Meet our Authors
Phyllis Hoffman has been teaching fashion and design for over thirty years. She is passionate about colour and texture. Five years ago she discovered felting and with a life-long love of wool she found an exciting new medium for expressing her creativity in fitted clothing. With her fast experience in sewing, fitting and felting, and having written books on sewing in the 90s, it was just a matter of time before she wrote Felted Vests: A Step-by-Step Guide.
In May 1984, young Australian film director Richard Lowenstein took his first feature film, Strikebound, to the Cannes Film Festival. There, after a night partying in Nice with INXS lead singer and rising rock star Michael Hutchence, an idea that had been percolating through years of life in a Melbourne share house, watching Countdown, punk rock gigs and friends lose it to drugs finally erupted into existence. The result was the cult film, Dogs in Space, with Hutchence in the lead role.
Dr Ross McLeod is Program Director of the Master of Design Innovation and Technology in the School of Design at RMIT University. His research speculates on the interdisciplinary nature of design practice and actively integrates industry based collaborations and public art commissions with teaching and learning outcomes.
Rowan Reid is a forester amongst farmers. His passion for trees began as a child in the coastal eucalypt forests of southern Victoria and has led to a life teaching and working with farmers around the world. Rowan won the 2001 Australian Eureka Prize for Excellence in Environmental Education for his farmer course (The Australian Master TreeGrower), which he continues to deliver around Australia and internationally. A Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne for twenty years, Rowan continues his academic teaching and research as a Senior Fellow of the university and the managing director of the Australian Agroforestry Foundation (a not-for-profit organisation). Since the publication of Agroforestry in Australia and New Zealand
(1985), Rowan has written or co-authored eight other books and is an internationally recognised leader in farmer education and extension. Most importantly, Rowan is also a farmer and tree grower in his own right, with a family farm in the Otway Ranges of southern Victoria where he helped establish one of Australia’s most successful Landcare groups, the Otway Agroforestry Network. More than 10,000 visitors have toured his Bambra Agroforestry Farm, which is set up as a forty-two-hectare outdoor
classroom for farmers, scientists, students and tree lovers, and a living laboratory for his own learning. He is the author of Heartwood: the art and science of growing trees for conservation and profit.
Shane McNally has been a racing journalist for thirty years, writing for Racetrack Magazine, then Turf Monthly, Thoroughbred Times (in the US) and now for Gallop (in Europe) amongst others. The plight of women in racing has intrigued Shane since he worked at the South Australian Jockey Club in his youth and heard colleagues dismiss visiting rider Therese Payne (Michelle’s sister) as a ‘sheila’ who couldn’t ride, even though she was an outstanding jockey who outrode many of the men. Shane's most recent book looks at what makes the Adelaide Hills an Australian treasure, with just enough words to inform and entertain without getting in the way of hundreds of images of the stunning landscape.
Shane is the author of Sport of Queens: Women In Australian Horse Racing and Adelaide Hills.
Dr Shanti Sumartojo is a human geographer and interdisciplinary design researcher at Monash University and an Adjunct at RMIT University. Her research explores how people experience their spatial surroundings, including both material and immaterial aspects, with a particular focus on the built environment. Her recent books include Uncertainty and Possibility: New Approaches to Future-Making in Design Anthropology (with Yoko Akama and Sarah Pink) and Atmospheres and the Experiential World: Theory and Methods (with Sarah Pink).