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

I’m a doodler. I have been since I was 6. With doodling, one stroke always leads to another, there’s something very calming and real about that. Full of meaning and completely meaningless at times. Very much like life.

What inspires your work?

People, ferries, dogs, food, frustration, farts, laughter, all sorts. At the moment I have it in my head to create a piece called ‘Poonarnia’ yeah like the Chronicles of Narnia and that other thing most of us (lucky regular folks) do every day. Imagine both combined! A practical, every day, wonderland. The Lion, the embarrassing itch and the toilet bowl.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

Graphic designer. It’s not past tense as I will always be a graphic designer, at the moment I only design for myself but that could change.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

5 years ago I met someone on twitter, that was back when I stalked interesting people, lured them into email, asked them questions and drew their answers. Gillian Parkinson was one of my victims. About a year after I drew her (I hadn’t met her yet as she lives in NZ) she got a massive tattoo of her Oodlie (what I call my doodles) on her arm. She marked herself permanently with lines from a stranger, based purely on the connection she made with me/my art, that felt so warm, like good soup.

One thing you can’t live without?


What gets you up in the morning?

I don’t like getting up in the morning, even when I have many exciting things waiting, I love my bed.

How would your best friend describe you in 3 words?

I could ask but most people are polite and stuff so I don’t know if it will be an actual summary, romanticised one or just you know, words.

What is the next skill you want to learn?

I want to learn how to write, openly and honestly. Which is pretty pretty difficult. All sorts of noise and head poo gets in the way.

scared-in-sad-2-webWhat is your dream project?

Finding out why.

Favourite or most inspirational place in Sydney?

There’s a little park in Neutral Bay by the water. I live near it, I think about returning to it when I’m older, even though I still live near it now, it feels nostalgic. I often think, these are good times-remember it.

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

Don’t itch if you’re not willing to scratch – Dad.

What advice would you give to new, aspiring Makers?

Do it for yourself, if it brings your kinda people to you, brilliant! If it doesn’t or takes too long, it will not feel so good, but there are other things, good freaking things to be happy and fulfilled about.

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