Our newest Clare member Meg Mader

Meg Mader is an artist who sells art supplies, runs an art group, holds art events and workshops, raises a family and creates original artworks for sale! Based in the Clare Valley, Meg’s business is called The Journey Studio. She, like many others, has had to adapt areas of her business due to COVID19 restrictions, but Meg is still managing to hold some smaller private events. Read more about Meg and The Journey Studio:

Meg Mader

Name: Meg Mader

Business Name: The Journey Studio

Phone Number: 0433205661

Email address: meg@thejourneystudio.com.au

Website address: http://thejourneystudio.com.au/ and https://shop.thejourneystudio.com.au/

Physical address: Clare, South Australia

What does your business do? The Journey Studio is my art business where I create original artworks for sale as well as commissions. Prints and cards are made from my artworks and are for sale. I also sell a range of art supplies and can source most things that are not currently available on my online store. Each week I run an art group at the local Clare Valley Wine, Food & Tourism Centre which is available for anyone to join at no charge. I have art on display at The Beautique Beauty and Massage in Clare and The Duke of Brunswick in Adelaide. My artworks are also on display at different times and places when I have an exhibition. Pre-COVID I would hold regular art events, either workshops or Paint and Plonk events. I’m currently holding smaller private events and may return to public events soon. In the background I do business printing, email marketing and manage a few social media accounts for clients.

What area do you serve? Clare Valley, Barossa Valley, Adelaide and surrounds and am willing to travel to other areas for events.

How long have you been in business? 11 years

Did you found the business?  Yes

Please provide up to 5 dot points about your business journey:

  • After leaving my office job when I had my first child I started my own business doing administration for other businesses and business printing and design so I could work from home. Unsure of how other women coped in my situation I started a group called Country Business Mums where I sourced speakers and held networking events. This was the start of me learning how to manage events.
  • As my eldest became a toddler and interested in art I was spending a lot of money on art supplies for her and myself. This led me to getting a wholesale account with my first art supply stockist which led me to selling art supplies to the local community.
  • I then started an art group to ensure I always gave myself at least a little time each week to create art which I could then sell as well as take commissions. From this I created prints of my artworks.
  • At the request of a friend to hold an art event involving painting and drinking I created Paint and Plonk then held regular events locally, in the Barossa Valley, Adelaide and in Tasmania as a one off.
  • I started an online Shopify store for my ticket sales which also enabled me to easily sell my other products.

Name two things you’ve learned from your business journey?

  • It’s ok to change what you do
  • Learn your market.

Why did you join the Women in Business Network? I enjoy meeting and supporting other women in business.