Hi team! My name is Ay and I was born and raised in Toronto. I have always loved creating and crafting; from drawing to sewing. I am inspired by people -- the many differences and similarities between us all.
What are your favourite materials to works with? And how long does is usually take to create a piece?
My favourite materials to work with are actually found objects and paper -- I am somewhat of a stationary hoarder. On any given day, I have 3-4 pieces in process; some I know exactly which direction I want to take, others I leave around my workspace to contemplate. So some pieces I can complete in 24 hours with mad fervor, others can take weeks.
I have no educational background in art. I have always created out of catharsis -- the need to purge emotions through art. During a recent battle with depression, I rediscovered how throwing myself into creating helps me generate positive feelings and I wanted to give more focus to that aspect of my life.
Do you have a day job?
I currently work in Finance for a non-profit organization, but more recently I have been thinking about teaching yoga full-time.
How do you envision you and your creative business growing in the near future?
In the very near future, I plan to offer more personal pieces (as I slowly emerge from my own insecurities) as well as more fun items like t-shirts and stickers for the everyday art collector.
|"Helen III" (2014)|
I am most proud of this piece I created in 2014 for my first art show, "Helen III". I love this piece because the confidence I felt in creating it was unparalleled at the time -- I think I drew and painted the image within 2 days. My sister is now it's proud owner, so I am fortunate enough to visit it often.
And just for fun, tell us one interesting, funny or unique fact about yourself?
I wear at least one article of green clothing EVERY DAY.
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Interviewed by Victoria of WildOakStudio, May 28, 2015 in Toronto.