Winning submission announcement!

Creative Women's Circle recently put out a call for submissions for our new membership cards and we were blown away by the response! We knew we had some talent in our midst, but seeing the quality and breadth of work in one go was pretty amazing.

So we are now excited to unveil the winning designs, as voted in a secret ballot by the CWC board. These designs will be featured on new members cards sent out to all new members from early in the new year. Each of our board members said choosing their favourites was one of their toughest responsibilities yet! Next time, we think we will share the load and ask our members and followers to share!

There were so many diverse and excellent entries. Stay tuned for a post next week sharing the other finalists!

Sarah Lawrey, Collectus.


Susan Fitzgerald, Spin Spin.

Why I joined CWC: Martina Gemmola

CWC_2016-01-21_georgia-phase_insta-graphic_template Have you been meaning to join Creative Women’s Circle for a while? Well, now is the time to join us and reap the benefits. Our Mid-Year Membership Drive is on until June 30 – you can save 10% off the full price of membership, just in time for the end of the financial year (and it's tax deductible!).

There are a whole host of benefits, including the opportunity to join a Members-only Facebook group (launching in July!) to discuss the highs and lows of being a creative, entrepreneurial woman; the chance to attend and vote at the AGM in August; plus discounted event tickets, product discounts, and the chance to attend Member-only events.

Photographer Martina Gemmola has been part of CWC for several years, and credits the group for providing support and opportunities for her creative business. Here's her story...


Interior design project by Camilla Molders, photographed by Martina Gemmola.

Why did you join CWC?

I had returned to Melbourne after 6 years away and felt a little lost as how I should go about launching my freelance business, and how to connect with likeminded people. Having joined a 'networking' group overseas, and having felt the benefits of just being part of something, I decided to become a member of the Creative Women's Circle. I felt an instant connection and was warmly embraced by the creative community Melbourne is known for.


Floral & botanical design by Good Grace & Humour, photographed by Martina Gemmola.

What were your first impressions of CWC?

I felt such comfort! Knowing that I had 'found my people' - which is not something to be taken for granted in the sometimes competitive and 'cliquey' world of small creative business. Everyone was so welcoming, and so happy to share their knowledge. Plus they were just generally super to be around. It wasn't long before I was volunteering to help Tess at events and baking up a storm for our morning teas. It was nice to be able to give back to the community that gave so much to me.

What have been the biggest benefits or positives of CWC to your creative life and career?

I can't stress enough the positive effect it has had on my business. In the early days I asked a couple of CWC people on coffee dates and we started to collaborate on some folio projects. What resulted was a greater confidence in my work and in the direction it was going, the freedom to try new things, and refine some old skills. I started to feel a little more at home back in Melbourne, armed with an instant support network filled with absolutely rad women.


Kooyong House by Monique Woodward, WOWOWA, photographed by Martina Gemmola. 

Have you connected with other CWC members?

I work a lot with the talented interior designer Camilla Molders, who was my first CWC crush, and she in turn has referred me left right and centre all over the design world, which I am eternally grateful for. She introduced me to Ruth Welsby, who has become my styling guru and dear friend. I've worked with our fabulous president Tess McCabe on several projects, and have had some of my best jobs referred from ladies of the CWC. I've shot some amazing architecture and interiors with fellow members Monique Woodward of WOWOWA and Samara Greenwood of SGArch. I've photographed a wall covered from top to bottom with flowers just for the hell of it with the Good Grace & Humour ladies.  I've found myself in the most ridiculously stunning luxury accommodation in Port Fairy with Colleen Guiney, who found me through the CWC, and together we worked on an article that graced the pages of Vogue Living - total dream. It's been an amazing resource for word of mouth marketing (the only kind I do!). I've had the best of fun.

One thing I found at events was how easy it was to strike up a conversation with a stranger, and quickly find common ground. I've never really been one to put myself out there, but somehow the events I went to inspired me to give it a go. The daggy networking group I had been a part of overseas was much more corporate, and felt a little like everyone was out to take, take, take. The CWC was just the opposite and was all about giving. Everyone was so honest and real in the way they related to each other. Following up was always easy - a quick email, a good Melbourne coffee, and I always found myself in excellent company with lots of ideas to explore. What a treat.

Thanks, Marti! Find our more about our Mid-Year Membership Drive here. 


The Artful Business Conference is coming to Melbourne (plus a discount!)

square The Artful Business Conference hits Melbourne September 8 & 9 and it promises to be an inspiration-packed two days with many speakers and multiple small group workshops to get your creative business into gear.

There's speaker keynotes from the likes of Jess Van Den (How To Build Your Ideal Business) and Julia Bickerstaff (How To Make A Healthy Income From Your Home Based Business); and workshops that include: How To Charge Premium Prices; How To Run A Family And A Business Without Losing Your Mind; Successful Facebook Marketing Campaigns; PLUS a Q&A with publishing powerhouse Lisa Messenger.

It's sure to be massive!

CWC 'Captain' Tess McCabe will be giving a keynote speech as well as a Graphic Design Speak workshop, plus we'll have a stall selling books and sharing info about CWC and our Members.

Join us, won't you? If you're a CWC Member, you can get a 15% discount on tickets* (live or virtual) - simply log in and find the discount code here.

*This is an affiliate link, meaning we get a small $ amount if you purchase a ticket to the conference via this link. Thanks for supporting CWC this way!

June Membership offer: Free $10 voucher + win $250 to spend at Moo!

CWCxMoo_2_membership-offer530 Thanks to the awesome folk at, for the month of June 2014, CWC Members can get a US$10 voucher to use on any of their fantastic products! Need new business cards, postcards stickers, swing tags or greeting cards? MOO can deliver full-colour printed loveliness in small or large quantities.

Current CWC Members can also go in the running to win a US$250 voucher to spend at Wow - that'd be your business printing needs sorted.

Find out more about the voucher code and read the terms here. If you're not a current Member, join or renew here.

Thanks, MOO!

May Membership offer: 2-for-1 movie passes to Grace of Monaco

membership-offer530 Thanks to our friends at Entertainment One we have complimentary 2-for-1 passes to the new film Grace of Monaco for members who join or renew their membership during May 2014.

Current members can also go in the draw to win one of 25 passes to the film, starring Nicole Kidman in the role of screen icon Grace Kelly.

Click here to see the giveaway terms and to take advantage of this special offer!

Or watch the film's trailer below.