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5th & 6th August 2022

Makers in Business

Online Symposium
Last chance for tickets!

Find reinvigoration, motivation and inspiration in this premiere online educational event. A must-do for all Australian makers in business.

Thanks to our Media Partner
Keynote Presentation
Jo Walker Keynote Presentation MIBOS

The rise of makership as business and the importance to culture

Jo Walker, Content Strategist and ex-editor of Frankie Magazine provides us with the Keynote presentation for the Makers in Business Online Symposium. Jo will share her experiences as editor of Frankie magazine during the installation of Etsy into counter then mainstream culture, markets as something that began as craft and moved into design and the joy the maker community brings. Jo examines maker culture, and what she identifies makes this industry special, important and vital.

Jo Walker Keynote Presentation MIBOS

The rise of makership as business and the importance to culture

Jo Walker, Content Strategist and ex-editor of Frankie Magazine provides us with the Keynote presentation for the Makers in Business Online Symposium. Jo will share her experiences as editor of Frankie magazine during the installation of Etsy into counter then mainstream culture, markets as something that began as craft and moved into design and the joy the maker community brings. Jo examines maker culture, and what she identifies makes this industry special, important and vital.

The Makers in Business Online Symposium will provide much-needed motivation and connectedness”

— Jo Walker, Keynote Speaker

Meaningful advice

Advice on topics that mean something to you from market participation to product photography

Inclusive and safe

Stay in the comfort and safety of your own home whilst joining the community of makers like you

Valuable insights

Inspiration from other makers who have been right where you are and have experienced the same challenges

100% online for maximum comfort

Mentors to the maker community Make Good Things Happen are super proud to present the inaugural Makers in Business Online Symposium for 2022, the very first event of its kind in Australia.

Over two full days and 100% online for maximum comfort, on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th August 2022, meet an outstanding lineup of industry experts providing tips and advice directly relevant to the makers, artists and designers of Australia.

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Presentations
Emma and Shannon Media Partner Presentation

Submitting your work to media

So you’ve made a thing and you want people to know about it. Shannon Jenkins, editor of frankie’s Strictly Business, and Emma Dofrankie magazine, will share why pitching your work to the media is super-valuable. You’ll learn how to get your name and products in front of editors (and their respective audiences), plus, what to do once you’ve gotten their attention. Shannon and Emma will offer advice on everything from crafting the perfect pitch email to putting together a media kit.

Rachel Kimberley Presentation

Product Photography from go to woah using your phone

These days you can essentially run your entire business through your hand computer. Sorry, I mean “phone”. Expert product photographer and millennial Rachel Kimberley takes us through step by step instructions on how you can set up, capture and produce a photo shoot using just your phone and a couple of affordable applications.

Our outstanding lineup

of industry experts

All up, there are over 30 community professionals with keen advice as the result of experiencing their own challenges as small creative business owners. 

This in addition to the maker allies and industry mentors you know and love, both Angela D’Alton and Renee Baker of D’Alton Baker Productions, founders of Make Good Things Happen.

Amy Clarke Confetti Rebels

Amy Clarke

Amy owns and operates Confetti Rebels, a feminist apparel brand that aims to empower the womxn around her.​

Christina Kelly

Christina Kelly

Christina Kelly is a fashion veteran working in the rag trade for over 20 years running the Sydney fashion empire that is Made590.

Troy Casey

Troy Casey

Troy is the co-founder of Blaklash Creative – an agency specialising in creative projects that connect people to positive experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Angela D'Alton

Angela D’Alton

Angela D’Alton is one of the founding partners of Make Good Things Happen, and provides business services to makers at D’Alton Baker Productions.

Rachel Kimberley

Rachel Kimberley

Rachel Kimberley is a product photographer and stylist specialising in creative product photography and stop motion animations.

Jessica Harwood photo by Catherine Turner

Jessica Harwood

Jess Harwood is an illustrator, communications professional and environmental campaigner living on Gadigal land in Sydney.

Shuh Lee

Shuh Lee

Designed in the home studio of Shuh Lee, based in Melbourne, shuh. is a whimsical take on all things colourful, wearable, usable and fun.

Lisa Cahill

Lisa Cahill

Lisa Cahill is the CEO and Artistic Director of the Australian Design Centre team based on Gadigal Land of the Eora Nation, Sydney NSW.

Jo Walker

Jo Walker

Jo Walker is a content strategist, brand storyteller and editor, which means she can figure out the stories your business should be telling.

