Where do you draw your design inspiration from? Which LDs do you most want to work with?
My design inspiration as a whole actually mostly comes from other art forms, mainly photography and current art trends. On a show-by-show basis I usually like to draw inspiration from the show itself and how the story needs to be supported. I am very lucky to spend a lot of my time with Mark Howett who has probably influenced my work the most. I like to learn from anyone and everyone but it would be great to spend more time around other female artists.
Do environmental considerations inform your design choices? Do you think the day will come when LED is the standard?
I’m a bit of a slacktivist, I feel really strongly about environmental issues etc. but I’m useless at implementing changes (I finally bought a reusable coffee mug though).
I also am a bit of a fan of traditional tungsten sources. I do think that once LED can replicate the warmth and look of tungsten they’ll rule the world.
Performing Lines is all about identifying shows and artists that are contributing to urgent conversations Australia and the world need to have. What is a conversation you think Australia needs to have right now?
As an Indigenous woman I am always for starting conversations around the gender imbalance in design as well as the lack of Indigenous designers. I think it’s really important for theatre companies and AD’s to consider gender parity across their design teams for shows (and not just employing females as costume designers). There are plenty of female designers out there, across all disciplines so there is no excuse.
I also think that we should be making more of an effort to encourage Indigenous people to consider design as a career. Whether that means employing visual artists as set designers, or giving the younger mob work placements etc., whatever it takes. The responsibility also shouldn’t just be placed solely on Indigenous companies.