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#ShareYouCare Sticker Project: Get to know winning artist, Melannie Lai

The #ShareYouCare Sticker Project is seeing 20,000 stickers – designed by a series of established and emerging designers, and artists – distributed across over 100 community locations WA wide, specifically for young people in our community.

Melannie Lai chose to participate in the #ShareYouCare Sticker Project after seeing the project call-out advertised and recognising it as an opportunity to give to a worthy cause.

Tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a local designer and illustrator, and also a connoisseur of stationery and snacks! I have one lazy cat named Churro, and unlike me, he is a fussy eater.

How would you describe your signature style?

My general brand is “designs with tasty in mind”, so you’ll hopefully see that in a lot of my colour choices. For illustration, my comfort zone tends to be in soft pinks and purples, but the drawing style itself never seems to settle!

What is all your all-time favourite artwork?

It’s hard to say! As an artist, you grow and evolve so much every single day, it’s impossible to settle on a favourite artwork! Freelancing leaves little room for personal work; this sticker project was one of the few recent things I created with greater freedom, so I am extremely happy with how it turned out!

What are some of the projects you have worked on recently?

I’m part of a volunteer-committee for a small artist market called Tokyo Alley, which gives local pop-culture artists a platform to network and sell their art. It’s something I’m quite passionate about, and we have an event coming up in October, so that’s kept me quite busy!

What enticed you to get involved with the #ShareYouCare project?

As mentioned previously, I had a lot of time on my hands. So when I saw the opportunity to make use of my skill, free time and to give to a worthy cause, I had to take it. Carers WA does amazing work for people needing that extra helping hand, and that’s what I hoped to capture in my design.

What was the inspiration behind your sticker design?

“#ShareYouCare” is a wonderful statement that can resonate with anyone, but for Carers WA, it was important for me to symbolise the specificity of recognising and celebrating the hardworking carers in our state, hence the hand-in-hand (with one slightly aged with marks). The flowers symbolise gentle-nature and comfort, whilst the punchy colours symbolise passion and positive energy! It’s a design that really can’t be interpreted for anything else, and that’s exactly how I wanted it.

Where can we see more of your work?

All my work is on Instagram! @melannie.lai and @ochibrochi for design and illustration, respectively.

You can get Melannie’s sticker at a location near you. View our location list to find out where to get your FREE sticker pack from.

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