Emily Wright

Emily Wright

Emily Wright is Creative Director and founder of Nancybird, an evolving design label based in the inner north of Naarm/Melbourne.

Liane Rossler

Liane Rossler

Liane Rossler is an artist, designer and curator who has worked in creative industries for over thirty years.

Shannon Jenkins

Shannon Jenkins

Shannon is assistant editor and digital editor of frankie magazine, presenting Submitting Your Work to Media.

Rachel Burke

Rachel Burke

Rachel Burke is a practicing multidisciplinary artist, designer, and author based in Brisbane, Australia, of @imakestagram fame.

Belinda Harris BrisStyle

Belinda Harris

Belinda Harris, or Bel as she is most commonly known, has been involved with BrisStyle Inc. since the very beginning in 2008.

Renee Baker

Renee Baker

Renee Baker is one of the Make Good Things Happen founding partners, and mentor to makers at D’Alton Baker Productions.

Sarah Stanford

Sarah Stanford

Sarah Stanford, (formerly Novelise) is a content designer, strategist, and copywriter here to help you make better content decisions.

Ashley Dyer

Ashley Dyer

Uncle Phuncle, a range of clothing all designed and hand made in Melbourne was founded by Ashley Dyer, a self taught designer and maker.

Tess McCabe

Tess McCabe

Tess McCabe is a publisher and manages Creative Minds featuring resources targeted at creatives and small business owners.

Kirsten Devitt

Kirsten Devitt

Kirsten Devitt, owner and designer at Each To Own, Keep-oh and Small Works Gallery, began her home based craft business in 2009.

Emma Do

Emma Do

Emma is the editor of frankie magazine and is presenting Submitting Your Work to Media as part of the Makers in Business Online Symposium.

Amanda Hayman

Amanda Hayman

Amanda is the Director of Magpie Goose, a platform that fosters the celebration of Aboriginal culture, people and stories through the medium of fashion.

Emma Morris Makers and Shakers

Emma Morris​

Emma is the founder of The Makers and Shakers, Round She Goes and the Slow Fashion Market. ​

Lauren Hassett

Lauren Hassett

Middle Child is a jewellery and accessories label with a penchant for mid-century modern design founded by Lauren Hassett.

Waan Pivasiri

Waan Pivasiri

Thailand-born Australian Web Developer turned Candle Maker, Waan Pivasiri started pouring candles in 2013 and it became You, Me & Bones.

Tabitha Emma

Tabitha Emma

Tabitha Emma is a brand designer and educator helping creative small businesses to create compelling and captivating brands that allow their creativity to shine and attract their ideal audience

Kara Cooper

Kara Cooper

Mount Vic and Me® was established in 2013 by local designer Kara Cooper, who resides in the historic village of Mount Victoria.

Heidi Helyard Polymer Clay Jewellery Designer and Maker

Heidi Helyard

Heidi Helyard is Australia’s premier polymer clay jewellery artist and designer, working and living on Darkinjung Country.

Dr. Mikala Tai Australia Council for the ARts

Dr. Mikala Tai

Dr. Mikala Tai is the Head of Visual Arts at Australia Council for the Arts, previously the director of the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney.

Pete Cromer

Pete Cromer

Pete Cromer is one of Australia’s most popular artists and his signature artworks are instantly recognisable.

Maryann Talia Pau

Maryann Talia Pau

Maryann is a weaver and exhibiting artist. She is a co-founder of One Billion Stars and Super Native Unlimited.

Aimee Davies The Hey Mate Project

Aimee Davies

Aimee Davies combined her Therapeutic skills and creative industry experience to create The Hey Mate Project.

Erin Madeley

Erin Madeley

Erin Madeley is founder of Perth Makers Market, owner of Erin Madeley Consulting and the Perth Upmarket family of events.

Jeff McCann

Jeff McCann

Jeff McCann specialises in community engagement projects, public art, education, collaborations, illustration, props and fashion.

In Conversation
Christina Kelly In Conversation

Wholesale and Retail

Have you ever wondered the best way to approach retailers so you don’t annoy them? Find out how to be the kind of maker that retailers love in this one on one chat between Angela D’Alton and Christina Kelly, owner of made590. Expect some deep deliberation over digital versus traditional means of engagement, trade fairs, being prepared and how to maintain the relationship with your stockists for long-term business success.

Aimee Davis In Conversation

Mental Wellbeing and Creativity

GREEN ROOM — Creative minds tend to be on the sensitive side. With that inextricable link also comes a proclivity for struggles with mental health and the potential for emotional burnout. Renee Baker chats with Aimee Davies of The Hey Mate Project about maintaining your mental wellbeing as a creative person, managing your health to prevent burnout and where to seek help when you need it.

