About Us

What we do

Our network of collaborators include educators, researchers, practitioners and students, all of whom believe in the significance of design.

Project Make is being developed by a small team of initial collaborators.

Our team

  • Demelza Round profile image

    Demelza Round

    Demelza is a cross-disciplinary secondary school teacher who specialises in Art and Technology education, designerly thinking and educational leadership.

    Her experience with National Standard Alignment process in 2011 prompted her to undertake research aimed at contributing to future national curriculum development. She has a Masters of Professional Studies in Education through the University of Auckland (2015). Demelza’s research has investigated how to develop designerly thinking practices in secondary education and fostering collaboration between the secondary and tertiary sectors.

    Demelza held various positions at Saint Kentigern College between 2011 - 2017 including Head of Technology, Acting Head of Visual Art and Creative Director of Visual Art, Technology and Design. During this time specialisms under her leadership included Product Design, Object Art, Fashion and Textile Design, Food Technology, Digital Technology, Animation and Motion Graphics and Computer Science and Sculpture.

    She is currently the Head of Technology at Tangaroa College where her focus is engaging students through the understanding and application of their personal design heritage to real world problems. Demelza is motivated by the power of making (in all fields) and social equity. She believes in empowering students to make tangible positive changes to their worlds through design.

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    Nathan Walker

    Nathan is the founder and Creative Director of Align Left. His passion for Communication Design is evident within the diverse nature of his projects to date. While his work is primarily focused on UX/UI, web and graphic design, it also encompasses illustration, branding, packaging and editorial design. Prior to starting Align Left he freelanced as a designer and front-end developer for more than six years throughout high school and university for organisations across a range of industries including technology and education.

    His interest in the activity and impact of design started in high school with the presentation of his International Baccalaureate research at a national conference on the future of New Zealand. He is currently engaged in the development of the branding, web development and project resource development of Project Make as part of his undergraduate research at AUT.

    Nathan prides himself on understanding the sum total of micro details and how the outcome will be viewed and experienced by the end user. To this end he has become renowned for eye for detail and ability to produce sophisticated outcomes that are deceptively complex.

  • Anjuli Selvadurai profile image

    Anjuli Selvadurai

    Anjuli Selvadurai is a visual artist/photographer/designer based in Auckland. She has recently completed a Bachelors of Design, majoring in Photography with Honours at Massey University, Wellington. Anjuli’s practice is driven by her experiences growing up as a mixed race, first generation New Zealander. 

    Her most recent exhibiting work ‘Gita’ interrogates aspects of her cultural identity in a series of embellished photographic textiles. Whilst engaging with notions of contested belonging and reflections of personal identity, her dual cultural background situates her work within the realm of identity politics spanning multiple cultures and worlds. With a keen interest in materiality, Anjuli employs silk, a traditional medium for saris. This series of photographic works, confront the often exoticised perceptions of South Asian culture. In utilising decorative cultural artefacts associated with traditional, cultural and contemporary female experiences, the work addresses the concept of girlhood within a dual cultural experience.

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  • Nathan Walker profile image

    Nathan Walker

    Nathan is the founder and Creative Director of Align Left. His passion for Communication Design is evident within the diverse nature of his projects to date. While his work is primarily focused on UX/UI, web and graphic design, it also encompasses illustration, branding, packaging and editorial design. Prior to starting Align Left he freelanced as a designer and front-end developer for more than six years throughout high school and university for organisations across a range of industries including technology and education.

    His interest in the activity and impact of design started in high school with the presentation of his International Baccalaureate research at a national conference on the future of New Zealand. He is currently engaged in the development of the branding, web development and project resource development of Project Make as part of his undergraduate research at AUT.

    Nathan prides himself on understanding the sum total of micro details and how the outcome will be viewed and experienced by the end user. To this end he has become renowned for eye for detail and ability to produce sophisticated outcomes that are deceptively complex.

  • Demelza Round profile image

    Demelza Round

    Demelza is a cross-disciplinary secondary school teacher who specialises in Art and Technology education, designerly thinking and educational leadership.

    Her experience with National Standard Alignment process in 2011 prompted her to undertake research aimed at contributing to future national curriculum development. She has a Masters of Professional Studies in Education through the University of Auckland (2015). Demelza’s research has investigated how to develop designerly thinking practices in secondary education and fostering collaboration between the secondary and tertiary sectors.

    Demelza held various positions at Saint Kentigern College between 2011 - 2017 including Head of Technology, Acting Head of Visual Art and Creative Director of Visual Art, Technology and Design. During this time specialisms under her leadership included Product Design, Object Art, Fashion and Textile Design, Food Technology, Digital Technology, Animation and Motion Graphics and Computer Science and Sculpture.

    She is currently the Head of Technology at Tangaroa College where her focus is engaging students through the understanding and application of their personal design heritage to real world problems. Demelza is motivated by the power of making (in all fields) and social equity. She believes in empowering students to make tangible positive changes to their worlds through design.

  • Shelane Lomas profile image

    Shelane Lomas

    Shelane is a designer, educator and trainer who has experience in both the public and private sectors of education.

    She has taught multiple courses within the Design and Technology Learning Area, and has worked on international education projects with the Ministry of Education. During her study of education at The University of Auckland she received the top award for multiple Technology Education courses.

    Shelane is passionate about design education, and in her role as an educator she aims to extend students, teachers and the community’s understanding of best design practice. Her pedagogy demonstrates an equal value towards analogue and digital practices within the design discipline.

