Beccy Bromilow met fortnightly with experienced shoemaker Eugenia Neave over a six-month period learning new construction methods which has helped diversify her product range and means she can take commissions from a wider audience, including people with slightly larger or abnormal feet, opening up a significant new market. Eugenia provided strategic business development and marketing advice as well as strategies to improve customer service, how to best manage workload, orders, and overheads, incorporating planning, research and development to reach long-term goals. The mentorship experience has given Beccy the confidence and knowledge to work more efficiently, strengthening her practice and growing her business.
Brigid Noone worked with Amy Milhinch through a series of coaching and mentoring exercises allowing her to focus and define her professional identity as a diverse arts practitioner. Being led through the process of mapping all aspects of her practice has allowed Brigid to plan how to position herself, her multiple roles and activities to a variety of audiences in the digital realm. Brigid is now equipped with a very clear direction on how to set up a powerful online presence that engages people with what she has to offer as an activator of contemporary arts practice and art spaces.
Edward Hayter (mentee) and Caren Ellis (mentor)
Edward Hayter worked with Caren Ellis to design, production manage, fabricate and install light fittings for a new wine bar on Hutt Street. This was Edward’s first product development experience and commission. The experience of having Caren Ellis guide him through the process will no doubt be pivotal in his career. Caren led Edward through the logistics of developing an idea into a fully constructed prototype, how to cost a product, the value of scale models and when to use them, as well as highlighting manufacturing processes and options.
Lisa Harms worked with Georgina Williams, Ngankiburka-Mekauwe (Senior Woman of Water) to support a structured series of conversations to enrich her Artist in Residency opportunity at Sauerbier House. These conversations have informed a series of ongoing exhibitions and presentations as part of the Sauerbier House culture exchange. The presence of Georgina’s voice and the experience of her critical and collaborative responses to Lisa’s artistic and curatorial ideas are extremely significant to the ethics and cultural relevance of the residency and to the development of Lisa’s practice with its increasing concern with the ongoing effects of her own colonial heritage.
“This mentorship has kick-started a working collaboration that will last long into the future. It has also delivered an almost complete transformation in my attitude and embrace of my own colonial pre-history toward which I have been blinkered—in a way I hardly understood— its fascinations as well as its disavowals and difficulties. I have discovered an appetite and an aptitude for archival and historical research and have broadened my vision and scope (on the steepest of learning curves) to encounter a range of disciplines”. – Lisa Harms
This mentorship took place during the development of Artlink and fine print’s first respective issues for 2016. Under Eve Sullivan’s leadership Rayleen produced a fine print magazine style guide and Eve introduced Rayleen to a number of editing strategies and priorities that have been incorporated into the editing process at fine print. Artlink magazine will continue to be a collaborator and Eve has invited Rayleen to contribute a piece to Artlink magazine. Both parties’ professional networks and development potential have increased as a result of this mentorship. Rayleen has found new confidence in her editing and project management skills as well as a stronger resolve to see fine print magazine as a leading publication in arts writing in this State. It is very exciting to see both publications going from strength-to-strength.
“The Limber Up opportunity has reinforced my role within the creative sector as a writer, publisher and curator. I feel driven to continue the work I am producing and broadening its reach into national and international networks.”
– Rayleen Forester
Zoe Woods undertook a mentorship with Andrew Baldwin to develop technical skills to prepare and use stone wheels for glass cutting. Zoe now has a comprehensive understanding of these processes that will be invaluable throughout her career. Zoe has gained a new skill set, adding versatility and a significant point of difference to her work. It also led to Zoe successfully gaining a grant for an engraving workshop in Germany, where she will further develop the complexity of pattern making in her work. Andrew found it very rewarding to work with Zoe and they are planning to work together again later this year. An unexpected outcome of this mentorship was improved work practices for Zoe when Andrew assisted in the set up her new studio space, assisting with decisions around equipment purchase and studio layout.