In this month’s ‘Meet the Owner’ interview, Roxanne sat down with us to chat about her Microenterprise, her artwork and her goals for the future. Roxanne is a unique mixed media artist, creating and selling a range of products from pottery and painting to beeswax wraps and textiles as part of her Microenterprise, Roxy’s Art.
Hi Roxy, can you tell us about yourself?
I make pottery, paintings, beeswax wraps and textiles. I use clay, recycled bits and bobs in the clay and glass. I started my business a year or so ago.
What made you want to start a business?
I wanted to start my own business because I thought I had a lot of excess stuff that would be useful to sell, so that I can create more. I have certificates from TAFE in environmental art and design and a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities and Fine Arts from Curtin University. I learned more at TAFE than Uni – it was more hands-on.
What’s your favourite thing about owning a business?
I suppose my favourite thing about owning a business is gaining a bit of independence. I can sell stuff to buy more art supplies and create even more art.
My favourite product to make is gift tags – you can make a lot in a short amount of time. I make them out of clay and use glass in some. Once they’re glazed, I use a chalkboard paint to draw on them.
What’s unique about your products?
Everything I make is made in WA. I try to keep my work as environmentally friendly as possible to prevent waste.
Mixed media paintings are the trickiest because there are so many bits involved. Sometimes it takes me around a day to finish them.
When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?
When I’m not working on new products, I like gardening, going to pottery class, and working on other craft. I also have two cats.
What goals do you have for the future?
I want to set up an art space in my house, in one of the rooms. Getting some cupboards and organising it would be really useful. In the future, I want to enter into some more art competitions too!