I love nature and animals, especially my cats. I enjoy hanging out and doodling in coffee shops, getting lost on the ‘net, eating good food, or spending time under the trees in a park. I love surprises and adventure, so I enjoy trying new things and visiting new places. Despite being more of an introvert, I’m excited about meeting new people and learning from those around me. I love old things and collect old classic novels (mmm, the scent of a good book) and other trinkets, the older the better. Health and fitness are important to me too, so I’m often at the gym, in between trying to balance my love for delicious food with healthy eating habits.
ABOUT THE STUDIO
I’ve been running my own studio as a freelance graphic designer, illustrator and hand letterer since 2012, when I left my full time job to pursue my self-employed adventure. It was a giant, terrifying and exhilarating leap that I’m so glad I took. Freelancing and working for yourself is definitely not easy, and not for everyone, but I found that it works for me, and I kinda love it.
I studied graphic design and later ventured into illustration. I work with both digital and hand drawn styles, but especially enjoy hand drawn mediums. I mostly work in pen, watercolour paints and ink, and love experimenting with new materials. Getting new art products and stationery is super exciting for me.
I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work in various fields of design at a few interesting agencies before starting my own business, including web, design for digital spaces and social media, editorial layout, magazines, and more. I bring all these combined disciplines, skills and experience to my work, which allows me to provide a well rounded, balanced and individual end product for my lovely clients. I’m really lucky to be able to work on projects that I’m passionate about and with lots of amazing, interesting people… you could be one of them!
ABOUT HAPPINESSS IS…
I started my blog, Happiness is…, in 2009 with the intention of making it a happy niche where I can focus on good things and positivity despite what life may be throwing at me. Over the years it has had many purposes for me, but has always remained true to that intention. I share things there that make me happy or that I find inspiring, as well as bits and pieces about my work and process. What you’ll find on the blog will include illustration, design, typography, photography, cats, food, music, art, clever products, cool websites, interesting people doing interesting things, pieces about my city (Durban), and coffee shops and events that I review. There are also free printable calendars that I share there every month.