Simone, but you can call her Sim, is a designer, maker and advocate for the invaluable power of creativity as an agent for social change. She uses her understanding of various fields and sectors to cross-pollinate ideas, people and projects, empowering others to create.
Sim has a Bachelor (Hons) in Industrial Design and has been collecting creative experiences in Melbourne, Amsterdam, Stockholm and Aotearoa since graduation. Her colourful career has spanned graphic design, marketing and placemaking for large-scale property development projects, exhibition design, user experience, copywriting, and editorial work within the design and build industry. Back on home turf, Sim most recently managed the Boosted NZ arts crowdfunding website, mentoring artists, forming partnerships with national bodies and managing the site rebuild in 2020.
Outside of Gap Filler you’ll find Sim in a workshop or studio prototyping furniture designs and making ceramics. She also sits on the board for a community makerspace in her homeplace of Lyttelton.
Sim’s favourite thing about Gap Filler is that the team aren’t afraid to take risks on fun or whacky ideas. Instead, there is an admirable team-wide determination for humans to be playful, active participants in the places around them.