Matthew Harding

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Where and what did you study and what year did you graduate?
Bachelor of Visual Arts Honours (First class), 1995, Canberra School of Arts, Australian National University.

Where did you head after graduating?
I have been working full time as a sculptor and designer.

When did you launch your own business?
I launched my business in 1995.

What motivated you to start your own business?
The desire and compulsion to create and the will to succeed.

How would you describe your business to someone who didn’t know you?
My business encompasses design and sculpture on a small and large scale in a broad range of media, spanning craft and industry.

How would you describe the products you design to someone who hadn’t seen them?
They are bending or breaking preconceived notions of function and form.

What are the most challenging parts of being a designer running a small business?
The challenge of finding the most innovative solution to the problem, finding the energy and adrenaline to keep going and the challenge of remaining positive when setbacks, knock backs and lack of finances takes you to the brink.

What inspires your design projects?
Lateral thinking, the ability to consider and take onboard all the options, drown in the possibilities and surface clinging to the best solution.

What are the next steps for you?
I want to hone and focus the strong aspects of my business, streamline the administrative and let go of the weaker elements. The plan is to venture out on open waters.

Published 15 July 2008.

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