designer mentors











































Ms Kylie Bickle

Kylie Bickle is a highly versatile and experienced Queensland Designer with an extensive portfolio in wearable design, fashion, furniture and integrated design in the public realm. She is a finalist in the 2011 Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival. Ms Bickle has accepted the role of design curator for the Design Futures Residency at KGSC in 2011.

Kylie’s web “KIP & BRAND” showcases recent fashion collections:


Ms Nicki LLoyd

Recently announced as the Premier’s Smart State Design Fellow for 2011, Nicki Lloyd, is a graphic designer, a DIA Fellow and Director of Lloyd Grey Design. She was recognised for her long-standing commitment to fostering design thinking in Queensland through her business, as a guest lecturer at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, and as a member of several professional organisations including the Design Institute Australia, Australia Graphic Design Association and the Australian Marketing Institute.

Lloyd Grey Design:


Ms Natalie Wright

Natalie Wright FDIA, Immediate Past President, Design Institute of Australia Qld Branch, DIA National Director, Lecturer, Interior Design, School of Design, Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering, Queensland University of Technology. In 2010, Natalie has been responsible for the development of goDesign a program aimed at introducing design ideas, design learning and design process skills to secondary students in regional Queensland schools. Natalie is the co-planner of the “Generation” design workshops for the Asia Pacific Design Triennial in 2010, and curator of the “homegrown” slow design event, Southbank Parklands, July 2011.



Ms Sophie Munns

Sophie Munns, Visual Artist from Homegrown Team 8. Her ongoing project 'Homage to the Seed' was launched whilst based at Mt Coot-tha for the 2010 Brisbane Botanic Gardens Artist-in-Residence program - collaborating at the Seed Lab set up by Kew Garden's global Millennium Seed Bank Project - a joint endeavor with the Qld chapter of 'Seeds for Life'. In October this year she will undertake a residency at the Millennium Seed Bank in Sussex, UK, having been invited by the Director on seeing her 'Homage to the Seed' book, to contribute ideas on ways visual communication and art processes may enhance the dissemination of knowledge from this critically important facility to the public.

Sophie Munns:

Mr Jonathan Baxter

Jonathan Baxter is considered to be among the world's leading exponents of origami, and is passionate about the potential of this ancient art form to express complex ideas in Science, Maths, the Arts and in many other fields. He has published one book on the science and maths of Origami and is working on a second. He is currently filming in Brisbane for an instructional origami project to be released in the near future, and was the creator of an amazing animated origami work for a Fairfax News NZ Television campaign. He has been a regular guest at KGSC Art since 2007.

Jonathan and “PLICO”:


Ms Yen Trinh

Yen Trinh is currently a Program Officer at QLD Department of Planning and Infrastructure and is the recently announced 2011 Premier’s Emerging Design Leader. Yen was responsible for the Brisbane PARK(ing) Day initiative in 2008, designed to raise awareness of urban design. The award recognises the rising talent within the Queensland design sector and acknowledges Ms Trinh's work as a passionate advocate for the power of design in bringing about societal change.

City Love:



Mr Kent Gration

Kent Gration is the founder of Integration Studio, a multi-disciplinary design company, working in the areas of graphic, product and furniture design. The company addresses social and environmental issues through design. Kent believes that “good design should last forever, but needn’t last forever in the environment.” Wambamboo is Kent’s current range of bamboo furniture addressing growing concerns regarding the overuse of non-renewable, polluting materials in the furniture industry and their long-term environmental and sociological effects. In 2010, Kent won the inaugural Queensland Premier’s Emerging Design Leader Award, enabling him to exhibit his Constellation Lighting series at the Asia Pacific Design Triennial - Brisbane and 100% Design Shanghai.



Ms Svenja Kratz

Svenja Kratz is a contemporary Brisbane based artist interested in interdisciplinary practice with a focus on the intersections and creative possibilities of art/science. Since 2007, she has been working in the area of cell and tissue culture at the Queensland University of Technology's (QUT) Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI). During this time she has produced an evolving series of exhibitions collectively titled The Absence of Alice.   The title refers to her early experiences culturing a cell line derived in 1973 from the bone cancer lesion of an 11-year old girl, called Alice.  All subsequent exhibitions map the creative evolution and movement of this initial engagement into other areas of applied biology, including genetic engineering and primary culture of human and fetal calf cells. She is currently completing a PhD in bio-media art in a creative partnership between the Creative Industries Faculty and IHBI at QUT.


Mr Liam Key

Liam Key completed his Masters in Interactive & Visual Design at QUT in 2010 to continue his personal pursuits of greaters creative digital potential. Liam is currently a tutor at QUT and Billy Blue College of Design, along with working freelance in the industry. His skills range from video production to animation, programming to architectural projection mapping, web developing to design initiatives. He is currently represented as an artist by The Channon Gallery for his fine prints.

Artist site:


Ms Sue Welch

Sue Welch, Educator and “Designing Futures” Innovator in Residence. Sue is a volunteer supporter, member of the planning team and passionate advocate of the values of access and equity in education. Sue contributed her extensive experience and insights to the educational philosophy embodied in the program. Sue is particularly devoted to encouraging different faculties to find time to exchange ideas about pedagogy, and was a constant presence in classrooms throughout all residencies, workshops and meetings. She contributed greatly to strategic thinking about the educational goals, talked to students about their responses and collected extensive evidence of program impacts.

































































































This program was made possible by a 2011 designer residency grant from Arts Queensland. We thank all designers, artists and supporters who have participated in the program and contributed to great learning experiences in our classrooms.