Nominee Category – Artisan

Kara Cooper

Illustrator, textile designer and artist

Kara Cooper’s world of Mount Vic and Me is a pop-art kaleidoscope of Australiana, politics, kitsch and animals. Kara’s career started in graphic design in 1993 and her skills range from illustration, interpretive design, web design, typography, painting and textile design. The fabrics she has created feature iconic Australian birds, flora and fauna. The textiles have been taken on by various interior designers and upholsterers around Australia, the United Kingdom and the USA through her Spoonflower shop and her own exclusive collection. Her funky Australiana socks, Blue Mountains Socks, are available online and in many retail locations. She enjoys collaborating and volunteering within her Blue Mountains community.

Julie Paterson

Painter, printmaker and textile designer

Julie Paterson has demonstrated her creative arts leadership as an artisan in hosting ‘Look Draw Print’ workshops on her Blackheath property or in various locations across NSW. Julie finds joy in collaborating with others to make something together that they couldn’t make alone.  Her work explores the boundaries between art and textile design and is consistently inspired by her experiences and observation of the Australian landscape. Over 25 years ago she established Cloth, a fabric company and has an online store for her prints and merchandise. Julie also takes commissions and mounts exhibitions.

Marian Shapiro

Mosaic contemporary artist

Marian Shapiro’s leadership is as a multi-award-winning artist. She has exhibited, taught and spoken nationally and internationally and has represented Australia in two International Symposia of Contemporary Mosaics in Italy. As a contemporary artist, she is fascinated by the creative tension of using ancient techniques and traditional materials to make modern art.  Marian’s pieces are often inspired by the materials she uses and by the contrasts that she can achieve by mixing different textures in the same piece such as the roughness of marble against the smoothness of glass.



As a well-respected creative artisan leader in the field of finely crafted jewellery, Sondi has taught and mentored students through workshops and individual tuition.  She is thoroughly embedded in the community and has been instrumental to the success of emerging jewellers through her mentorship. She is inspired by her environment, her community of jewellers, her students and other artisans. She is influenced by timeless designers, reflected in her work as a kaleidoscope of inspiration.  Her passion is people and art. Her career spans over 30 years and her work marries the unique qualities of metals with jewellery skills honed through practice, experimentation and learning from others.

Christine Thompson


Christine Thompson is a creative leader as an award-winning milliner with over 25 years of experience in opera, theatre, film and musicals. Shows she have created hats for include Aladdin, Carmen, The Magic Flute, My Fair Lady and Moulin Rouge. Christine’s Millinery specialises in unique, hand-crafted millinery for women and men covering all styles and sizes. Her range includes steampunk and medieval to special occasion hats and fascinators. Christine’s inspiration comes from building architectural features, man-made objects and the theatre. Being able to combine her inspiration with theatre makes for a very enjoyable career and one the she never tires of.

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