At Make Nice, We Promise To...
not get stale
high five and hold up other women
laugh quite a bit
make friends and make change together
make a safe space
make change in the world
do our best
get down (* dance)
to create, create, create.
Director, Ngaio Parr
Ngaio (say it Nigh-Oh) Parr Is a multidisciplinary designer, illustrator, and curator. She holds a Bachelor of Design from the Queensland College of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Queensland University of Technology, and currently teaches design and illustration at the University of Technology, Sydney. After working on programs and engagement within public art institutions and taking on the role of gallery manager at Milani Gallery for four years, Ngaio now runs her own independent studio working with an array of collaborators including Redbull, Sibella Court, Triple J and the Institute of Modern Art.
Editor, Meg Madden
Meg Madden is a Senior Policy Writer with NSW Government. She has a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Women's Studies and English from Flinders University, South Australia and an Advanced Diploma in Editing and Publishing. She is currently part-way through a Master of Arts at the University of Sydney, just because she likes the reading lists. Meg volunteers with and is very passionate about the Sydney Story Factory, a not-for-profit creative writing centre for young people in Redfern, where she has a management role. Any spare time after that is spent working as a writer and editor for a range of publications.
Co-Founder Alexandra Winters was integral to the formation of the initial Make Nice: An Un-Conference for Creative Women in 2016. We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavours.
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In our continued efforts to do the crazy-amazing things we dream up, we are excited about presenting Make Nice: An Unconference for Creative Women in Sydney in September 2017.
To start with, you can expect some in-depth and collaborative town-hall like discussions. We’re inviting some very inspiring (read: hero level) creatives to lead our talks, and will open the floor up to our network of Make Nice women to share and learn from each other’s experiences.
We’re also building some practical, interesting, super-useful and very fun workshops. We know some professionals who can actually support you, and want to set aside a couple of hours of strategy and advice to help you live your best life.
And don’t worry, our social skills and ability to laugh, have fun and be inspired and excited by each other is still one of our best qualities. We’re definitely planning some socials because we think having a working (and sometimes drinking) relationship with women across a range of industries and fields makes life better. We also have the in on some of the best places in Sydney and will think of any excuse to make a night of it.
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Leslie David. Designer. FRANCE.
French and Paris based designer Leslie David graduated from Les Arts Décoratifs of Strasbourg and launched her own studio in 2009. She dedicates her work to print and global branding in many fields such as fashion, beauty, art and music. Leslie likes to work comprehensively and her work is refined, meticulous and very instinctive - always exploring a large spectrum of mediums going from photography, hand-drawn elements to collage and paint. She has been working for famous brands such as Nike, Chanel, Colette, A.P.C., Lancôme, Maison Kitsuné. She won an award at the french Art Directors club and has been selected by Print Magazine as the 30 people under 30 to follow in 2010. Her work have been exhibited in Los Angeles, Tokyo, Copenhagen and Paris.
Adi Goodrich. Set Designer and Art Director. USA.
In her studio, Adi and and the team create all sets in-house and by hand. They find it critical to maintain the handmade in a time when digital tools have taken dominance in most creative fields. Adi’s work is not limited to Set Design. She has also progressed to directing commercials, designing interiors, doing production design, illustration, photography, animation, event design as well as furniture design. She is inspired by art history, foliage, the history of craft, traveling for new found inspiration, printed matter and instills all of these ideas into the worlds she creates.
She has received awards which include the Presidential Merit Scholarship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Director’s Club Young Guns Award. Some of her clients include Sony Music, RCA, Apple, Macklemore, Nickelodeon, Facebook, Wieden + Kennedy and The Hollywood Reporter.
Elizabeth Weinberg. Photographer. USA
Elizabeth Weinberg lives and works in Los Angeles by way of Boston and Brooklyn. With an educational background in photojournalism, she specializes in storytelling and portraiture that mixes a loose, effortless style with measured precision that produces cinematic, timeless work. She has expanded her decade of professional experience in still photography into a newfound love of directing evocative motion pieces.
Her skills in imaging post-production set her apart. She believes that the finessing of color, saturation, and grain is just as important to a still or moving piece as its content. She loves to be hands-on in applying her signature colour style to best convey a story's particular mood.
