What is Artisan Assembly?

Artisan Assembly is a safe and supportive space for all creative content makers to share, engage, and support each other in all creative endeavors. It is a collective community of innovative and inspirational members who collaborate, network and contribute towards a common goal of inspiring others to grow their creative potential and reach their creative aspirations.

Why join Artisan Assembly?

Anyone can joinNon-exclusive (you don’t have to leave any other teams or communities to participate)Opportunity to network and grow with other ArtisansLearn & receive mentorship with other ArtisansLibrary of resources to assist you on your journeyExposure through Artisan of the Week and Artisan of the Month programs

Members

A photo database of our members can be found below.

MEGZIE

Founder

My name is Megan. I founded this community to provide a supportive, educational and resourceful space to creatives, as we face different challenges and our journeys often involve different pathways to those in the gaming industry, whether we choose to stream our work online or market our work in person.

Wistfulempire

Admin

My name is Cassie. I'm a graphic designer with a deep seated love of simplicity and sustainability. I've always loved making things. The satisfaction gained from seeing something that was created through nothing but your own efforts is something that I will never grow tired of feeling.

Mayiawen

Admin

My name is David. I'm a 3D designer/traditional artist. I like to learn new things and focus on challenging myself and helping others where I can. It's my goal to be someone who builds up instead of tearing down.

Announcements

January 2019 Artisan of the Month: Spellpaws is an Australian based artist, pin maker, and also works with acrylics & jewelry.


February 2019 Enamel Pin Loop Giveaway: Featuring 9 pins from our members, hosted on Instagram.


February 2019 Artisan of the Month: Little Arty is an Australian based freelance designer, emote artist, and Twitch streamer.


March 2019 Artisan of the Month: Moosecat is a chainmaille artisan who also dabbles in other merchandise such as stickers, acrylic keychains, and pins.

Community Guidelines

The Artisan Assembly is designed to be a collaborative effort. The more you contribute to building the foundations of a successful and unique community, the greater potential for opportunities and benefits for our members arise. Our main goals is to encourage Creativity, and to spur Motivation for yourself and for our fellow creators.

Our full Community Guidelines and Code of Conduct are available here:

Sponsors

If you are interested in partnering with us or would like to sponsor us, please contact us.

Contact Us

If you would like to reach out you can drop us as an email at hello@artisanassembly.com or use the form below.

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January Artisan of The Month

It is our great pleasure to explore Laura's (Spellpaws) art and the motivation behind her creativity as our first ever Artisan Of The Month. If you are interested in engaging with Laura and other like-minded artists, please join the community!

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Laura, I'm in my late 20's and from South Australia. I've always loved drawing and creating things. I run a small online shop and mostly sell pins. I'd really like to shift my focus into developing my drawing ability and focus more on illustrations suitable for prints and apparel.

What's your background?

I'm a self taught artist, I grew up in a very creative family so art has always been a part of my life. Creating things was just a hobby and then I began selling locally at markets and online.

What does your work aim to say?

I'm not aiming for anything serious, I'm still developing my art style and have a lot to improve on. Until then, I'd at least like people to experience joy when viewing my work or receiving a product I created.


What inspires you?

I draw a little bit of everything. Whatever I'm listening to, watching or playing inspires me. I love to draw animals so going for a walk can help as I live in a tranquil area filled with nature and wildlife! I find this helps to clear my head too if I'm stuck in art block or just generally overthinking things. Along with those, just scrolling through social media and seeing the work of talented artists inspires and motivates me!

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

Just seeing people post images of their orders with a kind comment on social media or leaving a review makes me happy! It's really nice to know someone appreciates something I've created.

How do you price your work?

It depends on the item. In general, I factor in cost of material and or manufacturing costs plus any fees that may occur. I try to make my prices fair while still making a profit. If I were to offer commissions or sell one off original pieces, I would consider the size of the piece and make sure to charge an hourly rate for my time.

Who are your biggest influences?

