Meet our Vendors: Hikomari
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m an illustrator and designer who loves working with different mediums and surfaces. Fairy and folk tales and Pacific Northwest flora and fauna are the main influences in my work. In an effort to try to brighten different aspects of peoples’ lives, I apply my illustrations on everything from cards and prints to home decor and textiles.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
I’ve been working on some hand-painted and burned wooden coasters as well as some hand embroidered tea towels.
How did you get started in your business?
After studying art direction and graduating, I started working at a wedding invitation and print shop. I enjoyed illustrating the floral elements and different aspects of my job, but I missed the spontaneous, whimsical freedom I found in art direction. I did a lot of lettering and typography work that my friends started buying from me, and launched my Etsy shop with the idea of just selling cards and prints. It grew from there as I kept finding things like wood slices or fabric to put my illustrations and patterns on.
Is this a full-time business for you?
Yes. Not only do I work a 9-5 at a wedding shop as an illustrator and production coordinator, but I illustrate and work on Hikomari just as many hours- if not more. It was even at the point where I would illustrate for 17 hours non-stop on my weekends. I’ve gotten a lot better at work-life balance, though. I’ll take my work with me when I go camping, and have started a sketch group with my friends so that I can have a social life while working.
What’s something you’ve learned through running your business in the past 12 months?
Be prepared for anything! Mistakes will be made, and you can’t foresee the future, but as long as you prepare and organize your business to the best of your knowledge and abilities, and keep an honest and transparent line of communication with people, it will really help to minimize and prevent avoidable errors from occurring.
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