Graphic designer, digital artist, animator, illustrator & DJ Al Dente.
Graphic designer, digital artist, animator, illustrator & DJ Al Dente.
Alisha Rich tells her stories through the defiant drips of her watercolour portraits. Based in Sydney, growing into her own earned, controlled vision with a flowing sense of freedom and energy shown in each work.
The balance of colour, restraint and the visual capture of a gaze all at the forefront her portraits.The stories sometimes to dark to be explained in any other way.The interior light found in the release of each piece expressed with depth, mystery and intrigue, as if innermost flickers of the subjects soul coming out onto the composition.
Growing up magnetically drawn to her grandfathers paintings & workshop teachings. Exploring the lessons and painting the inside spirit of the subject on the paper & clouds of the soul. Alisha Rich's works represent the beginning of stories on paper, ready to be told.
I'm inspired by human beings and the ways we are influenced by culture and language and the intersection between reality and metaphysics.
A fresh new name in art and textile design, Sydney born artist and Fine Arts graduate Avril Gilmore is blurring the lines between fine art and humble homewares.
With a passion for geometric forms and finding innovative ways for them to interact, whether in print or in her striking rug designs, Avril is influenced by Bridget Riley, Sonia Delaunay, street art, fashion and textiles.
Always looking for new ways to express herself and her love of both colour and monochromatic palettes, Avril enjoys working with mixed media, including acrylic paint, watercolours, gouache and ink.
Cannabis advocate and marketing specialist for the emerging cannabis industry in Australia. Combining a passionate understanding of the science and global politics of cannabis with his extensive marketing experience, he is already playing an exciting role in Australia for drug law reform and the cannabis industry. After winning Australia's first cannabis start-up competition in 2016 with Miss Mary Jane, running Australia's first Cannabis Jobs listing website, and operating the Cannabis design agency Highly Creative, he has gained a respectable sphere of influence in the Australian cannabis industry.
Based in Sydney, Bertie Blackman's multidimensional practice weaves between the real and unreal. Blackman's profound sense of imagination and narrative illuminate the characters and places of her unique universe.
In addition to her visual art practice Bertie Blackman is an ARIA winning musician and recently curated ‘Sonic Canvases’ at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and is the daughter of Australian artist Charles Blackman.
Christelle Hug is an Artist & Industrial Designer. She explores the concept of reality through two styles of art making: detailed graphite drawings and semi abstract paintings depicting an alternate reality created by thought.
Painting the subject matter how it is felt rather than how it is seen, she uses vibrant and bold colours to stimulate the emotions of the observer, exploring the idea that if our emotions create our reality then perhaps a change in emotion will lead to a change in how we experience reality. The two contrasting styles reflect how things are while presenting an idea of how things could be, opening up the analytical mind to the possibility of creative thinking.
Claire paints abstract landscapes and dreamscapes inspired by natural and urban environments. Working spontaneously in acrylic on canvas, she enjoys exploring balance and colour and combins controlled and precise mark making with a loose approach.
Claire moved to Sydney, after growing up in the Blue Mountains to study painting at the New South Wales College of Fine Art and completed her degree in 2007. She continues to challenge, evolve and broaden her practice, painting for solo and group exhibitions, murals, creating digital media, writing music and performing with Haiku Hands.
Creating large-scale paintings, primarily in acrylic, Claus explores a range of subjects inspired by science, humanity and photography. Based in Redfern, he’s one of the longest residing artists at the Nest, making it his creative home in 2015.
As a global Creative Strategist for Facebook, Claus spends his working days in the capacity of a consultant and collaborator – bolstering brands and agencies across Asia-Pacific. The fusion of art and science has been a key feature across his working career; now also a theme that’s evident and evolving with his more conceptual pieces of art.
The process begins with clean, minimal photography to frame and art direct each scene. This imagery is then scaled-up by hand onto a canvas using the grid method. Diluted acrylic is then applied – as hundreds of sheer layers of free-falling drips that build depth and texture, each layer breathing a weight of life and soul into the subject.
With little time to spare, you’re likely to find him at the Nest from around 6am and late into the evening.
Deborah is a well known and esteemed hair & makeup artist with over 20 years of professional experience. Having worked primarily in television, commercials, music, fashion and media,
She is highly regarded in the industry for her expertise, creativity and professionalism. As head of the makeup department for MTV Australia for 15 years, as well as freelancing, she had the opportunity to work with a plethora of local and international artists. With a long list of notable celebrity faces to her credit, she is also in her element working on local productions, television commercials events and clients.
