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PK People: Sue Davis



This week's PechaKucha People spotlight reflects back on one of our brightest organizers, Sue Davis, of PKN Sunshine Coast, who just last week hosted their 23rd volume. Sue not only champions her community's talent through PechaKucha, but also as an educator, board member, and university deputy dean. It's no wonder Sunshine Coast has such a top-notching curations of presentations and presenters. Check the creativity coming out of Sunshine Coast.  

 "I just felt like there was something else in me that needed to be expressed and released to the world."

In A Fashion Vision - Bespoke, Local and Global from PechaKucha Night Sunshine Coast Vol. 19Alex Mearing talks about her vision for her work and how she has been building her brand and using social media to create and capture a market all over the world.

Based on the Sunshine Coast but with a global vision, Alex is a fashion designer who handcrafts made to measure, individually designed gowns and one of a kind wedding dresses. She also has a swimwear label called Klams. While she produces these in Brisbane she sells them exclusively online through her website.  



"It all started with a mad dream, and somehow I managed to get that out of the ether and onto the big screen. It's a kind of an alchemy and a magical process when you think about. Dreams can come true, even if they are horribly true."

In Pulp, Trash, Love! from PechaKucha Night Sunshine Coast Vol. 19, we hear from Andrew Leavold, an unrepentant and voracious fan of the pulpier aspects of genre cinema. Documenting his hunt for the enigmatic two-foot-nine Filipino James Bond, Andrew has since toured the world with his feature length documentary The Search For Weng Weng (2013). A PhD candidate at Brisbane's Griffith University, Leavold's thesis is soon to be published as a book entitled "Bamboo Gods And Bionic Boys: A History Of Pulp Film-making In The Philippines”.  Now based in Maroochydore, Andrew Leavold owned and managed Brisbane's Trash Video, the largest cult video rental store in Australia, from 1995 to 2010. He is also a film-maker, published author, researcher, film festival curator, musician, TV presenter, and above all, pulp cinema devotee. 


"The great thing about collaboration is that it is driven by structure."

In "Performing, Creating and Collaborating" from PechaKucha Night Sunshine Coast Vol.18Christopher Allery has had a 20 year creative career that has focused on the art of collaboration. This began with an art show during his second year of his Bachelor of Arts (Visual Art)Staged at the Majestic Theatre in Pomona, Chris worked with fellow friends and fellow undergrads to create an immersive installation and performance incorporating found objects, artificial light, and original music which was performed on the Majestic’s grand piano. In this presentation, Chris shares collaborative relationships that he has explored have been fruitful but also stretched him sometimes painfully, but also professionally, and creatively. 

"The great thing about collaboration is that it is driven by structure."

In "Performing, Creating and Collaborating" from PechaKucha Night Sunshine Coast Vol.18Christopher Allery has had a 20 year creative career that has focused on the art of collaboration. This began with an art show during his second year of his Bachelor of Arts (Visual Art)Staged at the Majestic Theatre in Pomona, Chris worked with fellow friends and fellow undergrads to create an immersive installation and performance incorporating found objects, artificial light, and original music which was performed on the Majestic’s grand piano. In this presentation, Chris shares collaborative relationships that he has explored have been fruitful but also stretched him sometimes painfully, but also professionally, and creatively.

Fragility, Flowers and Contemporary Portraits


"What I love about the medium, is that it’s innate honesty. A drawing lets slip its own history."

 

In "Fragility, Flowers and Contemporary Portraits" from PechaKucha Night Sunshine Coast Vol. 18Greer Townshend shares her passion for and practice of drawing.  Her work is frequently underpinned by the concept of fragility, whether related to the process of memory, language or the self. Greer's practice combines portraiture and elements of nature, inferring an inherent connection between the two, and denoting life cycles. Greer will be talking about her take on ‘creating’ contemporary portraiture including her current fascination with all things 'flowering'.

“I have shared my deepest essence, my creative energy, and so the world is dream into being”

In Weaving for the Soul from PechaKucha Night Sunshine Coast Vol.18 , René Bahloo explains her special interest as an artist in the practice and philosophy of weaving, using natural plant fibres. She shares her knowledge locally through a number of weaving circles and facilitates transformational journeys to remote Indigenous Australian and African communities, for deep connection to land, culture, healing and traditional weaving. Her sculptural installation pieces have been present at a number of conferences and have also been discovered contemplating life, the universe and everything. In her presentation Rene shares her passion for connecting culture, womens' business, personal growth and environmental awareness into the weaving of her life, and into the lives of others.

We put this week`s City Focus on PechaKucha Sunshine Coast, Australia who just hosted their PKN Vol.19. Sunshine Coast’s 20x20 presentations are, bright, luminous, and imaginative, a reflection of their city’s sunny name. Visit their event page for some radiant presentations and photos! Don't forget your sunglasses. 

"The money, the things, the titles, the dates - they are all limitations the try to separate us. But we are one people, with one heart, and we are walking together."

In Kinship from PechaKucha Night Sunshine Coast Vol. 18Jandamarra Cadd shared some of his paintings, which depict aspects of the human condition and his vision of using art to create harmony, empathy, respect and understanding for all people. is an Aboriginal Australian Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Warung descendent, and an inspirational man with many stories to tell. With his vibrant and expressive portraitures, Jandamarra’s art is a powerful medium to bridge the story telling divide between Aboriginal and mainstream Australia. After enduring a challenging childhood, painting has been a way of life that has enabled him to express his creativity. 



A graphically creative light turned on for this poster for PechaKucha Night Sunshine Coast's upcoming Vol. 18! Head over to our official PechaKucha Poster tumblr view massive archive of more imaginative posters from PechaKucha Nights all around the world! Be inspired to make one for your next PKN!

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