Mardi Nowak – I tend to describe myself as a part time artist, full time curator, girl about town, vodka appreciator and general culture consumer.
I make tapestries and other stuff and I also make a great martini! I live with my partner and my cute Devon Rex Miss Nina. I spend my spare time making stuff; whether it be sewing, knitting, weaving, collaging or baking – it all happens in my house!
I manage all the goings on at the fabulous Town Hall Gallery in Hawthorn, so if you want an art fix in person, you can pop in and check it out!
Image of Mardi from here.
Emilie Collyer’s fiction and poetry has appeared publications such as: Kill Your Darlings, Cordite, Page Seventeen, Torpedo, The Australian Book Review and The Big Issue. In 2012 she won two prizes for her crime story A Clean Job in the Scarlet Stiletto Awards. She published a book of illustrated poetry Your Looking Eyes in 2011. Her plays have been widely produced, including award winning scripts Argonauta and Promise. Dream Home was shortlisted for the Edward Albee Scholarship (2012) and Patrick White Award (2013).
Emilie has a Masters in Writing for Performance from VCA (University of Melbourne) and an Associate Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing from RMIT. She is a founding member and regular writer with live arts company Punctum in Central Victoria. Emilie likes exploring new ways of making work, collaborating and finding creativity in unexpected places, which is why she’s so delighted to be part of Sharing Ink. She lives in Melbourne and blogs at www.betweenthecracks.net
Photo of Emilie from here.
Jack Beeby is a Melbourne-based theatre artist, cabaret and drag performer, writer, and illustrator.
When he is not stumbling around in high heels and far too much makeup, shrieking at the top of his lungs, he has also been known to be a regular contributor and editor at inBrief Magazine, an avid ukulele player and quite a polite and respectable young gentleman. He adores scribbling and doodling on most kinds of surfaces, and particularly enjoys exploring things that are just a little bit dark or unusual through most of his his work. His favourite poems are The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe and The Walrus and The Carpenter by Lewis Carroll. Some of his favourite words to use are ‘cheeky’, ‘sexy’, ‘delicious’ and ‘fadge’, and you are more than welcome to them any time you like.
Sarah Walker is a photographer specialising in providing promotional and production imagery for the mad world that is the Melbourne independent theatre scene. She has been shooting professionally for four years, having started as an actor and meandered through lighting design, set design, technical operation and a myriad of other theatrical odd jobs before finally accepting that her skills lay best behind the camera. She is photographer-in-residence for a variety of Melbourne theatre companies, including MKA, Red Stitch, Attic Erratic, Quiet Little Fox, Polyglot and Pop-Up Playground. She has shot across the spectrum of arts in Melbourne, from tiny one-person shows in bars to works at the Malthouse and MTC. Sarah has a masochistic streak that sees her regularly take on ridiculous year long photographic projects, the most recent of which was titled ‘Clutch’, during which she shot a photo every day with an incorporated piece of text – a quote, a song lyric, a snatch of overheard conversation. The project became enormously successful, featured hundreds of individuals and gave rise to the exclamation ‘That’s totally a Clutch quote!’ in her friendship circle, which was equal parts embarrassing and awesome.
Sarah’s work can be found at www.sarahwalkerphotos.com
To put into words
who I am is not simple
crafty, poet chick
Image of Kim from here.
Ming-Zhu Hii has worked extensively as an actor with major Australian theatre companies and festivals including MTC, STC, Malthouse & Playbox, STCSA and Melbourne & Adelaide international arts festivals, as well as making frequent film and television appearances. Her body of work as a maker, director and producer has been popularly and critically acclaimed. As well as her work with The Public Studio, she has produced award-winning short film, and multiple independent events. She was the co-founder of The Screen Test Studio, and created the much-loved art and design store Orlando and Ivy, as well as The Public Studio (v.1.0 as a creative business consultancy). In 2012, she founded the position of events producer at Dumbo Feather magazine, along with its popular Conversations series. Ming-Zhu’s expertise and interest spans both art and business, and she reveres the two in equal measure.
Jessica Alice hosts Spoken Word on 3CR 855AM community radio and is the Poetry Editor for Voiceworks magazine. She is currently writing her Honours thesis on the work of contemporary American poet Johanna Drucker. Jessica was Assistant Editor of Divan – Australia’s first online poetry journal – in 2007. She has performed her poetry for the Emerging Writers and Overload Poetry Festivals – making her debut at the Abottsford Convent in 2008 and winning The Spinning Room’s performers place in 2010. She has recently enjoyed recurring features at ‘Tell It Like It Is’ at the Footscray Community Arts Centre, and was commissioned to write a modern poetic interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood for the Cost of Horror collective’s exhibition ‘Kinderspiel’ at The Owl and the Pussycat. Jessica is a regular contributor of literary news and highbrow gossip on Triple R’s Aural Text, and performs her poems wherever there is a bar and not necessarily a mic.
Photo of Jessica from here.
Christy is a writer-designer-director who has worked on award-winning pervasive games, film, digital and theatre projects. Christy is about to launch her web audio adventure for the iPad called AUTHENTIC IN ALL CAPS. A prototype was Finalist for “Best Writing in a Game” Award at the 2012 Freeplay Independent Gaming Festival; and the recent crowdfunding campaign is the biggest successful campaign for a game on Pozible to date. Earlier this year, her playful story for the phone, “Guardians of Hidden Universes”, was launched at PopUp Playground’s “Fresh Air Festival”. She has also been granted the first Australian “Digital Writing Residency” at QUT’s The Cube in Brisbane.
Photo of Christy from here.
Ilona Nelson is a visual artist working with performance, photography, film and installation. Since completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 1998 Ilona has been exhibiting regularly, shortlisted for many prestigious Australian art awards, and featured in publications such as The Age, frankie magazine, and Harper’s Bazaar Australia magazine.
Photo of Ilona Nelson from her blog, here.
Dan Donahoo by Matt Miles
Daniel Donahoo is a researcher and author interested in childhood learning and development, technology and new and emerging literacies. He has published two books, Idolising Children and Adproofing Your Kids. Daniel is currently the Director of Project Synthesis where he work with education and community organisations to support digital capacity and inclusion. He is a contributor to GeekDad.com and collaborates on digital projects like In B Flat 2.0. He tweets @ddonahoo and can be found at danieldonahoo.com
Photo by Matt Miles, from here.