Megan tells us all about The Brisbane Collective, which is an emerging, creative collective of over 100 local artists in the QLD city!
What are some of your earliest creative memories and what lead you into design? My mother tells a story that she was called up to my primary school by my first grade teacher because there was concern that I drew clouds in purple and trees in pink. Since that day, I have always been driven by my mothers approach to creativity. It wasn’t until I returned from my experiences as a Tour Leader for Topdeck Travel – where I was illustrating tour t-shirts – that I decided to study design and learn how to turn my handmade designs into digital artworks.
Where did you study and what were some of your first jobs? I was accepted in Southbank Institute of Technology around six months after my return from Europe. The teachers at the college were my most favourite thing about studying. All of them had real world experience and had dedicated their time to sharing their knowledge towards furthering the next generation of designers. I can say that my favourite teacher was Manfred Huber – a swiss design master who I really was drawn towards. He is a main reason why I do what I do today.
After graduating, I began freelance design work for a number of community organisations in Brisbane. I had the opportunity to design and work with some of the best organisations in Brisbane, which greatly benefitted my knowledge and skills with designing branded campaigns.
Give us the elevator pitch on what you do. At the moment, I am the master of all things related to The Brisbane Collective – an emerging, creative collective of over 100 local artists who collectively host pop-up exhibitions around Brisbane and also publish a free creative street press magazine called To Be Continued Magazine. Most recently we have delivered our first crowdfunding campaign, which was successfully funded. We are now working feverishly to design and master the best creative street press every delivered to the public.
Tell us about any collaborations you have been working on. We have been blessed to be working with some of the best people in the biz. Some of our favourite experiences have been collaborating with Lincoln Savage (Brisbane Street Art Festival, Jungle Love Festival) and Jeremy Staples (ZICS). Their willingness to share and collaborate on making a better community has really driven us to keep pushing for a better future for QLD creatives. Our next big venture is our collaborative street press which is currently being designed alongside 100 members of TBC. The next issue of TBCMAG will be distributed early August.
What has been your highlights since you started out? The highlight of running an arts initiative is the positive feedback I receive daily from people we collaborate with. When I started TBC alongside my fellow cofounder, Jeff Paton, we wanted to establish a ‘no bullshit’ way of networking and sharing knowledge. To provide emerging artists with a stepping stone that leads them to greater opportunities, giving them the support and confidence they need to push themselves creatively and socially, and providing opportunities for future success and collaborations.
2016 for you in a sentence. To win big, you need to think small. Do a small thing right and growth will automatically take care of itself. – my mantra for daily life.