About

Marie-Nicole

Artisan & Founder of Creators Nest

As a professional artisan, wife and mother of two, I’ve experienced the challenge of selling wares through an 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 8 years ago, a place that continues to attract young families to live the lifestyle that big sky country offers.

With the desire to maintain a sense of self & identity outside of motherhood, I’ve paved my path to earning an income while being available for my children. Seeing the need for a space like Creators Nest to enable creative women in particular, 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 & grow, a journey which has led me here, now living the life of an artisan, founding 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:

Post Graduate in Collective Entrepreneurship, Torrens University

BA in Visual Communications , Avondale, NSW.

Australian Institute of Professional Photographer Workshops

Freelance Success Short Course

 

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY:

Self Employed Artisan (2007 – until now)

Professional Portrait Photographer  (1998-2007)

 

CONTRIBUTIONS:

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

ARTshine Blog: Monthly Writing Contributor (2011-2012)

Living Magazine: DIY Design Contributor (2011-2013)

Tickle the Imagination Magazine: Writing Contributor (Sept 2011)

Australian Wine Selectors Magazine: Photographer

AWARDS:

Australian Finalist in the James McGuire Global Business Plan Competition (2017)

Etsy AU Design Awards – Finalist (2014)

Etsy Featured Shop – Globally (2013)

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

Silver in Wedding Category APPA (2004)

Silver Award in Wedding Category NSW PPA (2004)

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

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

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