Design Identities of Australia: Communities in Design

Identity is a hotly contested philosophical arena – and, rightly so. But especially for our creative community, expressing identity through design carries a significantly broad array of integral stakeholders we need to consider. Across Australia, the Indigenous design world is leading the charge for reconsidering the role design plays in expressing the identity of communities.

Moderator and Speakers

Alice Blackwood - Moderator

Co-Editor of Indesign

Trent Jansen from Trent Jansen Studio

Trent holds a Bachelor of Design from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in Sydney, as well as from the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. After a period working under Marcel Wanders in Amsterdam, Trent returned to Australia to set up a design studio in Sydney, before moving his practice to Thirroul on the NSW South Coast. He applies his method of Design Anthropology to his designs for product and furniture manufacturers, such as, Moooi, DesignByThem and Tait Outdoor. He is also represented by broached commissions and Living Edge in Australia, and Gallery All in Beijing and Los Angeles also represent him.

Kyle Vander Kuyp from Schiavello

Kyle is an Indigenous Australian athlete and a descendant of the Yuin Clan of south coast NSW and the Woromi Clan of north coast NSW. He holds the Australian record for 110m Hurdles and the Australian record for 60m Hurdles indoors and has been National Champion 12 times. He has received many honours for his contributions as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander athlete. In 2003 he won the prestigious Charles Perkins Award and has worked for various organisations as an ambassador and mentor for Indigenous youth these include Red Dust Role Models, the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience, Athletics Australia, Beyond Blue, BHP, Rio Tinto, Centrelink, Cathy Freeman Foundation and is currently working for AFL Sports Ready.

Lyn Balzer & Tony Perkins from LynandTony

Based between Sydney and Byron Bay, Lyn & Tony began their career as photographers, moving into jewellery by accident, before exploring scent, furniture, art installation and objects. Their universe may be a highly creative, multi-faceted one, but each aspect flows from the same vein: sensuality, texture and a celebration of the Australian landscape. Lyn & Tony make for seekers, collectors and sensualists. Their statement jewels come with a comforting weight and voluptuous touch, and have garnered a cult following from creative influencers spanning fashion, architecture, design and contemporary art.