Hello, so I've decided that i'm going to give it my all this holiday and try to sell as much as possible for the holiday season coming up. So look out for new home page filled with direct shop access!! Woohoo!! Lets ride.
Your creative voice is a process no one can really give advice to. I mean there is starting part, where you maybe inspired by an artist. Or if you have a teacher or mentor from school to help guide you and give you resources. Though the creative voice is one that is silent it only speaks when you are working on your art. It reveals itself through the printed page, the computer screen, canvas, wood or art journal. It reveals in truth or lies. Though either or it is both valid. It is the process. It tells you that you suck. It tells you that you are making a master piece. It tells you that it's going to be okay, and I'm glad you drew me today. Your creative voice will not want you to work on art for days or weeks. It will also tell you stop forcing it to work and go out side. It will tell you to take a break. It will tell you not to rush. It will tell you omg this is amazing don't sleep!! It will tell you that you need to get up now and work on me because the house is quiet. OH IT WILL TELL YOU SO MANY THINGS.. But one thing for sure. Your creative voice is never dead. It is always there but sometimes it's just quiet sleeping like a baby.. xoxo
Lately this question has been coming up for me.. I think it is just a mere reminder for all of us to reflect and see all that around us with wonder, joy and everything else that brings us more meaning in our lives..It's middle of August I have taken up a lot of things (suprise surprise, it's never quiet here ;-) Pacing the summer with grace, keeping to plans and just working through it all. I'm glad I signed up with Lilla Rogers Studio GTS this year, making it through last year caused an creative electric shock for a few days. Much more calmer this year but with focus. I worked on it super early and fast. It was just a fun project, who doesn't love teraniums? This month we also did a huge cleaning of our home. We are getting it ready for many things. Every time I clean out a space I feel like new things await. Curiosity and creativity burns in my soul. From mi casa to yours. Happy Summer!
JUJU App & Spoonflower!
TEA WEBSITE PROJECT
NEW ART PRINTS IN ETSY:ART COMMISSIONS
So I figure we are half way through the week right? For creative freelancers like myself I can really use more buttery inspiration midweek, to take me to the end! It's like an extra pop of expresso in your coffee. Or a big gigantic hug from your child. I met Flora Chang during Lilla Rogers MATS class and I'm just so inspired by her art. The bold and gentle line qualities and the tons of characters she creates ALL THE TIME. She truly is the doodle queen. You can tell she is always buzzing her fingers away it doesn't stop and I relate to those lines like chinese character writing for instance. I think of japanese animation too! Ofcourse her twist on folk art!! It's simple but so rich and fun! Her interpretations are awesome! We both have very similar inspirational sources, coming from the same birth country with different experiences. I can relate and get a lot of energy when I see her work. It is happy, it is weird. It is fun. Always new! I wish we lived closer! Enjoy this Q & A as it was so meant to be today!
1) I’m constantly amazed at your doodles and high turn over time on social networks to gain visibility and share your work. How has that been for you? Is it effective you think for your sales in your etsy shop? Is that your only marketing area for your art?
I can't speak for other people, but for me, my social network traffic rarely translates into actual Etsy shop sales, but that's not why I share anyway. Facebook is my main outlet for sharing nowadays (I also have a Pinterest account). I love it when new people like my Facebook page, and I love to share my drawings there. I draw because it's a creative outlet for me. When my schedule permits, I like to share a little something everyday, or at least every other day, even though it might just be a quick silly doodle. I love reading people's responses and know that my drawings make them smile.
2) You are from lovely Taipei Taiwan also my birth country yay! (I miss the food there so much!! haha ) I realize there is so much amazing folk art in Taipei & Asia did you start from there to get inspired with folk art and later into western/spanish folk art into your doodles. Or was it the other way around? What other artists and cultures inspire you?
Actually, I think my love for folk art really starts here in the States. After I moved to Kansas City, I started to go to antique stores and flea markets whenever I had a chance, and I would see all kinds of old folk art objects which really speak to my heart. They just have such a naive and unpretentious quality, and I can see the hand of the artists on them, which is so attractive to me. I love folk art from all cultures, but I especially love Catholic devotional folk art, and whenever I see them in flea market I'll try to buy them if I can afford.
3) What did you do before Hallmark? If you can please share about working at Hallmark, how has it been for you? Do you think it helps with your art making process as a whole? Does it keep the momentum going you think ?
