I spent 5 weeks in Japan as part of an artist residency at Studio Kura in Itoshima. Itoshima is a farming community that uses traditional techniques to grow rice, vegetables and an assortment of grains.
One of my lasting memories is of cycling through the rice fields while bugs of all sorts dive bombed me from all directions. Since coming back to New Zealand I have been obsessed with drawing weird and wonder-filled bug characters. These bugs are drawn over photos from my Japan trip.