Lead, vision and project manager – Yolanda Torrisi

Yolanda Torrisi is an entrepreneurial businesswoman having started, developed, and successfully delivered a number of business operations and creative endeavours during her diverse career.

Yolanda is a people-focused woman with a spirit, vision and vitality to drive successful outcomes.

Her career started as a journalist on regional and metropolitan daily newspapers where she worked for 20 years. In the early 2000s Yolanda started her own public relations business, Altitude Media which continues today. She balances her life as a public relations specialist delivering to companies as diverse as mining, parking, legal, property and civil works as well as shopping centres.

In tandem with her public relations business, Yolanda’s entrepreneurial spirit has led to the establishment and growth of her mining services business, manufacturing and exporting mining equipment worldwide.

She is the author of the producer to plate recipe book “Flavours of the Four Seasons” and was founder, publisher and editor for eight years of the first English-Chinese mining magazine The ASIA Miner, until it was acquired by a major US publishing house.

Yolanda has a passionate community spirit volunteering her expertise and services in helping raise funds and awareness for a number of charity organisations.

Since 2006 Yolanda has been the marketing coordinator for the Greythorn Central Shopping Strip and where the seed grew to deliver the Faces of Greythorn project.

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Curator – Ann Carew

Ann Carew is a resident of Balwyn North.

She has worked in a variety of settings including universities, regional galleries and local government as an art curator, cultural heritage officer, and arts administrator.

Ann has a love of art and design, and for Victorian history, stemming from her studies at the University of Melbourne, and her experiences as an exhibition curator at the State Library of Victoria.

Ann currently works as a curatorial officer at the RMIT Design Archives, a repository of Melbourne design and design practices.

The Greythorn Shopping Centre is her local strip.

Image credit: Ann Carew, 2019, photographer Eugenie Hyland, courtesy RMIT University

Sculptor – Shlomit Moria

Shlomit Moria is a wood sculptor and a chainsaw carver from Warburton, Victoria.

A former graphic artist, Shlomit decided to follow her lifelong passion for the three-dimensional medium of wood sculpture. She established Bushwood Creations in mid-2015 and creates her works of art from reclaimed and salvaged timbers.

“I love the way the wood dictates the piece; the little bit of unpredictability fascinates me and reminds me to let the magic do its thing without trying to control it. Wood is a living thing and it is an honour sculpting with it.”

She started selling her creations through markets, galleries and online shops, and in 2018 ventured into the world of private and public commissions, developing works for playgrounds and public spaces, schools and private individuals. She has a unique way of capturing Australia’s favourite animals and has recently worked with totem poles and human forms. She is passionate about form and texture and will turn her chainsaw to any challenge.

“My work is based on the philosophy of salvage, restore and recycle. I love living in a community where sustainability is a choice people make in daily life and I love nature.”

Shlomit has a university degree in Graphic Art and is a member of the Association of Sculpture Victoria and Yarra Valley Arts. She participates in the annual Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, and her work has been presented at many group exhibitions, including the prestigious Yering Sculpture Prize.

Shlomit has carved herself a unique niche as a female wood sculptor and is grateful to the people in her local community who have inspired her and taught her skills. She also draws on her travels in India where she has learnt at the side of stonemasons and Tibetan wood carvers. Her work tells stories for all to enjoy.

Shlomit is one of the 14 female artists, included in Lindy Schneider and Angela Rivas’s book and Exhibition – ‘From This Place -Inspiring Women artists of the Upper Yarra Valley’.

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