Tim Fleming

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Where and what did you study and what year did you graduate?
Bachelor of Arts Honours (Fine Art), 2000, RMIT.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1995, Monash University.
Bachelor of Arts (Photography), 1992, RMIT.

Where did you head after graduating?
I travelled for a few years, worked in attendant care for people with physical and intellectual disabilities and practised as an artist full time for a number of years with six solo exhibitions.

When did you launch your own business?
In 2004.

What motivated you to start your own business?
I was interested in working for myself in a creative and ethical way that would allow me the income to do the things I want to do. For example, ride horses, create a lovely garden and make really good work that I can be proud of.

How would you describe your business to someone who didn’t know you?
I would say that what I do is a creative practice with branches. I operate a small business designing and making handmade objects.

How would you describe the products you design to someone who hadn’t seen them?
I always struggle with this. Often people’s eyes start to glaze so I try to avoid it .I also avoid asking people what they do directly. I am more interested in why people do things.

What inspires your design projects?
Countless people in all fields. What drives me is the possibility of developing over a long period of time a very sophisticated body of work that communicates on a number of levels.

What are the next steps for you?
I do feel like I am at the tip of the iceberg and I have a lot of work to do. I intend to keep working hard. I have just secured representation in Europe which is something I have been working towards for a long time.

Tim Fleming received a scholarship from Design Victoria to participate in Springboard Stage One.

Published 15 July 2008.

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