The Artsy Craftsy (T.A.C) is a Malaysian arts and crafts blog- a creative platform with a mission to inspire people to be creative, and to support & promote the arts, craft and handmade community offline and online.

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 creative-self and the joy of making through content such as sharing personal creative journey, arts and craft tips, DIY tutorials and how-to's on unblocking creativity, including stories of Malaysian makers and recommended handmade products. In 2015, it evolved into a creative lifestyle name, actualizing the effort to inspire creativity and cultivating arts & craft making, not just online but offline too through craft activities and workshops.

Craft Community First
The Artsy Craftsy has grown to be known as one of the popular names in the Malaysian arts and crafts community for arts, crafts and handmade inspiration, and is still actively involved in the local creative scene for championing small artists, crafters and makers- setting an example of doing things creatively in its own voice.

We enjoy creating content featuring some of the most inspiring topics on creative Malaysians, creative biz guidearts and craft tips, creative life advice and craft projects and ideas

We offer a variety of offline creative services for corporate brands and companies, 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, designed for corporate events and corporate activities.

We work with brands, companies and small creative businesses through several arrangements like sponsored post product collaborations and giveaways. Once in awhile, we take on fun projects through 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 service for emerging Malaysian craft business owners who are looking for tips, advice and guides.

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!

Our exclusive inner-circle called The Artsy Craftsy Friends 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 and an Arts & Craft Maven who believes that the concept 'Do What You Love' helps with living and creating wholeheartedly. 

She 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. A former copywriter, Shia Lynn left her full-time position in 2015 to focus on 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, 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.

It has been more than 10 years since her involvement in Malaysia's arts and craft scene. 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.

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. 

Follow Shia Lynn's passion-driven creative life 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 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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