Elizabeth has been recognised with awards and features from PDN's 30 Photographers to Watch, the Art Directors Club's Young Guns, and Communication Arts. Her clients include the New York Times, ELLE, Billboard, Target, Nike, Starbucks, Urban Outfitters, and Reebok. She lives on the east side of LA with with her husband and son, and drinks at least two cold brew coffees per day.
Suzy Tuxen. Owner and Designer at A Friend Of Mine Design Studio. AUSTRALIA.
After graduating with a BA in Communication Design from RMIT in 2003, Suzy Tuxen cut her teeth for several years at Studio Round in Melbourne. She then spent two years in London working for multidisciplinary design studio Multistorey. In 2009 she moved home (after getting too cold) and set up her own practice A Friend of Mine in the second bedroom of her rental flat.
Seven years on A Friend of Mine remains a deliberately small design practice comprising of just Suzy and Cassie Brock, who joined the team as a designer 3 years ago after completing an internship (Suzy found she just couldn't let her go). There have been several other valued collaborators including friends, freelancers and interns who have contributed along the way.
Instead of having a distinctive 'house style' A Friend of Mine prefers to keep project designs varied which allows them to be continuously curious and engaged with the creative process. By tailoring design responses to the specific needs of an increasingly broad client base this ensures Suzy and Cassie never get bored. Suzy has a 1 year old baby boy and has managed the juggle running a business and spending time with her baby with the help of her progressive husband and supportive mum.
Jess Scully. Vivid Ideas Curator, Policy Thinker, Festival Director, and Media Producer. AUSTRALIA.
Jess Scully is a curator, policy thinker, festival director and media producer who is passionate about using creativity to inspire social change: she seeks to curate projects that inspire curiosity, spark conversation and explore opportunities for the arts and creativity to deliver impact in communities and add value to the broader economy. Jess is the curator of Vivid Ideas: an annual event connecting creative practitioners and businesses with global leaders, to support professional development and expand market opportunities for the sector. Spanning industries from art and architecture to gaming and filmmaking: the Vivid Ideas program now brings together close to 80,000 participants and has been recognised by the Guardian UK as one of the top ten ideas festivals in the world.
Jess is one of the curators of TEDxSydney: since 2013 she has collaborated with a talented team of volunteers to help deliver one of the most sophisticated talks events in the world. As a public art consultant, Jess is delivering permanent public art and temporary projects for Green Square Library and Plaza. She is also public art curator for 60 Martin Place and Barrack Place (for Investa), and public realm activations at Quay Quarter Sydney (for AMP Capital). In the past, Jess served as policy advisor to the NSW Minister of the Arts, directed the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards (SOYA), and edited magazines including Empty, Yen and SummerWinter.
Brodie Lancaster. Editor and Writer. AUSTRALIA.
Brodie Lancaster is a Melbourne-based editor and writer whose work explores pop culture, feminism and feelings. Her writing has been featured in magazines, books and websites including Rookie, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Vulture, Jezebel, Smith Journal, The Walkley Magazine and The Pitchfork Review. In 2012, she founded Filmme Fatales, an independent publication exploring the places where film and feminism intersect. It is produced in Melbourne with contributors, readers and stockists all over the world.
Brodie is a senior editor at Melbourne writing studio The Good Copy, she is the managing editor of Rooftop Cinema and a co-ordinator at the annual Independent Photography Festival. In 2015, she delivered a TEDxYouth talk on expectations of and contradictions around women’s likeability on screen. She is an occasional and mediocre DJ, specialising in packing as many Nicki Minaj guest verses as possible into a set. Her first book—a pop culture memoir called No Way! Okay, Fine—will be released by Hachette in 2017.
Elize Strydom. Documentary photographer and radio journalist. AUSTRALIA.
Elize Strydom is a documentary photographer and ABC radio journalist based in Sydney, Australia. She has been photographing live music, weddings and the world around her professionally for seven years. In 2011, Elize travelled to New York City to study photojournalism under Frank Fournier at the International Center of Photography.
In September 2012, she began the independent project 'Small Town Girl' in New South Wales, Australia. In 2013/14 she continued the project in six US states and in early 2015, Elize travelled to South Africa to live with and photograph another six teenage girls in out of the way places. 'Small Town Girl - Australia' was exhibited as part of the Head On Photo Festival in May 2013 and at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery in December 2013. That same year, Elize was named 'runner-up' in the photography category of the national Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards. In 2015 ‘Small Town Girl - Australia, South Africa and the USA’ was exhibited at Gaffa Gallery in Sydney’s CBD as part of the Head On Photo Festival.
