Ebony Bizys, Artist & Blogger of Hello Sandwich
Ebony Bizys is one of the brightest and most fun guests we've had on the blog. You might know her as Hello Sandwich, the super cute blog and Instagram that charts her life exploring Japanese craft and culture. When she isn't writing books and photographing the world she is living the dream in Tokyo. Thanks for making nice Ebony - we love your responses!
What do you do?
I'm a Lithuanian/Australian designer, blogger, author living in Tokyo.
Before moving to Tokyo in 2010, I worked at Vogue magazines for 11 years, most recently in the position of Deputy Art Director at Vogue Living. Since moving to Tokyo, I have Art Directed books, hosted solo exhibitions, designed a Japanese fashion website, been commissioned by Vogue Japan to make artworks for their publication, collaborated with Japanese masking tape brand mt, collaborated with Romance was Born on a fashion range, styled for various magazines, trend reported for various companies and have written articles for magazines such as Qantas Magazine, Vogue, British Airways, Inside Out, Real Living and Frankie. I was invited by Tourism Antwerp to photograph the city for promotion in 2014.
Hello Sandwich has appeared in many books and magazines, and I have been featured on both TV and radio.
Do you have a maxim that you live and work by?
"Nothing succeeds better than excess" ha ha. Just kidding. I just heard this recently on Downton Abbey and loved it. I'm trying to make a zine that's all about 'too much na kanji' at the moment, which is a phrase my photographer and I used a lot when we were making my last book Hello Tokyo and I wasn't sure if I was adding too much into one shot.
On a more serious note, though, I just try and make work I'm passionate about and follow my instincts.
What are the three milestones that have led you to where you stand?
1). Landing a job at Vogue magazines straight out of art school (UNSW) and moving up the ladder to become Deputy Art Director.
2). Resigning from Vogue to move to Tokyo in June 2010.
3). Making my first Japanese craft book with BNN publishers.
What is your dream project?
To collaborate with Kate Spade. We have worked on a few books and pinterest/blog projects together in the past but something on a larger collaboration scale would be my dream.
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
Hello Sandwich Tokyo Guide app.
An art residency in San Francisco in October this year.
If you could choose to hear any female contemporary present at Make Nice, who would it be and why?
Jen Gotch. She is my absolute idol! I love that lady so much!
What is the best advice you’ve been given, or wish you had been told sooner?
When I resigned from Vogue Living, my editor David Clark said "What is life without risks".
Do you have a supportive female network in your field? Was it always this way?
Absolutely! It's always been this way.
What are you listening to, reading, watching of late, that is inspiring or entertaining you?
Audiobooks (at the moment it's Patti Smith Just Kids), podcasts (The Jess Lively Show and a lot of business podcasts), watching (Girls season 5 set in Tokyo! And Better Call Saul). And Pinterest is always an inspiration to me. I also DIE for Jen Gotch's snap chat (jengotch).
What is one facet of your field that you want to see change?
For me I feel as though things are equal in my field.