One of my favourite artists – Mable Tan of Happee Monkee


As many of you know, my husband is an artist and I often get a little glimpse into the art world via him, but this week I’ve found an amazing artist all by myself and this time it was via Etsy! I was having a browse around for retro inspiration for my interior design project and luckily enough I stumbled into a shop called Happee Monkee; a gorgeous shop with a vast selection of very stylish art photography (some of my favourites are below!):

The creator of this stunning artwork is Mable Tan, a Malaysian artist and entrepreneur living in Melbourne, Australia. After exchanging a few emails I was fortunate enough to secure an interview with her and here are Mable’s inspirational responses: 

How did you come to be an art photographer – what’s your background? For a long time, I’d been thinking about what my true calling in life is and how I could make a living out of it. For about four years I worked in a magazine house as a writer and stylist. I’ve always loved photography and being in that industry taught me a lot about composition, styling, lighting and anything there is to know to make a photo ‘pop’.

When did you decide to make the career change? When my husband had a work assignment in Sweden, I jumped at the chance of living in Europe for six months. It wasn’t just an amazing opportunity to be snappy happy, it was also a good time to figure out a career change. I suppose the answer had always been staring me in the face, but I just never saw how it was possible. In the end I took the plunge and I’m really glad I did! 

Cherry Blossoms; “With the last snow melted away, the flowers have happily blossomed to a much welcomed spring. We were bike riding along the canals and saw this fabulous cherry blossom tree. So feminine and sweet!” – Mable Tan

What inspires you? I’m happiest when I’m cooking, I’m travelling, I’m meeting people, I’m behind a camera, and when I’m writing. My all-time favourite quote is: To attract something you want, become as joyful as you think that thing would make you. The joy, not the thing, is the point. Happee Monkee photography is about following your dreams and seeing beauty in every day life. I want my photos to say: “Go on an adventure! Explore and discover places you have always wanted to go.”

Where do you sell your artwork? Etsy is a great platform. It doesn’t need a big capital to start with and the commission is minimal. I love chatting with other sellers and photographers; they are an inspiration to me. Not only are they talented, they are also great business people and I learn so much from them every single day. From Etsy I have slowly branched out to other sites like Society6, Luulla, and recently, with two well-known online Australian retailers called HardtoFind and The Iconic.

How can readers get in touch with you? My Twitter account is: and my Facebook is:, or of course I’m happy to be contacted directly via my Etsy shop. I also blog at which is my playground for all things I love.

Italy; “Have a glass of wine, speak to the locals … it doesn’t matter if it’s in English or Italian, you’re bound to have a great time” – Mable Tan

I have my eye on one of her retro prints that I think will go brilliantly with my 60s/70s interior design project so I’ll keep you posted on my choice of photography when it arrives & I get it framed! In the meantime, I definitely recommend that you all check out Mable’s blog (she has tons of yummy foodie recipes on her blog and, of course, amazing photography!) and please take a look at her Etsy shop and stop by to say hello on Twitter, I know she’d love to hear from you!

What do you think of her artwork? Which piece do you think I’ve plumped for?! Leave me a comment below 🙂

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Author: Cassiefairy

Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.


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  2. Thanks for getting in touch, I’m glad you’ve had a good look around Mable’s Etsy shop too! x

  3. Yes, she has simply amazing food photography on her blog and some awesome recipes, I’m going to be a regular reader! x

  4. Lovely interview Cassiefairy, very inspiring! And have you seen the Happee Monkee blog?? it’s choc full of lovely recipes & the photos are amazing – if Mable doesn’t already do food styling & photography, she should! Best wishes, TheWifeOf (

  5. I’ve had a look on the Etsy site, its full of amazing photos and I totally agree that the cherry blossom photo is simply beautiful – keep up the good work 🙂

  6. I love that photo too, I think the lighting is amazing and the refracted sunlight in the blossom photograph is pretty gorgeous too! x

  7. Glad you like it! Her Etsy shop is amazing, you should check it out! x

  8. Happy to blog about you all day long Mable! I’ll take a pic when I get your art work framed & will pop it on the blog for all to see! xxx

  9. I especially like the colours and composition of the Italy photography; it looks slightly unreal & cartoon-like. Definitely a favourite

  10. Such stunning art work, I love it <3

  11. Thank you! So lovely of you to blog about me. Very much appreciated. Can’t wait to see the photo in your retro project 😉

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