If you want to satisfy your endless craving for all things cute and sweet, you’re in for a treat! Savenart has got you covered with her Japanese snacks, fluffy bunnies, magic potions, and basically everything else you need in your life.
This Canadian illustrator and jewelry designer calls herself a dreamy soul that creates art. We met with her to talk about her kawaii work and find out how she’s able to turn everyday objects into cuteness-dripping art.
Where do you live and what does your studio look like?
I live in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada! My studio is best described as always in a state of organized, creative chaos where I have multiple ongoing projects. My drawing station is facing a window, so I can look at the trees and the sky as I dream of ideas. I also have a sidekick – a long-haired chihuahua that’s always with me when I draw.
Why and when did you start to create?
I made the leap to focus on being an illustrator in mid-2020. Before that, I worked as a jewelry designer and I was regularly present at local and international artisan markets. With COVID lockdowns in place, I finally had more time to explore and pursue my drawing endeavors. I really wanted to show how everyday items, like milk cartons, can also have a magical side to them. What started as a hobby quickly turned to my main focus, as my illustrations touched more and more people on social media.
You are obviously inspired by Japan and kawaii style, do you have any other inspirations?
My other two main areas of inspiration come from traveling and food. Seeing different sceneries and observing day-to-day lives of different people and cultures inspire my drawing and give me ideas for new themes. I’m a huge foodie and I’m always on the hunt for new flavors. Japanese snacks are one of my favorites! They inspired my ‘Tokyo Snacks – Enamel Pin and Arts Collection’ kickstarter project.
How did you come up with such a color palette?
There is no science to my color palette. I decide on the color theme for every artwork based on how I feel once I mix and match colors with the characters.
When did you develop your final style?
I am a relatively new illustrator, so I can’t really say that my style is fully developed yet. It’s constantly evolving as I learn new techniques and grow as an artist. The one thing that won’t change is my goal to inspire others and find the magic in everyday items with my art.
Which of your artworks is your favorite and why?
Currently, it’s ‘Milk Carton Convenience Store Shelf’. It brings me back to my travels in Japan. I had a lot of fun redesigning milk cartons and I wish that one day my cute creations would come to life.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not creating?
I enjoy gaming, watching anime, trying out new activities, and searching for tasty food. During winter, snowboarding is one of my top activities.
What are your dreams as an artist?
My artistic dream is to develop a full collection of artworks for dreamy souls to surround their daily life with and feel the magic everywhere they go. I want my designs to grow beyond just jewelry, art prints, stickers, and pins.
What are your plans for the future?
I recently designed and created my first pin collection, and I hope to explore other daily items that I could add my touch to. I will continue to rediscover my style and hone my techniques so that through my art I can share even more warmth and joy with my fans and supporters.