MIBOS Schedule

Remote and regional makers can finally enjoy the same access as those who live in big cities. All you need is a device and internet connectivity.
Access the Auditorium and Green Room over two huge days

Tickets

Wattle

Regular Admission
$ 99 AUD inc GST
  • 100% online and inclusive
  • 2 full days of valuable insights
  • Access to all Auditorium sessions
  • Virtual Goodie Bag for Makers
  • 1 month on-demand streaming
  • Private Facebook group community

Waratah

VIP Admission
$ 129 AUD inc GST
  • 100% online and inclusive
  • 2 full days of valuable insights
  • Access to all Auditorium sessions
  • Bonus Green Room sessions
  • Virtual Goodie Bag for Makers
  • 6 months on-demand streaming
  • Private Facebook group community
Best Value
PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Maintaining Creativity

Maintaining Creativity

Join host Rachel Burke of @imakestagram acclaim, and industry professionals Pete Cromer, Shuh Lee (shuh.) and Heidi Helyard as they partake in a lively chat about creativity, finding inspiration when it’s difficult, maintaining creativity when times are hard, what to do if you’re in a rut but you’ve got a client deadline looming, and how you find your signature creatively.  

Social Media and Personal Boundaries

Social Media and Personal Boundaries

Social Media and Content Creator Renee Baker is joined on this live panel by Waan Pivasiri, Kirsten Devitt and Amy Clarke about how they use social media in its various forms (Instagram and even TikTok), adapting to algorithm changes, the benefits of using social media and how you know what’s business and what’s personal and how you make those choices when sharing content.

Branding for Makers Thumb

Branding for Makers

Branding and graphic design professional Tess McCabe hosts this live panel featuring Lauren Hassett, Ashley Dyer and Sarah Stanford.

Expecting a refreshing and vigorous conversation about all things brand.  From creating a brand, determining brand values, visual and written communications and how to ensure cohesion in brand expression for trust with customers.

Sustainability and Ethics in Design

Sustainability and Ethics in Design

Are you worried about ‘making’ stuff that adds to the waste we leave behind?  Join Renee Baker as she discusses this and more with Jeff McCann, Liane Rossler and Emily Wright. They’ll discuss using recycled materials, sourcing local production, ethical philosophies in business, designing for long-term sustainability and brand values in business and what they mean for the long term.

The Art of Asking

The Art of Asking: Grants for Makers

Ever wondered if there is government funding to support those big ideas you have as a maker? Join Renee Baker as she chats with Mikala Tai, Head of Visual Arts for Australia Council for the Arts and Lisa Cahill of the Australian Design Centre about what grants are available to the artists, designers and makers of the community, and what reviewers are looking for in applications.

Artist Activism

Artistic Activism

Creative people are such a passionate bunch, and that extends to our belief systems, philosophies and politics. Using the business you’ve built from a creative launchpad to advocate for a better world is no mean feat. Amy Clarke will discuss utilising your art for activism with Jess Harwood and Kara Cooper and why it’s worth trying to make a difference using the channels you have.

Market Curators

What are Market Curators Looking For?

Makers all know how the stallholder criteria reads when they’re applying for a market, but do they know what goes on in the mind of curators?  Find out more about the little measure you can take that have a big impact on your applications when Angela D’Alton has a considered conversation with Belinda Harris, Emma Morris and Erin Madeley.

Cultural Respect

Cultural Respect

GREEN ROOM — Community leaders Maryann Talia Pau, Troy Casey and Amanda Hayman share their ideas on how the maker community can ensure respect for Pasifika and First Nations cultures. Hear about how you can prevent performative allyship, how important real licensing is for Indigenous communities, what is considered cultural appropriation, avoiding tokenism and how Indigenous, First Nations and Pasifika culture is represented in the maker community.

PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Sustainability and Ethics in Design

Sustainability and Ethics in Design

Are you worried about ‘making’ stuff that adds to the waste we leave behind?  Join Renee Baker as she discusses this and more with Jeff McCann, Liane Rossler and Emily Wright. They’ll discuss using recycled materials, sourcing local production, ethical philosophies in business, designing for long-term sustainability and brand values in business and what they mean for the long term.

