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A special one-day event for makers, designers, crafters + artists

The Makers & Shakers Conference

Friday 22 February 2019,
Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne

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The Makers & Shakers Conference brings together interactive Q&A panel discussions with successful creatives, social media gurus, thinkers, and maker-movement academics about the best strategies to grow a creative business.

Establishing, growing and scaling a creative business is difficult and full of ongoing challenges and uncertainty.

— This event is a special opportunity for emerging and established creatives to get together and discuss real strategies for taking their businesses to the next level, as well as developing a bigger picture of the handmade movement and where it's heading.

This stellar lineup will drive a very special day of discussion

The Speakers

Marcus Westbury

Marcus Westbury

CULTURAL ENTREPRENEUR + THINKER

Marcus is the founding CEO of Contemporary Arts Precincts Ltd the not-for-profit company that is leading the redevelopment of the Collingwood Arts Precinct in Melbourne. Prior to that, he was the founder of the multi-award winning Renew Newcastle and Renew Australia projects that have helped launch more than three hundred creative and community projects in empty and abandoned buildings, and reopened more than a hundred vacant shops and offices across Australia. Marcus was also the creator of the pioneering ABC TV program ‘Bespoke’.

Tiff Manuell

Tiff Manuell

ARTIST AND DESIGNER

Tiff is an Adelaide-based maker of bespoke, one of a kind clutches and accessories. Made from the canvases she paints, Tiff's bags have gained a national and world-wide reputation. She was recently invited to create a wearable art collection for the Art Gallery of South Australia, and also has her pieces on sale at London’s Tate Modern art gallery.

Emily Green

Emily Green

JEWELLERY + ACCESSORIES DESIGNER

Emily is a Melbourne-based jewellery maker whose pioneering and distinctive pieces have gained a strong local and international following. Emily recently co-founded Pinky's, a shop in Preston that stocks a curated range of products from her favourite makers and designers.

Maryanne Moodie

Maryanne Moodie

TEXTILE ARTIST + TEACHER

Maryanne is a Melbourne-based fiber-obsessed maker and Modern Weaver. Her work has been featured in New York Magazine, Anthology, and O Magazine. Maryanne was also a finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards in both 2014 and 2015.

Laura Blythman

Laura Blythman

DESIGNER, ILLUSTRATOR + CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Laura is a Melbourne-based illustrator and designer renowned for her vibrant use of colour and distinctive paper collages. She has collaborated with a diverse range of brands such as Pana Chocolate, Rollie Shoes, and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Professor Susan Luckman

Professor Susan Luckman

ACADEMIC

Susan is a Professor of Cultural Studies in the School of Creative Industries at the University of South Australia, and a leading thinker on the handmade economy. She is the author of Craft and the Creative Economy (2015), and co-editor of Craft Economies (2018), and Craft Communities (2019).

Kate Berry

Kate Berry

DESIGNER, PHOTOGRAPHER + CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Doer of fresh and substantial projects, Kate has spent the majority of her life making and collaborating within multiple disciplines. She is co-founder of Lunch Lady Magazine and is now writing a book to be released next year, and spreading the love of motels through her OK Motels project.

Kylie Lewis

Kylie Lewis

DIGITAL STRATEGIST + THINKER

Kylie is a digital pioneer and former head of digital for Kikki.K. She is the founder of Of Kin, an organisation that teaches people business strategy, digital marketing, personal productivity, self-awareness and courage. Kylie is the author of Leap Stories: Intimate Interviews On Overcoming Fear, Choosing Courage Over Comfort, and Designing a Fulfilling Career.

Madeleine Dore

Madeleine Dore

WRITER + INTERVIEWER

Madeleine is the creator of Extraordinary Routines, a project exploring creativity and human imperfection. She has contributed to Sunday Life, BBC, The Design Files, and more. She recently founded Side Project Sessions to help people create time and space to work on whatever they're putting off.

Kelly Thompson

Kelly Thompson

ILLUSTRATOR, PHOTOGRAPHER + CREATIVE AGENT

Kelly has been working in the creative industry for over 14 years, having forged a career as a creative consultant. She is the Director of Maker's Mgmt, an Illustration agency and creative consultancy, and runs Maker's Mrkt, an online store encouraging people to shop from independent designers.

Emma Morris

Emma Morris

ENTREPRENEUR + MARKET ORGANISER

Emma is the founder of popular market events, Round She Goes, Makers and Shakers and The Slow Fashion Market. Emma has a background in marketing and publicity and has run campaigns and events for corporates and individuals. Her wealth of experience means she's attuned to the issues facing small and micro-businesses.

Kirbee Lawler

Kirbee Lawler

ILLUSTRATOR +JEWELLERY DESIGNER

Kirbee is a Sydney-based multi-medium illustrator and jewellery designer, whose work is whimsical, natural, quirky and dream-like. A few years ago she began turning her illustrations into brooches, which draw on the vintage style brooches she has long collected. Her work enjoys a strong fan base, especially from brooch-collecting community aka 'Broochies'.

Dr. Kath Wilson

Dr. Kath Wilson

ACADEMIC + JOURNALIST

Kath is a writer and researcher in cultural studies. Her articles have appeared in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, and Art Monthly. She is the author of Tinkering: Australians Reinvent DIY Culture (2017) that maps the rise of domestic crafting, making and inventing, and how it is becoming a crucial part of our economy.

