Hi, I'm Michi and I've always liked explaining stuff and was told even as a child that I was good at it.
I love making complicated concepts clear to help solve problems for environmental or social projects doing good in the world, drawing in the good old-fashioned way with pen & ink and watercolour. After a distant past of trying to draw "properly", my work has now veered toward a somewhat quirky wonkiness whilst still being reasonably accurate and detailed. Which is a lot more fun.
Here's how I came back to drawing after a thirty-year gap and then started making comics:
So what was I doing instead for three decades? Working with environmental groups, including a few years in Japan, making jewellery, renovating old houses, working with community groups, translating Japanese, making vegan sushi, playing fiddle in various bands, and other things which would look terribly random on a CV. And raising two beautiful boys.
That first little booklet of graphic recipes has led to varied and interesting opportunities working with environmental campaigns, educational projects, small biz start-ups, and others whose work I love to support including:
- Ideamedic podcast talking about creative work with Tara Roskell, 2017
- Off the Front podcast with Elizabeth Emery, mostly on women in sports. My bit is the first fifteen minutes, about Two Shillings a Day graphic novel project. 2018
- Talk at Laydeez Do Comics on work-in-progress Two Shillings a Day. Jan 2020
- Talaterra podcast on environmental education, April 2021
I live in Sussex in the UK, where I can be found playing the fiddle or teaching five-string banjo or running on the South Downs when not drawing.
Click to see what I'm doing right NOW at this moment...
Would you like to hear more? And see works in progress?