Resident Profile: Ava Cadee
I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations and Japanese at The University of Western Australia.
I am born and bred in Perth! This is my second year at St Cat's so I have been living here for about a year and a half now.
I’m the Cultural Officer at St Cat's which means I run the arts, dance and music programs as well as project manage the Inter-College cultural events such as the Lipdub and Battle of the Bands. It's a dense and diverse portfolio but it allows me to always be involved in the College and engage a number of residents across lots of fun activities. This year we've been able to run a number of dance workshops and 'crafternoons' which I think are ways to express your creativity and enrich your college experience.
We’ve been lucky enough to have a printing workshop with art teacher Leslee Rowlands. She took us through the design and printing process and we explored the medium of lino block printing. Residents are now able to design their own repeat block prints and then use these to create a t-shirt or silk/muslin print scarf. These classes are part of the ongoing art program at the College where both professionals and residents run workshops that anyone can get involved in.
With exam time just around the corner, it's nice to find the time to take a 'brain break' and work on a creative project. I hope to build and foster the sense of community that is thriving at the College by getting everyone around a table and just letting the creative juices flow.
It's an exciting opportunity to be able to learn a skill like block printing that residents can carry into their own art or creative projects and get involved in a meaningful way. To me, it’s so important that my university experience is not just about study or grades but also the fun little moments along the way. So these classes and projects really allow for residents to get involved in a fun and exciting way and make something that they can be proud of!