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

Meet the Admin Team

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.

OUR MEMBERS


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.

Quotes

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.

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

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.