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About Natashia

Natasha - Smee Designs

Caption: Photo courtesy of Wendy Tyrer.
Grey hair courtesy of my children.

My name is Natashia Curtin, and I live in Melbourne, Australia. I grew up in an aboriginal community called Ramingining in Arnhem Land, with my parents and younger sister. My parents are still involved in cross-cultural mission work. My schooling consisted of Katherine School of the Air in my primary years, and living as a boarder in Darwin for my early high schooling (where I failed applique in Home Economics - true story!)

In 1988 we moved to Papua New Guinea. I lived there for four years before returning to Melbourne to continue my education at university. From the time I could hold a pencil, I’ve always loved drawing and writing, so choosing a career in graphic design was a fairly simple decision.

Five years later I graduated from Monash University, where they gave me low self esteem and a degree in graphic design. After working as a graphic designer for eight years (and rebuilding my self confidence), I began Smee Designs as a way of extending myself creatively, and for something to do during the AFL season while watching Collingwood on TV every weekend. (I had to promise to barrack for Collingwood in my wedding vows.) Go Pies.

Now that I’m a ‘home CEO’, I fit my designing and quilting around my two gorgeous sons, and beautiful husband Simon. I also do a bit of graphic work with an excellent friend Wendy, to keep me solvent. Fabric isn’t cheap! I enjoy reading well written fantasy novels, helping out at our church with their design needs, a good Thai meal and a laugh with good friends. I'm currently working on a kids book as well, just for when I'm bored and need more to do. Working title: 'Captain Crankypants and his first mate Sook-a-look.' The kids are arguing over who is the Captain.

This is a vague approximation of what I currently look like... I say vague, 'cause makeup gives me a rash after a couple hours, and my hair has a will of its own.

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