How it all started
In 2008, THE ARTSY CRAFTSY started off as a Malaysian 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 local arts and craft blogs that promote or support the handmade community. Years later, The Artsy Craftsy grew along with the community, becoming one of the prominent names in Malaysia's art and craft 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 expanded from a blog into a full-time creative business that cultivates a creative living, making and learning. Today, The Artsy Craftsy is a creative lifestyle company that offers:

1) CONTENT - We publish curated content, 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.

2) PRODUCTS - Our online store offers handmade merchandise designed by The Artsy Craftsy for home decor, gifts and more. We specialize in surface designs on canvas, fabric and wood, and other handmade or handpainted items. We are opened for commissioned works too.

3) SERVICES - Our creative services range from content creation, demos & appearances, to brand experience, consultation and more. Our partner programme has allowed us to work with several companies and brands for B2B / B2C experience, with names such as Spotlight, Etsy, Pelikan Malaysia, Staedtler Malaysia and as well as Malaysian retail craft stores like Craft Haven.

4) CLASSES, WORKSHOPS & CORPORATE - We offer exclusive arts and craft experience featuring curated craft activities for hobbyists, parties or corporate team building. View our craft menu to select your creative experience.

5) COMMUNITY - We want to help Malaysian makers grow! Join our database of MAKERS NETWORK to receive opportunities to collaborate or invitations to participate in craft events by our event partners. For online exposure, we are now accepting applications for paid MAKERS FEATURE. If you are a  new handmade business owner who is looking for tips, advice and guides, we offer one-to-one consultation sessions by appointment.


About Shia Lynn
Photo: Creative Girl Boss
Shia Lynn, Toh is a Creative Entrepreneur, Artist Maker, Blogger/Content Creator and Educator in Malaysia's growing creative community. When The Artsy Craftsy was created in 2008, Shia Lynn spent years of networking with artists and makers in the local scene. Later on, in 2015, Shia Lynn left her job as a Copywriter to focus on expanding The Artsy Craftsy, and later on, joined by her husband, Justin to manage the creative business. Aside from that, Shia Lynn is also a freelance Copywriter and has experienced in collaborating with graphic designers for exclusive projects.

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 by International Academy of Colour Consciousness, and has been professionally trained 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-maker, to date, it has been a total of 10 years since her involvement in Malaysia's arts and craft scene. Shia Lynn enjoys art journaling, fabric painting and exploring with different types of craft projects.

If you are interested to pursue the handmade 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 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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