We had the good fortune of connecting with Hana Azim and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Hana, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I’ve always been an artist. One of my earliest memories was going to my weekly sculpture class as a 5-year-old and glazing my clay creations. I grew up always taking art as my elective courses or extracurriculars so pursuing an artistic career seemed like the natural progression.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I enjoy the mundane. The routine of everyday life. The comfort in the ordinary.

My work documents the daily happenings of my life and the things that make me the happiest, such as travel and food. I take the things I experience in my day-to-day and draw them. Things like the bakery I passed on my way to work, the fish in a restaurant aquarium, the kitchen in the pages of an Ikea catalog. I am inspired by the little snippets of happiness I see in my daily life, but I’m also inspired by the newness that I see when I travel. My eyes are opened to new ways of seeing the world when I travel. I like to tell that story by creating illustrations of the food I ate, the animals I saw, and the scenery I enjoyed in the places I have visited.

I strive to capture stories that are fun, playful, and bright, moments that fill you with warmth.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I moved to Baltimore last year to pursue my MFA and while it’s a city I have yet to explore fully, I’ve found a few staple spots:

1. Motzi Bread – If you’re not a fan of whole wheat bread – I implore you to try Motzi. Their loaves and pastries are to die for.
2. Ramen Utsuke – Superb ramen spot with lots of vegetarian options.
3. Clavel – Immaculate food, drinks, and atmosphere. Coming from California, it’s been hard to find good Mexican spots in Baltimore, but this place is definitely one of them.
4. The Bluebird Cocktail Room – With a menu based on the poem The Loves of the Plants by Erasmus Darwin, their cocktails are unique and delicious.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I owe a lot to my middle school art teacher, Mrs. Anderson. I moved to a new school in 7th grade and had an especially hard time adjusting. Mrs. Anderson was not only a shoulder to lean on, but a constant source of encouragement and support. She grew my interest in art from a casual hobby to a true passion.

Website: https://hanaazim.com

Instagram: @hana.toast

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hanaazim/

Twitter: @hana_toast

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