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The Melbourne Surface Art Symposium

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The Melbourne Surface Art Symposium brings together a diverse range of esteemed speakers and special guests for an enjoyable afternoon of networking, learning and shared cups of tea in the sun-drenched studios of Windsor Workshop, on Chapel St.

This special event will take place on Friday 16th September 2016 from 1pm to 5pm and feature the participation of three industry speakers and a panel of special guests, who will share their knowledge on a range of topics from varied experiences in the world of designing and selling art.

  • Guest Presenters

    Emily Wills – Global Trends: Where low tech meets high tech.

    Champion of the sharpie, Emily designs bold and geometric digital prints in collaboration with fashion brands around the globe. In her various manifestations she has worked as a fashion designer, illustrator, printed textile designer and design educator.

    As the creative director of SURFACE 1°22, Emily developed a series of Textile Design workshops to simplify the design process and teach surface pattern design to a global audience.

    Nerida Hansen – This Style is Mine: Finding and fine tuning your commercial identity.

    Nerida is the director of Nerida Hansen Print & Textiles, a global print and pattern-sourcing hub. Drawing upon her commercial experience as a buyer of licensed brands for one of Australia's largest retailers, and her personal passion for independent design, Nerida facilitates the sale and licensing on pattern and surface art designs between artists, and buyers or manufacturers.

    Chole Kerr – From Digits to Digital: Managing your print process.

    Chole is the co-founder and Director at Next State. Having worked in textiles for ten years Chole has a strong focus on textile production and working with clients to bring their design visions to life. Next State is a digital textile print company, working to provide high-quality printing, fast turnaround times with excellent customer service for the creative community at large.

  • Special Guests

    Laura Blythman

    Designer, illustrator and creative director Laura Blythman is renowned for her vibrant use of colour and paper collage. Her recognisable aesthetic has garnered her a legion of fans and a super happy and colourful portfolio of work with clients ranging from start-up businesses to high-profile Australian and International brands.

    Louise Jones

    Louise Jones is a Melbourne-based designer specialising in pattern and illustration. Her original pattern and artwork is characterised by bursts of colour, botanical motifs and clean lines. Louise uses a combination of different mediums in her practice, including watercolour painting, illustration and her own photography. Creating original and custom patterns for fabric and wallpaper, her work is predominately featured in interiors.

    Following the presentations by the speakers and guest speakers, the audience will be invited to participate in a Q&A session. The afternoon will then conclude with a chance to network and refreshments.

    Tickets are now on sale for The Melbourne Surface Art Symposium and priced $195.00 per person. To make a booking, please visit Sticky Tickets. Price includes afternoon refreshments.

    For more information on this event, please visit

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    When: Friday 16th September, 1 - 5pm
    Where: The Windsor Workshop, 1/115 Chapel St, Melbourne
    Cost: $195
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