Hi, I’m Mari, a (mostly) self-taught artist living in the outskirts of London. I like to draw things (animals, plants, fungi and bones). I work primarily in pen and ink or digitally on my iPad, though I’ve been known to dabble in linocut printmaking when time allows; I’ve also recently been experimenting with surface pattern design and jewelry. I do take on private commissioned work (including pet portraits!), and I also love to collaborate with other makers — get in touch with me if you’d like to work together!
OK, I’m sitting here trying to think about what else to write about myself in this box (awkward), so when in doubt, here’s three things about myself I think are pretty interesting:
- I’m autistic–but I didn’t find that out until I was 31. As a kid, I really struggled to get to sleep and stay asleep, which I later found out was part of my ASD (I now have a weighted blanket which has, honestly, changed my life). So, I used to soothe myself to sleep by reading Dorling Kindersley handbooks and National Audobon Society field guides. Facts about things like triclinic crystal structure and boletes became my safe space, and I think, honestly, they probably still are.
- I have an MA in Medieval Studies, which means I can read and write Latin pretty well. My dissertation was on Christian and Norse pagan syncretism on the Manx runestones, and myth and folklore continue to influence a lot of what I do.
- In my free time I love to play World of Warcraft (though now that I have a toddler, much more casually than I used to!). I was a decent balance druid and a pretty good holy paladin in my day, but what I’m really good at is writing fanfiction. No, really. Blizzard shortlisted my stories in 2010 and 2011.