Paul Ancher – Fusing art and sport since 1984...

I am the only Tasmanian in my family. Thankfully I was born into a strong artistic and sporting culture where architects are thirteen to the dozen and the freedom to select your sporting allegiance was encouraged. I completed my Bachelor of Visual Communication at the University of Tasmania in 2008. My first job was in the nationally acclaimed advertising agency Red Jelly where I was assigned to the Dan Murphy’s account as a finished artist and spent the best part of two great years honing my craft within all aspects of print based media.

I remember my time at Red Jelly fondly and after leaving to fulfil a life-long dream of playing sport overseas they welcomed me back with open arms eight months later, it seems the affection was mutual. The reunion was short lived however as the call back to Europe came strongly and I spent the following three years playing hockey professionally as both a player and coach in Belgium and France. My thirst for design did not wane during this period and I was hard at work on various projects. The most notable of these was for current Kookaburra Tim Deavin, Lycan Hockey. Lycan officially launched its product line in conjunction with the World Cup in The Hague (Netherlands) in 2014. I have since returned home to the sun soaked shores of Australia where I am looking to expand my design network by fully immersing myself back into the design culture. I am currently working in Hobart as a freelance designer as well as continuing to build and develop my own design brand, PA Design.

I am a minimalist at heart but I believe that diversity is essential. It is this challenge that really drives my design spirit. As my professional hockey career comes to a close I will look to translate the experiences I have had as both a team leader and member into my design career. Teamwork is such a valuable commodity in all aspects of life. I look forward to the future with an open mind and determined vision to succeed.