.

Kate’s bench within Jam Factory’s Metal Design Studio.

Kate's Previous work. Image Courtesy of JamFactory.

Kate’s previous work. Image Courtesy of JamFactory.

Diversity in material and form is encouraged in the Studios. Second year Associate, Kate Sutherland, is finishing a special commission. Kate’s fluid forms draw on the Art Deco and Art Nouveau periods as well as the relationship between metal elements and the human body.

Alice Potter and Christian Hall (the Metal Design Studio’s Project Manager and Creative Director, respectively), are running errands the day I do my rounds. Luckily I sat down with Christian Hall a few days earlier and discussed the history of JamFactory.

“JamFactory is very much like building an aeroplane while it is in flight…you can’t stop the plane, it has to keep going and is always in a state of incremental change…it has been built little by little over time. To start something like JamFactory today would be such a massive undertaking… it would be near impossible.” Christian affirms, “JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design is in a unique position.”

What may have started 40 years ago to support craftspeople and change the manufacturing production industry has evolved into a place that bridges tertiary study and practice. Through the large-scale commissions the JamFactory wins, Associate’s are exposed to different scales of working – often working in teams and combining many of the Studios (Glass, Metal, Furniture and Ceramics) together in one project. Associates and Staff also attend special master classes given by National and International visiting artists-in-residence.

Eddie Ferguson in Studio 3 – sourcing materials.

Window Jug and Tumblers by Andrew Ferguson.

Window Jug and Tumblers by Eddie Ferguson. Image Courtesy of Eddie Ferguson.

Down stairs in Studio 3 is Eddie Ferguson (2nd Year Associate) who spent the day before in the Glass Studio blowing his elegant Window Vase for stockists around Australia. When I call in he is sourcing materials and designing work that embraces the limitations of the glass blowing process.

Jeweller Regine Schwarzer sets a ring with a stone.

Jewellers Regine Schwarzer and Jessamy Pollock are hard at work in Studio 5. With a passion for the rocks and minerals of Australia, Regine is setting a ring with a stone as we speak. She trained in jewellery making and metalwork at the Zeichenakademie Hanau, Germany, moved to Australia in 1993 and has exhibited in countless exhibitions nationally and internationally.

Jessamy Pollock making paper and aluminium tests in Studio 5.

One of Jessamy's previous works.

One of Jessamy’s previous works Fold Brooch in anodized aluminium from her recent exhibition Shrink and Explore – a beautiful collection of wearable and unwearable sculptures.

Jessamy Pollock (Alumna in Residence) invites us to shrink within our imagination and explore her work at an architectural scale”. Jessamy has just embarked on designing a new wearable range of brooches and neck pieces and is in the process of testing her ideas in paper and aluminum. It’s great to see Regine and Jessamy working side by side on their individual work.

The JamFactory’s studio model is unique and sees experienced professional practitioners working alongside Associates in a studio environment. The program equips them with business knowledge, sustainable practice guidelines as well as all of the OHS of the technology they have grown up with. Alumni often stay on and work from rented share studio tenancies. They contribute to the depth of knowledge and strength of the JamFactory programmes.

Andrew Bartlett in Studio 6.

Furniture Designer/Maker – Andrew Bartlett greets me in Studio 6.

Andrew applying finishing coat.

Andrew applying finishing coat to a commission before final assembly.

In Studio 6 is furniture designer/maker Andrew Bartlett (Alumnus) applying finishing coats to a furniture commission. After installing the WOOD: art design architecture exhibition Andrew is content to be in the studio. We discuss his great respect for clients in the commissioning process and the importance of collaboration on such projects as the Penfold’s Ampoule Project. John Quan (Furniture Designer Alumnus) shares Studio 6 with Andrew but is out sourcing electrical supplies for his new lamp design when I visit.

Meeting in the Furniture Studio.

A meeting in session within JamFactory’s Furniture Studio.

Furniture Maker – Daniel Guest having a break from the workshop. Admin is a necessary part of any business.

Next-door a meeting in the Furniture Design Studio headquarters is in session. Furniture Maker Daniel Guest (2nd Year Associate who also assisted on the WOOD: art design architecture install) is quietly working away on a computer. Daniel moved to Adelaide to become a JamFactory Associate and sharpen his skills after completing fine furniture design and construction at the Australian School of Fine Wood in Western Australia. Like Daniel many practitioners are prepared to move cities and live in Adelaide to attend JamFactory.

