This talented artist not only caught our eye with her adorable Instagram handle (@teeteeheehee), but also made our jaws drop with her intricate embroidery.
When did you first become interested in embroidery?
When I was studying fashion, I had to go through a basic course in embroidery and I really enjoyed doing embroidery homework because of the therapeutic effect it has from its repetitive motion. Also, doing embroidery allows me to watch TV at the same time. Embroidery and TV go very well hand-in-hand.
What made you decide to go full-time into design/ embroidery?
I don’t think there was a point where I made a decision to go full-time into my job. When I was studying, I was already working for some clients and so after I graduated, one job led to another.
Many of your designs involve women. Is there a reason why?
I am very inspired by everyday women. I’m interested in telling stories and I try to convey stories of everyday women I hear from friends or my parents, or from some of my own daily experiences, into illustrations or embroidery pieces. Men are awesome in their own ways but they don’t intrigue me as much as women do.
More on Teresa
She loves to read
“I love reading, especially books and articles on women that are written by women (my absolute favourite: The Pillow Book). Reading these makes me feel like I belong to a bigger sisterhood, and that I’m not alone. I’m not a good writer, so I try to achieve the same effect through my works.”
She plays the violin
“I’ve been playing since I was very young. I’ve played in orchestras, gone for music exams, and studied music history and theory. Music is a big part of my life.”
She doesn’t have a bucket list, but...
“If I have to come up with one at the top of my head… it would be that if I have time, space and resources, I would like to buy many ballpoint pens and fill a large tank up with it and just sit in it.”
Teresa collects her travel sights and thoughts.
At a green tea field in Jeju!
A day trip to Cottesloe beach in Perth.