Creative Faces – Lucy Watson

Introducing Lucy Watson – the first cab off the rank to feature in our new Creative Faces section! There has been a recent surge of creative entrepreneurs popping up all over the outback…and we wanted to share our excitement! Read on for the lo down on Lucy…

Hello, what is your name and how old are you?

Lucy Watson and I am 28 years old.

We’ve seen a shop in town with a yellow door called mink + me. Know anything about that??

Sure do! I opened the (yellow) doors to my new shop a month ago. It is a mixture of homewares and designy goodies and gifts. Most products are sourced from across the beautiful NSW countryside – from historic homesteads, secret sheds and farms off the beaten track.

What do you wish you knew about being a business owner before you got started?

Definitely make time for bookwork – it’s not fun when you get behind!

What else have you been up to?

In between working at the high school and running my shop, I also help co-ordinate and style weddings as well as renovating a cottage and a 1960’s vintage caravan. Oh and I am having a pop-up shop in Dubbo opening on the 4th of December for 8 days in the lead up to Christmas. Yep, you can say I have been a little busy!

How would you describe your style?

I would probably fit into the modern country style label – I love all things rustic and vintage but am not afraid of a bit of bright colour.

Why do you think it’s important to provide creative outlets and opportunities for people, especially in regional areas?

Since opening my shop, I have realised just how many creative people there are out in the country as they are coming out of the woodwork! I endeavour to stock as many local artists as possible as I think it is important to shop small and support your community.

What have you got coming up?

I am collaborating with a friend of mine from Nyngan and we are opening a pop-up shop in Dubbo at the Orana Arts HQ, Fire Stations Arts Centre, from 4th-12th December. With Christmas less than a month away, I think we’ll be pretty busy for the next few weeks as everyone gets their present shopping sorted.

What other artistic developments would you like to see occur in our region?

I would love to see more events similar to the “From the Ground Up” dinner, which was presented by the local Ceramics Collective and Outback Arts, celebrating a mix of locally produced food and art. Perhaps in the style of a long grazing lunch in a beautiful garden by the river…or in a historic form of local architecture like the old theatre or a shearing shed…sign me up now!

What would you be doing if you weren’t playing shopgirl/styling?

I used to be a grain/cotton broker in a former life, so perhaps that. Once upon a time I wanted to be a landscape architect.

Where can we see more of your stuff?

You can visit me at mink + me, 70 Castlereagh Hwy, Coonamble or at the Fire Station Arts Centre from 4-12 December (Cnr Wingewarra/Darling Sts, Dubbo). Or you can look me up on Facebook and Instagram – just search mink + me.

Lastly, Beatles or the Stones?