My biggest influences would definitely be my family. As said previously, I was brought up in a creative environment. My mum has been selling her creations for years and my dad and brother both have a natural talent for drawing. My dad would tell me fantasy stories as a kid, such as the fairies that live in our garden! I think this is where my imagination and love for fantasy came from. I'm super grateful they're always there to support what I want to do.

What tools and resources do you use?

I use Clip Studio Paint and Illustrator for digital pieces with a Wacom Intuos tablet. I recently purchased an iPad Pro so looking forward to try that out for art as well. My favourite traditional materials to use are pencils and watercolours. I often watch YouTube videos if I'm looking for a review for an art related product or tutorials.

What's the best piece of advice you would give to new and inspiring creators?

My advice would be to try not compare your work to other more established creators in a negative way. Especially if you're just starting out! I catch myself still doing this sometimes and I find it can have a negative impact on workflow.
Instead, think of it as a positive! Focus on your own work, be inspired and motivated by them instead.

Do you offer commissions or custom work?

Currently not at this time. I'll consider offering commission work in the future.

Do you have any interests of hobbies outside of creative endeavours?

Drawing has always been my main hobby. Apart from that, I love music! I used to play guitar when I was younger so I'd like to take that up again or try learn piano. I also like to play video games in my spare time although I've cut back as I'm trying to be more active. I was recently gifted archery lessons so I'm looking forward to those.

Where is the best place people can find your work and contact you?

You can find me on Instagram and Twitter @spellpaws. Or visit my Etsy store at www.spellpaws.etsy.com

March Artisan of The Month

It is our great pleasure to explore Liz's (Moosecat) art and the motivation behind her creativity as Artisan of the Month for March. If you are interested in engaging with Liz (Moosecat) and other like-minded artists, please join the community!

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Liz (or moosecat), and I am primarily a chainmaille artisan who also dabbles in other merchandise such as stickers, acrylic keychains, and pins. I am in my early 30s and live in Southern California with my husband and two cats, Aetemis (Moose) and Venus (Bean). Aside from art, I work full time as a Producer in the gaming industry.

What's your background?

I've had access to computers from a young age, and started making websites as early as 11 years old. In high school, I took various classes such as web and graphic design which pushed me toward that path in college. I graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Design, with a focus on digital media. However, I learned I would NOT enjoy doing these things as a career. I was back to square one, at my old retail job after graduation.

I turned toward something I'd never thought of as potential career: video games. My husband had introduced me to online games in high school, where I had enjoyed making fan sprite art for Ragnarok Online. During college I got really in to a game called Asda Story, and was very active in its community. I reached out to the team, knowing they were understaffed, and managed to get hired on as a Community Manager. We packed up our lives in Washington and moved to California, beginning our lives int he gaming industry.

As for chainmaille and art, the above string of events eventually led me to playing World of Warcraft. Through the Warcraft Twitter community, I followed many artists and came across a chainmaille artisan named Ketsuki. I quickly fell in love with the craft and started learning! Fast forward 4 years (WHAT?!) and here I am, with my own little business!

What does your work aim to say?

Sometimes I make things, like my Cardcaptor Sakura or Lucky Cat paw stickers, that could be considered to have inspirational messaging, but I don't have a specific message to send in my work as a whole. I have also really enjoyed creating accessories for the LGBTQ+ community more recently. But overall, I just enjoy making cute and sparkly things, while giving people designs they enjoy!


What inspires you?

Mostly...all things cute or naturey! I've had cats almost all my life, so of course there's a lot of love there, and many of my artworks will be cat related! I've been in to anime since I was a child, especially Sailor Moon, and CLAMP's many series, so I'd love to make more anime-inspired work that could also be enjoyed by the masses by not being overly obvious. Games such as World of Warcraft, Ragnarok Online, and Pokemon (and other Nintendo properties) have also been a huge part of my life.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

So far, the only physical sales I've done have been at Con Before the Storm (a pre-BlizzCon party) the last 2 years. The reactions and experiences, being there in person, there have been really rewarding. My online following is pretty small and quiet, so it's just so great to see the reactions of the hundreds to thousands of people visiting or walking by my table, especially those who share similar interests. Seeing repeat customers from the previous year getting excited about my new products is also such a treat!

