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PKN Posters: Perth Vol. 12
About the City's Organizers
Graduating from Curtin University in 2009, Jessica has been working as an Interior Designer in Perth ever since. She currently works at MONO which is a young boutique interior design firm. Always a passionate designer, Jessica also wanted to contribute somehow to the Perth design scene on a larger scale. At this time everyone was bagging Perth and she wanted to prove to others that it was a real city with real things in it. Taking on Pecha Kucha Perth with her trusty uni friend Tara Slade was the perfect solution. The concept of PK was so simple- and also encourages local creatives to show their work, network with others, get inspired and learn more. Even if it is just providing a laugh by her terrible MC antics, if via PK Jess manages to inspire a bunch of people, the night to her has been a success and the legacy of this fantastic idea will be sure to carry on!
Tara graduated with honours from Curtin University in 2009, with a BA in Interior Architecture. After 3 years studying at Curtin and part time experience in a commercial interior design firm, she spent a year in Melbourne where she studied furniture design part time at Monash University and worked full time at a residential architecture studio. Exposure to the stimulating design landscape of Melbourne made her think about how the built environment can contribute to an impression of creativity and vitality in a city. This hiatus inspired an honours thesis project back at Curtin, based on how the design of the built environment can encourage this sense of vibrant energy, and contribute to the attraction and retention of creative talent in Perth, specifically focusing on a site within Fremantle (her beloved home town). This has been a continuing subject of interest and has led to the re-ignition of Pecha Kucha Nights in Perth, organized alongside a friend from university who shared her desire to be proactive about stirring the amazing creative scene we knew was present within our city. These nights provide an approachable platform for people to present thoughts, projects, or anything of interest to peers in a stimulating visual forum, which specifically encourages networking across disciplines. Since graduating, she has traveled throughout Asia and Europe, and has settled back in Fremantle where she works at an architectural studio in the west end.