Profile: Mandy Braddick
Designing a creative future
Mandy Braddick is a Yuin woman from Nowra on the South Coast of New South Wales. She has always had an interest in visual art and performance.
Starting at university in 2007, Mandy took a foundation course through the Ngunnawal Centre at the University of Canberra (UC) and this year graduated with a Bachelor of Graphic Design.
Mandy has accomplished much in the short time she has been designing. In addition to now running her own company, Wojamin Designs, she became media officer for the UC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Association and has worked for a national Indigenous newspaper.
In her first year of study, Mandy auctioned off her first design in an Indigenous Art auction run by the Golden Key Society, with the proceeds of the sale going to Ian Thorpe’s Fountain for Youth Literacy Empowerment Project, which provides “literacy backpacks” to Aboriginal children and their families.
Mandy says, “I’ve had quite a few highlights during my time at university. The one that stands out the most would have to be my transformation and the independency I forged through my years at university. Coming from high school straight into university, I was a shy and quiet young girl but by the end I became the 2011 Indigenous Officer at UC.”
With a cadetship at The Street Theatre, Mandy set- and costume-designed the Dance Beyond Barriers performance for Sorry Day "The Hidden Sorrows”.
Mandy will continue with set design and couple that with graphic design. She has her first contract through the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC). She eventually sees herself as a creative director in a cultural, imaginative company.