Tell us a little about yourself…
My name is Hine (pronounced [hee-neh]) Mizushima. I’m an illustrator, a needle felting artist, a slow crafter and a puppet-based stop-motion animation video artist (mostly music videos for They Might Be Giants). Born and raised in Japan, I majored in traditional Japanese painting at university. After working as a designer/illustrator in Tokyo, I moved to Rome, then Paris, then Brooklyn. Now I live in Vancouver, Canada with my husband, our son and my cat.
I create things almost all the time, but I also love the Internet (addict level), reading, watching movies, shopping & window shopping, listening to music, hanging out with my friends, and going to cheap but great local restaurants (especially Asian food!) on the weekends.
I usually use felt and wool, which are my favorite materials, and make needlefelted creatures and gadget cases. I had always just done illustrations, but three or four years ago, after I moved to Vancouver, I started 3D.
My workspace is a small bright studio in our house, which is also my favorite place, and usually looks like a bomb went off in it. I basically stay in my studio from morning to night making things. Everything I need for my work is here. I even make my stop-motion videos here.
My inspiration comes from everywhere: art, design, music, videos, books, creatures, internet, colors, things that I misheard or saw and mistook for something else, etc…
My favorite artists or people/groups I admire are:
Salvia (A Japanese Zakka design): www.salvia.jp/index.html
Orla Kiely: www.orlakiely.com/
They Might Be Giants: www.theymightbegiants.com/
Bell & Sebastian: www.belleandsebastian.com/
Elin Thomas: www.flickr.com/photos/elinfelt/
and many others!
Try to make things that you really love!
Etsy shop: www.hine.etsy.com
Twitter (English) : twitter.com/hine_art
Handmade Videos: vimeo.com/user140079
Blog & news ( 70% Japanese ＋ 30% English + lots of images) : hennageijutsu.blogspot.com/
Next show: Opening March 3rd: A four-ring Needle Felting Extravaganza! at gallery hanahou in NYC: www.galleryhanahou.com