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Hello Wonderful An Interview With Ola Volo

Ola Volo Mural Artist and Illustrator

It's no secret that I love intricate detailed work, so of course I am very excited to share Ola Volo's work with you today! Ola is an artist and illustrator whose unique style is instantly recognizable across everything tackels from her client work, gallery artwork, murals and book projects. Enjoy getting to know Ola below!


Artist Ola Volo

Who are you, what do you do and where in the world are you?

Hi my name is Ola Volo. I’m an artist and illustrator who focuses on the narrative of storytelling. My art investigates the ideas of folklore, nature, history, and multiculturalism. I try to encompass the subtleties of human nature and our everyday life through imaginative characters that are full of spirit and inhibit dynamic environments. I’m currently writing this from Vancouver, BC.

What do you believe in?

I believe that every individual is creative, and that creativity can often lead to the expression of happiness. I hope everyone is able to recognise their creative strengths!

Ola Volo Artist and Illustrator

When do you feel your most wonderful?

I feel really happy when I’m in the mist of projects and where I’m able to share my vision and passion with the public. After every mural I feel changed because of the time, ideas, and process that takes place. The mural then becomes a piece that belongs to the public. I feel wonderful when I get to share my work with the public!

What is something wonderful that has happened that would have never have happened if you hadn't made a mistake or a wrong turn somewhere?

When I first went to New York, I was completely intimidated and ready to quit art. I was completely overwhelmed by the New York art scene. But since I don’t like to make myself feel intimidated, I decided to move out there instead. I wanted to discover what I would love about the city, and rediscover what it is that I love about art. Moving to NYC completely changed my career. I was able to concentrate stylistically on my work and uncover where I thrived in the world of illustration, which I found was through storytelling. In NYC, it was also my first time that I started diving into my personal life as inspiration for my artwork rather than only look to folklore as a means of storytelling. 

It was also exciting to watch so many creative people earn a living for themselves, and work incredibly long hours for their passions; it became a realistic means to live off your art. Particularly because NYC is so expensive I thought if those illustrators are able to make a living off their work, I could at least pay my rent.

What is the earliest time in your life that you can remember experiencing wonder?

My earliest experience I remember, which is related to art, is when I took my first art class when I was five years old. We were using watercolours, and my teacher gave everyone a candle; she asked us to create lines all across the paper. I covered the entire paper with watercolours, and then all of these wax lines magically appeared through the paint and they looked just like raindrops. The wax hadn't taken in the colour, because wax repeals water and no watercolour would stick to it. To me that was magical!

Who are three wonderful people you think we need to know about?

Jamie Smith is an incredible community builder.
Zoë Pawlak not only do I love Zoë’s work but I think she is a completely rad business woman. 
Andrea Wan is also a terrific artist. Andrea had the guts to move to Berlin, and has continued her career as a very successful artist. 


Thank you so much Ola! You can view Ola's website and follow her journey on InstagramFacebook and Twitter

Have a wonderful day!


Ola Volo Artist and Illustrator

Hello Wonderful! An Interview With The Wonderful Rebecca Chaperon!

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Every time I see a new piece by Rebecca Chaperon I think this. Seriously. I am having a little trouble writing this intro because I started daydreaming about portals and I just want to tell you to skip ahead and read the interview because Rebecca's answers are so interesting and inspiring, just like her and her work! Enjoy. 

(Images credit Byron Dauncey)


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Who are you, what do you do and where in the world are you? 

Hello, I'm Rebecca Chaperon, I'm an artist who lives and works in Vancouver BC, Canada.  My primary medium is paint and I love it so, so much! I'm addicted to colour exploration and my subject matter ranges from text paintings, to hovering black portals in snowy landscapes and lately crystal formations. I also published a picture book about missing school called Eerie Dearies: 26 Ways to Miss School. It's an ABC book that begins with A is for Astral Projection, perfect for the little truant in each of us. 

What do you believe in?  

Compassion and acceptance for others is important to me and so is getting down to the authentic (sometimes quirky) version of ourselves. I think that, going back to those things helps us create what we value, here we can express ourselves bravely, clearly and with enthusiasm. 


When do you feel your most wonderful?

I feel best when I am creating and then when I'm sharing what I have created. I love to put my work out there because it offers a sense of the strange and wonderful. I like to add a little something mysterious and nonsensical to the world. When people look at art they have a chance to transcend their surroundings and really lose themselves in the experience. Brian Eno has this amazing quote that I have been meditating on: “Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences.”  

What is something wonderful that has happened that would have never have happened if you hadn't made a mistake or a wrong turn somewhere?

I started a big painting in 2013 - it had a really pretty colour gradient as the sky - but as I worked I realized that I wasn't really ready to make the painting in the way I wanted. This is because I had a sense, at the edge of my mind, of what I wanted to create but I just couldn't quite put my finger on it. I couldn't visualize it in my mind - like having ingredients but no recipe. I set the piece aside and felt pretty thwarted and dissatisfied. About 4 or 5 months later the visual part or "missing recipe" had naturally evolved out of my iceberg series. It was weird to realize that it all started with that unsolvable riddle of a painting that had been created half a year before.  Understanding  and acknowledging that I really wasn't getting it helped me later to understand clearly and with conviction that I had "hit gold". 


