What inspired you to start your work?
I have drawn since I was a little girl. When I was about 5 my mum would be studying as I sat beside her and drew. Since then I’ve been creating and drawing all kinds of things. Over the past few years when I began studying conservation, I fell in love with New Zealand’s native creatures. My drawings are now mostly inspired by our beautiful native birds. My business started when I was approached to sell some of my bird pieces in October 2016 and I haven’t looked back since.
Describe your creative space, where you bring to life your work?
I am inspired every day by the landscape we live in. New Zealand is such a beautiful country and we have the most amazing plants and animals. My creative space starts in the bush. I get so much inspiration from being around nature, with fantails fluttering around and tui singing away. I’ll come straight home and draw for hours at my little wooden desk. It’s all part of my happy place.
What do you love most about your handmade business?
I love being able to tell people about what amazing birds we have and helping them learn about those they may not have encountered before like the saddleback or stitchbird. I love that I can help promote conservation in New Zealand through what I do and the works I create. Each of my bird prints has a link to an appropriate website so people can learn more about that bird and what conservation efforts are happening in their neighbourhoods.
What are you most looking forward to about being at the Auckland Fair?
This will be my first Auckland Fair so I’m super excited to meet fellow stall holders and potential new customers! I’ve got a few new products lined up such as writing packs and 2018 calendars so I’m excited to bring those to everyone, too.
What has been your biggest triumph to date?
My biggest triumph has been selling an entire set of my prints to one person and later seeing them up on her wall when she sent me a photo. I am constantly amazed that people actually buy my art so it’s awesome to see where it ends up. That was a mega proud moment for me.