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    Join the CWC blogging team


    For the last few years, we’ve been fortunate to have had a wonderful array of talented, creative ladies on our team as blog columnists. Writers, designers, organisation enthusiasts, professional bloggers, social media experts… The one common thread amongst our columnists – past and present – is their passion for sharing what they know with the wider creative community and their desire to meet lots of inspiring women and creative minds in the process. Their contributions have made the CWC website what it is – a rich and robust source of information and information for women in creative businesses. I can’t thank them enough for the expertise they have shared and the time and thought they put in to their posts.

    As we head into the second half of the year, we’re on the lookout for a couple of new voices to add to the current blog contributor team, specifically to head up our ‘How to’ and ‘Studio Visit’ columns.

    If you’d like to join our team and reach out to our community as a blog columnist, email Tess with a introductory email and links to your own blog/social media for more information and to start the conversation.

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    Conversations with Creative Women: Volume Two – a big thank you…

    What a weekend! Conversations with Creative Women: Volume Two was officially launched, and good fun was had by all.


    The Launch!

    We raised $500 for Seven Women via our mammoth raffle, and our taste buds were tantalised thanks to our generous sponsors Ben Haines Wine, Two Birds Brewing and Sweet Valentyne.


    Big thanks to our sponsors Good Grace and Humour for their beautiful floral display – it really made the space at Albert St Studios come alive! And extra high fives to my helpers on the night – Martina Gemmola, Caroline Kennon, Liz Ickiewicz, Sarah Chapman, Sean Box and Amy Vuleta.


    So now, with the book officially ‘launched’, where can you find it? Well, apart from purchasing online, the following retailers have copies for sale in their lovely stores:


    Shelley Panton
    440 Malvern Road,
    Prahran VIC
    (03) 9533 9003

    Pieces of Eight Gallery / Edition X
    28 Russell Place
    Melbourne VIC
    (03) 9663 3641

    31 Flinders Lane
    Melbourne VIC
    03 9650 7775


    Aspects of Kings Park
    Fraser Avenue
    West Perth WA
    (08) 9480 3900


    380 Cleveland Street
    Surry Hills NSW
    02 8068 2813


    19 Browning St
    West End, Brisbane Qld
    (07) 3255 3589


    Booked at North Adelaide
    North Adelaide Shopping Village
    81 O’Connell Street
    North Adelaide SA
    phone: 08 8361 9866

    So pop in store and pick up one for your special creative lady friend for Christmas :)

    Pre-orders posted

    Thanks again to everyone who pre-ordered a copy of the book… if you’re based in Australia you should have received your copy by now, and if you’re international it has been posted and is on its way.

    eBook now available


    One last thing… if you’re so inclined you can also get Volume Two as an eBook for your iPad, Kindle or as a PDF. Save a tree, save storage space, save money! Ebooks are only available via our online store.

    Posted by: Tess McCabe
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    Behind the scenes of our promo photoshoot

    Well, it’s done. The book is off to the printer. Now, we wait!

    I thought today I’d share some behind-the-scenes images from the photo shoot Martina and I did in August for the book’s promotional imagery.

    It was such a fun, yet challenging, shoot. After dreaming up the idea for the images and putting together some rudimentary Photoshop mock-ups, I approached Brunswick floral designers Cecilia Fox to supply the lovely blooms. I trusted Melanie at Cecilia Fox to choose a range of beautiful flowers and blossoms (16 in total, one to represent each of the book’s interviewees!) but of course we wouldn’t know until the morning of the photo shoot what exactly would be delivered!


    In addition, what you may or may not have realised, is that we didn’t actually have a copy of the printed book to photograph! Instead I had a blank book made up, and the cover design was digitally inserted in Photoshop after the fact. So while the idea was fully formed (and looked great) in my head, and the shoot was meticulously planned, there was still an element of doubt as to whether the images would come off as hoped.


    The photo shoot location was the gorgeous Lightdrop Studios in Kensington’s Young Husband building. Melanie, of course, came through with some fantastic options, fresh from the flower market that morning. And while Martina got to work setting up all the professional photography gear needed to get the lighting just right, I started preparing and styling the blank book and the flowers.





    Again, the inside spreads of the book were also shot blank and inserted after the fact.


    I’m pleased to say that the final photos – retouched slightly and with the book graphics added in – looked better than I could have ever imagined… AND my usual spring-flower hayfever stayed in check ;)




    Thanks Martina & Melanie for your help!

    All photos above (except for the first one) by Martina Gemmola.. Poster design by me.

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    You’re invited to our next event!

    The last of our speaker events for 2013 has been almost a year in planning, and we can finally announce it. It features a guest speaker you have probably heard quite a bit about this year on the creative business grapevine: Clare Bowditch!

    Clare is a multi-passionate creative woman: award-winning musician, writer, creative-business coach, social commentator and actor. She has performed in front of hundreds of thousands of people over her career and is a passionate supporter of artists and creatives bringing their ideas to the marketplace. To this end, this year she launched Big Hearted Business - a platform to teach creative people about business and business people about creativity – the success of which has astounded her.

    You can learn a bit about Big Hearted Business at their website, or via this little story from ABC TV a few weeks ago (also featuring CWC Full Member and letterer extraordinaire, Carla Hackett!).


    Join us on Sunday 20 October to hear Clare’s career story and the lessons she has learned along the way… it’s sure to be a thoroughly energising presentation!

    We are also excited to be partnering with the good folks at both Gratton Design and Good Grace & Humour who are adding some lovely touches to this event.

    Tickets and other relevant details are on our Upcoming Events page.

    Hope to see you there!

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