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My name is Amber and I am a young artist in my mid-twenties currently residing in Melbourne VIC, Australia. I love to create striking abstract alcohol ink and mixed media artworks, and beautiful functional art pieces including resin clocks, plant pots and coasters.
Art has always had a habit of finding me throughout my life in it's many forms. My journey began with charcoal/graphite drawing and acrylic painting teaching me technique and patience in my early years. Discovering photography throughout high school and into university years helped to refine my skills in composition and digital processing. The final destination - abstract fluid art - has revealed a creative outlet for when I am not working my day job as a Forensic Chemist (that's right, I have two jobs that I love!).
I have been privileged to receive a number of art awards and scholarships throughout my career - in particular, I received a Young Australian Art Award in Photography in 2013 and I was also selected to exhibit at the RAW: Merge Artist Showcase in Belconnen ACT, Australia in 2015. After getting my creative flow back following university, my work was selected to exhibit at the Banyule Award for Works on Paper in 2019 in Ivanhoe VIC, Australia.
Aside from my indisputable loves: art and science, I have always held a deep love for the all things nature. I am never short on animal affections - currently two rescue cats, one beautiful rodent friend and two tanks of fish keep me company (as well as my super-supportive other half). I am always looking for ways to be more sustainable in my home and work lives. As Shake the Tree Art grows, I strive to find ways to minimise the impact of my art-making processes on the environment by decreasing waste and recycling as much as possible.
If you have any tips or tricks for recycling and reducing waste please let me know through my contact form!
SHAKE THE TREE ART
Shake the Tree Art began in 2012 as a Facebook venture by an overly enthusiastic Year 11 art student living by the sea in northern NSW, Australia - originally called Amber Holmes Photography and Art. At the time, I was moving from drawing and acrylic painting into photography. As such, the page originally featured mainly drawings and photography and later moved deeper into photography.
Between 2013 and 2015, I was regularly attending photoshoots with clients and had a number of my images used by various local companies for advertising. For 12 months I was employed by 1720models as primary photographer, however eventually university life in Canberra took over and I had to lay down the camera, paintbrushes and pencils for a couple of years.
After completing my Honours degree in science, my passion for painting was re-enlivened in early 2019 after receiving alcohol inks as a gift (remember that super supportive other half?) - and Shake the Tree Art was reborn.
Since this time, Shake the Tree Art has grown across Instagram and Facebook, and became an established Australian small business in early 2020. Shake the Tree Art now supplies commissioned alcohol ink artworks and functional art to collectors across Australia and internationally, and also services the local community through market stall appearances around the Melbourne area.
I don't count the success of Shake the Tree Art as a business by the annual turnover. Instead, my vision for this business is that it will be a vessel for giving back to the community where it is in need, supporting campaigns and organisations in alignment with my own passions and values - and with as little impact on the environment as possible.
At the highest level, Shake the Tree Art has a strong commitment to the planet and makes every attempt where possible to minimise its impact on the environment. This includes minimising waste by reusing packaging received from suppliers to package new orders for shipment, and reusing cups and spatulas used for resin application, as well as ensuring any recyclable material is delivered to an appropriate recycling facility - NOT to landfill.
As Shake the Tree Art has grown into a small business, it has become able to use its reach to provide support to local organisations through the recent Australian Bushfire Crisis. Shake the Tree Art donated all money raised from the sale of art prints (including the cost of materials), totalling $385, directly to WIRES over a week-long fundraising effort in January 2020. An additional fundraising period in February 2020 allowed a further donation of $700 to Wildlife Victoria. These donations allowed these not-for-profit organisations to carry-out vital emergency veterinary care and long-term regeneration plans to assist Australian native wildlife and habitats to be re-established and to survive following the unprecedented 2019/2020 bushfire season.
In July 2020, Shake the Tree Art donated $210 to the Forever Friends Animal Rescue - an amazing Melbourne-based not-for-profit who rescue, rehabilitate and rehome a broad range of animals, including livestock, who have had a rough start to life. And through whom I met my beautiful soulmate, Tuxie the cat!
2021's first lot of donations have been delivered to Lifeline Australia during our Valentine's Day Heart sale!
These donations and amazing fundraising efforts from Shake the Tree Art's network of supporters form a very important part of my vision for this business and one which I will continue to develop as an intrinsic part of it.
This is absolutely impossible without everyone who has and will contribute to this journey and the realisation of this dream.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of this community, for supporting my art, and for allowing me to make a difference in any way that I can.
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