Johanna Makinen

  • United Kingdom
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“Lovely handmade art from the British seaside”

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Come and see me at the Brighton Craft Fair at the Friends Meeting House in the South Lanes on Saturday 28th October for pet prints and Christmas cards aplenty!

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Handmade prints from the British seaside

Anyone who knows me will tell you I am desperately broody for pets. My real job in the world of spreadsheets doesn't really allow me to have one (well OK I have a hamster but bless her, she's no good at fetch) at the moment so what's the next best thing? Looking at other people's! I've got an endless supply of photos and videos of cute fluffy things belonging to friends and family, the very same people who are forever telling me 'you're so creative, you should sell those'... so I thought I'd try. There's a limit to how many pictures of dogs I can put on my own walls after all, right?

I'm also inspired by the wildlife and scenery I see on my rambles in the South Downs, New Forest, and my favourite, the Peak District.

I make linocut prints in my home at the seaside in what's generally known as either 'Jo's Art Corner' or 'That Terrible Mess' depending on what kind of day it has been. This enables me to indulge my obsession for buying stationery and organisational goodies with the excuse of tidying up, though, so it's not all bad.

As for the name ihana? It's Finnish for lovely. I may have lived here in Britain for nearly 24 years but it would have been rude to not use something from my native language somewhere on here...