Sophia van Hees is an artist, ice-cream enthusiast, and proud introvert. Originally from Brisbane, Australia, she now lives between the mountains and the ocean in Vancouver, Canada.

After spending some years pursuing a career in academia, Sophia started listening to the quiet (and extremely patient) little voice in her head encouraging her to nourish her creativity. In 2016 she discovered the wonderful world of surface pattern design, and hasn’t looked back since.

Sophia is most happy when playing with flat bold shapes, overlaid with delicate hand-drawn details, to create fun yet elegant designs. The name ‘Brave Snail Designs’ reflects her determination to help make the world a more gentle and whimsical place.