Associates today differ from those attending the JamFactory 40 years ago. Then the practitioners were generally older with a diverse wealth of life experience and travel under their belt – as well as their own sense of identity and practice. Today’s Associates are more likely to be in that process while completing their JamFactory Associate training programme.

I sit down with Karen Cunningham (Glass Studio Creative Director) as the other glass practitioners including Tom Moore (Production Manager) stop for the day to enjoy frozen cordial and time away from the hot furnaces.

The resources that go into glass making are costly and finite. The Glass Studio’s Program emphasizes training through production while supporting the distinct parts of practice (experimental exhibition work and highly resolved production pieces). It encourages practitioners to think of glass in new ways such as through computer-based technology and sustainable practice.

The practitioners work together to form the Tumbler with tools.

Step by step – the practitioners work together to form the piece.

At times there have been up to 50 independent glass artists who regularly hire the hot glass studio. Making glass objects is a creative pursuit that needs to be undertaken with someone to assist throughout the process.

The glass form goes into the furnace again.

The glass form goes back into the furnace.


Further forming – the process is repeated until the glass tumbler form is perfect.

The process is mesmerizing to watch. I particularly enjoy the movement of the practitioners working together as they glide around each other to transfer the glass back and forth from furnace to forming area. On this day Liam Fleming is completing the Tumbler Exercise with Katie–Ann Houghton assisting, as George Agius prepares coloured glass with Alex Valero.

Glass Studio - Liam Fleming completing the Tumbler Exercise with Katie–Ann Houghton assisting.

View to Glass Studio from the Observation Deck – Liam Fleming completing the Tumbler Exercise with Katie–Ann Houghton assisting.

As I make my way from the Glass Studio to the JamFactory Office I pass members of the public enjoying the glass process from a special observation deck. They have just come from JamFactory Store which stocks the objects made on site. JamFactory successfully connects people to the power and energy of making.

In the JamFactory Office its late afternoon and Claudine Young (Executive Assistant) and Anne Fenech (Administration Assistant) are holding the fort. With the exhibition launch and public programmes for WOOD: art design architecture held the previous week, many staff have gone home a little early today.

I caught up with Brian Parkes CEO, after the WOOD: art design architecture exhibition opening and discussed how he sees his role in the organisation.

“JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design has a strong and meaningful history and an ever-growing community of esteemed Alumni. I see my primary role as spreading the word about JamFactory’s uniqueness, contribution and longevity with a wider audience”.

Brian Parkes sharing.

Brian Parkes opening the WOOD: art design architecture exhibition at JamFactory.

This is apt, because the day I visit, Brian is doing just that – spreading the word at an interstate presentation. I have to agree with Brian – there is no other place in Australia like JamFactory. The diverse practitioners I met working on this one day within JamFactory’s 40-year history are the true testimony to this.

A special exhibition entitled Designing Craft/Crafting Design: 40 Years of JamFactory opens on 19 April 2013 at JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design, Adelaide.

MARMALADE – JamFactory’s annual publication with designer profiles, special features and reviews has just been launched.

For all details including information about JamFactory’s Studios, Associates and Staff, Store and upcoming events visit JamFactory’s Website.

Depot Part of Adelaide Festival 2013

The Depot – part of Adelaide Fringe Festival 2013

On a hot Adelaide Saturday I ventured out to get an ice coffee and check out what was happening in my local area for the Adelaide Fringe Festival. A few blocks from Jam Factory I came across The Depot – located at the old bus depot on Franklin Street. For the Fringe it had been transformed into a shipping container pop up city boasting market stalls, live music, food and late night short film festival.

Market stalls full of all sorts of goodies housed in The Depot’s pop up shipping container city.

I grabbed a seriously good pour over ice coffee from BAR 9’s pop up coffee stop and headed into one of the market sheds to escape the heat.

Phoebe Lamps Discovereed

I spy with my little eye…through the crowd…

In the distance I saw a glowing light and like a moth to a flame I was drawn to this soft glow. Then I realised – hang on it’s PHOEBE… PHOEBE LAMPS!