I was a graduate student in San Francisco before Hallmark. I started working for Hallmark as soon as I finished school in 2001, so I've been here for almost 13 years now. I can honestly say that I learn more by working at Hallmark than from school, especially when it comes to illustration, since I wasn't an illustration student; there are so many talented artists here and people are really generous to share their knowledge. Work load is heavy, just like any other jobs, plus I can't just draw whatever I want, but I consider myself very lucky to still have a job in this economy and I am doing what I love at work.
4) How is living in kansas city? Is it interesting? Is there a lot of culture and creativity there? Whats your favorite coffee shops or places you will recommend for creatives if they are visiting?
Kansas City is the smallest city I've ever lived. I live in a suburb neighborhood called Overland Park on the Kansas side, and I work in Kansas City on the Missouri side (I know, it's confusing). I really do love living here; the only complain I have is the winter and the snow, but other than that, it's a very pretty place with lots of trees and very friendly people, and it's very affordable. Lots of creative people live here (I think part of the reason is because of Hallmark), and every first Friday of each month, lots of galleries in downtown open their doors with all kinds of art shows going on. On top of that, there is an area called "West Bottom" where TONS of vintage/antique shops holds their once-a-month sales during the first Friday weekend, definitely worth checking out.
5 )Lastly, your after work life. What are some of the strategies or rituals to help you get back into that creative place in the evening?
I don't really have any strategies; I just draw whatever I want or whatever comes to my head. If I don't feel inspired at all, then I do nothing and take a break for a day or two. Also, I don't limit myself within certain styles because I like to explore and try different things. Sometimes I like to do really graphic or colorful works, and sometimes I use only limited colors with organic line works. Luckily, my Facebook readers have all been pretty forgiving so far. :)
--You can check Flora out here on her Lovely site! Happy Doodle Land
Lots of things are happening this month! Some really BIG THINGS!! My Etsy shop will be stocked up fully this summer so definitely stay tuned. Hopefully this whale art will be great metaphor for hints that are coming up.
It's been a really interesting year and a half. I can go on and on all the things I'm thankful of but the list will never end. The layers and layers upon layers of flowers is pretty much this infinite energy on what gratitude is to me. It should be our daily ritual when we get up in the morning to say thank you. I have my family, they are healthy. I can breathe and move. What can I do today?
FIRST DAY | MAY 15, 2014 | Thurs
So this was the day I get to go back to NYC!!! It's been over a year since I've walked the surtex show. I'm so glad this dream happened!!!! Of course there is delay at the airport leaving Norfolk. But time is advantage to me as I finally was able to settle into a new ipad and get everything organized.. I was again. Not hungry, I can't tell you what I have been eating really. Just too damn excited. Finally departed, then I started chatting with this woman in the seat next to me. She was looking at me strange a bit. Like not interested in small talk. I said I have been working in my studio so long for this show, I'm using her as practice to communicate better for surtex. She chuckled, and at baggage claim wished me good luck! I'll take that!! Thank you!!
Ahhhhhh the frantic and stinky smell of getting into a yellow cab and finally seeing the beautiful skyline once we got on the highway!! Good to be home!! So the nice lazy cab driver drops me off in the middle of canal street with a huge luggage and about 10 blocks from the airbnb space. My memory did not serve me well for this one!!! Super woman mode, I rolled up my sleeves and dragged about 50 pounds of stuff 15 minutes up the hill and through canal street. Thats right lady stop trying to sell me coach bags, get out the way!!!!
Met the AIRBNB host Jacob at a coffee shop called cup and saucer. As he is drinking coffee I'm sweating my butt off trying to explain to him what has happened. I think by this time he thinks I'm absolutely insane. So great intro! I guess this is the interview to stay in someone's space.
We get into the elevator and up to the space, and the door opened up to this artsy loft/gallery! It's converted as half living and half gallery apparently. There was fresh flowers and a bottle of wine. I told him what I was here for and talked about my family a bit. So hopefully he didn't think I was nuts, he kindly conversed and we chatted about art stuff for a bit, and then off he went. I'm in the space and look up at a fuzzy colorful installation. It look like dead puppets to me though that is a compliment for a mom that needs her NYC get-away trip. Apparently the fuzzy installation was created by an artist and friends with Bjork. That was a cool thing to learn.
