Luke’s skill at getting alongside and inside my thinking process has been remarkable — helping me gather together all the tendrils of several decades of creative life, distilling the core things I wish to explore, and funnelling this into a research proposal… He is a deep listener and thinking companion as well as a provocateur, and takes seriously both the large and small instances which led me to my hunch/research. Many times he proposes just the right next step… to help bring useful shapes up out of murkiness, into language and onto the page… What Luke does feels muscular, or skeletal… like he is building a handmade and strategic scaffold with me, that I can go hang my creative life on… generating forward movement. It’s exciting.

Lynette Lancini. Creative musician, facilitator,
and director of Wholebody Creative Change.

Luke has a unique ability to ask questions that guide your thinking processes about a particular subject towards personal clarity. You might think of it as a kind of psychotherapy for your research or artistic explorations… What makes Luke particularly effective is his ability to remain separate, unbiased, non-judgemental, patient, and to keep the focus very much on you and your own work…

Chris Healey. Music composer,
doctoral researcher, University of Queensland.

Working with Luke is so enjoyable. He is a person of great intellect matched with gentle openness and the ability to listen deeply without judgement… Luke has a real gift of sifting through my ideas, sensing connections and patterns, and communicating them back quickly in ways that feel authentic and accurate, expressed in words I struggle to come up with on my own… My writing has improved markedly since working together, which has translated into real world success in exhibition and artist residency applications… The process has been so insightful, and Luke’s enthusiasm for discussing ideas is encouraging and highly motivating. 

Michelle Vine. Artist, photographer,
director of Michelle Vine Studio.

Luke Jaaniste has been a collaborator of mine for close to twenty years. Throughout this time, and still now, he is my go-to expert for insightful, revealing and big-picture advice. I particularly turn to him in the early stages of my creative education and technology projects to get design and ‘sense’ feedback. I’ve always found Luke’s input saves me reams of time I would have otherwise spent on redundant or unnecessary elements, and the visual and informational outcomes are much better for it.

Jonathan Nalder. Digital technologies educator,
founder and director of FutureWe.