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Lisa Madigan, artist/designer/stylist

Lisa Madigan
Lisa Madigan Online Concept Store & Collections

What is your professional or training background?
I remember walking around galleries when I was a tiny child, knowing in my bones that this was home. Art has certainly been the constant in my life. I studied graphic art and design at a leading college only to find that I needed out, I then took on my own freelance business and for the past decade have worked with some amazing boutique clients in branding, print and bespoke design - all whilst giving myself serious time in the studio, painting and exhibiting. I've recently celebrated my 9th solo exhibition with plans to take this collection further afield. Styling and launching the concept store have been a natural progression in a creative life and as I've never followed the rules it also made complete sense to place my paintings on a platform that encompasses real life, generosity and aesthetic inspiration, truly making fine art accessible. I was fortunate enough to attend the opening of a local gallery over the weekend that was launched by none other than John Olsen, to quote him, 'It doesn't matter what kind of formal education you've been given... you're born an artist.' certainly a sentiment that I mirror. I've met some amazing people through my life and career who have given me those little pearls of new insight or affirmation that I shall always cherish, I believe collecting those experiences can only add to what you output professionally, creatively and personally.

What do you make, create or do?
Essentially I'm an artist that does all of the above. Making things beautiful has always been a habit, perhaps a mantra, something I've always been compelled to do. I have also recently launched my online store & blog where everything comes together under one beautiful aesthetic umbrella! I source amazing, beautiful, sustainable products from around the globe that have to have that something special. Hand crafted pieces by amazing artisans, things that are made with care and conscience, gifts, decor and inspiration - as well as my own range of eco stationery and of course - fine art.

What other creative areas would you like to explore as a side-project to your current work, or move into full-time?
Hmmmm, I'll let you know when they come to be!

What skills do you have that help you run your business, or what skills would you like to develop?
I think being deeply and intuitively compelled to do what I do plays a huge part. Ironically - I'm a highly organised creative - I let everything go in the studio that's for sure, but on the flip side I like to be absolutely on top of things - I think in order to be able to be productive in whatever your profession there needs to be a great level of organisation and awareness. If there's something you can't get a grip on - delegate - find someone who knows more about it than you do! Time management is also crucial, for me it means a lot of late nights, but when there's good light in the studio that's where I have to be! It's so important to able to focus on the 'task' at hand and simply get it done, be it creative or otherwise, being efficient allows me more freedom and the time and space that I do need for my creative flow.

List five people, businesses or websites/blogs that keep you motivated and inspired, and why?
+ JMW Turner - because I love Turner!
+ Dumbo Feather - where creativity is celebrated - and smartly so.
+ SOHI - moving from the city to the country myself - SOHI and I share some pretty similar philosophy - a great read.
+ Shelly Panton - I recently met Shelly on a trip to Melbourne and we clicked - I covet her 'pottery that is a functional form of art' - just beautiful!
+ Twitter - a portal to the rest of the world - love it or loathe it it's fascinating - and I've connected with some amazing people through tweeting.

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