About

Marie-Nicole

Artisan & Founder of Creators Nest

As a mother of two boys, I’ve experienced the challenge of being a solopreneur, an artisan selling my wares through my online store, at markets & retails stores, working within the constraints of a young family. Being new to a region, working alone predominantly, in inspiring but isolating locations, particularly since making our tree change to the Yass Valley region 6 years ago, a place that continues to attract young families to live the lifestyle that big sky country offers. Having the desire to maintain a sense of self and identity outside of motherhood I have paved my path to earning an income while being available for my children. Having seen the need for a space like Creators Nest to enable women to connect with others, work along side each other and share the journey of reaching for the stars together, I decided to establish such a space.

Below gives you insight into what I’ve been doing with my time here on earth during my adulthood. You’ll notice I’ve yearned to continually learn and grow, a journey which has led me here, now living the life of an artisan, founding the Creators Nest.

Formal education aside, one of the best learning experiences will always be LIFE… experiences like travel, challenging yourself to step outside your comfort zone, involvement in community events that open your eyes to new experiences, asking those who know more than you about something, then trying it for yourself, experiencing the errors and understanding how to improve.

The power of combining of both formal and experiential education is invaluable.

EDUCATION:

BA in Visual Communications , Avondale, NSW.

Australian Institute of Professional Photographer Workshops

Freelance Success Short Course

Currently undertaking Post Graduate in Collective Entrepreneurship, Torrens University

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY:

Professional Portrait Photographer  (1998-2007)

Self Employed Artisan (2007 – until now)

CONTRIBUTIONS:

Australian Wine Selectors Magazine: Photographer

Tickle the Imagination Magazine: Writing Contributor (Sept 2011)

Living Magazine: DIY Design Contributor (2011-2013)

ARTshine Blog: Monthly Writing Contributor (2011-2012)

YASSarts & YASSarts Inc. Committee Member (2013-2015)

AWARDS:

Silver Awards in both Wedding & Portrait Category NSW Professional Photographers Awards (2003)

Silver & Silver with Distinction in the Wedding Category APPA – Australian Professional Photographers Awards (2003)

Silver Award in Wedding Category NSW PPA (2004)

Silver in Wedding Category APPA (2004)

Granted Associated Member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographer (2004)

Etsy Featured Shop – Globally (2013)

Etsy AU Design Awards – Finalist (2014)

EXHIBITIONS:

‘Woman’ at Ron Hartree School of Art in Newcastle, NSW. Displaying pastel drawing works of ʻhuman landscapesʼ. (1997)

 ‘Solace’ at Avoca Beach Art Gallery, NSW. Displaying pastel drawing works of faces. (1998)

‘InsideOut’ at Avondale College, NSW.Displaying photographic works ‘The forgotten lane ways of Sydney’ along with a concept coffee table book. (2007)

 ‘An Odd Collection of Fellows’ Oddfellows’ Hall, YASS. Displaying feather & leather craft and repurposed blanket range. (2014)

‘Beauty in the Beast’ & ‘Cloth’ Tootsie, 289 Comur St YASS.  Displaying feather & leather craft as well as repurposed blanket range. (2016)

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