In our first DAZE profile, we chat with Toronto-based artist blackpowerbarbie aka Amika Cooper. DAZE is a series where we profile Toronto artists and local spots they like to frequent, as have candid chats about their life, inspirations, and who they are behind the art.
Amika didn’t always see herself as an artist. After moving to Toronto and working a full-time office job, she found herself drawing at work to pass the time. Fast-forward a few years later, Amika is a freelance illustrator and animator, turning her passion into a career.
We chopped it up with Amika at her favourite Italian spot, Famiglia Balsadarre on Geary Avenue in Toronto, and talked about mental wellness and health, communication, balancing work/life as a freelance creative, and more.