Images from the project have been published in the Weekend Australian Magazine, Frankie Magazine and Incandescent Magazine as well as online via BuzzFeed and Vice.
Niccola Phillips. Art Director and Artist / Head of Art at M&C Saatchi. AUSTRALIA.
Niccola has over thirteen years’ experience working across direct, digital, print, design and TV. She loves creating big ideas that work hard and produce great results for clients. The agencies that she has worked at include M&C Saatchi, DDB/RAPP Sydney and MercerBell and she is now Head of Art at LIDA, part of the M&C Saatchi Group.
Niccola has received industry awards and commendations from the Webbies, AC&E, ADMA and the Echoes. She has judged the AWARD and AC&E Awards, and is on the AWARD Committee. She is a National AWARD School Chair for 2016, and has recently championed a networking and mentoring program for female creatives called The Power of Ten.
Niccola is also a breast cancer survivor and is one of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research's ambassadors. Niccola spends her spare hours writing, taking photographs and creating sculptural works. She has been exhibited in various Sydney and Melbourne galleries and has been the recipient of sculpture and photography prizes.
Meet our Founding Partners and Sponsors
Situated along the re-developed Kensington Street precinct, The Old Clare Hotel has a rich, varied history and architecture. Chippendale has become the home of choice for dozens of art galleries, production houses, graphic and fashion design studios, plus Sydney’s most exciting new restaurants, cafés and bars. Make Nice attendees to have access to 15% off best available rates for The Old Clare Hotel.
aMBUSH Gallery is much more than a physical exhibition space. It’s an innovative program of site-specific, project-based art activations stemming from a unique fusion of philanthropic and commercial impulses.
This multi-award winning gallery has demonstrated history of staging highly successful activations, which not only engage and entertain new audiences, but also provide sustainable futures for emerging and established artists. aMBUSH Gallery, which is an initiative of Wiltshire + Dimas Management, has made a significant contribution to the social, economic and cultural development of metropolitan and regional Australia. Major projects have included the groundbreaking Outpost Project on Cockatoo Island, which was the biggest street art festival in the world, and Project Five, an initiative which provides opportunities for artistic youth in Sydney.
Spectacularly located 'downtown' at the southern edge of the CBD, Central Park is a $2 billion 21st-century urban village occupying nearly 6 hectares on the site of the former Carlton and United Brewery on Broadway. Blending old and new architecture to provide an exceptional destination to live, work and relax, Central Park ensures its buildings improve livability and enrich the surroundings. This is the story of a city within a city. With 11 buildings, 1,800 apartments and a lively collection of shops, cafes, restaurants, laneways, terraces and offices, Central Park transforms the old Brewery site in Chippendale into an intelligent interplay of buildings and public spaces, and raises the benchmark for sustainable living globally. At the centre of the development is Central Park Mall - a retail hub unlike any other. This multi-level vertical mall boasts a sun-drenched emporium, future-forward sustainable architecture, free Wi-Fi and extended trading hours.
Vivid Sydney is a festival of light, music and ideas, the largest of its kind in the world. From May 27 to June 18, 2016, the event will feature an outdoor ‘gallery’ of extraordinary lighting sculptures, a cutting-edge contemporary music program, some of the world’s most important creative industry forums and the spectacular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails. More than 1.7 million people attended Vivid Sydney 2015, making it the largest event of its kind in the world. Vivid Sydney was named Australian Event of the Year in 2013, Australia’s Best Tourism Event in 2013-2015 and won a Helpmann Award for Best Special Event in 2014. In 2015, Vivid Sydney received top honours at the Pacific Asia Travel Association Grand and Gold Awards in the Marketing–State Government Destination category. Destination NSW was also awarded seven accolades at the 2015 IFEA Pinnacle Awards for its marketing and promotion of Vivid Sydney. Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency.
Adobe provide digital media and marketing solutions worldwide. They’re a big deal. They have a focus on gender diversity in the workplace and love showcasing their female leaders. They also believe in work / life balance, building a nurturing environment and supporting initiatives like Make Nice - hurrah for that!.
