At 38, Caryn is a multi-disciplinary designer/director currently based in Byron Bay.
After studying Graphic Design at the University of Canberra and the Sydney Institute of Technology, Caryn Gillespie together with Justin Fox started her first business in 1999. Design Fix Media quickly established itself as a leader in the field of CD-ROM and web site design working on many 1st generation web sites for companies including Camalco, Telstra and Foxtel. As a new company with a young team DFM won numerous awards and press features from 1999 through to 2001 including a cover story in The Sydney Morning Herald.
In a quest to find other passionate and talented designers to work with, Caryn and Justin created Australian INfront. The duo saw the need for a place where Australian designers could meet, inspire and support each other.
In 2001 Caryn and Justin reformed and refocused their energies as GillespieFox settling for a few years in the melting pot of Darlinghurst in Sydney. GillespieFox continued to build their reputation through word-of-mouth, designing web sites, print and identities for clients including Elle McPherson, The Powerhouse Museum, Tank Nightclub, FBi Radio, Mixed Industry, Noise Festival and more.
Caryn, now based in Byron Bay has expanded her focus to include surfing, fashion and painting.
In 2004 her range of women’s intimate apparel was awarded the highest honour by the North Coast Institute of TAFE, taking out four awards including The Fashion Students Vocations Club Award for best results in the state, The Fashion Student of the Year, The Arts & Media Faculty Award and Student of The Year! “Love Your Lawn” featuring the iconic kangaroo also won Best Australian Memento for 2005. The Memento Awards, held annually, reward outstanding designs of distinctively Australian gifts. They showcase fresh, contemporary, commercially viable craft, art and design that reflects the unique character and spirit of Australia.
She describes her own work as an exploration of her Australian culture, femininity and nature.
“My aim is always to create something timeless, beautiful and simple.”
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