What is the earliest time in your life that you can remember experiencing wonder?

Recently, I feel like I experience wonder through small details of things I see throughout each and every day. When I was a kid my mom would tell me fairy stories, and she liked to back them up with "proof" that fairies were undoubtedly real and up to all kinds of shenanigans.. She did a number of things to back-up her statement that fairies were real... like when I wasn't looking and she switched out my normal sized cookie for a huge one she had secretly baked for this fairy-prooving caper. In the end it wasn't that I believed in fairies exactly but more that I was enjoying "suspending my disbelief" a relief from the imposed logic and order of the world. This is the thread that I carry into my art work. 


Who are three wonderful people you think we need to know about?

Brandy Masch a very good friend and great artist. She can create large to miniature pieces and does custom work, her larger works of art are like a hundred of her miniature pieces put together. 

Katy Horan - amazing art work. It's been a pleasure to watch her new work released each year. 

Mira Song whose paintings will make it into my collection one day. I am very picky about paintings I hang in my house but I love her combination of geometry, tight colour schemes and painterly marks.


Thank you so much Rebecca! You can view Rebecca's website here and find her on the social media of your choice Instagram, Twitter,  Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr. Shop for her original art, prints and books here

Have a wonderful day!

(Images credit Byron Dauncey)

Hello Wonderful! An interview with the wonderful Evie Barrow


Do you ever feel like you need Grandpa strength? Sometimes I do. Luckily I have one of Evie Barrow's Bearded Bloke Brooches and as soon I pin it on I am ready to go, Grandpa style! I've enjoyed Evie's work for a while now and most recently it has been fun to follow along on her 100 Day Project. Enjoy getting to know Evie below and you'll see why she's so inspiring and wonderful!  


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Who are you, what do you do and where in the world are you?
Hi. My name is Evie Barrow, I do many creative things including graphic design, illustration and textile art. One of my favourite things to do is to create by hand. I currently live in Melbourne, Australia with my husband and Millie the cat.

What do you believe in? 
Kindness, beauty and truth... stealing from Einstein on this but I think he got it right.

When do you feel your most wonderful? 
Three things come to mind. 1. When something I've made makes someone else happy. 2. Being outside, soaking up the sun rays on a cloudy day when the clouds part long enough to warm up. 3. Spending a slow and lazy Sunday morning at home with a yummy breakfast, good coffee, my husband and cuddles from my cat. 

What is something wonderful that has happened that would have never have happened if you hadn't made a mistake or a wrong turn
somewhere?

This is hard, I have a terrible memory! However one moment I remember that was literally a wrong turn was while walking the streets of Paris on my first night there. I had no clue where I was going and I looked up to my right while crossing a narrow back street and unexpectedly getting a clear view of the Eiffel Tower. It was the first time I'd seen it in person and the sheer wonderfulness of this sight made me stop in my tracks in the middle of the road and gasp out loud. I learned pretty quickly why Paris is called the city of lights!

What is the earliest time in your life that you can remember experiencing wonder? When was the most recent time?
I'm not sure this is my earliest experience of wonder but I do remember discovering drop tail lizards with my older brother when we were were about 5 or 6. The lizards would sunbake on the steps of our front porch and we'd try to pick them up, some by their tails. I remember feeling sad because I thought we'd broken them. Once I realised they'd be okay I was relived and amazed! More recently...  it's Autumn here, my favourite season so every time I go outside it's pretty wonderful! I'm in awe of nature and the beauty of the changing seasons. I especially love the colours of the  changing Autumn leaves.

Who are three wonderful people you think we need to know about. Why are they wonderful?

Narrowing this down to three is tricky so I have chosen a mix from a list of many.

Maira Kalman
Illustrator, Maira Kalman who has a wonderful way of reminding us why it is wonderful to be alive and to be human. Her passion and observation of life and her ability to find magic in the every day always makes me feel wonderful. I love this Portraits in Creativity video with her. 

Dr Karl
Dr Karl, he is a crazy-wonderful scientist, with a wonderful curious mind and some pretty wonderful, colourful shirts too! He makes science interesting and accessible for all. Plus he won a Nobel Prize interestingly enough for a belly button lint survey! 

James
My grandfather in-law, James, who had two major strokes last year, lost two of his sons and was diagnosed with bowl cancer. He's currently being cared for in a nursing home. Every time we visit he never fails to crack a joke and make us laugh. His strength to carry on and ability to find humor are wonderful gifts. He is a very loveable person and I feel incredible lucky to know him.


Thank you so much Evie! You can view Evie's website here and also find her on InstagramFacebook, and Pinterest.  

Have a wonderful day!