When Shira from The Flourist reached out to us with the idea of creating an illustrated guide of the 800 block of East Hastings, we were excited to learn more.
Shira had just the artist to lead the map project — Mikayla of Artbedo. Mikayla has combined her passion for Vancouver with her self-taught illustration talent to create a portfolio of work that is vibrant, often nostalgic, and always infused with a love of the city.
Mikayla worked on the 800 block of East Hastings project in 2022 and the guide is now on display in the participating businesses.
We sat down with Mikayla to learn more about her work and how this biomedical engineering student started her art business.