Introducing Lucy Watson â€“ 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 outbackâ€¦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.
Weâ€™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 â€“ itâ€™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 1960â€™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 â€“ I love all things rustic and vintage but am not afraid of a bit of bright colour.
Why do you think itâ€™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-12thÂ December. With Christmas less than a month away, I think weâ€™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 â€œFrom the Ground Upâ€ 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 riverâ€¦or in a historic form of local architecture like the old theatre or a shearing shedâ€¦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 â€“ just search mink + me.
Lastly, Beatles or the Stones?