Past Speaker Events

Below is the list of events and speakers we have hosted since Tess took over coordination of the group in 2009. Click on the links to view podcasts, photos, notes or tips collated from the event.

August 2014 Ruth Welsby, Melbourne

July 2014 Holly Hipwell, Sydney

May 2014 Kitiya Palaskas, Melbourne

April 2014 Hailey Bartholomew, Brisbane

March 2014 Heidi Moore-Gill, Sydney

Heidi Moore-Gill is a stylist and artist, with a portfolio that includes 12-metre high balloon sculptures, glittered paper fruit tableaus, calligraphy and watercolours. Heidi is the perfect example of creating a business out of doing what you love.

February 2014 Miranda Skoczek, Melbourne

November 2013 Conversations with Creative Women: Volume Two Book Launch

October 2013 Clare Bowditch, Melbourne

August 2013 One Million Stars weaving workshop with Maryann Talia Pau, Melbourne

The One Million Stars project was initiated by Melbourne artist and weaver Maryann Talia Pau as a heartfelt response to the violent murder of Brunswick woman, Jill Meagher. Throughout 2013 Maryann’s dedication to this cause has continued as a campaign of courage to stand up against violence in our communities. At this special event as part of the Craft Cubed Festival, Maryann taught us how to weave traditional stars from ribbon to add to the many thousands that will be displayed in an exhibition at the Big Design Market in December. Maryann also shared with us her career story as an artist, weaver and community leader.

July 2013 Melanie Katsalidis, Jeweller and founder of Pieces Of Eight, Melbourne

Founder/director of boutique jewellery stores Pieces of Eight and Edition X Melanie Katsalidis spoke about her career as silversmith, maker and gallery/shop owner, the delights and challenges of mixing creativity with business, and surviving in the niche retail landscape.

Your Intellectual Property and How To Protect It with Sharon Givoni, Sydney

Our second Sydney event and a re-run of Sharon’s popular presentation to CWC from February 2013, discussing a range of IP-related topics in a entertaining and educational manner.

April 2013 Angie Rehe, Fashion designer and illustrator, Melbourne

Coming from a fine art background, Angie Réhe studied fashion at RMIT in the late 1980s and since then has worked as a designer and freelance illustrator for some of Australia’s favourite fashion brands, including Megan Park and Gorman. Now established as one of Melbourne’s top fashion illustrators, and with a suite of side projects such as The Patsy Fox Drawing Salon, Angie shared her tips for anyone who aspires to carve a niche for themselves in the design world.

February 2013 Your Intellectual Property and How To Protect It with Sharon Givoni, Melbourne

It’s likely you’ve read stories of local designers facing copyright infringements of their work by other companies, and since the rise of blogs and image-sharing websites such as Pinterest, protecting your designs is now more important than ever. Intellectual property lawyer Sharon Givoni has established a reputation for being an entertaining speaker and explaining the law in ‘plain English’. At this special CWC event, she discussed a range of IP-related topics in a entertaining and educational manner.

November 2012 Chrissie Feagins, Advertising creative director and co-founder of Hookturn Industries, Melbourne

Chrissie is an advertising agency Creative Director. During her long career she’s worked in both Australia and the UK at global agencies such as OBM Advertising and J. Walter Thomson, raised two children, and forged relationships with many organisations she cares passionately about. She is currently on the Board of the Victorian AIDS Council, and with two eco-minded business partners Chrissie runsHookturn Industries, famous for their BYO Coffee Cup. At this CWC, Chrissie shared with us the details of her long and rewarding career in advertising, an industry often viewed as male-dominated and fiercely competitive.

October 2012 Julie Paterson of Cloth, Sydney

September 2012 Julia Pound of Dagmar Rousset, Melbourne

Dagmar Rousset is a dual concept store that sells clothing by day and offers French classes at night. Julia studied French and translation in both Melbourne and Paris and taught French for 10 years at the Alliance Francaise and Monash University. In 2009, she decided to throw herself into the merciless world of fashion retail with no experience whatsoever! She sees herself as a new, gentler kind of retailer: not in it for the money but rather to make the world a bit brighter and her customers a bit braver in their sartorial choices. Julia will share with us her experience as a ‘curating’ creative, discussing the various collaborations she has instigated via Dagmar Rousset, detail her unique shop/school business model and what she has learned about both along the way.

