Cutezine x Shymori interview!
Firstly can you tell the followers a little bit about yourself?
My name is Rose I’m 23 years old and Im from the Netherlands. I’m a lover of everything cute and kawaii. Pastel colours are my absolute favourite!
What work do you produce?
I create tiny clay creatures for my shop called "Shymori". Shymori is a combination of the English word shy and the Japanese word "mori" which means forest. My creatures are inspired by the kawaii culture. They all come from my imagination and are 100% handmade without the use of molds. Their bodies are decorated with tiny ornaments, so small I use a needle to shape and fix them on. One of the creatures I create is a fantasy creature which I call a “momo”. I really love creating them the most because they truly come from my imagination. I also make illustrations of my momos which I use to create stationery and all kinds of other accessories.
What inspires your work?
The kawaii style is a huge inspiration to me, Japanese design in general is. I love the playful, colourful and cute aesthetics of the style. I’ve always had a soft spot for Japanese items, even if it’s just a tissue box or a candy wrapper. Everything from Japan is cute! I also find my inspiration in nature. The delicate forms and beautiful colour schemes of flowers give me a lot of ideas which I translate into my work. The idea of childlike playfulness and imagination are very important to me as well. If it was possible I would have wanted to be a child forever. It is also essential to me that something is original, that something truly comes from my own imagination.
How long have you been creating your pieces?
Shymori is really new, I have only been working on it for a few months now. However I have always been creative. Growing up I lived in the fantasy world that I had created with my sister. We had thought out every expect of this world. We had our own school system, including school books, our own words and a math system. There were books filled with imaginary animals and creatures that we had created. We would make drawings of what they looked like and write about their behaviour. Imagination and fantasy have always been very important to me. Besides the fantasy world I went trough these crafty phases. From drawing, making magazines, creating websites, crocheting to creative writing. I think I tried most crafty things as a kid.
How did you get started in what you do?
Even at a young age I wanted to be a graphic designer. So after high school I applied for a graphic design course at an arts academy. At the arts academy there wasn't any room for the girly and cute things I liked to create. At some points I felt really lost. I didn't know what I liked anymore or what I wanted to do. I was in a rather dark place and I really need something positive and cute! That is when I started Shymori. In my work I try focusing on the cute things, a fantasy from my own imagination. The world is a hard place and there are many bad things in it. I want my work to be in contrast with that, to make myself and other people forget those bad things, even if it is just for a moment.
What is the cutest thing in your life?
My guinea pigs they are so amazingly cute and funny. I own six little guinea pigs, they are different long haired breeds. My favourite one is Fairy Mist, she has really long wavy white hair and a pink nose and ears. She is so incredible soft and fluffy. Guinea pigs are lot of fun to watch, they make all kinds of funny movements and sounds when they interact with each other. I could watch them all day.
What are your plans for the future?
-I really hope to make my shop a success so I can pursue it full time. I would really love to turn my momo's in to super kawaii cuddly and fluffy plush toys! Maybe a kickstarter project will make this possible for me. I’m also looking into printing fabrics for pouches, bags and maybe even clothing. I’m also working on a Shymori website. It will give information about the Shymori world and the creatures that live in it. In short there are plenty of ideas!
Where can we find your work?
I’m most active on Instagram where I post all my work and I sell my work on Etsy.
Thank you for talking to CuteZine!