Meet the UNSWeetened 2020 Team

Meet the team behind the journal! 

The UNSWeetened team is an amazing group of volunteer Editors, Designers, Illustrators and Social Media and Marketing all-rounders led by the UNSWeetened Coordinator! We've got some great things planned so make sure to keep an eye out for what the UNSWeetened team gets up to this year. 

Chloe Kelly

UNSWeetened Coordinator

Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours)

What excites you most about UNSWeetened? 

The thing that excites me most about UNSWeetened is in the beauty of it being a student publication. UNSWeetened is a space in which student voices can be heard, their feelings expressed, and their work seen. I am endlessly excited to be a part of this process and to give back to the wonderful creative community of UNSW. Getting to work in a space with amazing student volunteers to bring this creative cross-section of UNSW to print is a dream come true and I am excited to see where it takes us. 

What is your favourite mode of creation? What have you created in the past? Are you working on anything at the moment?

As a Media artist picking a favourite mode of creation feels impossible. I love writing critical essays and satirical articles because I have a lot to say. Sometimes I write because I am angry or sad, sometimes because I am happy and a lot of the time I write because I have too many thoughts about how Stephanie Myer’s Twilight saga might be the most interesting case study of Mormon desire in Romance/young adult fiction ever. So maybe writing is my favourite because it is extremely cathartic. But I am also an interactive media artist and I think most of my artworks are physical experiential embodiments of my essays/thoughts. There is something uniquely powerful about art in which the audience can experience the feeling or train of thought themselves rather than reading about them. So maybe creating art is my favourite medium. I also do a lot of digital drawing and often create video games with my partner for game jams or just because we feel like it. Lately my work has been looking at embodiment and performance in interactive installations and documentations of performance art. 

What inspires you?

I think it can be hard to exactly pinpoint what inspires me. I think I am inspired by lots of things all happening at once. I’m inspired by my family and my amazingly talented husband. I’m inspired by my friends, my mentors and plenty of random people on the street. Also, nature and coffee and cake. So maybe it’s not that hard to pinpoint – e.g. people, nature, coffee and cake. 

What do you enjoy about the creative process?

I enjoy how exciting the creative process is. My favourite part of the creative process is the ideas phase – which is probably why I don’t finish as many projects as I would like. I just love the feeling of having a new idea – a new path to go down and something new to keep my busy mind entertained for a while. It also feels good to finish something and to look back on where your ideas once were and where they are now. I enjoy the fact that once you finish a creative project usually you are left with even more ideas than you started with. 

What is your first memory involving art? / What has been your proudest creative achievement?

My first memory involving art is making my mum a Mother’s Day card with a little illustration on the front (from memory us hugging inside a heart). It made me feel really happy to see how much it meant to her – and even now I still make hand drawn cards for her because of that memory. 




Sean Paul

Editorial Team

Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Arts (Spanish and Latin American Studies)

What excites you most about UNSWeetened? 

I believe UNSWeetened is a beautiful addition to the university’s ethos of collaboration and education. I am excited to witness the coming months through the lens of personal development and the opportunity to collaborate with others; those both old and new to the journal.

No one is an expert in what they do, most certainly this can be said of students. But the journal offers an invitation to everyone hoping to distil the nebulous ideas shared through our diverse perspectives into a synchronous experience, one that can only be achieved through the recognition of our interdependence on others. 

What is your favourite mode of creation? What have you created in the past? Are you working on anything at the moment?

I write poetry in order to feel connected to that which lies outside our cognition. Our minds are so perfectly optimised to deal with the minutia of day-to-day life, like a candle constantly burning down its wick. Although there are those rare moments in which a transitory breeze of inspiration blows and the flame can roar into full expression. I write poetry to feel that breeze in its rare moments. 

What inspires you?

I enjoy two contradictions in the answering of this question. On the one hand, I love being in the outdoors, alone, allowing my mind to slow and thoughts to be address without worry of the next one to come. While on the other hand, I revel in the fast paced, collective experience when creating with other people. 

