Every week we show the best of the UnderPinned Community, putting a spotlight on two freelancers whose work we believe deserve a special mention.

If you’d like to apply to be one of our Freelancers of the Week and be on our Showcase, make a Portfolio on our Virtual Office and send it to emily@underpinned.co


MAMIMU, Artist

I am MAMIMU (aka June Mineyama-Smithson) – a London-based Japanese artist on a mission to inject optimism into the world. Combining the philosophy of Japanese Kimono artisans with Postmodern wit, I create bold joyful patterns from seemingly mundane scenery from London, Tokyo, New York and wherever I go.

My work has been featured internationally on YCN, the Dots (UK), Cow Parade Niseko (Japan), Pattern Observer, Ello (USA) and SCMP, Milk (Hong Kong). I have been invited to talk at YOOX Net-a-Porter, UAL, Design Manchester, ustwo, and SCAD Hong Kong.

Look at MAMIMU’s full UnderPinned Portfolio on our Virtual Office!

Jiyun Jeong, Illustrator

Hi, my name is Jiyun Jeong and I am a freelance illustrator from South Korea. I finished BA Illustration course at Art University Bournemouth this year, in June 2020.

I love drawing cute relatable characters and people in daily life. My illustration style is simple and warm and painted in traditional materials such as watercolour and pencil. I get inspiration from abstract texts and daily life which I like to interpret into my unique visual languages. In my latest project, I really enjoyed making a children’s book aimed for young children. For this project, I created cute garden creatures and made fabric toys based on those characters.

My freelance career has just started since I graduated. I am currently building up my experiences through my own project and other personal commissions. In future, I’d like to expand my artistic area from book and magazine illustrations into animation and pattern design. As a freelance illustrator, I will work hard and communicate with people through my illustration and give a little joy to them.

Look at Jiyun’s full UnderPinned Portfolio on our Virtual Office!