Joe Bollen has been actively involved with Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches since we first opened our Turramurra branch 15 years ago. Initially Joe was a foundation shareholder, then Director on the Board of the Bank from 2005 – 2008, and now an Ambassador for the Community Bank. We spoke with Joe about his business ‘My Framer’, his passion for art – and the community.
Joe – tell us about your business ‘My Framer’?
My Framer is a one-stop shop for Visual Communications in the form of Art, Design, Flags, Signs, Banners, Restoration and Installation.
I’ve lived and worked in Turramurra for over 33 years and have owned and run ‘My Framer’ for 16 years from the same Turramurra location.
As an artist the first person to get paid is the Framer and Stretcher and since I need these things as an artist I decided to do it all myself – so I set up the business!
I do everything because it is a creative endeavour. I’m a creative person, and express this as an Artist, Designer, Vexillographer (flag designer / consultant) and Framer.
I was the Corporate Designer for 12 years for the Transfield group of companies and have designed over 100 corporate identities. I have also created the official flags of Greater Sydney and The Australian Republican Movement to name a few, as well as being a consultant to the IOC and Flag Manager for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
I believe you recently had an incredible experience as an artist in residence at Chateau d’Orquevaux in France?
Yes, my work was discovered by the Chateau through my Instagram account and I was successfully selected from artists all around the world to attend a 2-week residency in the Chateau d’Orquevaux in the Champagne Ardenne region of France. I also won a $1200 grant towards my time in France. It was an experience to remember and visually inspiring, and I hope to do an exhibition of my time there in the near future.
Where can readers see your work?
For the time being it’s best to visit my Instagram account @joebollenartist
Why are you such a passionate advocate for the local community bank?
I have been involved with the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches since the very beginning. Community means a lot to me and I’ve seen first hand the difference that Bendigo Bank make to our community.
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