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Adam Cascio

Adam Cascio graduated from the Communication Design program at RMIT in 2010, which was completed in part studying abroad at the Zürich University of the Arts. He currently works as a graphic designer based in Melbourne as well as working on freelance commissions in the areas of printed matter, branding and identity, typography, and publication design...

Before commencing studies in design, he spent the first five years following high school working in the financial services industry, which gave him an insight into the corporate sector.

In addition to his professional practice, Adam enjoys experimenting with type and image as a creative outlet from his commercial work. A common theme in his personal work thus far has focused on using the computer as a tool to generate an element of randomness in his graphic experiments.

Ella Leoncio

Ella Leoncio studied Architecture at The University of Melbourne and graduated in 2006. Since then, she has been practicing as an architect, specializing in bespoke, residential design.
She has a keen interest in craftsmanship and detailing. From a very young age, she was interested in making things by hand, exploring materials and understanding how things come together. She has continued these explorations into adulthood, trying everything from knitting, crochet, natural vegetable dying, papercraft, sewing, jewellery making, concrete casting and screenprinting. The explorations are many and varied and largely driven by impulse and curiosity.
Although these smaller projects are not strictly “architecture,” Ella believes that the knowledge gained translates into her main practice. She believes that much can be learnt through the intimate closeness of material and working with our hands.

Ella is also heavily involved in online discussions of design and architecture. She authors her own blog pages from my moleskine, where some of these small projects are recorded. She also writes regularly for the blog, yellowtrace and has contributed to the online resource for female architects, Parlour.

Rafaella McDonald

Rafaella McDonald is a co-founder of forty forty home theatre company and works collaboratively across a wide range of disciplines which include theatre and installation art. The common thread through these different practices is an interest in textures and shapes in architecture, public, private spaces, and more handmade structures and hierarchies within a space. Raf is also interested in feminism and how new ideas are found through intuitive practice. Raf's previous work in the theatre is playful and uses illusions and narrative through design. In 2010 she designed the sell out forty forty home show 'When Will You Be Home?' at the Dog Theatre in 2010, as well as writing and performing in the Next Wave Festival keynote project ‘Sports Club’ and The Last Tuesday Society ‘Comfort Zones’. In 2009 she was Set Designer for ‘If You Lived Here You'd Be Home Now’ as part of the Anode Arts Festival, Production Designer for the Bloomsday Group production at the State Library of Victoria, and completed the Set Design and Construction for ‘Servant of the Revolution’ at the Mechanics Institute Performing Arts Centre. She has previously collaborated with Melbourne groups Spill Collective and I’m Trying to Kiss You. Raf finished her Bachelor of Creative Arts in 2009 with a major in Visual Media. In 2013 Raf is setting up a business, making and expanding her RAF jewellery line and developing a range of t-shirts and leggings with her designs. She is also engaged in ongoing research in improvised materials.

Beci Orpin

Beci Orpin is an artist/designer based in Melbourne, Australia. She is well known for her whimsical, intricate creations and feminine dreamscapes. After graduating from BA textile design at RMIT in 1997, Beci went on to work freelance, designing textiles and graphics for a wide range of clients including Burton Snowboards, Visa, Mercedes Benz, NAB, Isetan (Japan), Gorman and Optus.

In 2001, Beci started women's clothing line Princess Tina, which she ran for 8 years. In that time Princess Tina sold across the globe and earned somewhat of a cult status. Beci also ran kids clothing label Tiny Mammoth. In 2009 Beci launched an accessories/homewares/stationary brand under her own name, which continues today.

Beci also frequently creates and exhibits artwork in many different mediums. She has been involved in over 35 shows in galleries in Australia, UK, Japan, Spain and US. This includes 5 solo shows - "The Infinite Shape of Rainbows" at Lamington Drive in April 2010, "Outside Over There" at Outre gallery in August 2008, "Menagerie" Keith and Lottie (Perth) March 2008, "In the Shadows" at Monster Children Gallery (Sydney) in June 2007 and "Folklore" at X-Girl (New York) in May 2006.

Beci has is also a published author, releasing "Find and Keep" with Hardie Grant / Rizzoli in 2012, and "Compendium of Me" with Erm books in 2011. She is currently working on a second book to accompany "Find and Keep" (due out in 2013), and also a children's book with Penguin.

Beci's work is influenced by many things that change all the time, but re-occuring themes include nature, found objects, nostalgia, folk and domestic art, and the unexpected.

Joel Priestland

Since 2003, Joel Priestland has divided his time between his home in North London where he was born, and his wife's home town of Melbourne.

Joel studied art and design in London and Bristol in the UK before working at some of London and Melbourne's top design and branding agencies including Egelnick and Webb, Saturday-London, Cornwell and Paper Stone Scissors. During this time he created work for brands such as Samsonite, Viktor & Rolf, Swarovski, L'Oreal, Loewe and Henry Holland.

In 2010 he started his own design practice, Studio Worldwide, with Dutch designer Thijs Van Beijsterveldt, working with a broad range of clients including Arts Centre Melbourne, Blockprojects gallery, R.Corporation and Format Furniture. Since it's inception, Studio Worldwide has gained many awards and accolades in its short life-span, and is regarded highly around the world having been showcased in international print and digital publications, and recently having had work requested by the Metropolitan Museum of Art Library in New York.