What do you enjoy about the creative process?

From studying a double degree of Arts and Engineering, I know with certainty what living a life devoid of creativity can feel like. I have spent long weeks strapped to desks working through equations and reports, and although I find that work very fulfilling, I always come away from it not quite feeling like myself. What I enjoy most about the creative process is the balance it gives to my life. 

What is your first memory involving art? / What has been your proudest creative achievement?

My proudest creative achievements have come through hosting table-top roleplaying games for my friends. Maybe it comes from the inordinate number of hours committed to a single story? But I think the true joy comes from developing the aspirations and flaws of the characters created by my friends and the ability to construct a world in which they can be fully expressed. 








Nina Greenhill

Editorial Team

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting and Drawing) / Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing)

What excites you most about UNSWeetened? 

The fact that being on the team this year means I get to read all the stories before the rest of UNSW does. I’m the kind of reader who marks the new release date on a calendar then badgers booksellers until they have a copy in. UNSWeetened lets me see it all before its released and get one of the first copies at the launch party. If that’s not exciting, idk what is.

What is your favourite mode of creation? What have you created in the past? Are you working on anything at the moment?

Take a guess at my favourite mode of creation. I’ll give you a minute. 

In the past I have created big works and small works, in drawing, painting, and writing. I created 3 of the stories in last years UNSWeetened. I legit have too much that I’ve created to write it down here, considering my degrees are mainly about making stuff.

I’m always working on something. Creating is a bit like breathing- if I don’t do it, it doesn’t end well for me. I don’t tend to work on one thing and have that be the end of it. I work in big worlds, where there’s lots of latitude for me to write across it, much to the chagrin of writing comps and lecturers who set the 2000- and 3000-word limits.

What inspires you?

Long walks anywhere but the beach, snuggling up with polar bears, and performing death defying stunts such as walking to my car at night.  

I am also inspired by guys who wear shirts with vertical stripes in public, gel pens that stop working in the middle of words, and the large number of people who got an ‘indicator optional’ license when I meet them at roundabouts.  

Furthermore, what really inspires me is the amount of people who order vodka lime sodas by their separate elements who don’t know it’s a drink that already exists, those who talk while chewing gum, and the fact that there’s a store in Berrima that sells the most wonderfully carved wooden ducks- one of which sits on my shelves.

What do you enjoy about the creative process?

That every single part of my project and process (including when I am yelling at the work, or about the work) is important and that when I am finished, I can go to Officeworks and get it printed and bound and I can cry myself to sleep at night saying that it’s a real book.

What is your first memory involving art? / What has been your proudest creative achievement?

My first memory involving art was seven and my teacher criticized a painting I did. It was a flowerpot she had us paint in the style of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. She said and I quote, ‘I wouldn’t have you paint my flowerpots.’ 

Similarly, when I had her the next year, she criticized my writing style because I used ‘And then…’ too many times in a recount.

If you don’t think spite was a motivator in me choosing my degree, you’re wrong. 


Russell Marsden

Editorial Team

Bachelor of Arts (English or Creative Writing)

What excites you most about UNSWeetened? 

It's fantastic for students to have the opportunity to hone their writing skills and learn the process of submitting work to a journal. I'm super excited to be involved in that process and to get to read everyone's work.

What is your favourite mode of creation? What have you created in the past? Are you working on anything at the moment?

I'm a writer. I like to write stories that help me understand myself and the people around me. I also doodle a lot of poetry and I'm working harder on honing that skill, because poetry is the best form hands down (don't @ me). A lot of my fiction ends up being somewhat dystopic and usually explores issues of gender and sexuality. I'm currently working on a retelling of the Narcissus myth because I'm a bit sick of the narrative that all young people with social media are simple narcissists.

What inspires you?

