1. What’s your story? Where are you from?
Hey! My name is Ivyy. Originally from Taiwan, I am an Animation Director and Illustrator living in London.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.
Colour and symbolism take huge parts in my storytelling. I always look for the best visual that fits the story’s need. The voice and narrative in my storytelling tend to be subtle, reserved and meditative that allows my audience to reflect and resonate on the subjects I care about the most.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?
At the moment I use Photoshop for design and I finish animation in TVPaint and After Effects. I love telling stories through sequential drawings - storyboard in animation and picture book.
4. What is your artistic process like?
I often start with a storyboard and draw my ideas in some tiny frames. My storyboard can be really rough but it gives me the flexibility to leave the design out from this ideation process. I will define the visual style on one of the frames and then map out my colour script in thumbnails. It’s satisfying to draw and see how the colour flows in the narrative. In animation, I focus on the nuance of movement that brings each frame to live. Once someone gifted a name of my work as ‘Visual ASMR’ and I love it! My animation really is about the gentleness in each moment that I want to depict.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?
I often gather inspirations from museums and galleries. This could come from my years of fine art background, also there are just so many ways to interpret a painting, a sculpture or a modern art installation.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?
Art is my language and I see everything with a story. Whenever I can, I want to be creative and express my thoughts through drawing.
7. Where did you study?
I studied my first BFA degree in Multimedia and Animation Art at the National Taiwan University of Arts and finished my second degree in BA Illustration and Animation at Kingston University.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years, I hope to finish the stories I am writing at the moment and direct more works that I am proud of.
9. What about in ten?
I would love to relocate to a new city/country and learn new languages every 5 years - maybe Paris or Montreal then somewhere in Asia too, love Thailand and Indonesia.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?
To make the art that moves people’s heart. In this busy world, I hope my work offers a space and time where people can slow down and reconnect with themselves.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?
Dim-sum! I am an absolute foodie, I can talk non stop about good food and Dim-sum is definitely on the top of my list. I love its variety and how you can share every dish with your foodie buddies. It’s like Asian Tapas and meant for sharing.
12. Favourite book?
Le Petit Prince has a special place in my heart.
13. Favourite genre of music?
It depends on my mood really. When I am in a work mode, I love listening to Bossanova, Indie Pop - especially K and J Indie Pop, or playlists from Howl’s Moving Castle and Sigur Ros. Normally it’s light and easy to listen to and in foreign languages (so I don’t sing along haha). When I am stressed or energetic, I listen to Rock and KPop. I also love songs with Taiwanese lyrics when I am alone late at night. It gives me a nostalgic and safe home vibe.
14. What are your hobbies?
I would say Learning new things is my biggest hobby. As a typical Gemini, I never get tired of exploring new things. I am currently learning French, Sewing and Piano in my downtime.
15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
I watched lots of CSI (Las Vegas is the best!), Detective Conan and read many Arsène Lupin in my childhood. I dreamed of becoming a Crime Scene Investigator. I even made my own fingerprint powder and collected the fingerprints from my math teacher in middle school… Glad I didn’t get into any trouble. Ha