Blackcabbit (aka. Dionnie Takahashi) is an illustrator living in Japan. She loves drawing whimsical animal characters, as well as doing handmade crafts to beautify the world she lives in.
Doodling comes naturally to me whenever I have time on my hand. In fact, some of my best sketches were created in boring classroom settings or meetings, where often the incoherent words of any speaker will bring me deep into doodle-land. So far, they (the doodle critters) were born just with the mere contact of paper and pencil. Then, some of them were further honed into sophistication as digital or print illustrations. A typical working style that stayed with me for years.
Here is one of my favorite impromptu doodle, which I drawn on my sister’s leg with a permanent marker. :P
Though I still find comfort in the old ways, I’m always seeking for fresh creative outlets. Fortunately, after coming to Japan, I came across many inspiring Japanese craft books and was badly bitten by the handmade bug. Since then, I was not able to control my buying spree and fanatically “collected” a wide range of craft books, way faster than I can read or speak Japanese.
Previously, my world was pretty much just about Fine Art or Multimedia Art. Anything associated with a needle was not in my purview. Yet now, my embroidery books are currently occupying the most space on the shelf. Partly because this medium was a stepping stone, a key (I believe) to merge my illustration skill to my fledging handicraft ability.
Though I did a few DIY sewing projects previously, I’m still a clueless novice, who has yet to smoothly transient into the “Handmade / Fabric world.” There is so much to learn, so many new skills to pick up. Can’t wait to sew like a pro and start creating my own patterns. LOL!
By creating this journal, I wish to share with you my sewing undertakings. Hopefully, you can see my growth and my craft evolving to new heights. For the needlecraft veterans out there, do give me your support by sharing your comments or coach me with tips if you see anything amiss. Thanks in advance!