I'm always really inspired by music and I often use it to get myself into a specific headspace to write. The lyrics in alt-J songs are some of the most incredible poetry I've ever read! (Poetry professors will groan. I don't care). I'll also be struck with inspiration to write when I notice someone do something that I find odd. And sometimes I just hear a word I think sounds beautiful and start writing about it. The most recent one was Miracle Whip and the poem that ensued was disgusting.

What do you enjoy about the creative process?

I enjoy how improvisational it is. I never know exactly where my writing is headed until I get started, and often I'm surprised about where I end up.

What is your first memory involving art? / What has been your proudest creative achievement?

Honestly, the first time I was properly struck by storytelling was when I was obsessed with Avril Lavigne's Sk8er Boi. I thought it was incredible that she told a whole love story in only one line (can I make it any more obvious?) while staying true to her punk attitude. And then she flipped the whole narrative on its head with the twist that she was the sk8er boi's new girlfriend?! Genius. But then I studied Emily Dickinson in high school and I'd like that to be my actual answer, please.


Samantha Syme

Editorial Team

Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours)

What excites you most about UNSWeetened? 

The chance to work with a variety of different voices and particularly to work with creatives whose perspective, practice and work is different to mine. Most of all I would say to meet new people and just engage with the creative community on campus 

What is your favourite mode of creation? What have you created in the past? Are you working on anything at the moment?

I’m not really sure. I think I prefer drawing/doodling, but then I have more moments where writing something is easier than drawing it, or where writing comes more easily. But I would say that I draw more than I write…so drawing I guess…if I had to pick. 

Lots of stuff. Drawings, some animations, photographs etc. I am currently working on a stop motion animation and a few drawings and designs for t-shirts. Usually I’ll have a few things going at once in case I get bored. 

What inspires you?

I don’t know? Ideas can come to me literally in any circumstance and with zero provocation; my brain will just think some random thought and I’ll write it down and come back to it way later and be like…oh yeah haha that was funny, let’s do something with that. So…I don’t really know what it is that does that. But also, I am incapable of not having audio or visual stimulus whenever I’m doing ANYTHING. So maybe that helps? What I mean by that is I’ll always have to be listening to music, or a podcast, or have a tv show playing whilst I draw, or cook, or walk somewhere, or breathe. Honestly, it’s a little debilitating; biggest fear is going somewhere and realising I don’t have headphones.

What is your first memory involving art? / What has been your proudest creative achievement?

There isn’t really a first memory for me or one where I remember picking up my first paint brush, and having a sudden epiphanic realization that that’s what a wanted to do with my life at the ripe old age of four or anything like that…I was just kind of always doing art stuff. One earlier memory surrounding art that I do have is my sister and I used to make these books where we would make up animals and do a kind of profile on them. So, we would each draw our respective animal/thing and then there would be like a section underneath detailing their powers and what they did. I remember that being really fun.

Kind of just proud whenever I fully finish something, because that in itself is a feat for me. 

Any favourite artists/writers?

There are so many; mostly ones that I’ll just revisit when I’m feeling very specific emotions. One of my favorite artists of all time is Edward Gorey, he does these gothic style illustrations in children’s books that are really creepy but also really funny. I don’t think I’ve read enough of just one person’s writing to have a favorite author but a some of my favorite books are catcher in the rye and Eleanor & Park. I tend to gravitate towards the angst-ridden teenage persona, which is probably why I have so many YA books. Seriously, I have a disgusting amount for a 20-year-old, and ones that came out too recently for me to pass them off as something I only have because I read it when I was twelve.


Juliet Manolias

Editorial Team

Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Arts 

What excites you most about UNSWeetened? 

For me, nothing is more exciting than the idea of getting to see so much new and/or unseen writing from the people I share this UNSW community with. I don’t think there is anything more inspiring or motivating than witnessing the creativity of those around you, and UNSWeetened provides the opportunity for this creativity to flourish.  

