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I have always been passionate about toy design. As a young child I would pull products apart to find out how they work and make new products and replica toys of my favourite TV characters using Lego and Meccano. This love of creation has stayed with myself for many years and I have dabbling in many areas of design… Read More
I have always been passionate about toy design. As a young child I would pull products apart to find out how they work and make new products and replica toys of my favourite TV characters using Lego and Meccano. This love of creation has stayed with myself for many years and I have dabbling in many areas of design.

Like most, I was an avid fan of Japanese animated features as a teenager – taken in by the quality of animation and vivid stories. Wanting to be involved in this genre, I obtained a retail job in a newly established Japanese animation and games store in Adelaide. My interest in quality toy production continued to grow whilst working at the store for many years.

In 2006, I started a degree in Industrial Design with the intent of working for a toy company, but after being pulled through many directions in my studies, the toy designer dream was put aside.

With my love for Japan and designer toys, I travelled to Japan in 2010 – I ended up heading to a very large toy convention called ‘Wonder Fest’. It blew my mind and I knew I needed to be there, selling my own toys next year.

This was the beginning of a new direction for my love of toy design.

I established Hints and Spices soon after his return, with the aim of producing my own toys and products. While developing his own designs, I have also produced several custom pieces.

My philosophy revolves around the production of fun and Hints and Spices is my way of designing, producing and sharing my passion. Read Less
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