Quite a few people have asked about my logo- what does it mean or how was it created?
So I will share the story.
I had a business for 17yrs called 'The Studio'- from which I taught visual arts, painting, drawing, mosaics, textiles and 3D sculpture. Either from my home based studio, or by invitation in schools, community centres, Registered Training Organisations, tourism venues and for people with disabilities.
Then there was a life changer- health reasons forced me to retire from teaching and we moved to a larger regional town. I quickly became restless, so returned to study and completed my Bachelor of Visual Art- with Honours at LaTrobe University.
We built a new studio, not dedicated to teaching, just a creative space for me.
I wanted the 'the studio' to live on, but included my passion in the business name 'handmade'. I ❤️❤️❤️ everything made by hand- where the creator and maker leaves their personality and skill within the object. Where you can visualise each movement, imprint, stitch or quirk as the item was lovingly teased into life. The factory made object is clinical, devoid of individual uniqueness, it speaks of sameness which is predictable and boring.
So my namesake was born.
The tiny house represents more than the fact I work from home. It speaks to me of where so many handcrafted skills were born, and at this time are lovingly enjoying a rebirth. People are tired of sameness and the throw away way of life.
We want to feel the joy of the quietness of making, the feel of an artisan handmade mug in our hands, a hand knitted jumper warming us in the cold, the taste of real home grown food and meals made from scratch.
The little house refers to my whole lifestyle- yes I grow our veg, compost our waste, have solar power, make our food from simple ingredients. But I also design and create unique ceramics from mud as my passion of creativity.
When you see this little house- the acronym 'tsh' is 'the studio handmade' and that product was made from scratch by my hands with love and joy ❤️
I am a certified creative addict- having played with arty methods constantly since childhood. Now I work mostly in clay, painting and textiles - always designing and making new objects.