When Virginia Venn walks into a room, something beautiful happens. There's a lightness to her energy, and a wisdom in her eyes that makes you want to find out more about this etherial beauty...
Her story certainly doesn’t disappoint. As she says, “I woke up one morning feeling like something had shifted… With 3 kids under 5, no family of my own, living in Sydney and totally reliant upon my (then) husband for everything, I found myself thinking ‘What the hell has happened here?'”. Virginia said that she had bought into the white picket fence dream that so many of us are conditioned into believing is the path to follow, but it wasn’t making her happy. So she took the only option she knew – to turn her life around.
Fast forward to a spiritual journey of meditating, surfing, journaling, studying yoga, sketching and photography, and Virginia started to find her joy. As part of this experience, Virginia began photographing her children’s artwork, which had been stored away in boxes for years (a significant 1200 pieces in all). She later came to realise that this process itself had helped to turn her own negative experiences into something that had meaning and healing. The idea of transforming something created by her children into a single beautiful memoir for her home felt like the ideal way to help diffuse the frightening and unknown future that lay ahead – and hence, her fourth ‘child’ and brilliant business concept, Little Hangs was born.
We spoke to Virginia about her story, LiTTLE HANGS and the bright future ahead.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family...
Born and raised in WA, I grew up with the great good fortune of a family that embraced the artistic and nurtured the creative. We lived in a coastal suburb in Perth surrounded by a seemingly endless coastline and wide open spaces, in a family where making things with your hands was a regular family activity. My Dad was an engineer by trade, and furniture maker/ silversmith on weekends, my Mum a teacher, with an eye for floristry and macramé.
I’ve always been a free spirit and adventurer, and after my university backpacking stint in Europe, I settled in Sydney’s east. Two decades later, I live in Rose Bay with my three beautiful kids (Jake, 14, Jesse 12 and Lili, 9) and I’m the owner and creator of Little Hangs, an artwork service that transforms your children’s artwork into beautiful, bespoke pieces for your walls. Morning ocean swims and yoga keep me sane and my kids keep me busy, grounded, inspired and entertained.
Can you share with us what happened when you turned 40?
As cliche as it sounds, I woke up one morning feeling like something had shifted. I’ve read a lot about people “waking up” at some stage in their lives or experiencing a paradigm shift of some sort, and for me, this couldn’t have been more true. With 3 kids under 5, no family of my own living in Sydney and totally reliant upon my (then husband) for everything, I found myself thinking “what the hell has happened here?” and “what has my life become?”. I’d bought into the “white picket fence” dream either through cultural conditioning or having parents in traditional roles – finish school, go to university, year off backpacking, get a job, get married, settle down, have kids, buy a house, live happily ever after – whatever the case, something happened and I began seeing things differently.