If I weren't creating art I would love to own a cafe and tea shop, filled with flower posies and vegetables from the garden.
Where do you live?
I live in Wellington, New Zealand.
Where have you lived?
I have lived in Southampton, Winchester, Oxford, Guildford, Bedford and London (UK), Yokohama and Kyoto (Japan) and Wellington (NZ).
What medium do you use?
Pencil, fine black pens, gouache, watercolours, Photoshop and Illustrator.
How do you stay inspired?
I draw all the time, keep my eyes open to what is around me and drink lots of tea! I take trips for a change of scenery, even if it’s a walk in my neighbourhood. I love spending time in Japan and find a lot of inspiration in just every day things like the shapes of houses or the colours on food packaging. I take lots of photos and write notes all the time. I also wear clothes that inspire me – it puts me in the mood to create.
Where do you buy your art supplies?
I buy a lot of my supplies in Tokyo – I love the pen sections in department stores and the varieties of sketchbooks and papers; the options are endless! Muji is one of my favourites. In Wellington we have a wonderful art supply store called Gordon Harris where I can pick up most things I need.
Do you work traditionally or digitally?
I make all of my own textures and draw everything by hand before scanning in. So a bit of both. I rarely start a piece of art digitally; it is usually hand drawn first.
What color combination are you most excited about right now?
I am in love with coral pinks, mustard, navy and mint green. Mixed in with soft grey and taupe with pops of black.
What blog(s) do you read?
I love the design, inspiration and colours of Design Love Fest, Design Sponge and Hello Sandwich. I also love food blogs!! My current favourite is The Forest Cantina (NZ), she is just amazing…
Why do you like being an illustrator in 10 words or less?
I pay my bills by drawing pictures!
If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be?
I wanted to be a midwife for a long time and was torn between that and being an artist. I love the thought of helping people and reaching out with kindness. I would also love to work with food or plants. I would love to own a cafe focussed on delicious healthy food and lot of tea choices, with a garden out the back where I would grow my own vegetables and flowers. The cafe would be full of flower posies from the garden and lots of art.
What illustration job would you love to get (your dream job)?
Editorial illustration / fabric line / illustrating any kind of book would be amazing!
Name something you do in your spare time.
Look after my plants; re-potting, sowing seeds, watering them, going to the garden centre…one day I hope to have lots of time to dedicate to gardening!
What’s the strangest work experience you’ve ever had?
I worked at a double glazing call centre. I lasted one shift!
What are you reading now?
“Strange News from Another Star” by Hermann Hesse; a book of beautiful short stories by this incredible author.
What recent book do you recommend for a good read?
It’s not recent, but “The Queen and I” by Sue Townsend. My favourite book ever. I also love the classics and love escaping in to the Yorkshire moors with Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights”.
Where would you like to travel to next?
Morocco or India for the beautiful buildings and colours.
What’s your favorite TV show?
Murder, She Wrote.
What movie have you seen several times?
Who is your favorite cartoon character?
Kiki from “Kiki’s Delivery Service”
Who are you in “The Office”?
I’ve not really watched the US one, but I love Dawn in the UK version
What is your favorite cheese?
If you could name a nail polish, what would you name it?
Strawberry Creme Brûlée.
Do you wear shoes when you do art?
Only in the winter… I wear my cozy New Zealand sheepskin booties, so warm!
What do you listen to while you work?
I quite like silence when I work to keep me focussed! Sometimes a random selection from my iTunes…Bjork is a current favourite.
What artist are you reincarnated from?
What’s your middle name?
What do you wish your middle name was?
I’m actually really happy with Michiko, I will keep it!
If you could eat only one food, what would it be?
How do you stay in shape?
Lots of walking and eating lots of raw fruit and veg.
How don’t you stay in shape?
I love fizzy cola bottles…
What is your current favorite font?
I am making an effort to hand letter everything at the moment and love looking at hand lettered fonts, each one is different and unique.
How do you take your coffee?
Sorry coffee, I’m all about the tea! Lots of green tea or Earl Grey with one sugar please!
Whom would you like to meet?
J B Fletcher and Columbo. Together.
What question would you most like to be asked?
Flora, would you like me to cook you a delicious three course meal every night?
What recent illustration job have you enjoyed doing?
I have been working on prints for my Etsy shop which are personal pieces of art – it is so enjoyable to play and feel free to create what I love that is very me.
What was your favorite illustration assignment?
I loved working on a hand lettered greetings card commission for Madison Park. A real dream job.
The Land of Nod
Mollie Makes Magazine
Mary Meyer toys
Design House Publishing
Madison Park Greetings
Live Happy Magazine
Peter Pauper Press
The Art Group
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