When you make taking risks, removing doubt and facing fears fun, anything is possible.
The Panel Session is a life time opportunity for country girls and women to see world class creatives in action.
It is an amazing opportunity for girls to learn from successful women as they start to think about what they want to do with their lives and how they want to contribute to the world.
Hear how the likes of Megan Morton, internationally renowned stylist, got started, what was the turning point for her, why she loves what she does and what it takes to build a global reputation while keeping your feet and family firmly on the ground.
There is something for adults and girls alike.
Starts at 12.00 for 12.30 – 2.30pm at The Rabbit Factory
They are all incredibly generous with their thoughts and experience – you can ask them anything.
Virginia Bishop is an award winning boutique interior designer who cut her teeth in New York and is now back in Brisbane where she grew up. She delivers the interior design workshops in each location.
She believes that whether we are consciously aware or not, our environment has a profound effect on our state of mind. Virginia likes to work with her clients to shape that effect and to make the space authentically theirs. Your special space should reflect you and in doing so create a calming and familiar surrounding. It is her goal to not only deliver an interior that feels like home but also delights at every turn.
Virginia has over 25 years of local and international business and creative experience to every project. She is past President of the Queensland Interior Decorators Association, and winner of a 2016 HIA Brisbane Interior Design Award.
Virginia is also a Director of Zonta Brisbane City Heart, a club that works to empower women and girls through service and advocacy.
Annabelle Hickson is a writer who takes photos, often of flowers and is passionate about finding beauty in daily life. She lives on a pecan farm with her husband Ed and three children in the Dumaresq Valley on the NSW-Queensland border, Australia.
She wrote for The Australian newspaper for several years before branching out into photography.
She now works as a freelance writer and photographer across Australia. Her work has been published in Country Style magazine (where she is also a regular columnist), Inside Out magazine, The Huffington Post and The Planthunter. She has also collaborated with brands and companies both big and small, including Sheridan Australia, to take photos and write content.
Megan Morton creates atmospheres that make people obscenely happy.
She has been called on to style, design and work her `house whispering’ magic for celebrities, magazines and her next-door neighbours. Her work has been featured on the covers of glossies, including Elle Decoration UK, Vanity Fair, Vogue Living and Inside Out.
A leader in her field, Megan’s popularity can be attributed to her love of unconventional colour, strong imagery and over 12 years publishing experience. The fashion, food and art fraternity trust her inimitable style and as a result, she has styled and shot the homes of many celebrated Australians. Her four books dedicated all to ‘home’ make her wit and insights for everyone.
With a peerless print pedigree, Megan has gone on to crossing the fine line to digital with her intuitive and conversational wordsmithing, hand-in-hand with her highly astute visual sensibility. Her books are award winners (six awards for ‘Things I Love’ alone) and her love project The School is now a globally reaching classroom that connects people with their passions, taught by the truly passionate.
Flore Vallery-Radot is a French photographer and videographer based in Sydney. She works mostly with creatives, building their visual portfolio with stunning photos and little heartfelt films showing who they really are and the beauty in what they do.
Each year, she organises several photo/video workshops with four to five teachers from all around the world and a small group of twelve participants in her parents’ house in Burgundy and other dreamy venues like a Greek villa by the beach in Paros.
You can see her work mostly on Instagram @the.flo.show or on her blog The Flo Show.
Pip Williams is a B+W family + child photographer living in Texas Queensland. Her style thrives on real life which means embracing its truth.
In 2016 she was a top ten portrait finalist for ‘Australia’s Top Emerging Photographer’ by one of the country’s leading photography magazines for professionals ‘Capture’.
The Photoshoot is creativity in action.
Using a moodboard from the morning’s workshop as inspiration (drawn randomly), professionally shoot a bedroom scene in the bush.
Girls get to observe a moodboard come to life ready for publication. They get to see first hand what it takes to create an image that inspires and evokes a feeling that reaches out and touches your heart.
This is a challenge for the stylist and photographers, as they think on their feet. Traditionally these professionals get weeks to prepare and source for a shoot. Of course the location, some of the props and the look and feel is well thought through. But, this requires them to elevate their thinking, solve a problem differently, drawing on their experience and knowledge to create something unique ready for publication. This is why we have invited incredibly talented designers and photographers to be part of this showcase event. It will be exciting to watch.
Creativity, practiced and nurtured over time builds the belief and the ultimate confidence to navigate and challenge life presents.
“I can make the impossible, possible”.
Annabel Cleeve enjoys the opportunity to quietly sit and draw. She keeps both the subject and the materials very simple in order to focus primarily on the act of creating – particularly, the meditative qualities of drawing.
Annabel lives on a farm in Texas on the border of QLD and NSW. She devotes her time to working in the farm office, looking after her 3 children and teaching music at the local school.
Her materials of choice for drawing are primarily paper, with pencil, charcoal and or pen. Her subject matter is always derived from her farm surroundings. And, her chosen objects for creative investigation are usually found while out and about on the farm.
Jane Harbison, at 40, or there abouts, moved from accountant to creative because this is what she loved doing.
Alongside much of her professional career, she has been involved in the advancement of girls and women, in particular rural women. So combining creativity, girls and an affection for rural Australia, this project “Creativity through Confidence” seemed such a natural thing to do.
Upon leaving school, she knew she had to support herself and the best way she thought to do that, was to complete a business degree. This is a story she still hears from kids today. No one told her she could have a career using creativity, a character strength which she now knows is in her top 5.
Jane hasn’t left her commerce skills completely at the door. She contributes to governance in education, sitting on boards of schools. She gets a kick out of seeing students graduate each year, excited about the opportunities that lay before them, should they choose to seize them.
She has big dreams about the opportunities this event may bring to all involved.
Looking for ways for her to shine
I can remember looking at it and instantly thinking it is something that I would've loved to have done when I was young, and it really was something that spoke to me when I saw it because Lilah is just growing up a little bit and I'm just looking for ways for her to shine and express her own individuality.
I'm so glad she did this course.....just a lovely way for the girls to express themselves.
It makes us happy that they are creating their own space to feel comfortable in. Thanks to both Jane and Virginia for the inspiration and confidence they have given the girls about interior design.