Cultural Respect

Cultural Respect

GREEN ROOM — Community leaders Maryann Talia Pau, Troy Casey and Amanda Hayman share their ideas on how the maker community can ensure respect for Pasifika and First Nations cultures. Hear about how you can prevent performative allyship, how important real licensing is for Indigenous communities, what is considered cultural appropriation, avoiding tokenism and how Indigenous, First Nations and Pasifika culture is represented in the maker community.

Maintaining Creativity

Maintaining Creativity

Join host Rachel Burke of @imakestagram acclaim, and industry professionals Pete Cromer, Shuh Lee (shuh.) and Heidi Helyard as they partake in a lively chat about creativity, finding inspiration when it’s difficult, maintaining creativity when times are hard, what to do if you’re in a rut but you’ve got a client deadline looming, and how you find your signature creatively.  

Social Media and Personal Boundaries

Social Media and Personal Boundaries

Social Media and Content Creator Renee Baker is joined on this live panel by Waan Pivasiri, Kirsten Devitt and Amy Clarke about how they use social media in its various forms (Instagram and even TikTok), adapting to algorithm changes, the benefits of using social media and how you know what’s business and what’s personal and how you make those choices when sharing content.

Branding for Makers Thumb

Branding for Makers

Branding and graphic design professional Tess McCabe hosts this live panel featuring Lauren Hassett, Ashley Dyer and Sarah Stanford.

Expecting a refreshing and vigorous conversation about all things brand.  From creating a brand, determining brand values, visual and written communications and how to ensure cohesion in brand expression for trust with customers.

Market Curators

What are Market Curators Looking For?

Makers all know how the stallholder criteria reads when they’re applying for a market, but do they know what goes on in the mind of curators?  Find out more about the little measure you can take that have a big impact on your applications when Angela D’Alton has a considered conversation with Belinda Harris, Emma Morris and Erin Madeley.

The Art of Asking

The Art of Asking: Grants for Makers

Ever wondered if there is government funding to support those big ideas you have as a maker? Join Renee Baker as she chats with Mikala Tai, Head of Visual Arts for Australia Council for the Arts and Lisa Cahill of the Australian Design Centre about what grants are available to the artists, designers and makers of the community, and what reviewers are looking for in applications.

Artist Activism

Artistic Activism

Creative people are such a passionate bunch, and that extends to our belief systems, philosophies and politics. Using the business you’ve built from a creative launchpad to advocate for a better world is no mean feat. Amy Clarke will discuss utilising your art for activism with Jess Harwood and Kara Cooper and why it’s worth trying to make a difference using the channels you have.

Still have some questions?
Contact us any time, we’re always happy to help.

100% online through our website mgth.com.au!  You will also be able to watch it via YouTube using a special link that will be provided.  Sit in your comfy chair, get yourself a warm drink, pop your pet on your lap and start jotting down the wisdom!

Almost all of the money we receive from sales of tickets to the event will pay the almost 30 speakers involved. We are paying our creative collaborators too, who also manage their own small businesses.  We believe in providing support to the community through experiences that include financial support, where it matters, so we can all keep doing what we love to do.

This symposium is about genuine learning, authentic connection, advice from experts and valuable educational content. We want to re-invigorate this community after a challenging couple of years and create meaningful connections whilst providing tangible financial support to everyone involved.

The remaining portion of your ticket costs are used on the software and technology needed to bring this event to you, and lastly, for our time in creating, managing and administering this huge, first of its kind online event.

Waratah VIP  benefits include everything included in the Wattle ticket, plus access to the bonus content in the Green Room, as well as 6 months access to replay all content from the Symposium.

Wattle –  $99
Waratah – $129

As this is a digital event which provides you with access to content after the event (1 month for Wattle ticket holders, 6 months for Waratah ticket holders) unfortunately we are not providing refunds except for extenuating circumstances. Please contact us if you believe that’s you.

You will be able to login as you would for the live event to enjoy the same sessions via replay for either 1 month (Wattle tickets) or 6 months (Waratah tickets) after the event.  You won’t miss out!

Once you’ve purchased your ticket you will be able to join our private MIBOS 22 Facebook group where all attendees can chat and connect with one another, like the most ideal networking for introverts situation you could imagine.

During registration please select YES for the accessibility requirements option and we will cater to your needs.

Makers in Business

Online Symposium
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Thanks to our Media Partner

Thanks to our Community Partners

Make Good Things Happen is a community where diversity is accepted and celebrated.  We welcome folks of any cultural background, race, religion, ability, gender and sexual orientation.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, that of the Gadubanud people of Eastern Maar Country, and the Gayamaygal and Garigal people of the Eora Nation.  We pay our deepest respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

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