August 2012 The founders of NorthCity4: Anna Davern, Katherine Bowman, Romani Benjamin, Caz Guiney & Ali Limb, Melbourne

In 2011 contemporary jewellers Katherine Bowman, Anna Davern, Caz Guiney and Ali Limb, and glass artist Romani Benjamin launched a unique shared studio space in the heart of Brunswick called NorthCity4, envisioned as a place to work, to learn, and to discuss, critique and debate. Drawn together as artists, teachers and business owners, these five hardworking creative women are community minded, sustainability focussed and driven by the desire to educate and be educated and at this CWC they discuss their individual career paths and creative work, and the events that led them to set up NorthCity4.

June 2012 Fiona Sweet, Creative Director of Sweet Creative, Melbourne

Fiona’s has over 30 years experience as a graphic designer, 17 of those as the founder and creative director of well-known brand agency, Sweet Creative. Fiona has created a niche for Sweet Creative that has not only set her apart, but made the creative world sit up and take notice. With highly creative design solutions and smart strategic branding, Sweet has attracted a client base eager to take risks. At this CWC event, we heard about how Fiona built Sweet Creative, how they attract their enviable client base, the ups and downs that come with running a graphic design & PR studio for almost two decades, and more.

March 2012 Rosa Coy, architect, Melbourne

In the past two decades, Rosa has worked for leading international architects and launched the architecture practice Coy & Yiontis. Her work both in France and Australia has been well published and award winning. It includes residential, retail, commercial and institutional projects. At this CWC, Rosa talked about her career and practice to date and the challenges and delights of running a creative architecture business in the competitive Melbourne market with her partner, whilst raising four children together.

November 2011 Conversations with Creative Women book launch!

November 2011 Emma Byrnes, Lara Davies and Jess Wright of Harvest Textiles, Melbourne

Lara, Emma and Jess share a passion for quality handmade textiles, the joy of learning, community and sustainability. In addition to using their screenprinting prowess to make hand screen-printed products, Harvest run popular workshops at their East Brunswick studio. Harvest’s business philosophy is based around people stopping to take time out from their everyday lives to make things with their own hands and also to look at the world through a more sustainable lens. We found out about their creative backgrounds in fine art and graphic design, how their partnership began and now functions, how they manage the different parts of their business as mums to young children.

September 2011 Potter and retailer Shelley Panton, Melbourne (listen to the podcast of this event FREE!)

Formerly a visual merchandiser with Country Road, Shelley Panton’s career path includes stints in catering and events management while learning to throw a pot on a wheel, which led to taking the plunge opening her own suburban ceramics studio and shop selling boutique artisan wares. Shelley shared with us how persistence and a little luck pays off when it comes to creating a life you love to live.

June 2011 Designer Beci Orpin, Melbourne 

Beci is well-known in the Melbourne and international design scene – her credits include many commissioned illutrative works (including the Built By Wendy ‘Sew U’ book series), textile designs for fashion label Gorman, and wall graphics for Melbourne establishments Cookie andThe Toff In Town. In addition, she has operated two fashion labels (Princess Tina and Tiny Mammoth), as well as her own stationery range. Beci shared with us her canon of work, her experiences working with illustration agents and freelancing, as well as her tips for managing multiple side projects.

April 2011 Nic MacIsaac of Magnolia Square, Melbourne

Detailing her successful fashion and design career, and the path which led her to launch pioneering handmade art & design market event Magnolia Square, Nic also offered invaluable advice to those who retail their own creations at markets.

February 2011 Ming-Zhu Hii of Orlando and Ivy, Melbourne

December 2010 Laura Sanders of Farmgate Cheese, Melbourne

October 2010 Michelle Landy, business coach and Sarah Chapman of Tribe Katalyst, Melbourne

September 2010 Clair Wayman of Curio & Curio, Melbourne

June 2010 Lara Cameron and Tegan Rose of Ink & Spindle, Melbourne

April 2010 Emily Wright of Nancybird, Melbourne

February 2010 Nicole Tattersall and Megan Dell, emerging artists, Melbourne

December 2009 Christmas party at Galerie Montmartre

November 2009 Stephanie Carello of Alabakov, Melbourne

September 2009 Monique McNamara of Up & Up Creative and Jessie Fairweather of Foundry, Melbourne

July 2009 Interior designer Dearne Herrenberg, Melbourne

May 2009 Shannon Lamden of Aunty Cookie, Melbourne

April 2009 Lucy Feagins of The Design Files, Melbourne