Tess is a multidisciplinary creative; she practices set and costume design, fashion art direction and styling and graphic design. Her approach involves developing highly collaborative working relationships with all artists, contributing strong conceptual and meaning-making skills.
Tess is deeply passionate about collaborating on works featuring striking new voices and perspectives in Australian and international theatre, film and television. Her design process is driven strongly by feeling, subversion and contemporary imagery, always striving for diversity and representation wherever possible within her work.
Highlights while at NIDA include assisting the team in developing the design and realisation of NIDA’s first ever Mardi Gras float, collaborating with the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) students to create Australia’s student entry in the Prague Quadrennial (2019) and working with Zoë Hollyoak (MFA (Directing)) to create triple j Unearthed winner Dugong Jr.’s music video On My Own.
Antigo Nick - Set/Costume Designer
EXPONIDA 2020 - Co-Graphic Designer/Co-Exhibition Designer
On My Own by Dugong Jr. (triple j Unearthed music video) - Production Designer/Costume Designer
Moving On by Telescreen (triple j Unearthed music video) - Stylist
Weimar Kabarett - Co-Set Designer/Costume Designer
SIX - Co-Set Designer/Costume Designer
I Wish You Knew What I Was Thinking (short film) - Co-Production Designer/Co-Costume Designer
Flora - Design Assistant/Scenic Artist
Alienated (short film) - Co-Art Director
SWAG; Australian Student Entry, Prague Quadrennial of Performance Space & Design - Co-Collaborator/Artist
Stay Happy Keep Smiling - Set/Costume Design Assistant
The Way of the World - Set Design Assistant
The Colby Sisters of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania - Costume Assistant
Jellybean (AFTRS short film) - Production Designer
Mardi Gras 2019 - Design Assistant
Three Thousand Years of Longing (Kennedy Miller Mitchell Films Pty Ltd) - Costume Department
The Lord of the Flies (Sydney Theatre Company with Elizabeth Gadsby) - Design Assistant