What would you say is something that inspires you in your designs?
The main inspiration for anything I design is daydreams - creating characters, scenes, or elements that are whimsical and driven by things that take us out of our everyday for just a moment.
How would you describe your style of art?
I’d say my art style is evolving, whimsical and honest. They are designed with whimsy and fun, but they come from honest feelings that society continuously suppresses.
Do you have a story behind your design with the leaves and berries for our Slow Pour pin design? How did you come up with this?
The botanical element in the pin’s design is representative of the coffee plant, but it is also inspired by the classic symbol of peace within the soul (dove with olive branch). Coffee culture is a big uniter of people and communities and brings joy to people who love the same thing.
How long have you been doing art? Do you have anyone in your life that toy feel was a key motivator or inspiration in getting to where you are now?
I’ve been practicing illustration professionally for about two years now. The main motivator was the first boss I ever had when I was an intern at my first hob. He saw potential in me and convinced me to keep an electronic journal of hand lettering and inspiration. I never saw those things as a career option for me and that opened my eyes.
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