A designer based in Thirroul, Australia. Trent holds a Bachelor of Design from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in Sydney, spending a portion of his degree in 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 New South Wales South Coast.
Trent Jansen applies his method of Design Anthropology to the design of products and furniture for manufacturers including Moooi, DesignByThem and Tait Outdoor. This approach is also applied to the design of limited edition and one-off pieces for clients including the Molonglo Group and design galleries Broached Commissions and Gallery All.
Trent Jansen’s awards include: Space+Edra Design Residency in 2010, Bombay Sapphire ‘Design Discovery’ Award in 2008, the Spiral ‘Rendez-vous’ Japanese Manufacturing Residency in 2006,
the Australia Council for the Arts ‘New Work’ Award in 2005 and the Object ‘New Design’ National Graduate Award in 2004.
Trent Jansen’s work is in production with Tait (www.madebytait.com.au), DesignByThem (www.designbythem.com) and The Broached Commissions (www.broachedcommissions.com) in Australia, Sekimoto (www.sekimoto.co.jp) in Japan and Moooi (www.moooi.com)
Karina Clarke is the CEO of Design Tasmania and has recently returned to Tasmania after forging a successful design career with over 25 years experience across education, interior design, furniture design, design manufacturing, management, and retail branding. In 1992 Karina undertook a Masters degree in Furniture Design at the Centre for the Arts, University of Tasmania studying under John Smith and Kevin Perkins.
After completing her MFA at UTAS she went on to work for Chiswell Furniture creating award winning furniture designs. On the back of this success she was employed by the national retailer Country Road to be their Product Development manager for all homewares, lighting and furniture.
Karina’s experience as a designer in the commercial sector gives her an acute appreciation of the market for furniture and homewares. Karina was the former Program Director for the Undergraduate Design program within the Faculty of Art and Design UNSW. Her years of study, research and teaching both in Australia and internationally, give her a deep understanding of the cultural and social influences which shape our response to objects.
The breadth of her design experience underpins her commitment to the collaboration or dialogue between designer, manufacturer and user which she sees as central to the development of an object for small scale production.
Do designers, artists and craftspeople have a role to play in addressing the current upheavals occurring, not just in Australia but throughout the world? I believe so. For sure, aesthetics (and, function when called for) is a very large consideration in my work, but the real passion for me involves moving beyond the boundaries of beauty and into the political/social/ environmental arena.
We certainly need to surround ourselves with beauty, but the question I pose is this: Can a message be told within the aesthetic? My current studio work is the carving of 13 indoor sculptures that deal with the cycles of birth, life and death within the evolutionary matrix of masculine and feminine energies that have danced together throughout time.
My outdoor site-specific sculptures are the Peace Garden, the Peace Fire, and, the almost finished 1.2 kilometre Gaia Evolution Walk. Peter Adams is a sculptor and environmental activist. He holds a history degree from Harvard and a Masters degree from Antioch College. His art is in six museums internationally. He has been writing about life on his property Windgrove for 13 years on his blog Life on the Edge (www.windgrove.com).