The guest judges on the Panel will include:
Jan Nowell is the Founder and Executive Creative Director at Arterial Design, change agents for storytelling via experiential and cultural installations and exhibitions the world over.
Jan is the Creative Director at Arterial Design. With Jan at the helm, most recently in 2019 and 2020 Arterial Design was acknowledged for award winning work on the international stage including Excellence in Interior Design, Art Installations, Architecture, Spacial Design, Exhibition Design and Visual Communications by DNA Paris Awards, AIAP Women in Design Awards Italy, MUSE Design Awards USA, Gold and Silver at the C2A Creative Communication Awards, German Design Awards, London Creatives Award, two categories at the AGDA winners awards and the Gold Award for Best Design in Architecture and Interior.
Jan’s background in theatre-design, film-making, photography and academia combined with a love of new technologies, define her storytelling style. She describes her approach as creating a symphony of sound, light, image and movement where the mood, tone and pace of all sensory elements work in harmony to create an evocative and enduring visitor experience. She is committed to connecting ideas with people and moving her audience beyond the expectations of passive engagement. Jan says, “To bring ideas-that-matter to life, to touch our audiences through sensory immersion is my commitment to making the world a better place.”
Jan has held a number of important leadership roles including successful tenures as Lecturer for Monash University, Deakin University and Ballarat University. Her passion for visual language and design has seen her 30 year career span creative development of placemaking and playmaking; inviting community spaces that resonate with long lasting learning. As Director of Arterial, Jan see her role as a mentor of young designers and teaches the true value of healthy collaborations in creating inspiring and imaginative spaces that have the potential to exceed the imagination.
Jan is a passionate advocate for maintaining strong and critically-collaborative relationships between architecture, building production and experience design of spaces and places in which we play, learn and be inspired to dream bold futures.
Luis Chiang was born in Macau in 1967 and migrated to Australia in 1985. Luis and his family lived with a retired farmer in Deniliquin NSW, where he learnt his woodworking and metalworking skill in the shed of the farmhouse.
After completing high school, Luis moved to Melbourne to commence studies at RMIT majoring in art and photography. Luis founded an advertising company in Melbourne CBD since 1992, and has been commissioned by Australia Post and Macau Post for stamp design for 12 years.
His first oblique penholder was created in early 2015 for his girlfriend who is a calligrapher and ever since then he fell in love making it. He started his business as Luis Creations creating and selling his pen holders globally.
The exceptional quality and shiny finish of his handmade penholders has made him known to the calligraphy world. His penholders are modern and simple, yet elegant.
Luis enjoys making his own custom pen blanks, with his signature at a time, the Sakura remaining one of the most well loved penholders.
He only take custom orders a few times a year, so you will have to keep an eye out on his IG, Facebook and website for when these open.
Apart from making penholders, he designed the Soap, the first ever ink stirrer for calligraphers which has now been used by both professional and novice calligraphers all over the world.
Furthermore, in response to increasing market demand for quality yet affordable penholders, he released a 2 in 1 straight and oblique penholder with a secret compartment built into its body; the Mobllque.