Sina Klug

Sina Klug

FOOD ENTREPRENEUR

Sina is the powerhouse co-founder of Nútie Donuts, a Sydney brand that specialises in tasty vegan and gluten free treats. Nútie began in 2016 selling from a stall at the Bondi Farmers Market, and in just three years they have scaled operations into two permanent bricks and mortar bakeries (in Balmain and Surry Hills) and gained a legion of fans.

Naomi Green

Naomi Green

ENTREPRENEUR + FORMER IP LAWYER

Naomi Green is co-founder and head of product development at Tiger Tribe, an Australian brand that designs children’s gifts and toys. Naomi and her husband Ant started the business in 2007 — in the garage of their family home. Prior to starting Tiger Tribe, Naomi worked as an intellectual property lawyer and will offer a valuable understanding for independent businesses to best protect their work from being copied.

Faye De Lanty

Faye De Lanty

CONSCIOUS CONSUMPTION ADVOCATE

Faye De Lanty is the conference MC. She has an extensive background in television, having been a decade-long presenter of Network Ten’s ‘Totally Wild’. She is now an eco-stylist, Salvos Stores Ambassador and regular presenter on the Today Show. Having merged her high-level media skills with a deep love for mindful fashion to create her dream role, Faye has carved an incredible new career out of showing people that sustainable never ever has to mean sacrificing style. Faye is extremely passionate about how conscious consumption has the power to transform the world.

Each session is designed to discuss the real-world business issues facing creatives

The Sessions

Session

Details

Keynote (re)making the World What is driving the revival of making, and what might be the challenges to the handmade economy in the future? - Presented by Marcus Westbury
Q&A #1 Secrets of the Supermakers How have leading creatives established successful businesses, and what are the main lessons they have learned along the way? - Emma Morris talks with Tiff Manuell, Laura Blythman and Maryanne Moodie about the paths they have forged, including how they establish collaborations with brands, working with agents and agencies, and preparing for markets and trade events.
Q&A #2 We Need To Talk About Authenticity Given the recent surge of creatives joining the maker movement, it’s timely to sharpen our collective understanding of authenticity. What makes something authentic, and how do you capture authenticity? - Dr. Kath Wilson talks with Emily Green, Marcus Westbury, and entrepreneur Naomi Green, co-founder of Tiger Tribe, about this often thrown around but rarely defined concept.
Q&A #3 Work-Life Balance (or The Next Best Thing!) Achieving the perfect ‘work life balance’ is a nearly impossible dream, so what are the tactics creatives can adopt to at least feel some control over their businesses, and to have enough energy left over to maintain their personal relationships? Professor Susan Luckman, talks with Kate Berry, Tiff Manuell and Madeleine Dore about their day-­to-­day practices.
Q&A #4 Winning at social media Social media is an essential tool to build a following and generating sales, but it can also distract creatives from creating. What strategies are the most efficient for cutting through the highly competitive ‘swipe real estate’ of social media? - Kylie Lewis talks with Kirbee Lawler, Kelly Thompson and Sina Klug on their usage of various social media platforms.

Join us for an inspiring and fun day at Deakin Edge, Federation Square.

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Your ticket includes:

  • Tasty food and drink throughout the day. You will not have to buy any extras. We even include all the specialty coffee your body can handle.
  • Access to fresh, thought provoking, and timely session topics tailored for creatives within the handmade community.
  • A free hard copy book from business guru Kylie Lewis, titled 'The Leap Stories: Intimate Interviews On Overcoming Fear, Choosing Courage Over Comfort And Designing A Fulfilling Career’.
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A Message From The Program Director

Membership to the handmade maker movement is surging, and so too is the public’s desire to know that the things they buy aren’t having a negative impact on the world. We’re seeing this same shift everywhere, in the production and consumption of organic food; slow fashion; and locally handmade goods.

As the maker movement increasingly develops into a fully-fledged industry, it’s the right time for it’s community to come together and discuss common issues facing makers and creatives, and how to best prepare for the future of the handmade economy. Whilst there are plenty of business conferences around, very few tailor their content toward the creatives running these indie-artisan businesses.

The Makers and Shakers Conference Team have put a great deal of thought into assembling a stellar lineup of talent that will drive useful and engaging discussions. More than just being inspired, we want you to come away with real knowledge you can use to further develop your creative business. The event is a great opportunity to start your new year with a fresh outlook about the industry that you are a member of, and to create a deeper connection to your community of fellow creatives, in a pleasant, non-competitive environment. See you there!

— Dr Lee Glezos | Economic Sociologist

Save $40 on full registration

Limited Early-Bird Tickets Available

Limited Early Bird

$ 259


Save $40 on full registration | Strictly limited tickets at this price

Your ticket includes:

  • Tasty food and drink throughout the day. You will not have to buy any extras. We even include all the specialty coffee your body can handle.
  • Access to fresh, thought provoking, and timely session topics tailored for creatives within the handmade community.
  • A free hard copy book from business guru Kylie Lewis, titled 'The Leap Stories: Intimate Interviews On Overcoming Fear, Choosing Courage Over Comfort And Designing A Fulfilling Career’.
Register

Partnership

If you would like to work with us, and think a partnership would be a good fit, please open a conversation with Emma Morris.