MEET THE MAKER: Deb McNaughton Artist
How long has your business been operating? Since April 2015
What do you make and create? Original artwork, jewellery, fashion accessories, calendars, clutches, wearable art leggings and bikinis
Tell me about the person you are in everyday life? I am an opportunist. I see an opportunity and I take it. I am a goal setter and a go getter. I have trouble sitting still. I like to be creating and making and experimenting All. The. Time. I am a busy mum and a proud mum. I love finding new places and exploring them with my kids. I get a kick out of watching my kids experience things for the first time and I try to make their little lives as fun and exciting as possible. Sunshine makes me happy. The beach calms me when life is hectic.
Tell me about why you love to create your products or brand?
I love the idea of creating beauty and knowing that my supporters like to display and wear my artwork. I enjoy the challenge of trying to come up with new products that stand out somehow.
Tell me about the space you work in to create your products?
My studio began as an ugly, dusty, spider infested shed. My husband and I transformed it last Summer by lining the walls with ply and painting the concrete floor white. Now It’s one of my favourite places to hang out. I have a split system, a sound system and everything I need to create beautiful artwork and products.
Does your family help or have any input into what you do?
My children inspire me to make this business successful. They ‘help’ me in the studio and enjoy painting on the floor with paint brushes and water. My husband has supported me every step of the journey and encourages me to reach for the starts. My extended family and friends have been nothing but positive and supportive with encouragement from day one. I am lucky to have such amazing people in my life.
What are your short term goals? To run successful workshops and open studio sessions throughout 2017.
What are your long term goals? To continue to enjoy what I do for many years to come.
Why do you love being a part of the Mermaid Sorority Markets?
The atmosphere and the vibe on market day is incredible. It’s a very well organized and well executed event and as a result, a success for stallholders. People keep coming back for more due to the quality of the market stalls and the products available. The music and the food make it an experience rather than just a market.