    In 2012 Shelane completed her Architecture degree from The University of Auckland, where she won multiple awards for her design work. Her architectural projects have an inward focus where the journey and experience of the occupant is the focal point of the design process. She believes it is the designer’s job to create an experience for the user.

    Shelane is currently coordinating a move to London to continue developing her skills, design thinking, and pedagogy in a new environment.

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    Anjuli Selvadurai

    Anjuli Selvadurai is a visual artist/photographer/designer based in Auckland. She has recently completed a Bachelors of Design, majoring in Photography with Honours at Massey University, Wellington. Anjuli’s practice is driven by her experiences growing up as a mixed race, first generation New Zealander. 

    Her most recent exhibiting work ‘Gita’ interrogates aspects of her cultural identity in a series of embellished photographic textiles. Whilst engaging with notions of contested belonging and reflections of personal identity, her dual cultural background situates her work within the realm of identity politics spanning multiple cultures and worlds. With a keen interest in materiality, Anjuli employs silk, a traditional medium for saris. This series of photographic works, confront the often exoticised perceptions of South Asian culture. In utilising decorative cultural artefacts associated with traditional, cultural and contemporary female experiences, the work addresses the concept of girlhood within a dual cultural experience.

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    Kathy Do

    Kathy is an aspiring illustrator and animator, who is currently studying motion design at Media Design School. She has freelanced as an artist, doing illustrative commissions that ranged from album covers and posters, to profile pictures and cards. Additionally while studying, she has created motion work for client briefs which includes presenting pitches and WIP presentations against timed deadlines.

    Like every other artist, she drew constantly, inspired by morning cartoons since she was young, but only started taking her work seriously near the end of highschool - through the study of animation. Since then, Kathy has been adventuring the combination of art and motion, and is currently applying this into her personal projects, such as her ‘comic-in-works’: #ProjectOrbit. Following in the animation industry’s footsteps, Kathy has experience in storyboarding, animatics, and 2D animation.

    She is passionate about the power of storytelling, character design, and visual development. Always seeking to grow her visual library, you can often find her watching movies, reading comics and obviously, drawing. Project Make loves Kathy because of her spontaneous ideas and strong visuals of character and story. 

  • Connor Matson profile image

    Connor Matson

    Connor is a Software Engineer Intern at Rocket Lab and Engineering Science/Computer Science/Statistics student at the University of Auckland. When Connor has time away from work and study, he is the lead software engineer at Koios, a team within the Auckland Programme for Space Systems that is building satellites to promote interest in STEAM. He is passionate about the use of technology as a tool for simplifying everyday life and expanding the limits of what’s currently possible.

  • Mia Straka profile image

    Mia Straka

    Mia Straka is a contemporary jeweller, 3D artist and tutor based at Workshop6 in Auckland. She has enjoyed combining work with travel during artist residencies in Oaxaca, Mexico (2014) and Berlin, Germany (2018) as well as taking her interactive, values based Valere Talisman project to community spaces in Melbourne and on tour throughout the North Island. Currently Mia is a partner and tutor at Wokshop6, a shared jewellery studio in Kingsland and is about to embark on the two year HandShake6 project where she will be mentored by internationally renowned jeweller and educator Manon Van Kouswijk to develop her own experimental work. Mia is passionate about connecting through making, sharing skills and stories and investigating what we value, how we interact with each other and our environment through her artistic practice.

  • Susanna Pattison profile image

    Susanna Pattison

    Susanna is a secondary school teacher currently working at Diocesan School for Girls as Teacher in charge of Food Design Technology. Susanna returned to teaching 6 years ago after 17 years in her own Food business. Originally trained as an English and History teacher Susanna believes that student learning in the Food area is best achieved through practical experience. Susanna has developed and taught programs that value practical food experiences connecting students to the New Zealand food narrative. She has an interest in developing understanding and commitment to sustainable practice in the food environment and how this can be integrated into teaching and learning.

  • Alistair Kincaid profile image

    Alistair Kincaid

    Alistair is a passionate motion designer who is part way through a Bachelor of Motion Design. During this time he has worked a number of part time and freelance design jobs. This includes projects ranging from posters and billboards to video editing and 2D animation. Alistair currently works as a motion design freelancer for an off grid solar panel company. He enjoys working with a product that is a renewable source of energy and better for the environment. One of his goals is to continue using his design skills for projects related to this area, using the power of motion design and storytelling to educate and communicate environmental issues. 

    Alistair recently won a silver Best Design Award for a project with the Auckland Art Gallery, working in a group of 3 as the motion designer. During his time at university Alistair has taken up the opportunity to develop his own illustrated art style that incorporates an abstract use of line work. This development of style has gone hand in hand with self exploration, looking at the subconscious mind and exploring dream states to gather insight and imagery. This has led to the abstract outcome of an experimental animation. Project Make loves Alistair because he has learnt to think like a designer and an artist. He brings a quirky and positive energy to each project in terms of his work and attitude.

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    Sean Tholen

    Sean is a secondary school teacher who specialises in Science and Mathematics. He graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2019 and is currently working towards his Masters in Teaching and Education Leadership. Sean is passionate about making stuff, failing, and making more stuff. His ethos is “Anything worth doing, is worth doing badly” leading to a lot of learning, but also trying new things despite that inevitable outcome.

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