1)     Tell us a little bit about your label (art) and what you do?

Malikai and Penny started from a yearning to making things. It had been brewing for years. Ideas had been refined over and over again to make it what it is now. I wanted to do something well, be proud of and be unique for the customer. The development I made to reach its current state began back in Jan 2014. It’s combined my love for greenery and textile materials. I wanted it to be fun and quirky, playful and I think it’s reflected in the materials and the objects I’ve used to cast – milk containers and plastic cups. Malikai and Penny now offers plant and candle vessels, it’s about to bring in concrete necklaces as well.

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2)     What inspires your work?

What I enjoy most in design is that something I’ve made has become functional. The design has come to life and is used and enjoyed by others – knowing that is a real treat for me.

3)     What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

I’m also a textile graphic designer/digital print technician at Materialised. I’ve been a freelancer for knitwear and screenprint/digital textile designer.

4)     What memorable responses have you had to your work?
The string gardens – Everyone so far has been surprised by how they are made, then come up with ideas of other plants I could try out. I’m going to take on the herb string garden idea next.

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5)     One thing you can’t live without?

The sun

6)     What gets you up in the morning?

The fresh crisp air laced with the early morning sun rays. Everything is calm and traffic jams haven’t begun yet.

7)     How would your best friend describe you in 3 words?

Oddball, creative, and probably sarcastic.

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8)     What is the next skill you want to learn?

I’d love to work with wood in the future.

9)     What is your dream project?

Currently I’d love to make vessels for events – be it weddings, special occasions, events or something else. I’d love to fill a room up with string gardens and vessels.

10)  Favourite or most inspirational place in Sydney? 

Blue Mountains – I love the outdoors and the fresh air, the smells from trees.

11)  What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Work hard and be nice to people – wise words from a friend, passed on from an Anthony Burrill poster.

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 12)  What advice would you give to new, aspiring Makers?

As cliché as it is – don’t give up. It doesn’t happen overnight, but it will happen.

 13)  And most importantly, what would your ultimate karaoke song be? 

Not that this has ever happened, but if I had to – Outkast – Hey Ya!