But while studying I was interested in the
same style so 5-7years
give us a bit of insight into your background and how you got into the arts?
Well it started with studying graphic
design where I realised I most enjoyed drawing characters in illustrator. I
developed this style I enjoyed (Cutesy/Kawaii Japanese inspired) which slowly
evolved into creating cute merchandise. I feel happy when I am drawing like I can go to my own
happy little world and I feel good when people see my stuff as it makes them
smile also :)
When I was a kid I would draw fortnightly
Pokemon magazines for my friends. I would love drawing Pokemon and got really
good at it! Maybe that’s where the Japanese fixation began.
does a typical day look like for you? Can you give us a quick intro to your
creative practice/ process?
I work fulltime during the day in a
graphic/product design role.
So my own creative practice doesn’t really
begin until I get home which sometimes can be late! It can also be hard to be
creative after work I can feel quite drained from having to be creative all day
I don’t have a particular process in how I
do things, sometimes I will sketch an idea in my drawing book first. But most
often I go straight to my Mac and start drawing into illustrator.
Deer to Dream - This is a recent
illustration, the idea is that the deer dreams of becoming a unicorn that
anything can happen you just have to believe it will. Just how I dream that
Pincinc will one day be my day job!
your favourite piece of art/ project/ biggest creative achievement to date?
I don’t really have a favourite piece of
art or biggest achievement (as I do like quite a lot of them).
I am just more proud of how far I have
come, I never thought I would have my own website where I sell merchandise with
my own illustrations on them. I use to be very shy of putting my artwork out
there, afraid of what people thought being of it like it being
“childish”. But now I just don’t really care, it makes me happy and
It is a dream to expand Pincinc and become
even bigger in the future and become my day job one day :)
Armageddon Auckland Booth- I feel like
being at this show has been my biggest achievement to date. It was hard work to
get enough product made but also on a financial level it was very stressful!
But I was so proud of myself for doing it and pulling it off!
could give one piece of advice to yourself on day 1 of pursuing the arts, what
would it be?
younger… just draw, draw, draw to get better. Believe in yourself!
Waitangi Day Girl - I drew a cute Maori
Girl to post to my social media followers on Waitangi Day.
first time exhibitor at Chromacon, what can we expect to see from you at
My table will stand out in pink, so you can’t
miss it. Decked out in loveable happy faces everywhere!
I will have all my regular merchandise
available for sale including t-shirts, zipper pouches, jewellery, phone charms,
hairclips, plushies, keyrings, tote bags, phone cases.
I plan to have some exclusive prints just
available for the Chromacon event only - some even framed.
A variety of different types of Pincinc
This may not look very exciting (and I have made it more appealing with an app haha) but I now have tags for all my apparel and plushies so pincinc looks more professional! #kawaii #cute #pincinc #tags
This little bunny character I drew inspired my first toy, the model is made from sugar clay and he smells good enough to eat! This is just a prototype to get an idea of how I was going to make him. The final toy will be available in the new year :)