Why Thank You, I Made it Myself is an interview series with designers and artists exploring the practicalities of running a creative business in your own idiosyncratic way.

It’s inspired by conversations I had with creatives about their meandering career paths when I was writing the Meet the Maker column for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald a while back. They got me wondering.

Why are so many outrageously talented folk told as kids – overtly or obliquely – that their drawing, cutting, gluing, nailing and hammering is the stuff of hobbies, not business?

Where are the hands-on how-to interviews for those brave enough to try making a crust out of their creativity? The messy experiments to learn from? The nitty gritties?

Why are interviewers (me included) forever asking about creative process, not business nous? Where are the stories about kick-arse makers as business people, and the non-Instagramable moments keeping their creative dreams afloat?

Why don’t I get onto that?

Rachna Singh: Jaipur-based Fashion Designer, Dharan

Jen Hewett, San Francisco-based Surface Pattern Designer

Lisa Waup, Indigenous Artist: Baluk Arts

Fiona Killackey, Marketing Consultant: My Daily Business Coach

Jess Wright & Lara Davies, Textile Designers: Home-Work

Anika Cook, Illustrator and Fashion Designer: The Gently Unfurling Sneak