YOU ARE BRAVE is proudly based in Sydney, Australia's inner western suburbs. With a distinctly coastal and earthy aesthetic about her prints, Michelle's roots in the Cape, Southern Africa is evident.
Growing up in Cape Town in the 70's she was surrounded by a large family that spent time together in the outdoors hiking, picking wild proteas on the family farm, camping in the mountains + at seaside picnics. This is where her eye for colour, shape, pattern and texture was first formed.
Studying fine art at university Michelle majored in sculpture + design. Later, finding her creative calling she trained in textile design + screen printing. The next 13 years was spent working for others as a commercial textile graphic designer but by 2013 Michelle had enough.
"I was longing to create things with meaning + to have more control over my life while spending more time with my young son. With my industry knowledge, supreme confidence in my skills + most importantly, the support of my family, I started YOU ARE BRAVE textiles."