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Bianca van Meeuwen of miki.o

Bianca van Meeuwen
miki.o : stationery & paper goods
marketing officer by day, creative by night

What is your professional or training background?
My background and training is in international business and management. At the moment I work full-time as a marketing officer at a Melbourne university. I really enjoy my day job and the interaction with people that I get out of it, but I love being creative and explore the world of craft as well. After work I often go back to the computer to design stationery or I play on the sewing machine.

What do you make, create or do?
miki.o designs and creates products that are aimed at making people's days easier, prettier and happier. we have a range of modern and colourful paper goods for any type of occasion.

miki.o also offers modern, colourful and funky DIY printable wedding invitations, save the date cards, personalised labels, rsvp cards and other wedding stationery.

What other creative areas would you like to explore as a side-project to your current work, or move into full-time?
I would love to get some professional graphic design training, as my current skills are all self taught. I'm sure there are a lot of things that I could learn. I also love photography and like to explore that a bit further. I'm not interested in a photography career but would love to improve my skills and explore photography as a side project.

What skills do you have that help you run your business, or what skills would you like to develop?
With a background in business and marketing it is great to have an understanding of how businesses work, how accounting and bookkeeping works and with the knowledge gained whilst setting up Ink & Spindle, I think I have pretty much experienced all sides of the business environment. I feel that the skills I need to develop are more to do with my creative ability than my business skills. A course in graphic design is high on my list. I would also like to learn how to crochet and knit. It's just a matter of finding the time to do it all.

List five people, businesses or websites/blogs that keep you motivated and inspired, and why?
It was so hard to choose as I subscribe to over 100 blogs, but I've made a selection of 5 of my favourites and one website.
Decor8: This blog is high on my list and I love looking at people's houses, get design and decoration inspiration and see beautiful projects.

Pinterest: Highly addictive! Pinterest is such a great tool to collect and store inspiration and ideas. 
Ink&Spindle: The girls at ink & spindle are my friends and they give my heaps of inspiration. It was the right move for me to go back to full-time work but the business will always have a special place in my heart. 
Dawn Tan: I love the 'everyday-ness' of what Dawn draws and the cookie things she blogs about. It's great to read about the artist behind the work and I can't wait to meet her on 14 July, when I'm doing a workshop.
Onegirl: I enjoy reading about Leslie's projects and daily life. The things she makes and the process of creating something is inspirational. 
Designfiles: Lucy's blog is a massive pool of inspiration. The best thing about it is that it is local. I love seeing people's houses and find out about shops that I can later visit.
Contact Bianca via mailmikio/at/
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