1. We absolutely love your business name, how did you come up with ‘Hues of Happy’? Was it simply that your art sparks so much joy?
I am rubbish at writing, I’m 100% a visual person, so I asked my friend to help me. I feel it perfectly encapsulates what I create - from my paintings, illustrations to my ceramics - they are all silly and happy.
2. When was ‘Hues of Happy’ born?
Hues of Happy was born only 2 years ago. I had a brand new perspective on life after the birth of my daughter and I found myself struggling to continue with my office life. I had always drawn, made jewellery, and painted in my spare time, but I never had the confidence to try and make a career of it. Like a lot of new parents you learn to tap into your intuition and do a lot of “making it up as you go”, so I applied the same philosophy to my career, quit my corporate job, and never looked back! Since then I’ve had three exhibitions and collaborated with some incredible brands and people.
3. Tell us a bit about the wonderful woman behind Hues of Happy? What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
“Wonderful” You guys are wonderful! My favourite things to do in my spare time are to go swimming at the beach, watch documentaries, go to the movies, or go on adventures.
4. What inspired your ‘Happy Bears’ print?
‘Happy Bears’ is a combination of my love of animals and drag culture. A bright and colourful print, and a cheeky, curious character… Happy Bear is basically a personification of Hues of Happy.
5. What was your first thought when we reached out about this collaboration? Have you ever seen your art on textiles before?
My first thought was “this is too good to be true!” I’ve been a Jericho Road fan since the OG fish print. I have never seen my art on textiles before and I still can’t believe it’s actually happening. I currently sell my artwork on prints and cards so to branch out to fashion has been such a wonderful opportunity. I would have never dreamt of this a couple of years ago!
6. What is your favourite piece from the collection?
I love the shift dress. It gives me 60s vibes and I think that was such a cool era of fashion. I think it’s going to be such a fun dress for summer parties.