I called my friend Meer up from college and coincidentally he was already downstairs at the prosperity dumpling restaurant getting food! Could this be insane synchronicity or what! We went for a quick speed gallery hop in the east village and oh my so many galleries!!! Then we went to a band opening at a optical shop called MOSCOT. Then we were off to Cafe Mogador. OMG the food was so GOOOOOD.. Afterwards we went to a few crazy gay bars/clubs then I went back to space. Thank you Meer! You are a great friend. ;-)
SECOND DAY | MAY 16, 2014 | Friday
Had breakfast in soho with my old friend Danielle, and catching up on her big new chapters as well. Then I finally made it to JIVAMUKTI Studio I took a open level class with Monika. It was extraordinary. I had so much fun and it cleared out all my charkras. My communication skills was amazing afterwards. I walked around downtown that day. And went to the ABC homestore for a little bit. It was beautiful in there as always. Then I got to talk to my friend Katy Tanis from Forest Foundry she already made it to Javits Center to hang the banners up!! YAY KATY!! I walked so much that day that when I finally got back to the china town loft, I had crazy blisters on my feet. It was a rainy night. The yoga and walking hurt good. Wondering how I must have legs of steel when I use to live here. That I should start running again when I get back to Virginia Beach and work out harder to reach my physical goals. Then I made it to UPPERCASE!!! Thank you Janine!! Here is the link to the post!! My leg pain disappeared! haha!! Buzzing with self love..
THIRD DAY | MAY 17, 2014 | SATURDAY
Installation Day! Oh my finally met all the girls woohoo!! Installation went really smooth. We had banners, goodie bags, getting all the tables and electricity sorted out. Went over to Lilla's booth, gave her big awesome hug! I think I almost cried! lol I did good! ;-) We all got along very well as a team. We went to have dinner at zen palate that night to end. I'm so proud of US!! After installation I got to go meet my friend Jac she works in Gaming Design for Buzz Feed. We had a drink at Cladestino. Catching up on motherhood and creative work life. She gives me great updates on anything technology related. I've known her for so long. She has the cutest son ever named Eske.
FOURTH DAY | MAY 18, 2014 | SUNDAY
First Day of Surtex! Absolutely buzzing at the booth! Feeling good! I slept well we all showed up and had everything ready to greet everyone!! Our booth was buzzing! I wanted to be able to go around and see all the booths but we had to stay close. I was happy and relaxed, though focused. Everyone did so well. Just grateful that our chemistry was amazing!! Go Forest!!
FIFTH DAY | MAY 19TH 2014 | MONDAY
It was continuing a buzzing day at our booth. We were busy. I also got to go to Lilla's Mats Conference, I asked questions about outright purchase of art work for newbies verses licensing. Her answers made me feel rest assured to let go of some and make more art. Margo Tantau from CBK midwest was there to answer questions as well. It was really interesting to see her take on what she looks for with artists and developing collections for her company. Licensing as well as outright. I'm just buzzing already with so much energy. I've communicated well with potential companies and many art directors at this point. I've already reached my goal with the contacts by today. So things are looking so good. Then we had dinner with MATIES at OLION nyc. Thank you everyone!!
SIX DAY | MAY 20th 2014 | Tuesday
Slower day. Less people, I got to walk the stationery and furniture show. It was extraordinary. I especially love this sexy wall paper!!
SEVENTH DAY | MAY 21th 2014 | WEDNESDAY
We all met the next morning at Gotham Coffee Shop. We got all copies of our contact follow ups. Karma & Neiko are awesome to have done all the copying for all of us. The coffee was great. I broke down and had bacon. It's been a while. We are exhausted but happy as hell!!! We reached our dreams!!!
EIGTH DAY | MAY 22th 2014 | THURSDAY
Soo was that a week?!! I'm sad to leave NYC. It is my home. It was a familiar trip and soooo productive. I've closed and open new chapters in my life. I feel younger. More alive then ever. I feel like time has stopped for me. That all of this was meant to happen. Forest Foundry, you heard a dozen times, but I love you all so much. And I'm so grateful to have met everyone at Surtex. I still have more to post about NYC. But this is the gist of it all for now. For everyone keep pursuing your dreams, every day, little steps.. Now back home to my Ellie, and already grown a bit more..