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    Jessica Jean, artist/designer/maker

    Jessica Jean
    Buttons Jean
    artist/designer/maker/student
    www.buttonsjean.com

    What is your professional or training background?
    I hold a diploma in stage and screen acting but have kind of put that on hiatus to study textile design and development at RMIT. I also have plenty of arts and crafts experience from the "School of my Creative Mum."

    What do you make, create or do?
    I major in screen printing at RMIT- both in an art printing context (placement prints on fabric and other substrates) and a more commercial textile context (pattern repeats on fabric). I also paint, draw, stencil and sew dresses from old patterns I find in op-shops.

    What other creative areas would you like to explore as a side-project to your current work, or move into full-time?
    I guess I'm sort of doing that now - my studies in textile design have actually awakened a number of dormant creative urges within! I'm working towards having an exhibition of screen printed artworks, getting a job in a commercial design firm and then start up my own business mixing the two somehow. Functional Art is my buzz-term of choice at the moment.

    What skills do you have that help you run your business, or what skills would you like to develop?
    My mum has given me so much latent creative knowledge over the years which has quietly helped me develop my own style. Beginning official study this year has helped me to understand the technicalities and differences between "art" and "design" and has also allowed me to identify what it is that I seem to esoterically understand about these things and how they might work together.

    What I'd like to develop more of is business savvy-ness and self motivation skills!

    List five people, businesses or websites/blogs that keep you motivated and inspired, and why?

    + Beci Orpin is my favourite desginer of all time. Her appearance at Semi Permanent in 2007-ish really inspired me and later on was a factor in me choosing to study textile design. Her blog is a constant inspiration.

    + The Design Files of course. Lucy works so hard and manages to keep so up to date- something I'm not so good at so thank you Lucy! I'm inspired every time I visit the site and I don't think I've ever seen something I didn't like on there!

    + Ghost Patrol and partner Miso just make me smile every time I see any of their work. I am reminded to stick with my own style and work on it as much as I can.

    + We Make Words is my favourite blog ever. It's the sweetest idea executed perfectly and makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

    + It's corny I know but I couldn't not mention my mum, Connie and my partner, Stu. They have both taught me so much about creativity in general and my own personal creative spark. They are my main inspiration and motivation in all things artsy and sometimes I don't know how they have the patience to listen to all my ideas/complaints/ramblings!

    Contact Jessica via buttonsjean/at/gmail.com

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