When I reflect on my past I realise I’ve always had a passion to create however I had no idea that creating my own teaching resources in Word and Publisher would eventually lead me to to where I am today. In 2012, through a number of different and unrelated circumstances, I began teaching myself how to use Adobe llustrator and Indesign. Once I started I was hooked. I often look at some of my earlier work and realise that I took the long way round to complete a job but at the time it didn’t seem to matter. I was learning and I loved it.
At no point did I ever contemplate that this hobby might ever become a career but it has. I started off small, designing logos and collateral for small businesses and then by chance my I was asked to create a brochure for a local landscape designer who was showing at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. It was a huge honour but it also highlighted to me that I had a lot more to learn and I couldn’t wait. From here I started designing party invitations and party stationary, it’s something I had always done for my own boys but now I was being asked to create work for others and the joy I felt when I was able to deliver something that they had only dreamed of was overwhelming.
I was creating all in my ‘spare time’, as a mother you never really have spare time, and it wasn’t until I volunteered to help with the creation of the College Annual at Servite College that I realised that I could potentially do this for a living. The following year I was employed by the College as their Community Relations/Publications/Graphic Designer and Photographer. It is an unrelenting job but I love every aspect of it. I love the satisfaction and pride you have when an idea or concept you’ve been working on becomes a reality and in this position I am fortunate enough to doing this on a daily basis.
I continue to learn more about print and print media and have even become skilled at managing a number of social media pages along with a few basic websites, not only for myself but also for the Hamersley Habitat Community Garden and Servite College. I am excited to see where design will take me next.