Heidi Helen Pilypas
My name is Heidi Helen Pilypas (or Heidi Helen for short). I’m a freelance designer, located in Christie Downs, South Australia. I was born and raised in the southern suburbs of Adelaide, and have lived here most of my life, also having lived in Zambia, Africa between 2005 – 2007.
I’ve always loved art—right from a young age. It started with a passion for drawing and as I got older grew to include photography and design.
In January 2004, I was selected as 1 of 2 South Australians for a National Summer Art Scholarship with the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, ACT. This experience included extensive artistic workshops; a behind-the-scenes tour of the gallery; visits to artist residences and studios; as well as an exhibition of our work in the National Gallery. This experience was a real eye-opener for me, leading me to believe that a future in the arts was indeed possible!
In my final year of school, I achieved an A for Visual Art Studies. My artwork Ode to Trish; a collection of screen prints inspired by the Pop Art movement; was also selected for the SSABSA Art Show 2005 (now known as the SACE Art Show) at Light Square Galleries, Adelaide. It later traveled to Port Augusta for another exhibition and was chosen for display in SSABSA offices for 1 year.
My early successes in the arts led me to pursue it further at university, graduating with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Photography) with a minor in digital art from UniSA in 2010. In 2012, I completed a Certificate IV in IT (Websites) at TAFE SA. Then, in 2013, I completed a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, as well as a Certificate IV in Small Business Management through Mission Australia (as part of the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme supported by the Australian Government). As part of this, I wrote an extensive business plan and opened my own graphic design business on the 20th of June, 2013.
I currently remotely assist an app developer in California, working on user interface and product design. My most recent project is Stamp Pack – an iMessage sticker app, with over 400 words and phrases styled like rubber stamps.
Updated: 5th of January 2017 at 1:54am