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Wanissa Somsuphangsri


I’m a graphic designer with a love for handcrafted letterforms and a passion for design education. My personal work is fuelled by my multicultural background and a fascination for botanical art. I strive to create social impact through lettering. I'm currently based out of my Melbourne CBD home studio, where I juggle between freelance design work, teaching at LCI Melbourne and creating bespoke artwork for dogs and cats at Dapper Pupper.

Why is Locker Room Talk important to you?

Part of being an artist is being able to express ourselves and our identities openly and freely. Staying true to myself and developing a voice has been key to my work. Locker Room Talk celebrates people as unique individuals and women and their stories.

What does success look like to you?

To me, success is being able to identify what I truly want for myself, as opposed to making decisions that are dictated by societal pressures. Success is knowing that I can't do everything, though I can prioritise the things that matter to me the most. I feel that my work is "successful" when it moves people, opens up new conversations and empowers them in some way. Success is also learning from my past mistakes, both in personal life and in business.

How can we, both as individuals and as a society, help encourage body positivity?

We can support businesses that are gender diverse and offer products/services that are inclusive of multiple body sizes and skin colours. As individuals, we should refrain from making comments about people's appearances. Unfortunately, in Thai culture, it's still very common to greet each other by saying "you've gained weight" or "you've lost weight". Greetings like this are much better off replaced with a simple "how are you?".

Can you talk us through one of the challenges you’ve faced during your career?

Throughout my career, I've struggled with not "fitting in" culturally and being excluded from conversations and social interactions at certain times, but I've learnt to leverage this as part of my identity and expression.

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