Phoebe Lamps at DEPOT

…something beginning with “P”… Phoebe Lamps.

Phoebe Lamps are the brainchild of Adelaide based duo Åsa Jonasson (Designer) and Peter Harding (Architect/Designer). A beautiful concept realised in an accessible way – Phoebe Lamps enable you to personalise and change the pattern of light that lights your world. The insert panel means paper, posters, photographs, maps, news-clippings, or fabric can be inserted into the lamp shade.

Asa with Phoebe Lamps

Åsa Jonasson with one of the beautiful Phoebe Lamps.

I met Peter Harding back in 2008 during the Springboard Entrepreneurship Programme and also witnessed Peter and Åsa’s launch of Phoebe Lamps at Small Australian Projects, Brisbane in 2009. So you can imagine my joy on stumbling across their stall at The Depot.

Phoebe Lamp Stall

Phoebe Lamps Stall at The Depot.

Since the 2009 launch Åsa and Peter have further developed the Phoebe Lamp range – adding different sizes; rationalizing packaging to ensure its compactable; stream lining the way the light is mounted within the lamp shade and also establishing relationships with a range of stockists throughout Australia and online.

Passionate Åsa describes the potential of their idea.

They have also expanded their range of select patterns for use in Phoebe Lamps. CONGRATS guys! Check out their philosophy and range online at Phoebe Lamps.

Beautiful Range

Pattern range expanding.

It was so great to run into Åsa, Peter and of course Phoebe. After a long day we all enjoyed a cool beverage together as we watched the Short Film Festival at The Depot.

Short Film Festival at DEPOT

Staying cool, connected and inspired!


On the road.

An unexpected day of joy. THANK YOU Adelaide! I headed home In the cool of the night. On leaving The Depot I met some musicians making a get away with their instruments.

The Depot runs until 17 March 2013 check out full program here.

Yes I know its been some time since I last blogged! In fact its been just over a month. Whats been going on? ALOT…so to bring you up to date here is a summary of my month!

As the Creative Director of I spent quite some time in Melbourne installing the ‘MAKE it’ Precinct for Saturday Indesign 2012.

The Precinct was massive and spanned three blocks in Richmond. On the day it was abuzz with people, conversation and creative sparks.

On-site were special artisans wood turning, rotational moulding and metal spinning alongside the fruits of their labour – beautifully made objects designed by some of Australia’s hottest talent! Check out the ‘MAKE it’ Precinct events and people who made it so very special...

…especially the announcement of the Joint Winners of the Design a Cup Competition; Henry Hidayat and Adele Del Signore along with the Top 10 Competition Entries.

I released a new set of colours within the Tracelet Limited Edition Series. The new set includes Vanilla, Baby Blue and Scarlet colours. This was made possible with support from and PALAMONT- art in manufacturing.

Some lucky visitors who attended the ‘MAKE it ‘Precinct were given these in person and heard the story of Tracelet. Thanks again to Kevin Hopkinson from Ashden Industries for mixing the new colours and making the Tracelets exquisitely.

I gifted one of my sculptural wall works to my local coffee shop Rouge Coffee. I spend quite a lot of time at Rouge enjoying their coffee and and a chat with the friendly staff. The coffee is roasted on site and is delicious. I thought I would share some love and some art with them.

I attended the Annual Presentation of Churchill Medallions Dinner and received my Winston Churchill Medallion. Such a joyous occasion. Great to spend time with this inspirational group of people with amazing interests and diverse backgrounds! I can not believe it is a year since I undertook my Fellowship travels.

I visited Melbourne again to interview the beautiful Phoebe Porter (a Melbourne based Contemporary Jeweller)  and write the catalogue essay for her upcoming exhibition Unfold:  A solo exhibition investigating the bracelet form using cut and folded titanium sheet metal. The exhibition is not far away and launches on 18 October 2012, at Craft Victoria, Melbourne.

I have been working on the creative direction for ‘We Were Here’ the next of’s events happening in Singapore as part of Saturday Indesign, in early October.

I am presently in Shanghai with, enroute to Saturday Indesign 2012 and WAF (World Architecture Festival) Singapore. With the events less than two weeks away I am getting pretty excited!

Its great to be in the present!

Images 2 – 8 and 12 Photographed by James Braund for