Sam Sagginelli is an Australian freelance floral designer & stylist with a background in visual arts and photography. She is the founder of Flo & Co. studio based in Melbourne. Her work celebrates the bounty of seasonal, local florals and foliages as well as found and foraged materials to create pieces that sit within a commercial floristry context, floral art and beyond.
Zuster is Dutch for sister, but in terms of Australian contemporary design it is synonymous with well conceived furniture of the utmost quality. At the creative helm of Zuster is Design Director Wilhelmina McCarroll, a champion of Australian manufacturing and contemporary design. Working for over 22 years as Design Director at Zuster, McCarroll has enjoyed the process of developing her design style and sharing her creative talents.
McCarroll’s love of beautiful design, coupled with the business acumen and drive of her sister Fleur Sibbel lead to the beginning of Zuster in their father’s Thomastown factory. Wilhelmina’s creative direction is inspired by her own personal style – clean lines, modern and refined. A pride in crafting quality furniture with perfect proportions and beautiful joinery is what makes each Zuster piece so special.
“Zuster isn’t just a furniture brand; it’s a way of life. I design for the way I like to live – a vision of clean simplicity and sharing moments with those that are most important to me. I feel privileged to be able to share this through our unique designs and enjoy seeing pieces become part of a home.”
Naomi Troski is a Melbourne based artist who has exhibited in Australia and overseas. She received a BSc from Monash University, completed a BAFA (Hons) First Class, from Central St Martins College of Art and Design in London and gained her MFA from Monash University in Melbourne.
She has a show coming up in July this year at Monsalvat. In 2019 she curated and presented work in A Daily Circus, for the Dirty Dozen programme for the City of Melbourne. She co-curated a group exhibition, Unhidden with Kali Michailidis, at the Counihan Gallery in Brunswick, that brought together local and overseas artists for which they were recipients of a Japan Foundation grant in 2017.
Ella Baudinet is a Melbourne-based artist working across private and commercial sectors worldwide. Primarily known for her abstract expressionist aesthetics, Baudinet’s work explores the space between conscious and subconscious thought, provoking emotions, associations, memories, spiritual connections and philosophical reflection within her viewers.
Chanel Tang is one half of the artist duo Creature Creature. Born in Wellington, New Zealand, from Chinese heritage, she has a strong connection to graphic art, comics and Asian visual culture and aesthetics. She moved to Australia in 1998 where she did her Degree in Fine Art at Monash University and met Ambrose Rehorek doing a Graduate Diploma in Graphic Design at RMIT, forming Creature Creature. The couple focus their practice on the philosophy of collaboration.
Melbourne based artist, Deborah Dickson, was a florist for over 25 years. She has blended her love for flowers with a new career in painting.
An intimate knowledge of the physicality of flowers has given an almost scientific exactitude to her lush still life paintings.
This body of work by Nerina Lascelles positions viewers before churning seas, forbidding ravines and treacherous slopes. Elemental forces are in flux, and within this unstable environment expeditions into thick and formidably layered interiors can begin.
Inspired by the visually arresting Shanshui painting (Sansuiga in Japanese) that originated in 5th century China – paintings synonymous with mist-covered mountains and rivers fed by waterfalls – Lascelles has enacted an epic cycle of Sisyphean expanses that propel us seamlessly into corresponding landscapes of the mind.
Shanshui painting soon effected a kindred movement in poetry, in which poems were composed to be read with a specific painting in mind, while others were intended to evoke a particular image in the mind’s eye. Echoing this tradition, Lascelles has selected a Zen poem, a haiku or a poem’s title for each painting, so viewers can turn the shards of poetry over in their mind as they explore the alluring typography and the play of light and shade.
George Goodnow (aka Goodie) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work incorporates painting, sculpture, performance and the use of cardboard and other recycled materials to produce installations. George has a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting from the VCA, and currently lives and works in Melbourne (Naarm). By fabricating fictional architectures and objects, or adjusting existing architectures, George considers how spaces reflect, orientate and hold bodies.
“Influenced by the cubist movement and the way they reduce their subjects to geometric forms. My colour palettes are arrived by saturating hints of colours found in nature. By combining these two approaches in tandem with a strong graphic qualities and use of pattern, my works straddles abstraction and representational approaches to painting.”
Human beings are designed for connection. We thrive in safe relationship with each other and our environment. In a world that appears increasingly polarized, Claire Bridge responds with works that blur the boundaries of separateness. An interdisciplinary artist, whose practice includes biomorphic ceramic sculpture, video and sound work, textiles, embroidery, painting and performance, Bridge addresses themes of relationality; connection and disconnection, attunement and alienation and how these concerns manifest in our relationship with the feminine, our environment and significant issues of climate change and gendered violence. She brings a multi-layered reparative, insightful and at times, humorous approach to these important subjects, exploring imagined possibilities for empathy and inter-being. Her interests lay in the intersections between art, neuroscience, somatic experience, philosophy, mythology, queer ecologies and future worlding.