It’s time for another Super Cute Creators interview. Today we’re finding out a little bit more about Mollie Johanson, who creates embroidery patterns and printables as Wild Olive. She also recently released her first book, Stitch Love (read my review), full of adorable embroidery motifs and sewing projects to make with them. Read on for another inspiring look into the life of a kawaii creative!
Who are you and what do you make?
I’m Mollie Johanson, often known as Wild Olive. I think that things are better with faces, so almost everything I make has a face on it in some way or another. Most of my making involves embroidery and felt and hand sewing and a bit of quilting. Recently I’ve started making lots of cute animals (they have faces, so that totally counts, right?), and it has been so much fun to see what sweet creatures show up when I’m sketching and designing new projects.
When I have extra time, I’m still usually stitching, because I love it so much. But I also like baking, playing games, and watching old television shows.
Where do you live and what’s it’s like there?
I live in a magical cottage of creativity! Okay, so really it’s a house where my parents, brothers, and sisters also live, and it’s in a suburb of Chicago. It does feel a little magical, definitely busy and loud, and it’s almost always filled with creativity.
What was your first experience with kawaii culture and why does kawaii inspire your work?
Sanrio was probably the first major kawaii influence in my life, and I was lucky enough to have, what I called “The Hello Kitty Store” in Chicago. Little Twin Stars were my favorite, and I still have some of the Sanrio items I had as a child. Beyond that, when I was growing up, there were just a lot of really cute toys and shows that were around.
Kawaii just makes me happy, and who doesn’t want to work with things that make you happy?
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