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 old-fashioned way with pen & ink and watercolour. After a distant past of trying to draw "properly", my work has veered toward a somewhat quirky wonkiness whilst still being reasonably accurate and detailed. Which is a lot more fun.
Here's why 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 lost-wax silver wildlife 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. As well as 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.
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