Outside of his daily work, Joel has created a number of brands and products including the JOL strap foot retention system for use in bike polo and cycling, and in collaboration with his wife, clothing brands Wet & Wendy Weatherwear and Menswear brand Clerk & Teller for the Pentland Group, London.

Joel's most recent projects are based around perfecting his skill creating objects from vegetable tanned leather which he sees as a manual respite to computer based pursuits. He balances this with trying to not make too much noise that might wake his six month old twin girls Dorothy and Pepper.

Stuart Geddes

Stuart Geddes mostly designs books, journals and magazines. He is the director of design studio Chase & Galley, and co-founder/ publisher/ editor/ designer/ printer/ distributor of motorcycle zine Head Full of Snakes. Previously he and some friends made Is Not Magazine, before that he was the art director of Monument magazine, and before that he and some other friends ran design studio Studio Anybody. He has also taught quite a lot at RMIT and Monash Universities, spoken often at events and conferences, had exhibitions, judged awards, and in 2013 co-founded and ran the inaugural Most Beautiful Books—Australia & New Zealand award program.

Bruce Rowe

Bruce Rowe is an architect and designer-maker. He maintains a design practice grounded in architecture, ceramics and painting. His approach is to integrate these areas of inquiry with each informing and enriching the others.

Bruce has a professional background in art and design and studied architecture at the University of Western Australia. He has worked with a number of leading design-focussed practices including Gary Marinko Architects and Graeme Gunn Architects and was co-director of mb-studio.

Bruce joined MAKE architecture in 2010 and founded ceramics studio, Anchor Ceramics in 2012 to produce functional, handmade ceramic products. His practice across disciplines is underpinned by an exploration of light and materiality. Bruce engages with a process driven approach to design; each project stemming from intention, to developing an idea through models and design drawings, to prototyping and testing, to the final work.

Bruce is the recipient of numerous architectural awards, including the RAIA Education Prize and the COX-HBW award. He has been a design studio tutor in architecture at the University of Western Australia and RMIT since 2001.

Melita Tomic

My cultural background is linked to both the east and west. My sisters and I are first generation Australian, born to Croatian and Indonesian parents who emigrated in the mid 1970s.
Both my parents grew up in small remote towns and villages, where doing and making things for yourself and being self-sufficient is the norm. They are both 'good' with their hands, as my dad is a boilermaker by trade and my mother has always been a great seamstress and general crafty homemaker. Our household was an encouraging environment for making, mending and playing. This upbringing has rubbed off more than I think I realise, as I'm often at my most relaxed and happiest when using my hands in some form of creative activity – be it playing an instrument, drawing, sewing, or cooking.
In regard to my professional career development, it wasn't until the end of high school that I considered studying Architecture. There is no history of Architects in our family, but it appealed to me as an ideal profession to develop both creative and technical skills and help shape our built environment.
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture with Honours from the University of Western Australia in 2003, I have worked on a range of Landscape and Architectural projects within Australia, South-East Asia and the United Kingdom. These projects have included a range of boutique resorts, designer hotels, residential projects and education work.

Kylie Ligertwood
Kylie Ligertwood has worked collaboratively and individually on a large variety of interdisciplinary projects since 2004. From large-scale sound installations, sculptural and written pieces to performance, street festivals and a Rock Paper Scissor tournament, Ligertwood’s creative practice is all side-projects. Significantly informed by a childhood of tinkering, exploring and imagining, which led to careers in science and the arts, Ligertwood’s practice is now most significantly realised through the word.

Claire Hatch

Claire is a passionate educator with a visual arts focus. She facilitates people to engage more deeply and creatively with artists and art from across the world. How? Through designing thinking, questioning, talking and art-making programs. Throughout her career she has worked with a diverse range of organisation types on arts projects such as the Department of Premier and Cabinet/Arts Victoria, Department of Culture and the Arts, Arts Centre Melbourne, City of Port Phillip, Next Wave, Billard Leece and RMIT. Claire holds a Master of Arts (Art in Public Space), in which she researched ways to increase the strategic role of artists in the commissioning process, receiving a Vice Chancellors Award for Academic Excellence. She is currently progressing postgraduate studies with the University of Melbourne in the area of art education and is a Myer Foundation, Cranlana Programme alumnus.

Claire Beale

Claire is the current DIA Textile Practice Group Co-ordinator and DIA Vic / Tas Vice President.
In her day job, she is a lecturer in the BA Textile Design program at RMIT University, Melbourne Australia. She has a postgraduate qualification in Tertiary Teaching and Learning from RMIT, an Honours degree in Fine Art from the University of Melbourne and is currently undertaking a PhD by project exploring craftsmanship in the context of process and practice in textile design.

Claire’s experience in the fashion and textile industries includes commercial and bespoke design services, curatorial practice, visual merchandising, marketing, product development and retail operations.

In her spare time, she is the Director of plan b textiles - her designer maker practice incorporating private commissions, bespoke design and creative research projects.

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