It’s the last new header illustration of 2014! If you look at the top of the page, you’ll see part of this festive arrangement by crafter Hiné Mizushima. The delightful image features small objects like peppermints, a snowman, and evergreen trees. This isn’t the first of Hiné’s collage photographs that have caught my eye. Camping, New Years, and science are just some of the other ones she’s made.
I talked to Hiné about her picture in a short interview.
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Websites: www.hinemizushima.com, www.flickr.com/photos/
What was your dream job when you were 7 years old? I wanted to be a girls’ Manga artist, really!
Your profession now: Needle-felter / Slow Crafter / Illustrator / Puppet Stop-Motion Animation Video Artist
What’s your favorite thing to make? Octopus, squid, slug, etc…
How did you create your illustration? Was it any different than your regular process? For miniature collages, there is usually a theme, so I look for miniature items which fit the theme. I look in my miniature collection boxes and at felt stuff that I have already made. Then if I needed them, I make more handmade items from felt/fabric/paper/wood, and buy more plastic/wooden miniature items from online shops & local stores. At the same time, I choose the background color. And then I compose all the items on the background, and photograph it! It’s much simpler than my felt sculpture process.
Where do you find all of these delightfully small objects? Have you always been a collector? I’m not a collector, but I have always liked small vintage things. Ever since I started working on stop-motion video jobs for They Might Be Giants, I have been consciously collecting small things which I might use in videos. I usually find small objects at Japanese online shops, or on Etsy, or when I travel. So recently, when I started this kind of illustration (miniature collages), I already had lots of small objects!
Do you have any exciting projects on the horizon?
Yes! One of them would be a commissioned advertising project for a big non-profit organization in US. I have been making a miniature collage which I will photograph. They will use it for posters, websites, etc. The other commissioned project is for a cool makers’ lab/cafe in Tokyo. For that one, I can make a ‘thing’ with some beautiful recycled dried flowers that they will provide, and I can use their laser cutting machine & 3D printer for making anything I want (I send them my Illustrator data, they send me back the actual items). Then they will exhibit my finished artwork at their lab. And I just got a new book cover design job yesterday!