Category Archives: artist & designer profiles

Artist profile: 66b/cell – Mariana Verdaasdonk & Tetsutoshi Tabata

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Living Lens. Image courtesy of 66b/cell

It’s a real treat for me to be able to introduce you two very creative forces: Mariana Verdaasdonk and Tetsutoshi Tabata, who together are 66b/cell, a Tokyo-based creative collective working in theatres, galleries, museums, and beyond.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mariana and Tetsu when they began collaborating with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney. They were working on developing an extraordinary immersive digital installation which is now complete and part of the current Annette Kellerman exhibition. Go see. It’s spellbinding. You can read more about how 66b/cell created this work here. Having witnessed what they can do and having spent time talking to them about many things creative I knew I had to profile them here. Continue reading


Designer profile: Jacquie Moon

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Ginger beer label designed by Jacquie Moon for Plump Design

If you’re like me you probably know there’s a lot of work that goes into bringing beautiful, functional graphic design into the world but perhaps less aware of the ‘why’ that sits behind the designer who creates the end product. My next profile of graphic designer, Jacquie Moon, from Plump Design, will shed some light on her design values and beliefs. Having known Jacquie and her design skills magic for more than a decade I was as interested as anyone to know more about her thoughts on why design matters. Continue reading


Artist profile: Jackie Ralph

This week’s post is the first artist profile for Art Matters Now (hooray!). It features an artist I’ve known for almost 20 years. I first met Jackie Ralph in Tokyo, Japan, and later we became neighbours while living in Kyoto. Back then she was painting canvasses with giant sized blue sumo wrestlers in the most beautiful way you can imagine. I have a small one in my home, a gift from Jackie that makes my heart sing. So it is with much delight that I share Jackie’s thoughts on why art matters. Continue reading


Designer profile: Clara Vuletich

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I am super excited to introduce the first designer profile on Art Matters Now:

Clara Vuletich is a textile designer, researcher and consultant who explores the intersections of fashion and textile design, sustainability and well-being through creative practice. Clara is completing a PhD funded by the MISTRA Future Fashion project and University of the Arts London, investigating textile making and thinking in a sustainable fashion context. Her main research interest is exploring the ‘social’ rather than ‘technical’ role of the designer in creating systemic change in the fashion industry – the new roles, skills and methods for socially-engaged design practice. Continue reading