Deborah has sought a completely creative life from an early age. She moved to Sydney from rural Victoria to study Art, then studied Performing Arts for 3 years before discovering her passion as a Make up Artist. Her understanding of the creative process, colour, design and detail are matched by few.
From fluorescent lettering on candy wrappers, to military ballistics diagrams – I am captivated by signs. As a largely representational painter, I tend to question the nature of representation in my work. In so doing there emerges an elusive play between signs and their referents. For me just about anything, can start to creep away from its comfortable everyday meaning, into uncanny territory where what its significance is up for grabs. I like to think of my work as free-floating worlds – tableaus of oddities populated by animals, people and things, that explore signification across worlds.
I tend to arrange things together intuitively to create a visual poem, where the real and the stylised jostle for space. The viewer is invited to plunge into a freeze-framed fever-dream unmoored from familiar contexts – to question for themselves the nature of meaning and salience. My source material includes amongst other things: nature, communication in the biosphere, scientific notation, technical drawings and the experience of everyday objects.
I am a constant observer inspired by the beauty in nature that can be found every day. It's everywhere-you just have to open your eyes and be receptive to the small things. Growing up I was influenced by our quintessential blooming English cottage garden, secret dells, and wide open skies. The early morning mist that would sometimes gather creating an ethereal other-worldliness.
My background in fashion and textiles is a heavy influence on how I portray flowers within my paintings. The sculptural qualities of flowers have consistently influenced my work, and I find many similarities between flower structures and petals with the movement of fabric. I am always inspired by the silhouette and movement of a petal as you would the drape of a beautiful textile.
With nature as my muse I aim to capture that ephemeral moment of beauty. Whether a single bloom or a display of excess. Those hidden moments where the light turns, the petals are on the edge of their last fullness, or the stems can just about no longer hold the weight of their abundance. It's in noticing the detail that we can truly appreciate the wonder of the natural form.
George Hambov aka Apeseven grew up in the 1980's Sydney skateboard scene . Spending most of his time exploring industrial areas of Sydney, Apeseven predominantly approaches work with a street art perspective with an underpinning of recontextualization, this recontextualisation coming from years of skateboarding transforming his physical interactions into a new visual alchemy. Freehand aerosol and traditional brush techniques are evident with works primarily incorporating mixed media (acrylics, aerosol, inks, found paper and objects.)
Apeseven's current works focus on complex bio-feedback driven loops involving a tapestry of pattern, animals and skeletal structures.
Art is language. Art is not a spiritual vocation nor an avocation.
In my practice I explore quality of life, the environment, and economy of materials.
Multi-dimensional artists Ginger and the Ghost have created an all encompassing music project using film/costume/spacial design/installation art and audio/visual elements to immerse themselves in their thematic concepts “the dreamstate” and upcoming “future primitive”.
They have built a grassroots following in Europe across the indie festival circuit with their unique musical vision drawing on Luminaries such as Björk, Fever Ray, Bat for Lashes and Iamamiwhoami. Their avant- garde approach has captivated festival audiences with highly theatrical and visually compelling live shows, at B-sides, Malta, Serralves Em Festa, Milhoes da Festa, Sinsal, Meadows In The Mountains, sharing the stage with Destroyer, Chelsea Wolfe, Jacco Gardner and Young Magic.
Vocalist, Voice Specialist
Jo Fabro has been making her mark on the Australian music scene since 2003. A powerful and dynamic vocalist - Jo lends her voice to jazz, soul and blues music with great tenacity and a unique style which is all her own.
Jo currently devotes much of her time working as a voice specialist, and is fast developing a reputation as one of the best Singing Teachers in Sydney - specialising in jazz and soul vocals. She teaches privately, as well as at The Australian Institute of Music, and at some of Sydney's most exclusive schools such as Sydney Grammar, St Catherine's Anglican School.
Jordan Clarke is a mish-mash of artist and designer. Providing design services with a particular emphasis on branding and print design, she also has a special interest in infographics.
Jordan also creates intricately detailed embroidered artworks and has a new focus on a multi media approach exploring raw, gestural movement on a larger scale.
Trained in Cape Tome in London at St Martins School of Art. Exhibited in Cape Town, London, Brighton and private collections in Sydney. I work in various types of acrylic based paint on canvass and am interested in process in my work - disrupting the notion of composition and form.
My colours and process are influenced by light, landscape and the marine environment. My current work is deeply concerned with an exploration of the above.
"The Nest is the perfect place for creativity to thrive!"
