The CWC podcast series is a collection of one-on-one recorded interviews with some inspiring creative women. You can listen to them here or download the MP3 files. Currently access to most of these podcasts is available to Full Members only. To sign up to the CWC as a Full Member, visit our Join page.
Episode 1: Aimee McCallum - Visual merchandiser and owner of North Fitzroy boutique Tiger & Peacock (42 mins)
An interview with Melbourne-based Aimee McCallum, the creative force behind boutique Tiger & Peacock and an experienced and highly sought-after visual merchandiser. She has styled the windows of some of Melbourne’s most well-known fashion and home wares retailers including T2 and Husk. In this interview she talks about her career path to date and how she seeks out inspiration for her unique and inviting window creations.
Episode 2: Emily Green – jewellery and accessories designer (16 mins)
An interview with Melbourne-based Emily Green, whose colourful beaded necklaces and accessories are extremely popular amongst Melbourne’s creative class. With a background in fine art and teaching, in this interview Emily shares with us details of her career path to date and some of the experiences that have shaped her creativity and product designs.
Episode 3: Karishma Kasabia - Tips for New Graduates (15 mins) Open to all members!
An informative chat with Melbourne-based designer and creative director of Kish & Co, Karishma Kasabia, who has encountered many new graduates in the field looking for work after completing their studies. Recounting experiences as both a graduate and an employer, in this podcast Karishma shares with us her tips for new graduates (in any creative field) on approaching studios for paid work, applying for internships and making the most out of them, building a portfolio and doing work ‘for free’.
Episode 4: Karishma Kasabia – Mentoring (15 mins)
Melbourne-based designer and creative director of Kish & Co, Karishma Kasabia, has both mentored and had mentors advise her at various stages in her career. In this podcast, Karishma highlights the benefits of both mentoring and being mentored, shares tips on how to be a good mentee and get the most out of the experience, and more.
Episode 5: Karishma Kasabia - Tips for small business (15 mins)
Melbourne-based designer and creative director of Kish & Co, Karishma Kasabia, has grown her small business from a solo freelancer to employing and managing a team of staff in just a few years. In this podcast, Karishma highlights some of the highs and lows of small business ownership and management, and shares tips on how to be a good manager and more.
The following are recordings of past CWC Events. You can listen to them here or download the MP3 files. Some are open to all members and some are only available to Full Members.
Shelley Panton: September 2011 Open to all members! (65 mins)
In this recording of our September 2011 event, Shelley shares with us her journey from visual merchandiser with Country Road, through catering and events management, to learning to throw a pot on a wheel, to taking the plunge opening her own studio/shop in Middle Park.
At our September 2012 event, Julia shares her experience as a boutique fashion store owner, using her keen eye and sense of style to bring together a host of local and international artisans. She discusses the various incarnations of her retail space, the collaborations she has instigated via Dagmar Rousset (including those with ALL Knitwear and Rowena Martinich), detail her unique shop/school business model and what she has learned about both along the way.
This CWC event, held in August 2012, was presented as part of the Craft Victoria Craft Cubed Festival and the Victorian Small Business Festival. Each of the five founders of Brunswick-based creative hub NorthCity4 talk about their individual creative practise and a different aspect of their not-for-profit arts organisation.
Fiona Sweet: June 2012 (77 mins)
Graphic designer and creative director of Sweet Creative, Fiona Sweet, takes us through her career from independent freelancer to business owner, sharing lessons she has learned about winning (and firing) clients, hiring staff, and how she keeps her creative fire burning. From our event in June 2012.
Julie Paterson of Cloth: October 2012 (55 mins)
Our first Sydney event in October 2012 featured guest speaker Julie Paterson of Cloth. Julie delighted the audience first with a project to keep our hands busy (finger knitting long strands of coloured wool to be included in an knitted display outside her Williams Street store
Chrissie Feagins: November 2012 (83 mins)
For our final event of 2012, former advertising creative director and current co-founder of Hookturn Industries Chrissie Feagins takes us through her ‘life map’, comprising her career highs and lows, interspersed with travel, family management and creative revelations.
Angie Rehe: April 2013 (1 hour 27 minutes)
As an ex-designer for Gorman and Country Road (amongst other well-known brands), and now in-demand Illustrator, Angie Rehe gives us an insight into the world of fashion design and buying, commissioned illustration and the little things you do throughout your career that can reap major rewards later on. Hilarious and heartfelt, this thoroughly entertaining talk has been described as ‘The best CWC event EVER!’!
Melanie Katsalidis: July 2013 (1 hour 22 minutes)
Jeweller and founder/director of boutique jewellery stores Pieces of Eight and Edition X, Melanie Katsalidis, speaks about her career as maker and shop owner, the delights and challenges of mixing creativity with business, and surviving in the niche retail landscape.
Please note, opinions stated are the speaker’s own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Tess or the CWC in general.