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Artist in Profile - Jacqueline Meaney, JLM Designs

Tell us a little about JLM Designs

JLM Designs came about during the 3rd year of running a market business which was focused on beach bags, resort wear & accessories and importing Turkish towels. This first business was a fantastic stepping stone from being a stay at home Mum to the beginning of being my own boss. With my children both at school I had time on my hands to be able to commence something for myself, whilst still being available to their needs and interests. Whilst this business was engaging and successful I felt that my creative side was not being satisfied, so this lead me to the Jam Factory where I took a course on making silicon moulds and casting resin. The moment I started this course my mind filled with possibilities and I haven’t looked back. 

Was your business planned, or did it naturally evolve? Did you actively seek out having a business, or did the business find you?

The business has naturally evolved from the desire to being my own boss and indulging in my creative side. I had a desire to be something more than a stay at home Mum but I was not ready to return to full time employment. 

How would you describe your style? Are there any crafters/artists/designers that you particularly look up to?

My style is bold, bright and full of colour. I am drawn to functional, clean lined objects. To keep my work unique I make a point not to look to other artists/designers as I do not want to have any conscious or subconscious influence coming out in my pieces. 

Where do you find your inspiration when you are in a creative rut?

I find working with resin allows me to activate my creative side and each time I step into my studio I close off the outside world and allow my work to be guided by colour experiments. So far I haven’t had a time where I felt I was in a creative rut.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement within my business would be having the opportunity to successfully run a business which totally allows me to be creative. 

What are your can’t-live-without craft-room essentials?

The can’t-live-without studio essentials are latex gloves, silicon and resin can get very messy and sticky!

What projects are you currently working on?

A project I am currently working on is the creation of a salad bowl to add to my current line. 

What events coming up will you be attending?

The next events I have on my calendar are Campbelltown Moonlight Market 3/2/17 and Wattle Street Market 11/2/17