I've always loved artwork, expressing myself and sharing my creations. When I was eight I first started experimenting with mud clay from the garden, air dry clay, and polymer clay. My creations grew so numerous that my mother helped me get an Etsy shop up and running, we both did the photography, descriptions and packaging.
Being home educated supplied me with the extra precious time I needed to grow my skills, I was almost always making things out on my patio workbench, and even as a young kid I was figuring out what methods worked and which ones didn't, constantly problem-solving with so many projects on the go. I would customize store bought toys, make space ships for action figures, create miniatures for dollhouses- and create a large number of dragon characters who I would write stories for in the descriptions of my Etsy listings.
In 2013 I got my first job as a face painter and performance artist at Fairies on the Walk at Mt Tamborine, and was involved in community theatre in Beenleigh where I contributed to the marketing of the shows by illustrating posters (as well as acting in the productions). In 2015 I attended the "Make a Monster" workshop by Richard Mueck at the Gold Coast art gallery. I particularly found this workshop pivotal as having my talent validated by someone of his experience was incredibly encouraging. Later in 2019 I was fortunate to meet Tracey Reeby (SFX MUA, Puppet Design and more) at one of my market stalls. She took interest in one of my puppets and we chatted for ages. Then in 2020 I was given some experience and training in special effects makeup and prosthetics for film and television, via a production she was working on.
I've also run my own workshops teaching sculpture and attended markets and pop culture conventions as a stallholder. It gives me a lot of joy to express myself artistically, to share with and inspire others.
I came across the acronym "OOAK" when I was a kid scrolling through Etsy, looking at all the dragons and mythical doll sculptures. As soon as I understood what it meant, its meaning became such an inspiration.
All of my sculptures are completely unique, standalone, exclusive pieces. I sculpt everything by hand and put a lot of love and care into the creatures I make, in order to give them life and personality.
It means a great deal to me when I get complements and encouragement from people who understand and appreciate the level of work that goes into creating handmade art. It can often be hard to appreciate due to the mass-produced world we live in, but I think that's a big reason why I love doing what I do. It's a kind of magic to share the beauty of the unique.
Tales of Middonmira
Tales of Middonmira is the website where I put all of my work for the stories and novels I'm writing.
I am unsure exactly where the stories are going, if they're going to become published novels, or graphic novels (perhaps both?) but either way I am currently content to world build and flesh out details of the characters and plot/s.
If you are interested you can have a look at the Tales of Middonmira here.