Our migration north to Queensland with our first child in early 2001 is a move we have not regretted for a day. In our 15 years in South East Qld Alan and I have run several successful regional businesses, where I have designed and produced all the graphic and marketing material and Alan has successfully applied his marketing skills to promoting them.
Becoming farmers – running a sheep, cattle and olive farm and all that goes with it for over ten years, has made a lasting impact on both of us. It has challenged us in ways we never would have thought, it has given us a different perspective many things but importantly enlightened us on the struggles which rural and regional businesses face and taught us many great lessons. We’ve experienced rural living, small communities, watching our children grow up as farm kids – and a different kind of stress to that of our friends back in Sydney – namely droughts, floods, livestock deaths, plummeting cattle prices… and tighter purse strings.
However the beauty of the country and the awesomeness of every season has become integral to who I am as a designer.
I am inspired and taken aback every day by the beauty of my rural surroundings.