So you could find out a bit more about the wonderful artists that will be at MiniComi this year, we asked some of them a few questions.
Here’s how Shawna of Decodoki replied.
(questions are in blue)
Could you tell us a bit about who you are?
I am a university student that will be going to SFU in the fall. I’ve always been a very creative person, always finding ways to channel my artistic energy. From oil/acrylic painting, to cosplay, to cake decorating, and finally, decoden, I’ve always loved art, particularly the imaginative process.
When did you start crafting?
If you mean when I started dabbling in art, I would say when I was about 8. I was at my neighborhood library and they had on a children’s art festival. Some of the kids were my age or even younger, and I thought, “Hey, I could do this too!”. So, I asked my parents to sign me up for art lessons with the teacher that had put on the festival. I’ve been crafting, decorating, writing, you name it, ever since.
Who has influenced and inspired your works?
I’ve had a tendency to envelop myself in the works of other artists who excelled in whatever field I was exploring at the time. When cake decorating, I would watch the Food Network religiously. When going through the RCM levels, I would listen to Chopin and Debussy. I got into anime again four or five years ago, and it has been a constant source of inspiration. The unique animation styles of series like Madoka Magica, or Mawaru Penguindrum are visually extraordinary, and character designs from series like Amnesia or Karneval are breathtaking. Soundtracks of movies like Howl’s Moving Castle, and concepts of series like Death Parade or Kiseijuu convince me that anime is not only a form of entertainment, but also an art.
What type of art currently fascinates you?
I’m currently very into cosplay. The craftsmanship shown by a lot of individuals is something that I hopefully aspire to reach one day.
What is the most challenging aspect of your art?
Getting familiarized with the right supplies. It definitely took some trial and error, and I gained a lot of experience along the way.
What is your favourite tool to use for your art??
I love it when I get to do cases with glitter whip.
How challenging is it to keep up with the latest fashion trends for your accessories?
I view decoden as an upcoming trend itself. An average person off the streets of Vancouver probably won’t be familiar with decoden, much less know anyone who produces decoden accessories. The only real trends that apply to decoden are the creative ones that artists come up with themselves…and maybe keeping up with the hottest anime series at the time.
With many smartphones mostly looking the same or similar, how important is customization of appearances of such items?
I do agree that a lot of phones nowadays look the same. Now imagine if phone cases were like that too, plain and simple. Although some people prefer the minimalist or practical look, others often let their cases become small projections of their style and personality, whether they be stamped with their favourite tv series or, in my case, decked out in whipped cream and anime figurines. It’s an outward expression of individuality, and I think that’s awesome.
What are you looking forward to at MiniComi?
I’m looking forward to selling and promoting my cases and accessories, and meeting a lot of new people. I’m also right by the stage (G2 people!) so maybe I’ll get a glimpse of some of the awesome events scheduled.
Is there anything else you want everyone to know about you or your art?
Custom orders can be arranged! I will have business cards with all my info at the convention. I look forward to meeting everyone!
To find out more about Shawna come to MiniComi, chat with her and pick out the trendiest accessories for your generic looking phone.
She’ll be at table G2.