Hello Wonderful An Interview With Ola Volo

Ola Volo Mural Artist and Illustrator

It's no secret that I love intricate detailed work, so of course I am very excited to share Ola Volo's work with you today! Ola is an artist and illustrator whose unique style is instantly recognizable across everything tackels from her client work, gallery artwork, murals and book projects. Enjoy getting to know Ola below!


Artist Ola Volo

Who are you, what do you do and where in the world are you?

Hi my name is Ola Volo. I’m an artist and illustrator who focuses on the narrative of storytelling. My art investigates the ideas of folklore, nature, history, and multiculturalism. I try to encompass the subtleties of human nature and our everyday life through imaginative characters that are full of spirit and inhibit dynamic environments. I’m currently writing this from Vancouver, BC.

What do you believe in?

I believe that every individual is creative, and that creativity can often lead to the expression of happiness. I hope everyone is able to recognise their creative strengths!

Ola Volo Artist and Illustrator

When do you feel your most wonderful?

I feel really happy when I’m in the mist of projects and where I’m able to share my vision and passion with the public. After every mural I feel changed because of the time, ideas, and process that takes place. The mural then becomes a piece that belongs to the public. I feel wonderful when I get to share my work with the public!

What is something wonderful that has happened that would have never have happened if you hadn't made a mistake or a wrong turn somewhere?

When I first went to New York, I was completely intimidated and ready to quit art. I was completely overwhelmed by the New York art scene. But since I don’t like to make myself feel intimidated, I decided to move out there instead. I wanted to discover what I would love about the city, and rediscover what it is that I love about art. Moving to NYC completely changed my career. I was able to concentrate stylistically on my work and uncover where I thrived in the world of illustration, which I found was through storytelling. In NYC, it was also my first time that I started diving into my personal life as inspiration for my artwork rather than only look to folklore as a means of storytelling. 

It was also exciting to watch so many creative people earn a living for themselves, and work incredibly long hours for their passions; it became a realistic means to live off your art. Particularly because NYC is so expensive I thought if those illustrators are able to make a living off their work, I could at least pay my rent.

What is the earliest time in your life that you can remember experiencing wonder?

My earliest experience I remember, which is related to art, is when I took my first art class when I was five years old. We were using watercolours, and my teacher gave everyone a candle; she asked us to create lines all across the paper. I covered the entire paper with watercolours, and then all of these wax lines magically appeared through the paint and they looked just like raindrops. The wax hadn't taken in the colour, because wax repeals water and no watercolour would stick to it. To me that was magical!

Who are three wonderful people you think we need to know about?

Jamie Smith is an incredible community builder.
Zoë Pawlak not only do I love Zoë’s work but I think she is a completely rad business woman. 
Andrea Wan is also a terrific artist. Andrea had the guts to move to Berlin, and has continued her career as a very successful artist. 


Thank you so much Ola! You can view Ola's website and follow her journey on InstagramFacebook and Twitter

Have a wonderful day!


Ola Volo Artist and Illustrator

Hello Wonderful! An Interview With Marie Foxall WASTED EFFORT


Have you guys been to ROVE? ROVE is a Mount Pleasant Art Walk and where I first came across WASTED EFFORT by Marie Foxall! She set up a mini shop in Rebecca Chaperon's studio and I fell in love with her work. I seriously feel like a magical witchy queen every time I wear my WASTED EFFORT ring and burn my candles and it's a great feeling! Marie is super cool and so is her work. Enjoy getting to know her below! 


Who are you, what do you do and where in the world are you?

Hi! Hello! I'm Marie, a full-time jeweler, part-time candle-maker and occasional pin/graphic designer. I live, work and am part of an awesome community in East Vancouver, Canada.

What do you believe in?

I believe in perseverance, focus, hard work and serendipity. I believe in having the ambition and drive to pursue what you want, while keeping yourself open to unexpected possibilities. Many of the most wonderful things in my life have happened as a result of taking a gamble on something that just fell into my lap. You never know unless you try!

When do you feel your most wonderful?

I feel most wonderful when I can make an idea come to life. Whether it's a piece of jewelry taking 3-dimensional form based on an abstract image in my head, or a collaborative project blossoming after a bunch of brainstorming sessions, there is nothing more wonderfully satisfying than seeing thoughts take shape. I especially love the collaborative process, because ideas grow and shift and flourish so much more rapidly and the results are often better than I could possibly have imagined alone.


What is something wonderful that has happened that would have never have happened if you hadn't made a mistake or a wrong turn somewhere?: Haha, well... I feel like my whole life is basically a series of mistakes and wrong turns that have led me to where I am today. For a long time, I tried to fit into a mold of the person I felt I was expected to be and made myriad decisions that were absolutely wrong for me (see: degrees I earned, jobs I held, you name it). However, I wouldn't trade any of those choices in, because that meandering path led me to a point where I am able to live and thrive on my art. And that's the most wonderful thing ever.

What is the earliest time in your life that you can remember experiencing wonder?: I'm not sure exactly which memory was the earliest, but my memories of childhood mostly feature the forested property where I grew up. I had specific climbing trees, reading trees and hiding trees. We had a long, hilly front driveway that we would roll all the way down in sleeping bags or our little fabric play-tunnel. We had a path to the ocean with a secret tree fort, and a rope swing to get over the marshy stream. My brother and I didn't grow up in a typical suburban cul-de-sac with tons of other kids around, so we had to create our own wonder and that forest was a catalyst for our imaginations.

Who are three wonderful people you think we need to know about?

The photographer and collaborative co-conspirator for all of my jewelry look books, Lindsay Elliott. She is an incredible photographer and a great businesswoman. I love working with her because she's so open to my weird ideas and always comes back with something that fits perfectly and makes the weirdness even better.

My long-time super-friend and muse Allie Sheldan. She and I have known each other since we were teens and have both been growing in our artistic pursuits simultaneously but in parallel worlds. The very first pieces of jewelry I ever sold were at her band Legs' very first show, as a direct result of her encouragement. Her new musical project, Little Destroyer, is going be a huge deal and I can't wait to say "I knew her when..."


My Adventure Twin, travel buddy and business partner (for an upcoming, super-wonderful collaborative venture) Melanie Kissick. She and I traveled together across America for a month in a tiny car with no power steering and we remained amazing friends! She is one of the most upbeat, kind-hearted and generous women I know and I can't wait to create wonderful work with her! Stay tuned :)


Thank you so much Marie! You can view Marie's WASTED EFFORT website here and follow her journey on Instagram and Facebook

Have a wonderful day!