Quyen Do

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Where and what did you study and what year did you graduate?
Bachelor of Environmental Design/Architecture, 1999, University of Western Australia.
Diploma Fashion & Textile Design, 2004, Western Australia School of Art.

Where did you head after graduating?
I worked in Hiroshima in Japan, freelanced as a textile designer, lectured in design at Central TAFE and worked for a Western Australian company in digital surface pattern design.

When did you launch your own business?
In 2005.

What motivated you to start your own business?
I had a desire to put my pattern designs on my own products and creative energy into something I could do myself from start to finish. Also I love seeing people cruising around with one of my bags!

How would you describe your business to someone who didn’t know you?
It’s a one woman show with the occasional buddy who has the day off work and wants to help out. The business is small and tactile, everything is hand created and made to order.

How would you describe the products you design to someone who hadn’t seen them?
Colourful, fun, organic, handy and surprisingly sturdy.

What inspires your design projects?
Looking hard at everyday life, making something new from what we already know, travel, talking to children, photography, being outdoors, drawing is key for me – you never know what a simple sketch can become.

What are the next steps for you?
I would like to produce on a larger scale and be stocked internationally. My product is known for its handmade quality so I am wary of mass manufacture. I would like to keep it simple… If I could get a few clones of myself that would be ideal!

Quyen Do received a scholarship from the State Government of Western Australia through the Department of Culture and the Arts to participate in Springboard Stage One.

Published 15 July 2008.

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