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Painted Lady Studio

Travelling is unlike anything else. You see the world in a different light, you feel the culture of every country, understand their history, and make connections with locals. It makes you more open-minded.

Travel was where I found my voice, I became an artist. I have always been drawn to the art of others but creating art of myself has been the best way to show that difference I feel inside.

It’s no secret that I’m a bit of an introvert and my career path has been quite eclectic as have the experiences that have shaped it.

I was born in Brisbane, Australia, a big country town of around two million. Surrounded by sun lovers and tan-lines; it quickly became clear that this town wasn’t for me. I always felt different as a child. I was always involved with subcultures. I was a Goth kid in my teens until my early twenties, that’s when I became curious about travel. I wanted to get out of Brisbane and immerse myself in a completely different environment. This led me to Norway where I experienced snow for the first time, fjords, and their other cultural export Black Metal.

On my return I eventually abandoned the Goth scene and spent several more years travelling the world, supporting myself by working in the hospitality industry. I’ve spent a lot of money and years travelling, and I’ve spent a lot of time and money on my second great indulgence – tattoos – but that’s another story for another time!

I had a chance to travel around the world, and it opened a brand-new world for me. I was able to see things outside of what I know as home, and today I feel like a different person.

Unsurprisingly I didn’t want to live in Brisbane on my return from one of my many travel stints, so I moved to Melbourne in 2008. I had always been drawn to and inspired by artists, musicians, and other creatives. And, at that time for me, Melbourne had European good looks and healthy arts and creative scene.

In 2014 I decided to formally pursue my interests and started a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT. This led to a move to Sydney in 2017 where I completed an honours in Fine Arts at COFA.

During the pandemic, I had lost my job and was struggling to find a new one (plus my passion and stamina for the hospitality industry were starting to falter).

Luckily, this meant I qualified for the Job Seeker payment, which led to me becoming a NEIS participant. The NEIS (New Enterprise Incentive Scheme) program focused on learning how to run your own microbusiness. With this training, I now had a new perspective on what it takes to be a small business owner.

While trying to find somewhere to hot desk with a community of creatives in late 2020 I stumbled upon Artshine industries and while they no longer offered a collaborative desk space, Vinh Lam, the co-founder spoke at length to me about a mentorship program Artshine offered designed to take creative industry professionals from concept to commercialization of their work.

Vinh introduced me to an important concept that I had overlooked while creating my business. I had all the criteria to start a creative practice besides one, actual clients. He went on to explain to me how many creatives spend years building their practice and portfolio but don’t focus on getting actual clients, and that is what he wanted to change with Artshine Industries. His mission was to help creative entrepreneurs with professional training and mentorship in areas like: “Designing a business model for your creative career” and “getting tips from successful industry professionals.”

When you’re starting out the hard part isn’t just creating a product or service, it can be even more difficult when founding a business to identify who your customers are and how you sell. For me, Artshine industries offered a unique space in which we I could meet and network with like-minded aspiring creatives and innovators and not only share our passions and dreams but also collaborate with like-minded artists and innovators to make our visions come true.

I want my work to embody experimentation and exploration, new techniques, and materials. I want to contribute to the design dialogue by demonstrating new ways of working with a particular medium, or by synthesising different techniques and disciplines into a unique product.

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