Foundation House mourns the loss of long-time friend and contributor Mr Alexander (Alex) Stitt AM on Sunday 2nd October 2016 after a long illness. Alex, together with his wife Paddy, made a significant and valuable contribution to Foundation House over a number of years.
As one of Australia’s foremost graphic designers, Alex’s career spanned more than 50 years and encompassed achievements as a much sought after illustrator, animator and writer across film, television, advertising and community service campaigns. Some of his best known and loved work includes the memorable “Norm” from the “Life. Be in it” health campaign, Hector the Cat who taught road safety to children and cheeky Sid the Seagull from the Slip! Slop! Slap! sun safety awareness program. Alex’s enormous body of work is documented in Stitt Autobiographics which was published in September 2011.
Paddy and Alex came to be involved with our work through Board member, the late Ian McKenzie OAM, and worked closely with Board and staff through the early 2000’s. As a formidable team, Paddy, Alex and Ian collaborated on a pro bono basis with us to publish a series of Foundation House calendars featuring the stories and photographs of refugees. Later, Paddy and Alex consulted with us, again on a probono basis, to conceptualise and create our ‘house’ logo. Paddy and Alex’s different skills were woven together in many a collaborative project and in their shared commitment to the work of Foundation House with survivors of torture and broader refugee issues, their extraordinary partnership was never more apparent.
We will always be grateful for the contribution Alex made to Foundation House and the way we present ourselves to the wider community. Our love and support are with Paddy.