Yasmin Bridges is a Sunshine Coast based artist, creating under the pseudonym Awkward Chat. Her multidisciplinary work is a visual conversation encouraging critical thinking.
Yasmin taught herself to draw at a young age. As one of three participants in the 2015 Margaret Ellen Turner artist scholarship and a 2014 Diploma of Fashion Design and Technology graduate at Tafe QLD East Coast, she has learned tools and techniques to help her find her voice as an artist. In 2015 she was commissioned to illustrate the face of Caloundra Fringe Festival and collaborated in her first group exhibition Part Of The Process with her fellow scholarship participants, Alison Mooney and Kym Tabulo. She continues to work on commissions for various Sunshine Coast locals.
Via Awkward Chat, Yasmin has created a pop cultural commentary through her surrealist illustrations, jewellery and clothing designs and is currently exploring textile sculpture. Her wearable pieces are constructed with reused or sustainably sourced materials and are permeated with a hand crafted ethos. Her work provides wry observations about the news, marketing propaganda, global trends, group think and slave labour.
Currently, Yasmin works as a fashion tutor at TAFE Queensland East Coast, retail assistant at Eckersley’s Art & Craft and visual art curator at Solbar. In her own words: “I love everything about the learning and mark making experience. Through acquiring skills to create something from nothing, we place an increasingly commensurate value on the things we buy. We can consider beyond what we’re told and sold”.