Interior Designer, Camilla Molders Design
What is your professional or training background?
I was lucky enough to start working in the interior design industry straight out of high school where I worked for a company that imported high end textiles - selling to designers and architects. It was a great training ground and I was able to work along side some of Melbournes best designers and see how they go about their work. While working full time, I studied part time at RMIT. But my most valuable experience is from the on the job training that I am always doing: with each new project I'm always learning new things.
What do you make, create or do?
I mainly work on residential projects and work collaboratively with my clients to create spaces that reflect my clients individual taste, personality and lifestyle.
What other creative areas would you like to explore as a side-project to your current work, or move into full-time?
I love designing rugs and furniture, which I am lucky to be able to incorporate into my work quite regularly.
What skills do you have that help you run your business, or what skills would you like to develop?
I've had to master multi-tasking and as a solo operator I have had to get my head around all the boring business stuff like GST & bookwork things. I would like to/need to develop better book keeping ability - but than again, I'd rather just get someone else to do it for me and keep my head clear for the creative stuff.
A skill that would be really helpful for me to develop is photography. I have to come to terms with the fact that I am not a natural photographer....obviously with a creative business where its important to keep your portfolio up to date & fresh, this is an issue for me that I will have to resolve!
List five people, businesses or websites/blogs that keep you motivated and inspired, and why?
+ Design Victoria - they run great seminars and workshops aimed at small design businesses
+ The Australian Design Unit - Great resources & their tool kits are full of very helpful information and contacts.
+ The Design Files: I read a lot of great blogs but TDF is one I keep my eye on as it often features great local info on businesses and products as well as inspiring interviews.
+ Desire to Inspire - Days worth of my kind of eye candy - interiors!
+ and of course... the Creative Women's Circle network: I find the CWC meetings so inspiring. Hearing the stories of triumphs and woes of what other women in their creative businesses go through is both comforting and inspiring. Running your own business is hard, challenging and exciting - and hearing others real stories from the trenches is quite soothing.
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