Call for Interview Participants

Australians with working histories at the crossover between design and manufacturing

Do you have a career background that has shifted across and between manufacturing trades, design, local production, vocational education and/or creative practice?

Maybe you’re a designer/maker, or a manufacturing business owner, with a strong commitment to having things made locally (and you know the struggle that this entails)?

Maybe you have decades of experience in a design consultancy? Maybe you started in an apprenticeship, worked in manufacturing, then taught at TAFE?

Perhaps you were originally a commercial artist, or a textiles patternmaker, a fabric designer, a darkroom technician, a textiles screen printer, a toolmaker, an industrial modelmaker, an automotive interior designer, an automotive upholsterer, a letterpress compositor, a bookbinder or a printing machinist? The list goes on…

These are merely suggestions … but if you think your life has some affinities with these possible trajectories, please do get in touch. You could potentially have your life story recorded (as oral history), with the National Library of Australia.

If you think you have a story to tell, please email, with a short summary of relevant life history details (300 word max). Interviews commenced November 2021 and will continue throughout 2022. All interviews follow Covid-safe protocols.

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