A graphic designer who crossed the sandstone curtain is showing that living in the Orana region is no barrier to achieving career goals.
Emma Barrett Creative's appeal to clients from near and far has continued with a project it was an "honour to work on".
The studio designed the latest edition of rural women's magazine Graziher, which is hitting newsagent stands and arriving in mailboxes across the country.
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It was an opportunity Mrs Barrett relished.
"I feel like Graziher is aligned with my brand, I feel we're both working with regional businesses and women, celebrating the fact that we're not in the city, and I like design ethos of Graziher, so to be able to sort of put my little bit of a spin on to it was great," she said.
"...I just think it's got a great presence, it connects with so many different people, and I'm honoured to work on it."
Mrs Barrett studied in Brisbane and worked in agencies there and in Sydney before she "fell in love with a country boy" and moved to Narromine 10 years ago.
"That was part of our decision to move here to this area, I needed a large regional town, so it was either Toowoomba, Dubbo or Wagga, and we had some friends and family out here, so we chose here," she said.
After eight years with Dubbo Regional Council and its predecessor, involved in all elements of its corporate communications, the graphic designer made a career leap two years ago.
"I've always had my freelance business on the side, and then after my second boy, I decided now was the time to jump in and launch my business... which was a bit scary, but it's been working well, thank goodness," Mrs Barrett said.
It came with challenges, including "being in a regional area, graphic design sometimes probably isn't seen as a big priority", the studio founder said.
"But I think definitely people's opinions are changing in terms of promotions and marketing of their own businesses," she said.
"I've been really supported with great local businesses and businesses all over, ...Queensland, and NSW and Sydney."
I've been really supported with great local businesses and businesses all over, ...Queensland, and NSW and Sydney.Graphic designer Emma Barrett
With many of her clients regionally-based, Mrs Barrett has long made use of Zoom and similar platforms when face-to-face isn't an option.
The Graziher release caps off what the graphic designer reports has been a big few months and she's looking forward to the future.
"I redesigned Jumbled's logo in Orange, that's opened up a lot of doors as well, over the past month, and this, so I think continue working in my business and working with like-minded business owners and connecting and celebrating regional women, that's probably my passion," Mrs Barrett said.