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The Artsy Craftsy About
What is The Artsy Craftsy
The Artsy Craftsy is Malaysia's 1st arts and craft blog & creative lifestyle brand that focuses on inspiring creativity.

How The Artsy Craftsy Started
In 2008, when there were no local craft blogs, The Artsy Craftsy was created to inspire people to discover their inner artist and the joy of creation through content such as craft tips and tutorials, creative life advice, while featuring makers and recommended handmade products.

The Craft Community
Known as the first Malaysian arts and craft blog among its followers, The Artsy Craftsy became one of the popular names in Malaysia's arts and craft scene. We have formed a strong network with Malaysian crafters and makers because we believe that the creative community deserved to be celebrated.

A Creative Lifestyle Brand
In 2015, The Artsy Craftsy evolved from a craft blog to a creative lifestyle brand, and continued to be heavily involved in the Malaysian arts and craft community, while inspiring people to be creative, make art and stay crafty through its content, craft activities and creative services.


CONTENT
We creatively-craft our blog posts featuring some of the most inspiring topics on creative Malaysians, creative biz guidearts and craft tips, creative life advice and community stories and happenings.

CREATIVE SERVICES
We work with brands, companies and small creative businesses. We offer online creative services like content creation and sponsored posts and offline creative services such as on-the-spot demos and personalized art. We have worked with several renowned brands for B2C experience, with names such as Spotlight, Etsy, Pelikan Malaysia, Plaid Crafts and Toyota Global.

COLLABORATIONS & PARTNERSHIPS
Once in awhile, we take on fun side-projects through various collaborations that can benefit the Malaysian arts and craft community. We have collaborated with brands such as Craft La, Craft Haven and In Real Life.

CRAFT ACTIVITIES
We offer offline and online craft activities for both corporate events, individuals and groups like team building. For corporate, we have Craft Buffet, a craft activity service provider designed for various types of corporate events and recreational activities like team building. For individuals, we offer private craft classes and workshops perfect for hobbyists, or join our online class and learn at home. View our Craft Menu to see which one is applicable.

NETWORKING
Our tribe called The Artsy Craftsy Friends is where we gather like-minded crafter-friends to collaborate and connect them to opportunities like event participation and passion projects. Once in a while we get-together for support & inspiration over food, outings, arts & craft jams and discussions. We also offer MAKERS CONSULTATION a consultation service for emerging Malaysian craft business owners who are looking for tips, advice and guides.

MERCHANDISE
We specialize in surface, abstract designs and we love seeing them turned into lovable products. We are working towards getting them turned into artsy merchandises that you can enjoy and fall in love with.

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Creator's Story
Photo: Creative Girl Boss
Shia Lynn, Toh is a Mixed Media Artist, Creative Entrepreneur and Creator of The Artsy Craftsy. In 2008, when there were no Malaysian arts and craft blog, Shia Lynn created The Artsy Craftsy to offer valuable creative content and to create a network with local crafters and makers.

Shia Lynn left her job in 2015 as a Copywriter to expand The Artsy Craftsy, and later on, was joined by her husband and partner, Justin. Apart from managing The Artsy Craftsy, Shia Lynn is also involved in other passion projects like The Artsy Craftsy Friends, a small creative network of crafters and makers, curating Makers Network on Instagram and organizing artisan handmade markets as co-Founder of Craft Affair Malaysia, a creative lifestyle event organizer.

Before The Artsy Craftsy came along, Shia Lynn was no stranger to the arts and craft field. In college, she started her first part time business called Knick Knacks, a fabric painting service and then renamed it to Painted On Enterprise in 2005. She painted on bridal wear & evening gowns and had her first, two wearable art fashion shows. Some of her early clients were La Senza, Dragonfly Tattoo and Wondermilk.

A big believer in healing with arts, Shia Lynn uses creativity as tool for creative mindfulness and self esteem development. Shia Lynn is a certified Fabric Painting Instructor and a Creative Life Coach. She received a Certificate in Fabric Painting by Pebeo, France and a Certificate in Colour Psycho-Spiritual Therapy by International Academy of Colour Consciousness. She has also been professionally trained by renowned names like Craft Haven, Da Vinci Creative Kids and The One Academy.

Shia Lynn was one of the Top 10 finalists in the content category at the DiGi WWWOW Awards Malaysia 2014, and The Artsy Craftsy was listed second in the Top 10 Arts and Craft Workshops in KL & Selangor.

As a self-taught artist-crafter, it has been more than 10 years since her involvement in Malaysia's arts and craft scene. Shia Lynn labels herself as a mixed media artist because she enjoys exploring in different types of craft projects. Her favourite artists are Frida Kahlo and Vincent Van Gogh.

If you are interested to pursue the handmade path, but not sure where to begin, you can book Shia Lynn for a Makers Consultation. You may also book or invite her to conduct craft workshops, work on partnerships, collaborations or book writing. Follow Shia Lynn's personal creative entrepreneur and artist journey here.

How I Answered My Creative Calling
"I have been in a relationship with arts and craft for as long as I can remember, and I saw creativity as part of my soul. 
Before The Artsy Craftsy was created, I was on a journey of soul searching. During this time, it shined a light on my blockages and I realized, I was missing something in my life- passion. This realization forced me to do the inner work and fix the root cause. It taught me the tools on how to tap into my creative self to unleash my fullest potential and live life as a creative person. I learned to recognize my own qualities and it inspired me to want to do the same for others by empowering women with creativity. That was how The Artsy Craftsy was born! 
Art became my inner voice, and balanced me as a creative person. As a self-taught artist and crafter, over the years, I broke through my creative boundaries and found balance in art (my passion) and copywriting (my rice bowl) in my  journey. After serving the corporate industry for more than 10 years, something in me changed! A shift happened, and next thing I know, I was becoming a Creative Entrepreneur on The Artsy Craftsy. While it was wonderful managing T.A.C as a craft-hobby blog, I decided that it was time for me to turn it into a creative business, to empower individuals to unleash their fullest creative potential. 
To know that I am able to share this with the community is just pure happiness! On a final note, it is up to us how we craft our life and what kind of stories we want to tell in our paintings. Answer the call of destiny, if your passion calls out to you, but always stay true to yourself!" - Shia Lynn.

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