Mullumbimby artist Kate Maurice had made a promise to herself that 2011 was the year that she was going to really focus on her work.
She wanted to set up a studio space, a website and become more professional.
Now thanks to an ArtStart grant from the Australia Council for the Arts, Kate can realise her work dream.
The grant, of up to $10,000, has allowed Kate to set up a new studio and office in the Mullumbimby Industrial Estate and start her own website.
“I’m more professional now which is great,” Kate said.
“The grant has made a really big difference.
“It’s allowed me to be the artist I’ve always wanted to be.”
Kate, who graduated with honours from the Australian Nat-ional University School of Art in Canberra in 2007, calls herself an installation and assemblage artist and she works with many mediums.
She sews, embroiders, makes brooches and other jewellery and she collects old objects and gives them a new life.
“I collect old things like bird cages, books, bottles and toys and then I turn them into a piece of art,” Kate said.
“The new objects tell a story.”
Kate said this year she hoped to develop a product line for her exhibition work.
Kate has already had her work exhibited at the Lismore and Tweed Regional Galleries and she hopes to hold another exhibition in Lismore at the end of the year.
She also hopes to approach galleries in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
If you would like to see Kate’s work, phone her mobile for an appointment on 0407492404.
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