We showcase local artists in each Creative Spotlight so you can get to know the local talent! Learn about their work, their insights, their favourite things.
This week we introduce you to the very talentented and gorgeous musician and illustrator: Hana Kinoshita Thomson
What do you do?
For my day job, I’m an Assistant Program Coordinator helping out here and there to promote Japanese language and culture. Being part Japanese and quite in touch with my heritage I find this job fulfilling; however, my true passion lies in singing and song-writing, and (as silly as it sounds) drawing rabbits. My goal is to spread positivity, joy, and a healthy dose of silliness to others with my simple drawings of Girl and Rabbit.
What is your favourite indulgence?
Chocolate (dark with sea salt or hazelnut praline, pretty please) and lovely stationery (I am incapable of resisting a beautiful notebook).
What is your most recent obsession?
Japanese boy bands. Recently I’ve reverted back to my teenage self and become slightly obsessed. This is a judgement-free zone right?
Describe your perfect weekend.
My perfect weekend would be equal parts productive and relaxing. I’d love to spend time with my closest friends or family at the markets in the sunshine, chatting away at a cosy cafe with a hot chocolate, or on an adventure to someplace new. Throw in a bit of yoga, meditation and time spent working on creative projects, and I’d be happy as punch.
What are your biggest challenges as a creative?
Firstly, time management. I tend to get overexcited by the multitude of ideas swirling around in my brainbox and before I know it I’m caught up in a million projects at once. Right now I’m happily juggling song-writing, recording, drawing Girl and Rabbit, working on expanding my little hatchling of an Etsy shop, and writing/illustrating my picture book.
Another big challenge is overcoming the fear that I’m not good enough. There are so many wonderful artists out there it can often be overwhelming trying to compete. In the end what it boils down to is letting the fact that I’m doing something I love overcome these fears, and rather than being intimidated, finding inspiration in the beautiful things that other people create.
What role does Mindfulness play in your creativity and/or life?
I truly believe Mindfulness helps to make my life generally better. It helps remind me to appreciate each moment I occupy, and in terms of creativity, to enjoy and savour the process of creating rather than just racing towards the end product.