Vancouver Alternative Arts & Fashion Week - #VALT2016

November 17 - 20, 2016

 

#VALT2016 Production Team:

Kat Ferneyhough ~ VALT Co-Founder & Creative Director

Kat Ferneyhough has been organizing fashion shows, art exhibitions, and independent concerts since she was 17 years old, and while attending the Ontario College of Art & Design and receiving an honours Bachelor of Design, she became thoroughly entrenched in the fashion design world via participation in several fashion shows and festivals in Toronto, including Toronto Alternative Fashion Week, Toronto's One of a Kind Show, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. After spending a year in BC to receive her honours certificate in Fashion Design at Pacific Design Academy, she was struck by the thought Vancouver would be the most ideal Canadian city in which to promote Alternative Fashion - and 8 years later, she got involved with SEAMS (Style, Entertainment, Art & Media Society) to make it happen.


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Kat Kozak ~ VALT Co-Founder & Media Director

Kat Kozak is a highly trained professional photographer in the field of digital media. Her company, Kat Eye Imaging, launched in 2004 and specializes in all areas of commercial photography and imaging enhancement. Kat studied Creative Photography at Humber College ITAL (Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning), where she graduated with honours in 2003 and won the Downtown Camera Award for Best Alternative Process. During this time, she also had the privilege of interning at the Royal Ontario Museum. In 2008, Kat completed her degree in Honours Media Studies at the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto, with her honours thesis focusing on the effects medical imaging technologies have upon artistic practice. Kat is an avid supporter of the arts and welcomes the opportunity to promote Vancouver Alternative Arts & Fashion Week to the world!
 

Victor Kozak ~ VALT Logistics Director

Victor Kozak seeks out problems because he loves to solve them. Since starting his career in technology by fixing computers for his elementary school at age 11, his path was clear: help people with their tech. After graduating with honours from high school, as well as Computer Programming at the Sheridan Technical Institute, he went on to run his own tech support company, which he ran for 8 years before moving to BC. Years of working with brain injury survivors has taught Victor that the right technology can transform a difficult situation into a productive one. He recently completed the Network Administration and Security Program at BCIT, and now works as a cyber security operator at a growing Vancouver SaaS company. An insatiable curiosity, and love for people of all stripes drive Victor to help wherever possible. VALT has given him the opportunity to use his best qualities to help artists in a way only such an event can.
 
 


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Andrew Ferneyhough ~ VALT Art Director

Andrew Ferneyhough is an artist and arts promoter who graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design's Drawing & Painting program with distinction in 2010, minoring in Material Arts and Art History.Andrew has since acted as a member of the Brampton Arts Collective in Brampton, Ontario, participating in and helping orchestrate several group shows in the community. Active in the local music scene, his graphic work was used on several acts' album covers and promotional material. In 2013 he moved to the Southern Gulf Islands in British Columbia, where he sits on the Board of Directors for the Trincomali Community Arts Council, while also creating and selling his own artwork on both the islands and mainland. After volunteering at VALT (Vancouver Alternative Fashion Week) 2012 as Music Facilitator, Andrew's position extended to Art Director in 2013, seeking out and calling in local artists to participate in the event, in addition to creating some of the graphic material used to promote the festival through several outlets.

Rachael Carlson ~ VALT Performance Manager

Rachael is delighted to be Managing Performance at #VALT2016. Rachael spends most of her creative energy at the theatre. She has a passion for directing, choreographing and performing. She is a recent graduate of the Capilano University Musical Theatre Program, previously attending the Certificate in Performing Arts Program at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. She will be choreographing the upcoming production of Cats with Fighting Chance Productions. Her previous directing credits include Mary's Wedding (Warning: Canadian Content), and Boudicca (RSC). Recent performance credits include Rose Lennox in The Secret Garden (Exit 22), Anna Andreyevna in The Government Inspector (Exit 22), and Bombalurina in Cats (URP). Thank you to the amazing creators of VALT for welcoming her to the team!
 


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Nathan McLean ~ VALT Model Manager

Nathan McLean has been a part of Vancouver Alternative Arts & Fashion Week since the beginning in 2012, and he has been the token drag queen working the runway as Ivana Phoque. With more then 5 years as a professional model and model boot camp coaching behind him, this year he will be stepping into the role of VALT Model Manager. Nathan will be helping cast models for the event, teaching selected models how to walk in heels, and all around supporting the show as much as possible. Bring your A game to castings, because he will be watching!

Teresa Bussey ~ VALT Makeup Manager

Professional Makeup Artist, owner of “Dead Heaven Extreme Makeup Artistry”, educator to aspiring makeup artists and a VALT veteran, Teresa Bussey is known for her darkly whimsical and provocative makeup applications for Stage, High Fashion Runway and Fine Art Photography. Since relocating to Vancouver in 2007, her work has certainly made a mark on Vancouver's alternative music, fashion and art scene. With diplomas in both Theatre Arts and Makeup Design under her belt, her 20+ year history as an artist is firmly rooted in the worlds of Theatre, Fine Arts and Subculture, giving her style and instinct a unique edge that has ushered her work into various stage productions, published editorial spreads, CD covers, short films, music videos, runway shows and broadcasted events.
 
 

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Kevani Macdonald ~ Backstage Manager

Kevani is a Marketing Strategist and Event Producer. Based in Whistler BC, she is proud to live an amazing, not-so-secret double life – developing strategies and managing projects for some of the heaviest hitters in the outdoor sports and mountain resort tourism industry with the team at Origin Design + Communications by day, and helping artists and creative entrepreneurs turn their talents into successful businesses by night with her own company Burn Brighter Marketing. After volunteering for VALT 2013, Kevani's role was extended to Backstage Manager in 2014 and she looks forward to keeping everything running smoothly, clipboard in hand, in 2016.

 

Camilla Dobbie ~ VALT Hair Manager

Transitioning from the runway to behind the scenes, Camilla is a former model and VALT veteran who relocated to Vancouver from Victoria in 2013 to pursue a career in hair. She was immediately drawn to VALT’s inaugural event in 2012 through social media, identifying strongly with the concept of an inclusive, outside the norm, alternative fashion & art showcase. After modeling in both VALT 2012 & 2013 and expressing interest in styling for the event, she was offered the role of Hair Director in 2014 and ran with it, helping to create a cohesive look for each evening with guidance from the Aesthetic Director and support from her salon team at Aveda Tonic. Camilla takes every styling opportunity she can between full-time hair school and work, and in her short time doing hair has already worked with some of Vancouver’s top alternative talent, lending her skills to several local fashion events and photoshoots. She is excited to return to VALT again in 2016 and looks forward to a bright, stylish future!

 

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VALT is run by SEAMS - the Style, Entertainment, Art & Media Society of Vancouver. This not for profit organization focuses on developing local arts programming that assists emerging and fringe artists of every medium and media in the province of BC, while fostering a community of culture appreciation.