I’m Maleka. I’m also known as The Wander Ink — a name inspired by my combined love for all things travel and art. I was introduced to both very young. I remember my first-ever trip was to Mauritius, at the age of three. It was love at first flight. One year later, my art debut was at a drawing class. I was smitten from the first brush stroke. When I grew up, I went to Singapore to study textile design. I fell so in love!
Fast forward a few years and I turned into an entrepreneur without realising it. I was envisioning event decor, crafting bespoke invites, illustrating with watercolours, painting on sneakers, walls,
clothing, luxury bags, cakes… literally any and every canvas I could get my hands on.
This is how The Wander Ink happened.
Oh and… 2 very important things:
I’m a stickler for time and always up for a cup of coffee!
The Wander Ink is a one-stop-destination where you will discover one off works of art that
translate into treasures designed to last forever. Each creation is hand illustrated and painted by me, and customised across a variety of canvases. Go and have a peek inside ‘The Archives’ to browse through my work over the wander years.
If you’re inspired to get wander-inked, I am happy to be your go-to sneaker customiser, bag refurbisher, illustrator, embroiderer, pattern designer, invite and logo creator, or your everything artist. Find me on Instagram… @thewanderink and follow me to keep up with all my wander-ful adventures.
There are so many canvases in the world and so much inspiration everywhere you look. Sometimes it’s the duomo in Milan other times it’s the flower I see on my morning jog. Transforming the things around me into art is what I live to do. It could be a sneaker with a hand painted love story or a mural at a cafe, a wedding invite inundated with my favourite florals or an embroidered portrait - my love for art is to bring it to life in any and every way, The possibilities are endless.
Always looking for a new wander and a unique canvas…
I’m ever-ready for the next fun thing.
That could be a trip to an unseen wonder, a taste of a unique cuisine or painting something completely random.
I love experimenting and pushing the boundaries… painting outside the lines, and creating things that people will love at first sight.
One of my greatest goals as The Wander Ink is to meet and collaborate with dreamers just like me.
So far I’ve had the amazing opportunity to make magic happen with a bunch of fun, accomplished, innovative brands that are here for the same reason as me… to spread our craft, message and love, and make the world a happier place!