How do you price your work?

I have a bit of a messy system that I adapted from various pricing models, but it seems to work pretty well and I have a nice spreadsheet to work things out! It involves the cost of materials (x2), an hourly wage for creation, and a small overhead to account for the overall management of my shop. I have other modifications, such as accounting for the percieved value of higher quality materials.

For digital art, I typically make it for printing on merchandise, so I just look at the market average for the type of product I'm selling. I don't really look at how long it takes me to create a piece of art, because I'm much slower and inexperienced in this field. Plus. I'm less concerned about time here because it's a "draw it once and re-print it as much as I want" type of deal. But of course, I always make sure the production costs/fees are more than covered so there's still a decent profit! Do your research, but also do your calculations!

Who are your biggest influences?

My parents have always been huge influences for me. My dad's work gave me access to computers at a very young age, which was really uncommon for children in the 90s. He helped jump start my knowledge and appreciation of the tech world, and even helped me build my first computer in high school. In retirement, he's taken to woodworking. I really love everything he creates!

My mom worked in a photo lab for much of my childhood, and taught me about photography (which she apparently learned from my dad!). She also got in to scrapbooking and mixed media/paper crafts. I always enjoy and admire her work and creativity. She's been a huge supporter of my own craft as well, and helps promote my business whenever she can!

I must also mention some of the artists in the World of Warcraft community, such as the amazing @faebelina who inspired me and many others to pick up drawing again; @tsepish who got me in to enamel pins and helped me produce my first one, and has been so supportive and helpful with general business stuff; and as mentioned, @ketsuki_wow who introduced me to chainmaille.

Last, but certainly not least, is my husband @oafkad, who has always supported me in everything I do. I mean, I wouldn't be in the gaming industry or have gotten in to WoW if not for him...who knows if I would have gotten back in to art at all!

What tools and resources do you use?

Chainmaille: I primarily work with aluminum and stainless steel from various suppliers, such as TheRingLord, MetalDesignz, and WeaveGotMaille. These, along with the Chain Maille Facebook group and Maille Artisans International League (M.A.I.L.) are great resources for all experience levels! My favorite pliers are the bent and chisel nose Xuron brand...great price and quality!

Digital Art: My tools are varied. I usually sketch and do rough work in Clip Studio, then take it in to Illustrator to trace and clean up. If I need to do any effects or texturing, I bring it in to Photoshop. I definitely want to get more used to Clip Studio for more of the process to eliminate some back and forth! I also have 3 drawing devices: an iPad (not Pro, but still GREAT for basic art), a Surface Pro 4, and a Huion GT-221 Pro display tablet that's conntected to my desktop (maybe I should keep my desk clean so I can actually use it!).

What's the best piece of advice you would give to new and inspiring creators?

Don't undersell yourself. When working on your pricing structure, especially if you're doing handcrafted (as opposed to mass-produced/printed work), don't use Etsy as a guideline. Many people value their time so much less than they should. If you ever want to rely on your craft as an income, you will have a hard time if you're selling items that take 3 hours for a measly $13! It's harder to raise prices than it is to lower them and/or hold sales. Please value your time and yourself as an artist! It will help you AND your peers.

Do you offer commissions or custom work?

I do, but only for chainmaille! There are some customizable listings in my shop (more soon). I have no form for additional custom items currently, but I'm always open to discussion via Etsy, email, or Discord.

Do you have any interests of hobbies outside of creative endeavours?

While most of my hobbies include doing something creative, I do still watch anime and play games from time to time (I really love the Switch!). I've also taken a liking to reading various comics on Webtoon, alongside manga. I don't play games as much recently, but obviously still enjoy when I do! Lastly, I really love going to the gym...if only my energy levels could keep up!

Where is the best place people can find your work and contact you?

I post to Instagram a few times a week at @moosebeanbtq. I also cross-post to Twitter and Facebook under the same name!

My current work for sale can be found on my Etsy at shop.mooseandbean.us, and portfolio at mooseandbean.us.

