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Nami began drawing when she lived in Japan for three years. Over that time, she developed a series of sketchbooks and returned to London to attend Art College. After graduating with an Art and Design foundation she began working for a number of museum and heritage organisations after finding a passion for curating. She went onto study a Masters in Curating Contemporary Design. This led to a career in exhibition work in China, Germany, and India.
Whilst curating exhibitions and being surrounded by art, she felt inspired to pick up her pencil again and became interested in exploring Illustration for children’s books. She attended a course in Illustration at the Putney School of Art. She also studied two courses at the Royal Drawing School in Drawing a Story and Drawing Graphic Novels.
She was keen on pursuing more formal instruction in illustration and the opportunity to be a mentee on the Pathways Into Publishing programme presented itself. Since securing a place onto the programme, she has worked on briefs set by Bloomsbury, Anderson Press, Scholastic, Nosy Crow, Walker Books, Oxford University Press and Flying Eye Books. She has also been mentored by Children’s Book Illustrator and Author Claire Alexander and has been taught by a wide variety of publishers, published Illustrators, editors, art directors, and other industry professionals.
Her artistic vision is to create work that a child would want to live inside of and return to again and again. Her love of the everyday is demonstrated continuously throughout her artwork, and she often draws inspiration from work by Edward Hopper, Norman Rockwell and Judith Kerr. She strives to create illustrations that teaches through small details, captures a child’s imagination through warm, playful scenes, and widens perspectives through storytelling.
Nami continues to channel her curatorial experience in creating her illustrations. She often looks for concepts and influences that might offer an interesting angle on how an illustration project can be approached.
Nami lives in Farnham, Surrey, with her husband Stuart and young daughter Sophie.