The Artsy Craftsy Celebrates Creative Living & Making

How it all started
In 2008, THE ARTSY CRAFTSY started off as a Malaysian arts and crafts blog by Shia Lynn, Toh, that pioneered the local art crafts community. It was created purely out of passion at a time when there were not enough local arts and craft blogs to follow or one that promotes handmade. Over time, as the handmade community grew, The Artsy Craftsy grew as well becoming one of the top sites in Malaysia's arts and crafts scene. 
Creative Community
The idea has always been to inspire readers with fun, creative content so that they may create a well-balanced creative life, and to build a network of homegrown creative brands and makers because we believe Malaysian artists and crafters deserve to be heightened.

Creative Lifestyle Company
In mid-2015, The Artsy Craftsy became more than just a blog and into an arts and crafts company that focuses on creative lifestyle and cultivate a creative living, creative making and creative learning. Think of  The Artsy Craftsy like a large tree, branching out in different divisions:

1) Content - Explore our creative content with stories where you will be inspired to make, meet and learn. We feature Malaysian creative stories and homegrown talents, even cover events.

2) Community - We have artists, makers and hobbyists joined as members of our exclusive arts and craft community group on Facebook. Makers get to feature their brands and artworks! We are now accepting applications for makers feature. Apply for makers feature or join our network!

3) Shop - Our creative lifestyle online store offers craft merchandise designed by The Artsy Craftsy for gifts, weddings and more. We also provide personalized services too.

4) Classes, Workshops & Consultations - We offer exclusive boutique arts & craft experience featuring curated creative craft workshops at our home studio in Bukit Jelutong, Shah Alam. Check out our craft menu that will help you discover your creative side! We also provide consultation sessions for new handmade business owners who are looking for tips, advice and guides. 

5) Partner - We have worked with several brands and companies for sponsorship exposure and/or partnered up for B2B / B2C services specializing in the areas of creative lifestyle/arts & crafts community. 

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Who is The Artsy Craftsy?
Photo: Creative Girl Boss
Shia Lynn, Toh is a creative maven, arts & craft writer& blogger, artist/crafter and an educator in Malaysia's growing creative community. Shia Lynn left her job as a copywriter in 2015 to focus on her passion; arts, craft and writing, and later on, joined by her husband, Justin Victor. Aside from blogging and crafting, she is currently freelancing as a copywriter and has experience in collaborating with graphic designers for exclusive projects.

Before she created the blog, she started her first small creative biz in 2005, and went on to fabric paint on bridal & evening gowns, and had her first two fashion shows on her wearable art. Her milestones include holding a Certificate in Fabric Painting by Pebeo, France; another in Colour Psycho-Spiritual Studies by International Academy of Colour Consciousness, and has working background with creative 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 and crafter, to date, it has been a total of 10 years since her involvement in the creative scene. Shia Lynn enjoys arts craft and photography, in particular art journaling, fabric painting and creative mobile photography.

If you are interested to pursue the arts and craft path, but not sure where to begin, Shia Lynn is available to conduct one-on-one consultation sessions for new handmade business owners. You may also book or invite to teach her art crafts workshops, work on partnerships, collaborations or book writing or follow her 365 days craft adventures!


Stay True to Your Passion!
"I have been in a relationship with the Arts and Crafts for as long as I can remember, and I saw Creativity as part of my soul. Making art 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 profound journey as a Creative Entrepreneur. After serving the industry as a working professional for more than 10 years, something 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, and expand it into a platform for creative growth and inspiration. 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." - Love, Shia Lynn.

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