You may remember a few weeks ago we posted that we were looking to hire, after going through some ahmazing CVs (thank you so much to everyone who sent them in) we narrowed it down, had some interviews and a few days later emailed Amber to let her know the job was hers! We thought we would do a lil interview with Amber so you can get to know her a bit better, as when you email Nifty she is probably the person who’ll be able to help you out.. We chatted to her about her very funny pet peeves, greatest life extravagances and the things she loves to do in her free time!
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hello! I’m Amber, a full-time Cape Townian, nature-lover, pizza appreciator, enthusiastic creative and part-time web design/ desktop publishing student following a degree completed at UCT. Things you should know about me: I’m curious and explore my world through illustration, animation, writing and art. I befriend animals, love trees, mountains, baked cheesecake and quiet brilliant creatives.
2. Yay so you’ve got the job at Nifty, what made you apply for the job with us?
Thank you! I’ve followed Nifty on Instagram for ages and I love the invitation to find nostalgic and creative value from digital uploads and extract tangible keepsake from the frantic, content over-load on social media- and make it easy, fun and friendly! The energy and authentic ‘home-grown’ spark at Nifty make it pretty special and I’m so happy to be apart of it!
3. What are your favourite things to do in your free time?
Get lost in a book, doodle (draw comics, painting, ceramics, illustrations, write…), long walks, TV series marathons (Parks and Rec!!) and cat-naps.
4. Who are your favourite people to follow on Instagram?
Oh gosh, scattered among nature/ travel/ cat-themed Instagram accounts I follow are many brilliant local and global creative folk doing incredible work, including:
Anneke Jacobs (anneke_jacobs) / Jaco Haasbroek (haasbroek) / Toby (tobyilikecats) / Yumi Sakugawa (yumisakugawa) / Mogu Takahashi (mogutakahashi) / David Booth (Ghostpatrol) / Carla Mcrae (thepaperbeast) / FineLittleDay / Mountroyalmint
5. What are your favourite photo editing apps?
I pretty much only use Vscocam!
6. What is your greatest extravagance?
A month long trip to Thailand last year, cleaned out my bank account, although I’d say I’m a lot richer from it ;).
7. What is your most treasured possession?
A necklace that once belonged to my grandmother, I wear it almost always. Also, a ridiculous fluffball for a cat, Billy (although it’s more likely he owns me).
8. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Naps in the sunshine, a ramble through a green forest, purring cats, having my own herd of llamas, good friends, pizza, cheesy movies and boardgames.
9. What is your absolute pet peeve?
I have many.. Fake pockets on pants, when you show someone your phone and they start scrolling through all your photos, stepping in water when you’re wearing socks, when you’re driving along and a bird on the road decides to flee from the impending danger by walking slightly faster – use your wings!
10. Macarons or cupcakes? Sprinkles or chocolate chips? Tea or coffee?
Cupcakes! Hmmm I’m gonna go with chocolate chips. When it’s sunny – Rooibos with honey, on a rainy day… hot chocolate!