The Creative Class of 2018
By Bianca Sutcliffe
Photographer: Man Hei (Hayden) Tse
Every year a new cohort of young creative students emerge and find their feet in Brisbane’s vibrant creative scene. The Creative Class of 2018 explores a small portion of the large number of creative students who attend Queensland University of Technology. Bianca Sutcliffe talks to three students at different stages of their creative careers about how creativity is a big part of their lives, and what’s it like being creative in Brisbane.
Cordwell is a fourth year honours student studying a Bachelor of Design, majoring in fashion. Creativity is something she has always possessed; she wouldn’t know life without it. Cordwell often finds herself visiting GOMA, attending workshops or exploring parts of Brisbane city, to find inspiration for her work. She is currently working with Brisbane designer Rachel Burke of @imakestagram fame, who has also been a huge inspiration. Cordwell is always striving to create meaningful work that showcases her creative skills in costume and fashion design. She is currently working on her collection ‘Waste Age’, consisting of pieces made from completely recycled fabrics and clothes. She takes these recycled materials and transforms them into creatures of waste, giving them a second life. She is hoping to tap into her audience through the collection and push them to reflect on how they consume fashion. Aiming to plant a seed that will inspire others to not be confined by traditional purchasing habits; instead transform existing clothing and materials, and rethink their consumption habits.
Find her at // @bethanycordwell.creative
Ben Banjo Dutton
Dutton graduated from university in June, this year. Since then, his multidisciplinary work has continued to expand into new forms and mediums. His passion for drawing started at an early age as he could always be found covered in paint. Today, Ben finds creativity in his murals, installations and animation, whilst also focusing on fashion, consumerism and pop culture. He enjoys creating wearable art, printing his designs onto shirts, tote bags and more. Dutton discovered that after university, guidelines do not exist, allowing him to explore his own brand and what he wants to create. His art permits him to create different worlds and portray heavy emotions. Part of this shedding of limitations is connected to how Dutton immerses himself within the vibrant surrounds of Brisbane city. He has discovered the city’s creativity is limitless, due to its current stage of growth, making it possible for him to truly make a mark. He wants to shape creativity within the city for future generations to follow.
Find him at // @beingbanjobutton
Music has always been a significant part of Munros life. Her lifelong passion for music began before she was born – her mother was a music teacher, teaching piano to her students whilst pregnant with Munro. When only a few months old, she entered a kinder-music class and began learning how to play the piano at five years old. Now, about to complete her first year of university, she has continued to build her relationship with music. She can play most instruments but specifically enjoys piano and composing her own music. Her musical talent earned her a scholarship, also providing her work experience with radio station Nova and international music label Sony. As Munro has grown up, she has turned to music to help her though the good and the bad times of life. She finds that music helps her to release and express her emotion. Currently, Monro is working on her own music and hopes to release her first single by the end of this year.