Girl and Rabbit are my original characters. They both love carrots, singing songs, and going on adventures, so naturally, they are the best of friends. For Girl and Rabbit, every day is an adventure where they are constantly learning something new - whether while traveling into tiny worlds or to outer space, going on a picnic, or just trying to live the best lives that they can.
These two are featured in most of my illustrations and designs, products, and picture book zines, which are available on the Under the tree etsy store. You can also follow Girl and Rabbit's day-to-day on my Instagram account.
In 2022 I was commissioned to illustrate, design and translate (from Japanese to English) a bilingual picture book called Mii-chan Can Speak Japanese. The author of this book, Japanese teacher and researcher Dr Chino Nakano, wrote Mii-chan Can Speak Japanese based on the true story of one of her students, a Japanese-Australian girl who no longer wanted to attend Japanese Saturday School. She self-published the book and you can purchase a copy
from Chino's website here.
The book explores the challenges of growing up in a mixed cultural environment, of living in one country and trying not to lose your connection to your second heritage. It will be used as a resource in workshops held to support parents of mixed heritage children.
Given my own Japanese-American-Australian heritage and similar lived experiences, I was grateful to work on such an important and personally relevant project.