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Team TDF

Lucy Feagins

Lucy studied Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne. In a former life, she worked as a set dresser in the film industry, and as a stylist.  Lucy has contributed to titles including Inside Out, The Age and The Saturday Paper.

Managing Editor

Sally is a writer, editor and producer. She is the founding editor of a publication and creative space in Fitzroy called Ladies of Leisure (you can read the TDF feature on the space here!).

Sally worked as a freelance writer and in the film industry before moving to New York in 2014. After finding her feet in Melbourne again, she joined the TDF dream team in 2017.

Art Director

Annie Portelli studied Graphic Design at Swinburne University and has worked across fashion and advertising since graduating in 2013. Annie is passionate about identity design, and creates beautiful branding, signage and print assets for all our special projects and collaborations.

Partnerships Manager

Alice holds a Bachelor of Communication (Media) from RMIT University and has over 6 years experience in marketing and advertising. She is passionate about creating unique brand collaborations that offer engaging, authentic and memorable connections with audiences.

Advertising and Sponsorship Manager

Chelsea holds a Business (Marketing) degree from RMIT University. She has over 10 years of experience in the digital media industry, where she has worked closely with a diverse mix of clients to maximise their return from advertising and partnerships.

Sasha Gattermayr
Editorial Assistant

Sasha studied English at the University of Melbourne. She is a writer and editor and has worked in publishing and digital media since graduating in 2017. Her work has appeared in The Age, Man Repeller, Broadsheet Melbourne and The New York Times.

Graphic Designer

Sasha graduated with a Bachelor of Communication Design from RMIT University in 2018. She has also spent time in London studying Interaction Design at UAL College of Communication. Sasha joined the TDF team in mid-2019, and has a keen interest in power of collaboration between science and design.

Staff Writer + Researcher

Amelia is a writer and holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Monash University. Her work has appeared in The Age, Domain, Harper’s Bazaar Australia, Australian Women’s Weekly, Delicious and SBS. 

Columnists & Contributors

Columnist · Food

Julia Busuttil Nishimura is a Melbourne-based cook, author and teacher. Her food celebrates simple ingredients and seasonal produce and is influenced by her Maltese upbringing and time living in Italy. She teaches sell-out cooking workshops and pasta master classes and is a regular contributor to Australian and international publications. Her first cookbook Ostro was shortlisted for the 2018 ABIA ‘Illustrated Book of the Year’ and named in Gourmet Traveller’s ‘Best Food Books for 2017’. Julia’s second cookbook is due to be released in May 2020.

Columnist · Gardens

Georgina is the founder and editor of The Planthunter online magazine. She’s an accomplished writer, landscape designer and ponderer with qualifications in journalism, horticulture and design. Nature is her muse and plants are her passion.

Columnist · The Good Room

Lisa Marie really likes words. She wrote her first short story when she was five (it was a sentence). Since then she’s carved a career writing words for television, books and digital and print publications. She cut her teeth working at The Design Files for five years before entering freelance life. She’s written for Netflix, ABC, The Age, Domain, Australian Gourmet Traveller, Good Food, frankie, NGV Magazine and Real Living to name a few.

Ashe Davenport
Columnist · Family

Ashe is the family columnist for The Design Files. She’s a copywriter for money and a parent for free. She has two toddlers and describes early motherhood as like a brick to the face. Her first book Sad Mum Lady is set to be published in 2020.

Ashe’s website.


Fiona is a business consultant working with creative people and brands in Australia and the UK. She is also a freelance writer and has written for publications across the globe including Monocle, Cool Hunting, Refinery29 and The Age. In her spare time, Fiona also guest lectures at General Assembly, RMIT and JMC Academy.


Jo is a copywriter, editor and content consultant based in Brisbane. She is also an emerging ceramicist. With qualifications from The University of Queensland in Arts (English), and Writing, Editing and Publishing, Jo has contributed to many publications and is curious about creativity, thoughtful design and sustainability.

Columnist · Interiors

Lauren Li founded Sisalla in 2010, with over 10 years experience acquire in her roles at leading architectural and interior design practices in Melbourne and London. She has been a TDF contributor since 2018.

Patricia Callan
Columnist · Modernist Australia

As a lover of Modernist architecture and Mid-Century aesthetics Patricia became increasingly dismayed at the loss of beautiful, local residences to bulldozers and so in 2008 founded Modernist Australia. In writing, listing and championing these MCM gems for sale, she has rallied a growing audience who share her desire for considered, sustainable design whilst coveting breeze blocks, vintage textiles and cork flooring along the way.

Columnist · Regional

Karen is a writer and stylist, and the co-founder of Will Work For Food, a creative project which aims to elevate the importance of sustainably, ethically produced food. With a background in marketing and advertising, she is now focused on  telling the stories of farmers, makers and businesses with social good at their core.



Eve has a Bachelor of Commercial Photography from RMIT, and spent several years refining her skills as an assistant before going it alone. We admire Eve’s intuitive way with light, and her calming influence on set!


Caitlin Mills is a Melbourne based photographer specialising in interiors, portraits, travel and food photography. Caitlin shoots many of our studio visits and travel features, and recently travelled to Tasmania to capture this beautiful story!


Amelia is known for her vibrant photographs and passion for visual storytelling. Specialising in lifestyle, interiors and environmental portraits, Amelia often collaborates with emerging artists and designers, while also counting household names such as Dulux, Youtube and Country Road among her commercial client base.


Sean started his career as a newspaper photographer in Tasmania. Now based in Melbourne, he is a regular contributor to titles such as Monocle, Wallpaper*, Belle, Feast, and Dwell.


After completing a Bachelor of Economic & Social Sciences, Sydney based lifestyle photographer Nikki To perfected her craft by assisting a number of Australia’s leading photographers. With a particular passion for shooting food, Nikki’s clients include Google Food, Jamie Oliver, Broadsheet Sydney and Qantas Magazine.


Rachel is a photographer based in Sydney often working with artists in their homes and spaces or local food and lifestyle venues and brands. She has been a regular contributor to international publications including Monocle, The New York Times , Airbnb Mag, Freunde von Freunden over the past year. She hopes to see more of Australia, uncovering and telling stories of its people and places.


Honey is a lifestyle and food photographer based in Camden, NSW. She’s passionate about telling the stories of makers, farmers, foodies and producers through photography and video. Honey is an avid gardener with an obsession with bees and aims to one day live self-sufficiently.

Photographer · Family

Sarah started Work + Co. Photography three years ago as an opportunity to bring together her great passions – capturing what people do for a living and the community they surround themselves with. Her images can be seen all over, from local publications to Vogue, to an forthcoming book with Random House.

Alisha Gore

Alisha Gore is a freelance photographer based in Sydney. Inspired by the stories of the people she encounters, Alisha strives to create narrative driven imagery that is rich in emotion and feeling.Having studied Architecture and Design at the University of Sydney, Alisha has a unique perspective on the use of space, light and textures in her work.


The Design Files acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files – we would love to hear from you.

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