PENNY FER­GU­SON

Home­made chicken parmi­giana, tea, and mops that look like yetis are all this artist needs in life. Oh, and a di­nosaur.

YEN - - GUEST ARTIST -

Where does your work name Min Pin come from? It kind of comes from two places. My mid­dle name is Min (af­ter my Grandma Min­nie) and while I was try­ing to think up a name for my work I al­ways had that in mind. Then while hol­i­day­ing in the West­ern Aus­tralian coun­try, our car drove past a sign, out­side a farm, that said ‘Min Pin’ re­ally big. I was like, "What’s that?" and as soon as I got home I looked it up and lo and be­hold it stood for minia­ture pin­scher – su­per cute puppy dogs. Per­fect. Are you a morn­ing or evening per­son? Nei­ther! I like sleep­ing in and go­ing to bed early. I am what­ever that per­son is. What was the last pretty thing you no­ticed? Oh my good­ness, I was at the Cam­ber­well Mar­kets this morn­ing and I found this amaz­ing yeti mop-head thing. It was lit­er­ally the head of a mop with this plas­tic pack­ag­ing around it that had a pic­ture of a scruffy yeti on it, kind of im­ply­ing that the mop was a yeti! It was re­ally strange and I ab­so­lutely re­gret not buy­ing it. What’s your favourite Aus­tralian icon? I’m not re­ally sure if it’s an icon, but I love read­ing about Australia’s gold rush his­tory. Peo­ple from all over the world trav­el­ling through Australia’s harsh deserts try­ing their luck look­ing for gold. Makes me want to go out and buy a metal de­tec­tor. What were you ob­sessed with as a teen? Lots of things spring to mind but none more so than boys, sadly. Boys in bands, ac­tors, real-life boys – my school years were mostly con­sumed by who I was in love with. Bloody bi­ol­ogy. In be­tween crushes I prob­a­bly did a bit of drawing. What are you work­ing on? I have just started a di­ploma in jew­ellery and sil­ver­smithing and am pour­ing my­self into that at the mo­ment. I am get­ting my hands on some sweet ma­te­ri­als for fu­ture jew­ellery mak­ing ideas. Di­nosaur teeth here I come! Other than that I am work­ing on a new col­lec­tion of ce­ramic pieces, mak­ing some big paint­ings and plan­ning group ex­hi­bi­tions. What would a fes­ti­val of Min Pin in­volve? A Min Pin fes­ti­val would be held on the Juras­sic Park is­land. And you can only get there on a he­li­copter where the pi­lot al­ways says: “Wel­come to Min Pin land, where noth­ing can pos­sib-lie go wrong. Uh, pos­si­bly go wrong. That's the first thing that's ever gone wrong.” Then when you get there you can ei­ther go find some dinosaurs or do some ar­chae­o­log­i­cal digs at the Time Team area. If you hap­pen to find any­thing at your dig, you can then take it to the An­tiques Road­show pav­il­ion and get it ap­praised by the ex­perts. Af­ter that you could fin­ish up the day by watch­ing Ra­dio­head play down at the am­phithe­atre and then go re­lax with a hot choco­late at the pup­pies and kit­tens cafe.

See more of Fer­gu­son's work at min­pin­de­sign.com.

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