Hanna has been drawing since she could hold a pencil, as well as constructing, creating and crafting all manner of creatures and miscellaneous bits and bobs with whatever flotsam she could lay her hands on.

Growing up in a creative family—her dad is an illustrator and graphic designer, her mum is skilled in numerous textile crafts, and her older brother is also a talented illustrator (currently working in the US as a concept artist)—the inspiration to create surrounded Hanna from an early age. Her work is heavily inspired by her childhood diet of Moomin, Alice in Wonderland and Winnie the Pooh, and frolicking in the wilderness of the fairy grotto (Hepburn Springs) with her majestic steed (dog) companion.

Hanna completed a Diploma of Visual Arts in 2009, majoring in painting and drawing and incorporating aspects of sewing and textiles in much of her work. Shortly after graduating, Hanna started making and selling at design markets and 'Hannakin' was born.

Nowadays, Hanna works from her home studio in Naarm's/Melbourne’s inner west, creating watercolour and collage illustrations, hand sewn soft sculpture art dolls and brooches, as well as designing all sorts of sweet accessories and thingumajigs for her creative label.


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  • Photography of Hanna and snippets of her sweet studio across the site captured by Tatanja Ross of On Jackson Street

  • Group Show/Exhibition history

    2020 - This is Not a Toy Scene, Vs. Gallery + Studios (VIC)
    2020 - Sensitive Sweethearts, fortyfivedownstairs (VIC)
    2019 - So Sci-Fi, incube.8r Gallery (VIC)
    2019 - Wallflower, Off The Kerb (VIC)
    2019 - Love Me, Love Me, Say That You Love Me, No Vacancy Gallery (VIC)
    2018 - One Day in May, Workshop Bar (VIC)  
    2018 - The Doll Redefined, Gallery 1855 (SA)
    2017 - Toy to the World Project, Section 8 (VIC)
    2017 - All Stars, Peanut Gallery (SA)  
    2016 - Made in Melbourne, August Clown Gallery (VIC)
    2016 - Creepy/Cute, Peanut Gallery (SA)
    2014 - Reginald CAE Portrait Prize for Softies, CAE (VIC)
    2014 - Linden Postcard Show, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts (VIC)
    2012 - Fairytales & Florals, Light Grey Art Lab (USA)
    2012 - Tea Time, Cube 37 Frankston Arts Centre (VIC)
    2010 - Works on Paper, Brunswick Street Gallery (VIC)  
    2010 - Sweet Streets, 1000 £ Bend (VIC)