Mia, how would you describe your art and your personal style?
Mia: I like to think of my artworks as a vision into that subtle layer of reality, a world of beings that dance just beyond the range of our gross senses inviting us to dive within and play. Everyday the sun rises and sets, tides ebb and flow to the pull of the moon, plants grow, birds sing and all the beings live and die on this big revolving planet as it spins through space – pure magic! I try in my own way, to capture that.
Every being, every artwork, every and any creative thing has a story whether it’s from a mass production line in China or made by hand in the mountains of Peru. I like to surround myself with things that have a good story, and exude a feeling of character and life. These things surround us with their stories and inspire us to create our own.
How did you first get into art and when did it go from just a passion to a profession?
Mia: I’ve always been drawing, painting, collaging something. I never thought it would eventuate into anything, but when I was in graphic design school, I had an art exhibition and from then on it was a fairly smooth transition from painting for myself to painting for others. The passion is still there, there’s just a little more pressure now too!
What are some projects you’ve been working on lately?
Mia: Lately I have been working on a few commissions that are gifts for newborn babies. Such a beautiful idea, I really love doing those projects. Also, I have just finished the campaign artwork for a music festival held in Sydney over New Years. And then I’m always working on TANINAKA, a kids bed linen range by myself and my sister, Hana. We’ve just opened a store, so that’s been keeping us busy.