Carissa Wu is an emerging artist from Singapore based in Walyallup/Fremantle. Informed by her training in Fine Arts and Art Therapy, she hosts creative flower-making workshops, crafting everlasting heirloom bouquets and fabricates giant paper flower Installations that bring joy to communities across Western Australia.
Growing up as a shy child, Carrissa relied on drawing pictures and writing stories to express herself, connect with others and overcome social anxiety. She specialises in using crepe paper and recycled materials to draw inspiration from the complexities of Australian native flora and plants around the world. As an immigrant respectfully living on Whadjuk Noongar country, reflecting on the personal and cultural significance of flowers helps her make meaningful connections with the land and the people she is privileged to be a part of.
The therapeutic nature of artmaking continues to help Carrissa through life's challenges and drives her passion to share the joy of paper flowers with others. Her distinctly colourful, realistic style has been featured in House & Garden UK, Frankie magazine and Sunday Times Magazine, as well as King’s Park Botanic Garden and Araluen Botanic Park.
Mikaela is an emerging Western Australian artist. Having trained in both design and community development, she works predominantly as a public artist, printmaker and arts facilitator. Mikaela’s practice often explores the evolution of landscapes (natural and built); the significance of plant species to place or local narratives; and the details, growth and function of plants and all of their parts.
Mikaela has painted a variety of commissions; large scale murals for local councils, developments and festivals, and coordinated a string of community art projects. These bright florals and her unique, intuitive line-work, illustrating form and texture, can be found across metro and regional WA.
Her latest body of work is a print series. She hopes to introduce some of the processes and techniques from this new printmaking work into her public art practice over the coming months.
Moving to the City of Stirling in 2021, Jessica has spent the last year establishing her art business.
Artistically encouraged by her parents in her formative years to express herself and actively develop a variety of skills, she has pursued structured education, guidance from mentors and extensive personal study. Jessica is skilled in a multitude of mediums and primarily uses these skills for works in sculpture and mixed medium.
After more than a decade of working directly with clients within the disability sector and 7 years volunteering in the LGBTQI community, Jessica has decided to bring her significant knowledge of improving mental health and the benefits of creating connections human to human to a wider audience through her artwork.
Jessica has been and continues to be involved in a number of exciting collaborative projects with other Perth artists and is currently working towards her first solo exhibition at the Quirky Fox Gallery in New Zealand. A highlight to date for Jessica has been having a piece of her collab work in the Interconnected Exhibition held By Beautiful Bizarre Magazine earlier this year.
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Anton “Factotum” Lord is an AV Technician based in Perth, Western Australia and CEO of the multi-disciplinary
design/fabrication/installation company Factotum Industries.
Once described as “an artist trapped in a scientist’s body” Anton has spent the last few years breaking out and applying his daytime technical skill set to creating interactive, sculptural forms frequently with kinetic, optical or acoustic components. These adventures include blending audio, electronics, solar, wood, metal, and composites.
A long association with Blazing Swan as participant, former committee member and event ranger saw the first few pieces of his art displayed and the ®evolution soon began.
Previous installations have ranged from giant trees filled with speakers to rings of illuminated water tanks set on the shoreline and frequently fuse the power of electronics against the backdrop of nature.
A number of his works have been exhibited at festivals, events and public exhibitions throughout the state.
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Louise Wells is an artist living in Inglewood, Western Australia.
Looking at the lost beauty in the ordinary is a major theme she explores, and this has led to more focus on the use of recycled materials, mostly textiles, for their suggested narrative and concerns over waste and for the environment.
Louise’s work is inspired by domestic life, family stories and observations on current events. Over the past few years, the main focus of Louise’s work has been in her local community. Her solo exhibition Suburban Secrets 2021, explored the history and changes in Inglewood over the past 100 years. Her recent collaborative exhibition It’s a Matter of How You Look at Things takes inspiration from her observations of the small often overlooked and often delightful elements on her daily walk around her suburb.
Louise has exhibited in numerous group and jury selected exhibitions. She was a finalist in twentyFIVE+ 2022, York Botanic Art Prize 2021, Collie Art Prize (CAP) and Australian Textile Award 2020. In 2019 her work was selected for Cultura Diffusa, Como Italy and Fiber Arts IX, California USA. She has also been a five times finalist in Wearable Art Mandurah, winning the Avant Garde category in 2017. Recent solo exhibitions include Of Our Time - Ordinary Lives 2018, Suburban Secrets 2021. Her work is held in public and private collections.
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Josh Wells is a photographer and videographer based in Boorloo, Western Australia. His works span music, food and hospitality, events, portraiture, and fine art photography.
All of Josh’s commercial and creative work cultivate a sense of community and connectedness, with special attention towards storytelling, supporting local economies, and highlighting the works of owner-operator businesses. His creative projects include Stirling Songwriters Club, a channel for live acoustic music recordings for independent musicians; Down by 12th Avenue, a blog dedicated to highlighting owner-operator businesses in food and hospitality; and ThirdPlaces, an independent and ad-free directory of community-oriented hospitality businesses throughout Perth.
His client work includes community and non-profit groups including Inglewood on Beaufort, Short Back and Sidewalks, and the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra, local councils including City of Subiaco, City of Vincent, City of Stirling, and Town of Bassendean.
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