Katie Engelhardt

  • Event Designer + Multi-disciplinary Creative

Involved in the fascinating Universe of Events, Exhibitions, Art and Television, I've contributed my energy and technical skills as stylist, prop maker and designer within the art departments and conference centre floors of many of Australia’s leading creative production organisations.

I have participated in some of Australia's most notable events and productions, not limited to The Melbourne Cup Carnival, Australian Open Tennis, iconic television programs, immersive events, sensory exhibition stands and public art projects, including constructing a bunch of flowers standing three-stories high for Arts Centre Melbourne.

Ever hungry for personal and professional development, I am continuously looking to ‘expand my toolkit’ as a multi-skilled creative specialist, and gather inspiration through investigation and adventure. Currently this is manifesting as mountain trail running (totally obsessed!), binge-watching Design/Illustration/CAD/Drafting tutorials on youtube and brushing up on my German language skills.

Experience

Event Designer at Encore Event Technologies (Staging Connections)

May 2018 – Dec 2018 Melbourne, VIC

Event Designer within Encores Melbourne Creative department. Concept design and creative lead on premium events across Melbourne hotels and event spaces. Visual communication of ideas, mood board, illustration and design proposals for client presentation. Work with technical directors to develop structures and custom elements that ensure adhesion to venues strict engineering requirements. Clients include PJSE, Crown Entertainment, Telstra, Grand Hyatt Melbourne, Volkswagen.

Designer / Maker / Business Owner at Studio Liebling

2014 – Present Melbourne, VIC

Design and produce handcrafted leather accessories and jewellery. Bespoke leather fittings and fixtures for interiors and events, pattern making. Mixed media jewellery, carved and polished hardwood, leather, brass. Leathercraft workshop class design and facilitation, teaching groups of 10-20 students, over 30 workshops held to date. Customised small group and one-on-one tutoring.

Stylist / Project Manager at Design & Deliver Event Production

2012 – Present Melbourne, VIC

Stylist and Production Crew. Build, installation and styling of sets, stage features and displays for live productions, events and activations.
Project Management and Design. Draft build plans and working drawings, design and prep vector files for CNC and signage, prep artwork print files. Client presentation illustrations, elevations and floorplans.

Creative Project Manager / Stylist at Egg & Spoon Productions

2006 – Present Melbourne, Sydney

Creative Project Management, Stylist. Provide Melbourne-based support to the Sydney boutique event and production company. Set design, prop and design element sourcing. Monitor builds of custom sets and exhibition stands.

Event Stylist / Creative Project Manager at SolutionRED

2005 – 2018 Melbourne, VIC

Event Stylist. Specialist creative production, set building, prop and table decor construction, floristry. Event styling and production crew. Creative Project Management. Event design, source furnishings and props, custom design for corporate functions, exhibitions and events.

Exhibition Designer / Project Manager at BrandScapes Pty Ltd

June 2014 – April 2017 Melbourne, VIC

Exhibition Design. Experiential design, immersive environments. Sound and lighting design. Creative direction to music producers, graphic, multimedia and lighting designers. Project management. Exhibition stands and brand activations around Australia. Clients include GlaxoSmithKline UK, Bosch.

Studio Hand at Gracious Space Art Fabrication

2012 – 2015 Melbourne, VIC

Studio Hand for public art projects and activations. Set construction, prop making, steel fabrication weld prep & finishing, wood work and cabinetry assist, painting. Clients included Zoos Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne, Australian Grand Prix Corporation.

Shop Builder / Visual Merchandiser at The SuperCool

2013 – 2014 Melbourne, VIC

The SuperCool, Mobile Retail Emporium. Construction and merchandising of the pop-up shops and temporary retail stores. Installation of permanent store shopfittings, painting, wallpaper, graphics and signage.

Floorplan Artist at Floorplan Dimensions

April 2013 – November 2013 Melbourne, VIC

Residential & Commercial Floorplan Drafting for real estate clients and property developers. Measurement and hand-drafting of properties. CAD drafting of floorplans and site layouts.

Art Department at Master Chef, Shine Australia

2012 – 2012 Melbourne, VIC

Set dresser and props, studio and location shoots. Set painting, Runner.

Event Sales at Harry The Hirer

2010 – 2012 Melbourne, VIC

Sales and Project Management, major events. Custom facility fit-outs for event marquees and hospitality suites, furniture bookings, site manage installs, project scheduling and key account management. Clients included Tennis Australia, Victoria Racing Club, Grand Prix Corporation.

Standby Props / Set Dresser at HSV Seven

2004 – 2006 Melbourne, VIC

Art Department, Props and Set Dresser. Studio and location props and stand-by props for Blue Heelers, Hamish & Andy, Dancing with the Stars.

Event Stylist / Set Dresser at Staging Connections

2001 – 2016 Melbourne, VIC

Set Dressing, prop and centerpiece design and construction, set building and painting, installation and event styling for corporate events and live productions.

Education

German, Level B1 at Goethe Institut

October 2017 – December 2017 Dresden, Germany

Sketchup, Level 1 at Holmesglen Institute

2015 – 2015 Melbourne, VIC

Personal Training, Certificate IV at Australian Institute of Fitness

2009 – 2009 Melbourne, VIC

Diploma of Arts (Visual Merchandising) at RMIT Melbourne

Jan 1997 – Dec 1998 Melbourne, VIC

Specialties

Event DesignExhibition DesignProp MakingEvent & Interior StylingPhoto Styling & Product DisplayVisual MerchandisingProduct DesignLeatherwork

Skills

VISUAL COMMUNICATION TOOLSAdobe IllustratorAdobe PhotoshopSketchUpVectorworks.PROJECT MANAGEMENT TOOLSAsanaTrelloMonday.com