The Grafic Muse Kids story
Dreaming to bring my own inspired digital artworks to people across the world. My boys finger paintings and kindergarten crafts is what initially inspired this adventure with what I like to call my own creative play – so it seemed fitting to also create Grafic Muse Kids. But this story begins way earlier then that…
Remember that show Mr. Squiggle and Friends (1959-1999, ABC show)? Where children would send in their “squiggles” and Mr. Squiggle would turn them into recognisable drawings by connecting the lines with his pencil nose… I was totally mesmerized by this whole concept. I would play this game with my two boys all the time – not just to keep them entertained, I enjoyed the inspiration I got from turning their squiggles into art. Still today I find myself creating shapes in my mind when looking at clouds, the way bark falls off a tree, maybe it’s the way the milk had spilt, or even the froth in my coffee today – I see a girl swirling her dress around…tomorrow it might be a dog with a bone, etc.
As years passed and my boys grew up, life has evolved – whilst cleaning out cupboards I found a box of finger paintings that I had stored away as mementos, not sure why I was still holding onto them, but also not wanting to throw them out – I played with idea of creating art out of them. So, around 2012 I started using their finger paintings within artworks I would create digitally, then have them printed onto canvases and give them as finished pieces to family and friends as Christmas presents. They loved the whole idea that these artworks were created by their grandchildren/nephews/cousins finger paintings and my skills as an artist/graphic designer, etc… and not to mention that they always finished up looking like a masterpiece that they took absolute pleasure in telling all their family and friends that these amazing artworks came from two very young creative minds.
The added bonus of this whole adventure is that art, photography and graphic design are passions of mine from a very young age. My mother would tell you I was creating beautiful art from the second I could hold a pencil – especially on the walls of our family home back in Melbourne, lol. Today I am blessed that this has all prevailed into the present. I have been in the design and print industry since 2000 and still loving it today. Grafic Muse and Grafic Muse Kids is another way to share my skills and love of art and at the same time turn any little one’s beautiful mess (finger painting) into a stunning work of fine art.
Why pay it forward?
I, myself was once a single mother with two boys for a huge part of my life…without childcare I would not have been able to work and become the person I am or have the lovely collection of finger paintings and kindy crafts that have started this journey with Grafic Muse Kids today. My children now men – still talk fondly of these days and I’m grateful that my boys were kindly looked after in Childcare Facilities along the beautiful South Coast of NSW and have still been able to create lovely bonds years later. This seriously took a huge amount of pressure of me, knowing my boys were happy and supported whilst I worked. For me I could never show enough gratitude and now by paying it forward through Grafic Muse Kids is my way of saying thank you.
So whenever you see the GMK Paying It Forward Logo – this means that part of the sales of that particular artwork go to either a Childcare Facility or donated to The Smith Family or Camp Quality. By supporting these charities, Grafic Muse Kids can help with the poverty cycle and give children every opportunity to thrive one way or another no matter the given circumstances.
What’s in the Name and Logo?
Well the in-house joke at home is that I was ‘made’ in Germany, born in Melbourne Australia, raised by Italians and my German Mother and now married to a Greek living on the South Coast of NSW. So being a graphic designer for the better part of 20 years… the word “Graphic” seemed appropriate and as I like to embrace all cultures I was brought up in and now live with – I mixed up the Italian word “Grafico” and the German word “Grafik” to create the word Grafic. The word “Muse/Muses” in Greek and Roman mythology – were the nine daughters of Zeus who symbolised the arts and science. It also means a person of inspiration for a creative artist. “KIDS” – am I stating the obvious here? So the name Grafic Muse and Grafic Muse Kids were born.
The lady’s head within Grafic Muse Kids Logo, symbolises a few things… Firstly, the head concept came from some timely jewelry my mum had, it’s of a white lady’s head cameo design on a pink/peachy shell background – I used to play dress ups with it as a child. Secondly, it’s also representing me and how I wear my hair on a daily basis (in a messy bun). Thirdly, I kind of imagined Zeus’s nine daughters having their hair up in these beautiful elegant buns too.
The choice of type for “Grafic Muse” is similar to my own handwriting. It seemed fitting and kind of like I’m signing off on all my artworks. The word “KIDS” needed to feel more fun and child like.
The choice of colours are purely inspired by the area I live in – blue skies and pristine waters of all shades of blues and greens – did I mention I’m in LOVE with Purple, Blue, Aqua and Teals? These are my hues and I felt these colours compliment each other beautifully within my logo, whilst keeping it fun and appealing to the world of children.