Kerrie Hess was born in Brisbane in 1979 as the youngest of three children.

From age 5, Kerrie showed a great interest in illustration. Her love of art was shared with her older sister Megan, which prompted her parents to choose Lourdes Hill College, known for its support of the arts, for their daughters’ secondary education.

Kerrie recalls that Lourdes Hill encouraged its students to ‘aim high’ in all areas of their education.

“There was always an underlying notion [at Lourdes Hill] that anything’s possible, and if you worked hard, it would pay off. That definitely came across for me at Lourdes Hill,” she said.

After graduating from high school in 1996, Kerrie enrolled in a graphic design course at Griffith University’s College of Art, before setting off to begin her career in London.

Kerrie started out professionally as an artist with her first commissions with Vogue Australia and Topshop’s Arcadia Group at the age of 19. Since then, she has been commissioned by a range of world-famous fashion giants including Christian Louboutin, Net-a-Porter, Kate Spade New York and Chanel.  

Kerrie illustrated the recent 15th anniversary cover of Harper’s Bazaar for Collette Dinnigan and the global ‘Paper Dolls’ project for Louis Vuitton Paris. She has also written and illustrated her own style book, ‘Shoestring Chic’.

Applauded internationally and at home, Kerrie was recognised as a winner at the Illustrators Australia Awards 2013 and received an Artist award at the 2012 Cannes Design Festival.

In January 2014, Kerrie became the first Australian artist to hold a solo exhibition in Paris at Le Meurice Hotel. She is also the only Australian artist to have illustrated the prestigious three-metre high windows London’s Harrods Department Store, her designs for which were displayed for two months in 2014.

Throughout her career as a full-time illustrator, Kerrie has lived in London, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Paris. She now lives in Brisbane with her son Marcel.
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Beth Sheehan 1996 - 2000

Beth Sheehan finished at Lourdes Hill College in 2000 and went on to study a Bachelor of Applied Science in Exercise Science at University of Queensland followed by a Masters in International Health at Curtin University. In 2014-2016, Beth spent 18 months as an Exercise Physiologist employed by Scottish charity "500 Miles" and doing incredible work as Clinic Manager in Lilongwe, Malawi.  She (through the 500 Miles Clinic) provided prosthetic and orthotic services to a variety of individuals with varying disabilities and chronic conditions in Malawi.    Beth has also held the Qld ESSA (Exercise & Sports Science Australia) chair position and has been involved in the academic sector with multiple universities. Beth has worked for a variety of multidisciplinary clinics and is currently working for Vitruvian Personal Fitness in Brisbane offering end stage rehabilitation programs for amputees. She is also exploring further research opportunities in the amputee realm here in Brisbane.
Snapshot of LHC: 1996-2005

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