What is your favourite mode of creation? What have you created in the past? Are you working on anything at the moment?

I’ve dabbled in SO many kinds of art and creativity, but the ones that I’ve been doing for as long as I can remember are drawing and writing. I’ve always been very self-conscious of my writing, which is why you’ll only find visual art on my social media, but I’m hoping to change that one day. I tend to just do whatever I have the motivation or energy for, and rarely give myself big personal projects to work on. Lately, I like to paint birds and write microfiction!

What inspires you?

Above all else, I get the most inspiration from my friends and the communities I place myself in. Getting to engage with other people throughout their creative process is so different, to me, than just seeing a finished work on a screen and having very little understanding of how that work came to be. The inspiration I get from seeing something on Instagram, or reading a book, is very fleeting compared to the drive I get from friends sharing their works in progress and constantly motivating each other to keep creating. 

What do you enjoy about the creative process?

It’s always nice to be able to look at something and say: “I made this”, but I think what I enjoy most is seeing in what ways I’m improving whenever I continue to create things. I often struggle to create things purely for my own enjoyment, so I get a lot of my motivation from seeing myself get better at what I do, and the positive reactions of my friends towards my work.

What is your first memory involving art? / What has been your proudest creative achievement?

I remember being in year one, drawing alongside one of my best friends at the time. She drew a lot of mermaids, and so, I did as well. But there were certain details I was struggling with, and I just wasn’t able to get my mermaids to look as good as hers. She was my artistic idol, and she helped me. She taught me how to draw mermaids like her, and we both kept drawing and motivating each other to get better. I love this memory, and I feel like I owe her a good chunk of where I am artistically. She made me want to keep creating, and for that, I am thankful.  



Maya Abraham

Design Team

Bachelor of Design 

What excites you most about UNSWeetened? 

What excites me the most about UNSWeetened is working in a collaborative environment with a diverse team all joining forces to be the voices of UNSW students. Being the role of designer I have the exciting opportunity to read the work of talented UNSW students and be inspired by their words, bringing their vision to life through design. 

What is your favourite mode of creation? What have you created in the past? Are you working on anything at the moment?

My favourite mode of creation is designing digital illustrations and typography on my Ipad Pro. I love making super colourful, bold works with a hint of humour. In the past, I have created a playful font inspired by peanuts, funky posters influenced by memorable quotes and edgy publication designs. Right now, I am working on designing a new logo and visual identity for Monkey Baa Theatre Company. 

What is your first memory involving art? / What has been your proudest creative achievement?

My first memory involving art would be my first ever painting. I decided to paint Hannah Montana and it still haunts me to this day. My proudest achievement would be having the opportunity to take part in a scholarship program called Mapping and Design Lab. This took me all the way to China to apply interdisciplinary design processes and technologies to develop design concepts in response to a brief provided by industry stakeholders. 

What new books, shows, albums, games or movies are you looking forward to?

I am looking forward to Disney’s upcoming live action film Mulan and Never Have I Ever a Netflix comedy series about the life of a modern first-generation Indian American teenage girl, inspired by Mindy Kaling's own childhood.

Any favorite artists/writers?

Martina Martian, Ada Crowe, Ellen Porteus and Kate Pullen.


Matthew Lim

Design Team

Bachelor of Biomedical and Mechatronics Engineering

What excites you most about UNSWeetened? 

I am most excited in creating a new and bold design for UNSweetened that is relevant and cohesive as well as something that the whole team can be happy with!

What is your favourite mode of creation? What have you created in the past? Are you working on anything at the moment?

My favourite mode of creation is drawing and sketching. Most of my works in the past have been personal illustrations and illustrations for Discorder Magazine in Vancouver!

What inspires you?  

I'm inspired by traditional Korean paintings, ukiyo-e Japanese drawings and other modern illustrators. 

What do you enjoy about the creative process?