Broadly is a website and digital video channel devoted to representing the multiplicity of women's experiences. Through original reporting and documentary film, we provide a sustained focus on the issues that matter most to women. As one YouTube commenter succinctly put it: "So basicly [sic] vice but excluding anything of relevance that includes men."
frankie magazine is a national bi-monthly based in Australia, aimed at women (and men) looking for a magazine that’s as smart, funny, sarcastic, friendly, cute, rude, arty, curious and caring as they are. Dedicated to celebrating fashion, art, craft, music, travel, design, photography, and pop culture’s quirkier aspects – frankie aims to surprise and delight readers with every turn of its beautifully matte pages, and have a good old laugh while doing so.
Cake Wines is a relatively new winery, created by a couple of young wine makers and young wine lovers who share a collective love for the world and culture of wine. Started literally out of the back of a truck by Mike Smith and Glen Cassidy, together with wine making friends Sarah and Tim Burvill, and now a growing list of exciting young wine makers, we set out on a journey to do something different, to see how far we could push things, to see what we could discover. We make wines predominantly from the Adelaide Hills but don't believe in a "one size fits all" viticultural approach.
Nadine Ingram earned her stripes as a pastry chef in Michelin star restaurants. After completing her apprenticeship in the Hunter Valley, Nadine boarded a plane for London then walked straight into the kitchen of Le Gavroche where she worked fine tuning her craft. After another stint at Richard Corrigan’s Lindsay House in Soho where she learned to fight as good as the boys, she moved oto the The Ivy where the culture became dramatically more civilized despite it being a male dominated industry. Long hours and days soon paid off and Nadine later gained the role of head Pastry chef at Le Caprice continuing to carve a place out for herself in baking. After the birth of her first daughter Poppy, she moved back to Sydney where she worked for MG garage and our beloved Bourke Street Bakery developing a lot of recipes for their rapidly expanding empire. Shortly after the birth of her second daughter Ruby, Nadine built a business called Cookie couture, making knock out hand iced gingerbread from her kitchen bench. In the first year the business went from supplying one café to 25 cafes, whilst the bassinet became a permanent fixture in her kitchen. Then by the time Ruby was three Cookie Couture was being shipped to all Thomas dux stores in NSW and VIC as well. It's the opening of her very own bakery, Flour and Stone in Woolloomooloo, that has finally seen Ingram fulfil a lifelong ambition. Flour and Stone has become famed for the Pannacotta Lamington although it’s probably the Fine apple tart that Nadine prefers to call her signature. Nadine attributes her success to hard work not luck.
Founded in 2007, Carbon8 is Sydney’s premium digital print house and a trusted advisor to the leading creative agencies and corporates.
May Tree Studios is a vibrant design team. Our approach is to make the client front and centre to our design process - we design with them, not for them. We actively pursue projects that encourage the re-use of existing buildings and materials. We believe that great architecture is beautiful through its constraint, its usefulness and its balance. Our approach means we can offer design services and outcomes for every budget. To achieve this we keep our communication simple, our project management sharp and our end game clear - great architecture and interior design that speaks for itself. Owner and architect Rebecca Caldwell, has worked in small and large firms over the past 12 years, collecting knowledge that spans from bespoke residential design through to major public and institutional architecture. Rebecca enjoys creating a space where people are valued, listened to and excited about the process of design. Rebecca is a member of the Australian Institute of Architects and regular contributor to local architecture conversations in Queensland.
Hannah Brady is a Sydney based creative consultant with a focus on aesthetic development, book design, event installation, interior & exterior design. Her approach to interiors & spaces is artisanal and holistic. Each project is established with intrinsic consideration for frames & character. The common thread through all of the projects that Hannah & the studio takes on is that every space should serve humble everyday needs. Hannah is known as jack of all trades which has led her to assisting some of Australia’s most accomplished stylists, architects and interior designers.
Beautifully presented, locally made whole food greatness. Preservative-free, no refined sugars, low salt, dairy free, vegan-friendly. Founded by Alex Lawson and Karina Parry, Love Soup is dedicated to the craft of eating beautifully. Using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients of the highest quality, our produce is passionately handcrafted in small batches, each week from Australia’s Bondi Beach.
Two Birds Brewing launched in 2011 and are Australia’s first female owned and operated brewing company. Jayne and Danielle take pride in nurturing balanced, flavoursome and approachable brews. In 2014 they found a home in Spotswood Melbourne’s inner west, turning an Engineering and tool making factory into a Brewery and Tasting Room, known as “The Nest”.
