Artist Takes Inspiration from Traveling Around the World

Illustrator Araki Koman has been around the world, and then some. Currently based in Bali (Indonesia), she has lived, worked and studied in France, UK, China, Canada, Iceland, Denmark, USA, and Japan.

“Discovering the world and moving abroad has been in my mind from a young age,” she told The Glossary. “Growing up, I managed to find a way to combine my studies and then work with traveling.”

But though her life has been unsettled, her illustrations are anything but. Using raw lines, organic shapes, and a limited color palette, Koman’s minimalist style is influenced by spirituality, slow living, visual anthropology, and (naturally) her multicultural experiences.

“Coming from an immigrant and working class background it felt completely unrealistic to pursue art after high school, especially in France,” she admitted. “Moreover, I didnโ€™t have anyone around me doing a creative job as a career. I thought people like me were meant to do it as a hobby and only the elite could have thriving careers as creatives. Luckily, traveling broadened my perspective.”

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Are you allowing yourself to be led by the soft current of change? The one that which gives you the impression of being lost, indecisive and clueless about your current circumstances and your potential future(s)? I feel you, Iโ€™m right in the middle of it too – A year ago I thought Japan would become my forever home and Illustration my last career change. In the end, reaching Japan made me come to Bali, where I ended up creating @preciousimplicity, tip toed in coaching, burned out, finally paid attention to my longing for a deeper shift not in doing more but in diving deeper into the genuine interests that are already here – I slowed downed for a while and since then, Iโ€™ve been listening. Since then, Iโ€™ve been pondering. I looked at the bigger picture, outside immediate gain from dream clients attention, goals ticking, and praise. Where do I see myself at 60? – Finally, recently, I gave myself permission to unapologetically explore my long term obsessions for spirituality, psychology, healing and body movement not just as a subject for my creativity or for self development but also, why not, as a potential career evolution… A big aha moment – Learning reiki came about naturally following that realization and many more avenues are now fancying my curiosity. I donโ€™t know what will be the exact next step for you and even for me, but I can already predict that if it truly nourishes our soul and enrich our lifestyle it will also naturally inspire us creatively.

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