Kirsty Barros is a freelance Designer, Stylist & creative consultant currently based in Australia.
In 2010 Kirsty launched her own label in Makers of Belief, curating and styling vintage ranges and customising pieces for prominent retailers including Sportsgirl, Belinda, Arabella Ramsay and her own webstore.
Kirsty's styling work has not just been restricted to the traditional fashion/ editorial path. Her inherent understanding of the power of clothing to elevate and transform, and a love of theatrics and music, has led her to work as a stylist for many bands including Client Liaison, Total Giovanni, No Zu and George Maple.
Kirsty’s avid appreciation and interest in music has inspired the creation of stage costumes for CLIENT LIASON and styling music videos. Also teaming up with the band to design their sell out launch fashion line in 2016.
’Subversive' probably best describes Kirsty's approach to fashion, but her eye for detail and opinion are valued by many fashion heavyweights including Lucy Folk and she continues to consult for brands today.
From Creative concepts, styling and Art Direction through to Design and production, Kirsty Barros has a broad vision and experience to cover almost every facet of the industry.
Managing director for prepackaging solutions at PREPAC PTY LTD.
We are an Australian company built on European experience and knowledge.
Prepac specialises in complete packing solutions for the food industry.
Our wide range of packaging and sealing machines works perfectly for businesses of all sizes.
Whether you are a small local cafe or a big manufacturer, we can offer you the ideal packaging solutions to fit all your requirements.
Designer. Illustrator. Photographer. Dreamer
Lauren Eaton is an Australian-born creative and maker based in Sydney, Australia.
With a desire to create something unique and hand-crafted, but with no formal training, Lauren spent years developing a new set of skills that would help create Home by Harlequin. From casting to working with silicone and resin, she taught herself techniques to create objects that are fresh and refined, whilst staying true to her desire to make them functional yet playful.
There is a simplicity in these vessels that belies the difficulties encountered in using such unexpected materials, yet Lauren's unwavering patience and perseverance has resulted in a playful collection; a collection that surprises and delights.
I work in oil, on canvas or linen, sometimes on marine ply.
Painting has always fascinated me. The challenge of creating the illusion of real objects with paint. But especially representing people, the human form. I love the masters, including Velasquez, Vermeer, Waterhouse, Sargent, Degas, Gaugin and plenty of others. But you can forget Picasso!
"Even though I live in the Blue Mountains, I love the city. The Nest provides a place where I can work alone, interact with other artists if I want to and get the stimulation of the city in a really supportive environment."
FOUNDET Creative emerges the multidisciplinary practice of combined commercial graphic designer, object designer, illustrator and sculpture maker. My practice surrounds graphic forms and the reuse of upcycled materials- my main objective as a artist/ designer being to contribute to the sustainable shift in youth culture and style. Conceptually aesthetically and personally I have a passion for old authentic traditional design styles. The fact that designs from the 1950's still stand strong today, proves that we don’t need to complicate things. By sticking to just a few colours & typefaces, I can create strong, memorable brand identities. I find beauty in texture and hand drawn type and am interested in taking inspiration from something old & re-developing it into something new & fresh. This can also be seen through my personal style and object design. I am a hoarder at heart and have a passion for the collection and re selling of quality made antiques, clothing and vintage designs styles. This has developed into a devotion to the sustainable use of up cycled materials in my object design and sculpture. As I like to say- I ‘FOUNDET! Humans are the only animals in nature that leave behind a garbage trail when they walk. I aim to continuously look at waste in a sociological perspective to upcycle and recreate new products that reuse materials which otherwise would have been disposed of.
Born on opposite sides of the world, a hunger for new adventures and a passion for the creative industry meant our paths collided in 2011 when we became colleagues at a Sydney based advertising agency. Fast forward 3 years, a great friendship, a brief stint as house mates and a shared appreciation for the overwhelming talent of Australian designers and producers, we find ourselves living in Melbourne and launching LVLY.
LVLY was conceived with one simple purpose: to create more happy surprises for people, more smiles, more fun. We’re determined to support local producers and designers so we place a big focus on sourcing close to home.
Verity and Hannah xx
From food stylist to ceramicist…
All my ceramics start with a ball of clay that I roll out by hand.
A shape evolves naturally from this process giving each piece its own characteristics, never quite symmetrical nor regular.
A deliberate “imperfect” design that gives them an unpredictable and simple aesthetic that reflects the Japanese “wabi sabi” philosophy which celebrates beauty in its imperfections.
