The Artsy Craftsy is a Malaysian arts and crafts platform that is actively involved in the local creative scene, to inspire creativity, support the creative arts and promote the handmade community.

How The Artsy Craftsy Started
Originally started off as a blog in 2008 when there were no local craft blogs, The Artsy Craftsy's mission was to help people discover their inner artist and the joy of making through stories about the creator's personal creative journey, DIY craft tutorials and creativity tips on overcoming creative blockages. As an inspiration, the blog also featured some of the Malaysian artists, crafters and makers. In 2015, it became an arts and crafts platform to cultivate creativity through online and offline activations. Thanks to the support of our community, we are grateful that we are still one of the popular names in the Malaysian arts and crafts community

We curate motivational stories about creative Malaysians, as well as offering you inspirational tips, guides and how-to's on creative arts, DIY crafts and handmade resources.

We offer creative services specifically for corporate brands depending what our clients are looking for. Some of the services that we offer range from demos, on-the-spot personalisation, to workshops, team building and make & takes for corporate events and corporate activities.

We welcome working partnerships with corporate brands and small creative businesses through arrangements such as sponsored post, product collaborations and giveaways. Once in awhile, we take on fun projects like partnerships and collaborations that can benefit the Malaysian arts and craft community. We have collaborated with brands such as Craft Haven and In Real Life, and have worked with several renowned brands for B2C experience, with names such as Spotlight, Etsy, Pelikan Malaysia, Plaid Crafts and Toyota Global.

Learn a creative skill from us through the creative classes that we offer perfect for hobbyists to create an artful living. We also offer Makers Consultation, a consultation/mentor service for emerging Malaysian craft business owners who are looking for creative clarity for personal and small business growth.

Our mission is to bring the creative community together through arts and craft, whether it is a craft gathering, an art jamming session or creative meet ups, we hope to inspire people to be creative together!

We have a little community group on Facebook called Arts and Crafts Lounge Malaysia for the local creative community to network, source and connect. Apart from that, we manage an exclusive inner-circle called The Artsy Craftsy Friends; it is where we gather like-minded crafter-friends to collaborate and connect them to opportunities under The Artsy Craftsy name. Our goal is to create a connection with our close creative friends for support & inspiration.


Creator's Story
Photo: Creative Girl Boss

Shia Lynn is a passion-driven Creative who believes in the concept 'Do What You Love',  and enjoys empowering people to be creative. In her community, Shia Lynn is known to be resourceful and for mentoring budding artists and crafts to gain creative clarity

In 2008, Shia Lynn created The Artsy Craftsy after noticing there were no Malaysian arts and crafts website or blogs to offer valuable creative content and to connect with budding artists and crafters. In between her full-time position as a copywriter, she managed the blog and took the time to network with creatives. Eventually, in 2015, Shia Lynn left her job in 2015 to devote herself to her passion, mainly The Artsy Craftsy, after spending years of building it. Other passion projects include, managing The Artsy Craftsy Friends a small creative inner circle for artists & crafters, and organizing curated artisanal & 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 crafts field. While studying Advertising in college, she started her first freelance craft business called Knick Knacks, a fabric painting service and then renamed it to Painted On Enterprise in 2005. She hand 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 that art heals, Shia Lynn combines creativity with self-awareness as a tool for self-mastery. Shia Lynn holds two certificates which are 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.

The Artsy Craftsy was selected as one of the Top 10 finalists in the content category at the DiGi WWWOW Awards Malaysia 2014, and was labelled by Harper's Bazaar Malaysia as "The City's Best Breeding Ground of All Things Creative" in a feature in 2016.

Apart from creating content, Shia Lynn is also a Mixed Media Artist and most of her works can be followed here. Shia Lynn lives and breathes an artful life, appreciates creativity in all forms and explores different types of craft projects. Her favourite artists are Frida Kahlo and Vincent Van Gogh. It has been more than 10 years since her involvement in Malaysia's arts and craft scene. 

If you are interested to pursue the handmade path or seeking for a meaningful creative life, but not sure where to begin, you may book Shia Lynn for a consultation and mentoring session. 

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 The Artsy Craftsy as a craft-hobby blog, I decided that it was time for me to pursue my passion, and 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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