Kathleen Snowball – start of the line


Post by Adriana Alvarez.

Kathleen Snowball is a very busy lady. Along with Josh Collings she was the Music Co-ordinator for the ‘End of the Line’ festival last year and with 200 plus musicians on board, it was a mammoth task. But co-ordinating large music events is just another day at the office for this seasoned professional.

Music has always been her passion. She is a singer, both as a solo artist and, until recently, with her band ‘The Snowball Effect’ that played a lot of jazz, blues and soul locally.

She works exclusively locally at the moment. She grew up in the hills and studied at the local high school, where she gained a Certificate in ‘Music Industry Skills’ as part of her year 12 studies. The industry course gave her insight into many different aspects of the music industry. Not only covering performance but also the practical aspects of how to manage the business, how to promote yourself and negotiating with APRA (The Australasian Performing Right Association), the less glamorous but important behind the scenes work.

After finishing high school Kathleen wanted to get some industry experience and was lucky enough to land a job at Ruby’s lounge. “It was a great experience,” says Kathleen. “In the seven and a half years that I worked there I gained first hand music experience working with some great bands and learning on the job.” Organising a lot of openings allowed Kathleen to negotiate contracts and see how writers and musicians work. She expanded on that knowledge and applied it to help artists move forward.

On top of this experience Kathleen also has a background in security, having worked as a National Operations Manager for a large security company, Executive Security Solutions. With 250 staff across the whole of Victoria and Sydney, they managed a lot of major events. This gave her an understanding of how the back end of events management works. The control tent, logistics, rostering and occupational health and safety, which are very important considerations at events.

Because of her extensive knowledge Kathleen has decided to start her own fledgling company, Snowball Productions. With a vast range of connections within the music industry her aim is to work on events big or small from private parties to corporate and community events. Snowball Productions could facilitate a band at your party or give advice on how to co-ordinate an event.

Her service also includes managing bands and visual artists. Having worked in the industry Kathleen says, “I know that people get burnt a lot. It’s really important for visual and performing artists to be represented properly so they’re pricing themselves accordingly and getting a fair deal.” Having a middle man is a good way to go about that. It’s all about making sure artists are being paid what they deserve.

This year she’s been involved in a number of local events. She assisted in co-ordinating the music for the Belgrave Lantern Parade, has been involved with the Tiffaney Bishop Collective, was a judge at the Belgrave Buskers Festival, plus she ran Reverberation Hills Culture Festival at Ruby’s last year. All of which have kept her very busy. With so much experience under her belt she’s sure to get Snowball Productions flowing in no time.

To get in touch with Kathleen email her at kathleensnowball@live.com

Artist profile: Jessie Yvette Journoud Ryan


Jessie Yvette Journoud Ryan

Post by Amy Middleton.

Spending time with Jessie reminded me of playing the children’s party game, “pass the parcel”. With every diversion in conversation, the anticipation grew of something wonderful that was about to be revealed.

Jessie calls Upwey home but there is no denying the echoes of well-travelled life in her artwork. Her journey thus far seems to have been lifted from a story book and the tales she shared with me transverse between her primary school days living in the Dandenong Ranges, to Secondary school in France. Jessie was born in England but reflections of her French heritage are a strong source of inspiration for her.

Jessie describes her past as being a creative well that has consistently been a source she has drawn from, even though she may not have been aware of it at the time. Her most recent large scale commission, The Mad Artists Tea Party has returned memories of hand painting cherries on crockery during her internship in Burgundy at Chateau Raissac under the mentorship of Christine Viennnet. There is a confidence in Jessie’s mosaic creations that can be described as ripe and edgy. Whilst her sculptures are made from smashed crockery and grout, they seem alive and organic, with an air of extravagance. Jessie makes no apologies for the tensions her work present both practically and conceptually. Her use of dark grout in contrast with the floral patterns of Carlton Ware and delicate Royal Winton pastels seems to celebrate the cracks and imperfections imbedded within her medium.


The Mad Artist’s Tea Party (detail)


The Mad Artist’s Tea Party (detail)

Having completed her Master of Fine Art at Monash University Jessie has had to grapple with those key questions that all artists must face in order to defend a thesis and justify an experimental studio practise. Her work is full of symbolism and intension, and she feels it is important to communicate these ideas to her audience. She also describes her audience response as golden, enjoying the depth and interpretation others bring to her work.

It is a pleasure to listen to Jessie talk about her work, her knowledge of art history and personal drive to push creative boundaries is inspiring. She made a challenging statement that made me smile, “If you’re not excited about what you are making you will get lazy. Why put so much time and effort into mediocrity.”  Jessie’s commitment to her work is evident in how prolific she is. She keeps creating new work that inspires new ideas and pushed the boundaries of her medium.

When I asked Jessie what she loved most about her creative life, the answer was simple, “Now that I have a dedicated space for my art is has become non-negotiable. I just need to do this.”

A collection of mosaic artworks by Jessie is currently on display at Burrinja.

Or head to onlinegalleries.com.au to make contact with her.


Behind the Ink – The extended version

Jamin drawing 2

Post by Amy Middleton.

Writing the article about the Last Frontier Tattoo Shop for the current issue of Hillsecene Maga’zine’ was possibly one of the most rewarding writing experiences I have had. Not only was I able to spend time with a creative virtuoso (Jamin Swaneveld), and share some of what I came to understand of the tattoo industry with our lovely Hillscene readers, but I was also afforded the opportunity to meet Elaine Pullum. Elaine photographed the tattoo shop for the article and I simply couldn’t resist sharing more of her photographs than what the printed article had space for.

Elaine works from Turnpike Studio in Olinda and her primary practise is in sculpture. The themes in her work centre on our understanding and treatment of animals. You will have the opportunity to see more of Elaine’s work and to meet her in person at this year’s Dandenong Ranges Open Studios program in May. In the meantime Elaine can be contacted via email, elaine.pullum@bigpond.com.

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