Artist QMJFT (Quit My Job For This) bakes cookies, cake, macaroons, choux, eclairs, then draw on it. We had a little chat with QMJFT, who was surely nice to tell us all about her and her business, her baking process and cute characters that appear in her work. Scroll down to have a read.
What is your name?
First name Chelsea last name Islan. Lol. No.
My birth name is Ribka, close friends and family calls me Riri
Where were you born and where do you live now?
Born and raised the Republic of Kelapa Gading and hasn’t left since.
How does where you live affect your art?
I don’t think where I live affect my art because my artwork style is influenced by a lot of talented people from all over the world. All thanks to the internet and social media of course. God Bless the creator of Instagram lol.
Tell us a little story about QMJFT name!
Well at first I made the page without the intention of getting profits nor turning it into a business. I was just fed up with being a corporate slave and made an Instagram account for all the works that I have done and will do. I figured I might as well put it in some platform so the world could see, like some sort of online portfolio. Thus creating the name QMJFT which stands for “Quit My Job For This” because the things I put in that Instagram page are the things that I’d gladly quit my job for. They’re my passion and the things that kept me sane.
And it turns out people love it! A few days after creating the page I got my first customer and the rest is history
Please describe the space where you do most of your creation – whether it’s your art studio or kitchen bench!
For the baking part I do most of it at home in my own kitchen., for the other things such as letterings and crafts I do elswhere. Wherever I can.
What kind of mediums do you love the most (cookies, cake, or Macaroons, Choux, Eclairs) ?
Cookies of course! Because it’s the only thing I’m sort of good at making (sort-of, haha). I always tell my customers that I’m a self taught baker and if they’re ok with that they can continue the transaction. Lol. But all of them are Instagramable regardless of the taste! *wink*
What makes your work unique and truly your own?
I think maybe the style. People usually use royal icing when decorate cookies. I use fondant and then painted the illustrations onto them with food colorings. oh, and drawing on small medium such as cookies requires a lot of willpower and patience. And love of course! So people can rest assured that when they purchase my works, they will get a treat made with love .
Tell us a little about your creative process
Well the details are a secret (for obvious reasons). But mainly I design the desserts / products, bake them, and then start decorating.
What kinds of ideas and things are you working on at the moment?
I’m thinking of making wedding cakes. Artisan wedding cakes o be exact. Starting with my own wedding cake. Ahahaha
How has your style changed over time?
Not really, It hasn’t been too long since I started so my style has been the same since the beginning
What do you wish you knew about being an artist before you got started?
Hmm let’s see, I wish i had more knowledge about business and marketing strategies so I can grow my business. Now i’m just learning by doing and learning from previous mistakes. Slowly but surely.
What is the strangest thing or thought that has inspired a piece of work?
Strange requests from strange customers? Maybe? Like recently I got a request to make a cake in the shape of a corgi butt. And it was awesome! I need more strange requests like this
What’s the coolest art tip you’ve ever received?
Everything is art. No matter how insignificant others might think, if the artist says it’s art then it is art.
What other budding artists do you love?
My instabuddies, @aliciasdelicias, @inspiredtotaste, @felicitycook.co, and so on. It’s a lot if I mention all of them one by one. Their works are incredible and super inspiring
What do you enjoy doing when not creating art?
Thinking about creating art. Or what my next project will be. As a professional daydreamer, this is my favorite thing to do.
Where can we see more of your work?