We recently caught up with Victoria, the entre-pinner bringing us the sassy pins from Oh You Fox. By day, she works in the gaming industry, by night she makes things. You can usually find her doodling creatures, tweeting or chatting up a storm. Continue reading to learn more about her obsession with cats and other badass women.
Can you tell us about yourself and what you're working on?
Hello friends and cats! I'm Victoria, a 20-something designer and illustrator who is obsessed with cats and sass. Originally from windy Wellington, New Zealand, but now living in Melbourne, Australia and loving it. I run my own venture called Oh You Fox where I design and sell sassy enamel pins. It feeds my love for creativity, big picture thinking, product creation and social media marketing.
What is your background?
Since completing my Bachelor in Design at Massey University, my professional focus has been on community building and social media for gaming companies. I spent two years managing and developing community for PikPok Games in New Zealand, and now do the same at Firemonkeys (an Electronic Arts studio) in Melbourne. It’s an awesome mixture of my love for people and art.
I have always had a love for the quirky and vibrant. During my teens, I drew a lot - mostly animals and anthropomorphic characters. It was my childhood dream to have my own store and I’m halfway there, yay!
Who do you dream of collaborating with one day and why?
Makeup is my other passion in life besides Oh You Fox and I would love to collaborate with an amazing makeup company like Kat Von D. The products from Kat Von D are bold, unapologetic, outspoken and different in their own way.
As a vegan and animal activist, Kat Von D is committed to creating products that are completely free of animal-derived ingredients, and never tested on animals.
Where do you usually work from?
All I need is a clear desk and some good tunes to get going. My workspace functions as a computer desk, makeup desk, sewing desk... the list goes on. If money were no object, I would love to have a spacious, airy, well lit studio all of my own. And I would love to spend all my time creating things.
What's the last thing you read that made a lasting impression or really got you to think differently?
I highly recommend Craft for the Soul by Pip Lincolne. It feels like a whole different way to look at creativity - creating an overall more mindful healthy life where there is more opportunity for creativity to spawn.
Pip is so down to earth. She shares her wisdom regarding priotizing your own creativity, doing new things, finding things that spark your excitement and passion, being positive, creating routines, loving your work, and much more.
What would be the title of your autobiography and why?
Shoulda, coulda, woulda. It is of no use to dwell on what should have, could have or would have happened. The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing, but it can be very frustrating. Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.
The best careers advice I've ever received? Believe in yourself, and just keep going. Dreams don’t work unless you do.
If you could be anyone in the designer world for a day, who would you pick and why?
Jessica Hische - she is a crazy cat lady known for her lettering, silly projects, and occasional foul mouth. It would be amazing to be a typography master for a day. It’s a skill I desperately wish to be better at.