Seeing life through a new lens: an interview with Andy Jones

As Roost president and full-time freelancer, Andy Jones has a busy life. His journey, however hectic, has been positive and his recent professional rebranding is a testament to how far he’s come.

He said, “For years, I have been trading under my own name, but I’ve just launched my new brand Colour & Sound Creative, which is a way of unifying all the […]

By |2019-09-16T15:21:24+10:00September 16th, 2019|Interview|Comments Off on Seeing life through a new lens: an interview with Andy Jones

An education in design: an interview with David MacKenzie

Hailing from Scotland, David had previously been a member of Coburg House Art Studios in Edinburgh. “Coburg felt like a family, and I knew I wanted to find that sort of community again.” So one of the first things David did upon his arrival in Newcastle was to set up a tour of his new local co-working space – and he was not […]

By |2019-07-02T12:41:44+10:00July 2nd, 2019|Interview|Comments Off on An education in design: an interview with David MacKenzie

Developing a creative business: an interview with Mitch Lee

It was with a teary eye that The Roost said goodbye to one of its longest-serving Roosters at the end of April 2019.

Photographer Mitch Lee first joined The Roost in 2010, when some of his friends from TAFE established the not-for-profit under the Renew Newcastle initiative.

Back then, the co-working space consisted mostly of graphic designers. “We wanted a place to go where we […]

By |2019-06-04T09:32:55+10:00June 3rd, 2019|Interview|Comments Off on Developing a creative business: an interview with Mitch Lee

Navigating a business landscape: An interview with Landscape Designer Mark Tisdell

It was through the Newcastle freelancing space The Roost Creative that Roost president and landscape designer Mark Tisdell came up with his business name, MUD Landscape Design. He originally planned on calling it Mark Tisdell Urban Design and ran the idea by a Roost graphic designer named 

By |2017-10-08T23:13:29+10:00October 8th, 2017|Interview|Comments Off on Navigating a business landscape: An interview with Landscape Designer Mark Tisdell

A career in motion: an interview with Ant Svensk

Thirty-three-year-old Rooster Ant Svensk has spent over a decade working in motion graphics and animation. In his younger years you could find him clowning around in Hunters Street Mall, and he later worked on television shows like The Block and My Kitchen Rules.

Ant received his degree in Arts/Theatre. His plan at that stage was to […]

By |2017-02-17T14:13:37+10:00May 8th, 2016|Interview|Comments Off on A career in motion: an interview with Ant Svensk

Building a business: an interview with Cassie Stronach

In the past, the Roost has been known as a starting point for young creatives (creatives meaning graphic designers, illustrators, photographers etc.). This month we’re excited to share with you the story of one of our newest Roosters, architect Cassie Stronach. She comes to us with years of experience in a creative field we haven’t had much of at the Roost, and she […]

By |2017-02-17T14:08:10+10:00April 8th, 2016|Interview|Comments Off on Building a business: an interview with Cassie Stronach

Young and free(lancing): an interview with Ashlee King

If you sit down and have a drink with recent uni graduate and graphic designer Ashlee King not only will you be shocked at all she’s accomplished in her meager 22 years of life, but also you’ll be inspired by the example she’s setting for her generation. Ashlee graduated with a degree in visual communication just last year, and since then she’s been […]

By |2017-02-17T14:01:42+10:00February 29th, 2016|Interview|Comments Off on Young and free(lancing): an interview with Ashlee King

Shedding some light on Roost Photographer Justin Aaron

Thirty-three-year-old Roost member and photographer Justin Aaron started his wedding photography business in 2011, and he feels like he’s just now hitting his stride.

“When I decided to do photography I thought, ‘I’ll give it five years and then if I don’t like it I’ll go back to architecture,”’ he said. “This is the start of my fifth year. […]

By |2017-02-17T13:58:49+10:00January 31st, 2016|Interview|Comments Off on Shedding some light on Roost Photographer Justin Aaron

From Spiderman to snowboards: an interview with Mark Owens

“I don’t think illustration is something I’m naturally good at,” said illustrator and graphic designer Mark Owens. “I just practiced over and over again, and eventually I got good. After I drew Spider-Man 3,000 times I could finally draw him properly.”

The 26-year-old has been using the Roost as his freelancing space since 2013. Born and bred in England, he describes himself as being […]

By |2017-02-17T13:51:43+10:00December 31st, 2015|Interview|Comments Off on From Spiderman to snowboards: an interview with Mark Owens