How The Artsy Craftsy Started
In 2008, THE ARTSY CRAFTSY started off as a Malaysian DIY arts and craft blog, that pioneered the local arts and craft community. It was created purely out of passion at a time when there were not enough Malaysian arts and craft blogs. Back then, our content mostly consists of DIY craft tutorials, handmade brand reviews and interview features of local artists and crafters.

Arts and Craft Community
Years later, The Artsy Craftsy grew along with the community, becoming one of the prominent names in Malaysia's arts and craft scene. We stuck to our core belief of empowering readers with inspirational creative content so that they may create a well-balanced lifestyle, and to build a network with homegrown craft brands and makers because we believe that Malaysian artists and crafters deserve to be heightened.

A Creative Lifestyle Brand
In 2015, The Artsy Craftsy expanded from an online blog into a full-time creative lifestyle business that is heavily involved in Malaysia's arts and craft scene and cultivates creativity through its content, classes, craft activities and creative services.

We publish curated content on our blog, featuring some of the most inspiring and insightful stories about creative Malaysians, creative biz tipsarts and craft tutorials, recommended arts and craft supplies and local creative events in the community.

We offer offline & online creative services for corporate clients such as content creation, demos, appearances and on-the-spot personalized art for brand experience and event marketing. We have worked with several renowned brands for B2C experience, with names such as Spotlight, Etsy, Pelikan Malaysia, Plaid Crafts, Craft Haven and Toyota Global.

Once in awhile, we take on fun side projects through various collaborations that can benefit the Malaysian arts and craft community.

We offer 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. For individuals, we offer private classes and workshops perfect for hobbyists. Our workshops are also suitable for activities like team buildings or recreational corporate activity. View our Craft Menu to see which one is applicable.

We love meeting new people, plus we want to help Malaysian artists and crafters grow! We have a cozy tribe called T.A.C Friends, where we gather with like-minded DIY arts and craft folks to collaborate with on various projects or opportunities like event participation, and gig offers too! Once in a while we get-together for support & inspiration over food, outings, arts & craft jams and discussions. Bonus! We also have MAKERS CONSULTATION, a creative business consultation service for NEW Malaysian arts and crafts business owners who are looking for tips, advice and guides.

We offer made-to-order, hand-painted merchandises as gifts and home decorations. We specialize in surface designs on canvas, fabric and wood. As of now, we have hand-painted tote bags and pouches. We are opened for customization or commissioned requests.


Founder's Story
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Shia Lynn, Toh is a Creative Entrepreneur, a Malaysian Mixed Media Artist and Founder of The Artsy Craftsy in Malaysia's growing creative community. Back in 2008, when there was no Malaysian arts and crafts blog, Shia Lynn created The Artsy Craftsy in 2008 and spent years of networking with artists, crafters and makers in the local scene. In 2015, Shia Lynn left her job as a professional copywriter to focus on expanding The Artsy Craftsy, and later on, joined by her husband, Justin to manage the creative business. Shia Lynn is also the creator of Craft Buffet Malaysia, a craft activity concept for corporate companies, a creative consultation of Makers Network and co-founders of Craft Affair Malaysia, a creative lifestyle event organiser and Uniquely Henna MY, a local henna service.

Before The Artsy Craftsy, she started her first small creative service in 2005; she painted on bridal wear & evening gowns and had her first two fashion shows on her series of wearable art. Some of her early clients were La Senza, Dragonfly Tattoo and Wondermilk.

Her milestones include receiving a Certificate in Fabric Painting by Pebeo, France; another in Colour Psycho-Spiritual Studies (alternative art therapy) by International Academy of Colour Consciousness, and has been professionally trained during her early career years by big 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 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, but mostly art journaling and fabric painting. Inspired by her favourite artists like Frida Kahlo and Vincent Van Gogh, her style is mostly influenced by bright colours, bohemian designs, abstract patterns or intuitive art.

If you are interested to pursue the handmade path, but not sure where to begin, Shia Lynn is available to have one-on-one consultation sessions for new arts and craft business owners. You may also book or invite her to conduct art crafts workshops, work on partnerships, collaborations or book writing. Follow Shia Lynn's personal creative entrepreneur journey here.

Stay True to Yourself!
"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. Art making was both my inner voice and soul-food. As a self-taught artist and crafter, over the years, I managed to unravel creative boundaries to combine art (my passion) and copywriting (my rice bowl) to create a balance in my  journey as a Creative Entrepreneur. After serving the corporate industry for more than 10 years, something in me changed! A shift happened, and next thing I know, I was going full-time on The Artsy Craftsy. It was a wonderful 8 years of managing T.A.C as a creative hobby/review blog, but I decided that it was time for me to turn it into a creative business, that promotes creativity and growth. 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 stories we want to tell in our paintings. Pursue your destiny if it calls out to you, but always stay passionate! Your inner child is the true artist in you." - Shia Lynn.

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