Two Birds make the kind of beers that they enjoy drinking, so they make beers that have flavour and interest, while being clean, sessionable and approachable. Two Birds Brewing believe in balance, both in beer and in life, so they aim to make the kind of beers that suit good times with your mates and also that match whatever is on your plate.
At Sensory Lab, we’re on a constant mission to deliver you the ultimate coffee experience. Again. And again. From sourcing the finest beans on the planet, to perfecting our roast profiles to make sure your coffee blend is balanced and refined to the n’th degree, we’re obsessive about ensuring the coffee in your cup is the greatest sensory experience you’ll have.
Sensory Lab is a member of the St Ali Family. St Ali Family is a pioneering Specialty Coffee company based in Melbourne that supply like minded partners across Australia and overseas. The business comprises a wholesale roastery, cafe & retail espresso bars and an online presence. St Ali Family combines science and passion to continually pioneer innovation in the specialty coffee industry. They employ many talented and high profile members of the Specialty Coffee community. This talent is injected into education, research and development, production and management. The team is made up of World Champion Baristas, World Championship Coffee Judges and industry leaders.
Carbon8 are a printing company and trusted advisor to a range of leading creative agencies, corporates and individuals. We strive to bring a new level of service and guidance to our customer engagements. We aim to push the envelope by investing significant time and energy in developing unique ways to allow our client's marketing materials to cut through and better represent them. In an industry that is known for being filled to the brim with old men, we are two slightly younger men, 5 women and a bunch of other men who really love what we do and are proud to be supporting Make Nice and creative women (and men) everywhere."
T Totaler is a Sydney based loose leaf tea company who creates unique and locally grown loose leaf tea and herbal blends. They have a tea bar in Newtown, Sydney where you can try over thirty of their blends which have a native Australian grown focus. All their tea is packaged in environmentally friendly apothecary jars which you can bring back for a refill. From experimental brew methods to the traditional cup visit T Totaler at 555a King Street, Newtown.
Spread Australia is a creative agency based in Brisbane specialising in Graphic Design, Audiovisual Production and Web Design. We believe in the creation of a ideas with impactful messages.
We’re The Print Bar - a creative studio and innovative Australian owned and run garment printing company. We’re in the business of print, design and creativity and are proud to say we’ve garnered a reputation for our top notch digital prints, screen prints, embroidery and vinyl prints. Run by a team of designers, artists and print specialists, The Print Bar’s goal is to take our client’s plans from ideas to print. Like most ideas, The Print Bar came from humble beginnings. Starting out in the suburbs of Brisbane, we’ve rapidly grown over recent years, expanding our worker family and our printer family along with it. We've got big plans to expand into garment production, increase our support of ethical manufacturing and improve our product and print time standards. We're excited for what the future holds - why not join us for the journey?
Make Nice receives funds from Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund.
Make Nice is receiving photography support from Alex Carlyle.
Alex Carlyle is over the moon to be doing what she loves every day and calling it "work". As cheesy as it may sound, she sees the magic and beauty in everything and everyone, and is just as likely to be taking photos on her days off as on a work day - Alex likes to document everything. She treats each job like a treasure hunt, her favourite moments are those where she can catch people being natural and truly enjoying themselves, that's the gold. Stylistically, Alex's photos are bright, clean, and classic - a like an image that can't go out of date.
Make Nice is receiving photography support from Sam Riles Photography.
Climbing trees, roasting macadamias from her garden and running wildly into neighbouring paddocks, with a camera strapped around her wrist, was one of the many joys Sam remembers of growing up in Berry. Initially starting out using a point & shoot film camera at University, Sam soon learnt the value of each photograph on a roll of film, which in turn heavily influenced her concise style to shooting in digital today. In the years since graduating Sam has explored various mediums, but has fallen in love with lifestyle photography. She has worked as a freelance photographer on weddings, family portraits, fashion looks, start-up business', blogs, e-commerce, and collaborations with fellow creatives on past and upcoming projects. Sam Riles' true passion lies in capturing rare moments in the everyday, where movement and light come into play and an image is created resulting in accidental beauty.
Make Nice receives Videography support from Hannah Mccowatt.
Hannah Mccowatt is a freelance photographer and videographer based in Sydney who contributes to a number of online and print magazines, currently working at SBS Broadcasting. With a massive obsession with sunrises you can find her most mornings swimming and taking photos by the sea before work. (portrait attached)
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