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