I’m a full-time university student at Concordia, and an aspiring illustrator and textile artist! I like to make things that make me happy and that brightens up my world. My goal in my process is to enjoy what I’m doing because it shows in what you do and no matter how things turn out, I enjoyed the journey!
What do you make? I’m an (aspiring) illustrator and textile artist (embroidery and knitting/crochet!). I also make earrings. I’ve been knitting and embroidering for over two years, and I started digital art earlier this year!
When did you first become inspired to start creating? I think I’ve always been making things. I loved doing crafts as a kid, and building/putting things together is super satisfying. Taking materials and making something completely new out of them is really magical.
Why do you create? What is your spark? I think that everything I make is a little piece or extension of myself. I hope that I’m able to be a good part of someone’s day, and I hope the same for what I make!
How have other artists influenced your work? I love trying out the different techniques that more experienced artists use to add to my skills. Artists that I’ve followed for years have helped me refine my abilities and try new things!
How would you describe your aesthetic? Cute, cuddly, and colorful!
What is your favorite genre of art? I love surrealist and impressionist art. Anything that makes me look twice and causes me to take different angles or perspectives is really interesting to me!
What are your hobbies outside of your craft? It’s not exactly a hobby, but I’m a fourth-year student in public history at Concordia! When I’m not studying or making things, I’m usually reading or playing Animal Crossing.
If you were a canvas, what would be your color palette? Sage green or chartreuse, cream white, warm rosy pink, periwinkle, marigold, and apricot!
What keeps you up at night? Wondering if my efforts are going to be worth it. It’s hard when you’re online and you can’t see how people react when they see what you do, but I hope that my work will pay off!
What is the hardest part of running your own business? Promoting myself and my work. I never want to feel like I’m annoying anyone, and I have a hard time “selling” my skills but it’s an important part of art.
Who is your dream collaborator? Cheyenne Barton or Tiffany Tan (aka Apple Cheeks!)
If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Princess Diana or Audrey Hepburn. They both seemed like lovely women who touched the lives of everyone they met and they brought beauty to the world!
What are your go-to snacks while creating? Anything crunchy, recently I’ve been liking salt and vinegar pringles! They aren’t greasy like regular chips, which is great for when I’m drawing.
Have you taken classes or are you self-taught? I’m fully self-taught! It’s taken a while and I’m still learning all the time, but I’m proud of what I’ve made.
What is your favorite material to work with? Right now, it might be yarn. Any kind really, I like being as cozy as possible! My iPad and pencil are also some of my favorite tools!
How much of your life inspires what you make? I’d like to think that my child self would really like the kinds of colors and shapes in my current art! I loved drawing pictures for my dad when I was a kid, and I feel inspired by some of my childhood creations.
Do you listen to music while you make what you make? What kind? Not usually! I actually prefer to watch/listen to shows or youtube in the background. For a while, Bojack Horseman was a show that I would play because it made me laugh, but the colors of the show gave me ideas for what I was doing.