I usually illustrate on a very objective and surface level and enjoy finding meaning through the process. I also enjoy being able to meditate in the creative process!

What new books, shows, albums, games or movies are you looking forward to?

I’ve been playing a lot of Animal Crossing New Horizons that just got released on the Nintendo Switch. Some new albums I’ve been listening to are Eternal Atake by Lil Uzi Vert and Man Alive! by King Krule

Isabella Lee

Social Media and Marketing Team

Bachelor of Media Arts 

What excites you most about UNSWeetened? 

One of the things that I’m the most excited about is being able to meet and work with a range of different people, whom I may not get the chance to meet in my courses. In addition to this, I’m eager to be able to talk about literature with a wider audience and have the opportunity to introduce people to something they may not have heard about before. 

What is your favourite mode of creation? What have you created in the past? Are you working on anything at the moment?

My favourite mode of creation is definitely digital art, specifically anything to do with film. This is because there’s a really interesting relationship between the visual and auditory senses that I like to play with. In the past I have created and composed various multi-media pieces to accompany my theatrical productions, which I’ve really enjoyed as they work together to create a whole new experience for the viewer. I’m not working on anything at the moment, but as I work on my assignments for my class, I’m trying to reflect on my creative process and figure out the type of artist I want to be. 

What inspires you?

Not to be too cheesy, but one of my biggest inspirations are my friends. They have such varied views of the world that make me see things in my life that I may have taken for granted, didn’t think about before, or see the beauty in. Another thing that inspires me is music. When I’m in a creative rut, music, without a doubt, is able to cure it, or at least motivate me to think through it and figure out what will work. 

What is your first memory involving art? / What has been your proudest creative achievement?

The memory that stands out is the one time that I made and glazed my own plate when I was a child. I vividly remember how I was taken aback by how many colours there were to choose from, so I obviously tried to use all of them. When it came out of the kiln, it turned out pretty good considering how a rainbow had thrown up on my plate, but this is the first thing I had ever made with my bare hands and I thought that was pretty special. 

Any favourite artists/writers?

One aspect about studying at the Art and Design campus that I’ve enjoyed, is that I’m able to learn about and appreciate artists I wouldn’t have heard about otherwise. An example of this is the collaboration between David Haines and Joyce Hinterding. They create interactive pieces of art that redefine games and what you’re able to achieve with them. 

Wen Yu Yang

Social Media and Marketing Team

Bachelor of Commerce 

What excites you most about UNSWeetened? 

I’m very grateful and excited to take part in the literary community at UNSW. I think it is absolutely wonderful that UNSWeetened provides a platform for students to explore and grow creatively, and I’m really keen on bringing more diverse voices into this environment. 

What is your favourite mode of creation? What have you created in the past? Are you working on anything at the moment?

Writing is my go-to when it comes to creating, although I do like dabbling between different mediums as well, just for fun (not that I'm any good, heh). I am still on a journey to find my voice as a writer. I am currently working on an idea for a novel, and my first short story ever is due to be published in Tharunka’s upcoming issue Influence!

What inspires you?

I am always inspired by art in various forms. I love listening to music, watching people dance and looking at works of photography or paintings. Above all, I draw inspiration from other writers by reading as much as I can, mostly in the fantasy genre. 

What do you enjoy about the creative process?

I find the creative process very mysterious and magical. As Bilbo Baggins had pointed out: ‘It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.’ It’s an adventure, and that’s what I love about it.  

I also carry an insatiable craving in me to create characters and places that exist out of this world. It’s a sickness, don’t judge. 

Any favourite artists/writers?

I don’t usually have favourites, but I can never get enough of anything by Maggie Stiefvater or Terry Pratchett (a very recent favourite). 

I love how distinct their voices are and their unique ways of building characters and worlds. I could spend hours marvelling at their prose and am always finding myself pleasantly surprised in the most unexpected places. 

UNSWeetened Literary Journal

Chloe Kelly