February Artisan of The Month

It is our great pleasure to explore Little Arty's art and the motivation behind her creativity as our Artisan of the Month for February. If you are interested in engaging with Little Arty and other like-minded artists, please join the community!

Who are you and what do you do?

I am Little Arty and I stream art from my studio on my Twitch channel Little Artys Studio

What's your background?

I have a bachelor of Visual Arts & Applied Design (sculpture major) and over five years experience in high end retail. I discovered Twitch in late 2016 as a viewer, and by mid 2017 I made the leap in to streaming in the then Creative category, streaming mostly charcoal illustration and some metal clay work.

In late 2017 to early 2018 I started delving in to more digital work, partly out of curiosity and partly because it made my work more accessible to more people. The irony of doing digital work now, is that in art school I found the mandatory subject absolutely not relevant to my overall plans as an artist. Even today I still feel out of my depth sometimes, despite the improvement in my skills.

This year I am hoping to have a website and start selling more of my artworks online. Part of that process has been to go back to study a business course and luckily it includes a mentoring program to assist me with getting my idea off of the ground.

I am involved moderately in the Twitch community as a co-community manager for Twitch Adelaide’s Community with Hyp3rstrike and I recently also became a co-community manager for WomANZ South Australia with MaidMama. I am a member in a few other communities; Artisan Assembly, Converge, CheckPointOrg (I periodically stream on their channel), GoodFello Gaming and Super Star Streamers.

What does your work aim to say?

My artwork can be categorised as post-modern minimalism. Part of the reasoning is that I deliberately try to create fluid forms or abstract line work to invite the viewer to use their imagination when looking at my work. In terms of emoticons, subscriber badges or graphics for Twitch Broadcasters, I try my best to convey what they want and add my own flair to it.

What inspires you?

Patterns and forms in the world around me, yoga, my local beach, design and architecture, the Minimalism art movement.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

TheGodDamnBadger about the emotes I made for his Twitch channel: "Pleasant and awwwwwwwww inspiring. Emotes have always gotten a great reaction"

A quote from Sweet Bee Urban Pottery "Impressed by your professionalism"


How do you price your work?

The question that stumps most artists and there is no one definitive answer. I try to look at what my skill set is, what I have spent on materials and add a little time component in to the mix. I also think if I was a potential customer, what I would be able to rationalise spending. At the moment I am conducting some market research with my prices to try and find the sweet spot that is not too cheap or too expensive.

Who are your biggest influences?

(In no specific order)
Content Creators: Sezzadactyl, Mivaro, Tsuchie, Raejayy, RubeePlays, Linvalin and LadyHana, YungKhan, CoconutJustice
Artists: Henry Moore, Sol LeWitt, Donald Judd, Khai Liew, James Housten, Rodin, Carl Andre, Andy Goldsworthy, Alexander Calder

What tools and resources do you use?

Traditional Art: A range of charcoal pencils, Inktense pencils, pastel pencils, black paper, white paper, oil paint, Limestone, precious metal clay, Epson V39 Perfection scanner.

Digital Art and Graphics: Wacom Intuos Draw (small), Affinity Designer & Publisher (Photo is on my wish list), Art Rage Lite, Medibang Paint Pro

What's the best piece of advice you would give to new and inspiring creators?

Avoid the word “networking”, make genuine connections and friendships with people in your local Twitch community, join groups that are of interest to you. In terms of finding inspiration, I try to keep this quote in mind “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working” (Pablo Picasso). Every artist has off days, art is a valid career choice, but you have to put the work in. Most importantly have a work/life balance, burnout is real.

Do you offer commissions or custom work?

At the moment I am conducting some market research with my artwork commission prices to try and find the sweet spot that is not too cheap or too expensive.

Do you have any interests of hobbies outside of creative endeavours?

Cooking, gardening, going to the beach, video games, catching up with friends where I can (online or IRL), watching architecture and cooking shows on tv, keeping well read on world events.

Where is the best place people can find your work and contact you?

Instagram
Twitch
Twitter
Commission enquires: littleartys.studio@gmail.com

In the coming months I will be working on launching an online offering so that you can see more of my work, purchase it if you like it or get in touch with me for a commission.