The added texture that I imprint in my ceramics will let the light play with them adding an extra dimension that will invite you to stroke them and connect with their energy.
Often people say my ceramics have a soul and I do believe they have.
Their simple, organic yet elegant shape combines the essence of nature and modern design, making them a time-less item.
They are a perfect vessel to hold anything you might cherish, food or small offerings or that special object. On their own they will be a treasured possession to enjoy, exuding a refined sensibility and beauty.
My work is a response to organic forms and the ever-changing designs created by light, movement and time.
This experience is translated through a range of techniques. My exploration of both printmaking and painting allows each process to inform and enhance the other. Printmaking techniques have a very strong influence on the way the paint is applied, and often wiped away leaving a shadowy residue highlighting the textures of the surface. Activation of the surface is an integral part of my practice and adds to the diversity of mark and allows a more spontaneous and confident mark to emerge.
Extensive use of layering in these works, emulates the natural processes, shadows and subtle variations in texture and light and thus a complexity is revealed in seemingly simple structures.
With a strong focus on shape, outlines and shadows, natural forms are accentuated and abstracted to create interesting compositions reminiscent of natural layering and evolving light patterns.
I specialise in highly stylised creative portraits, drawing influence from mid-century glamour, high fashion, avant garde and fine art. My work has been describe as diverse and cinematic and constantly blurs the lines between fashion, editorial and creative portraiture.
My varied skill set allows me to tackle any project with a fresh eye and unique perspective as well as consistent attention to detail. Capable of bringing ideas to birth and delivering right through until the finished image, I take on each stage with enthusiasm and a passion for what I do.
I’m equally as comfortable working as part of a team or solo and enjoy all stages of the creative process.
Sarah White (1980) is a Sydney-based artist, writer and scientist. Awarded a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of Sydney in 2004, and a Doctorate in Medicine in 2009, Sarah has had a productive decade-long career in research and as a medical writer. In 2015 she took a hiatus from academia to focus on art, attending the Florence Academy of Art's six week intensive painting program. In 2016 she cofounded Art Escape Italy, a company offering high-end art retreats with master artists in Tuscany. She currently works from her studio in Sydney, Australia, though is also frequently found in Florence and Stockholm.
Seema Stamou is a Sydney-based visual artist working mostly in the ceramic medium. She creates unique pieces and adores the asymmetrical form which you can see in her work: bowls with uneven sides and textured surfaces, lopsided pots and curved abstract sculptures
I specialise in composite retouching. I love condensing the creative and technical strength of the photographer's work with the visual conceptualisation of the production team. I take great pleasure in combining various elements to construct an image that would be almost impossible to capture in the camera alone.
I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (Photomedia) from the University of New South Wales, experience in printing hundreds of colour prints at a pro lab in Pioneer Studios (now Sun Studios) and over 10 years working as a photographic retoucher for fashion, food, film and advertising clients. It's with this wealth of experience that I am able to draw on multiple areas of discipline to produce highly skilled and professional retouching work.
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I'm a full-time Sydney based painter working mainly with oil on canvas. Everyday life, social media, current events, are the main influences behind my work. I’m also very interested in the New York school of Abstract Expressionists from the 50’s which sparked a shift in my painting style.
"I’ve been very happy with my new window side studio at the Nest. It’s a great positive space, with a good bunch of people to work alongside."
Vic Zee is often referred to as one of the original godfathers of the Sydney underground techno scene.Vic Zee’s involvement with electronic dance music had its genesis within the context of the now legendary Sydney warehouse rave scene in the 1990s, where Vic performed on a regular basis whilst still constantly perfecting and fine-tuning his turntablist/mixing skills.Overall Vic Zee’s mission for more than two decades has always been about spreading the UNDERGROUND TECHNO SOUND, for better or worse he has always stayed true to the movement he is totally passionate about; techno with a tougher psychedelic twist.
Wendy Cohen was born in Cape Town, South Africa and currently resides in Sydney, Australia. As Africa is in her blood, she is continually inspired by its rich and majestic culture. This is evident in her creative endeavours that investigate space, structural designs and architecture.
Her works, multilayered and thickly textured, are painted in bold and bright colours in order to create a positive ambience, as well as a playful and vibrant movement. They welcome the viewer into the canvas, as though participating in the creation of the canvas and bridging the gap between viewer and artwork.
Creating freedom of expression without categorization, Wendy wishes to transcend the disconnection between the painting and the viewer by inviting the viewer to see the authentic spatial power of the works, thus removing barriers and pre-conceived judgments.
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