Let's Have A Chat with Artist Amy Kwan!

October 20, 2013

Talk a little about yourself.  Where are you from? What do you do for a living?
My name is Amy, and I'm a freelance graphic designer/artist based in Toronto (born and raised there, too!). My focus is to explore, experiment and unite both disciplines of art and design within my creative practices.      
In regards to a full-time job, I operate embroidery machines in a boutique specializing personalized baby gifts. Although it is not as art/design oriented as I would like it to be in my given situation, there is still an extent of creating and production with digital embroidery that is interesting to learn. 

Have you always been a creative person?  Tell us more about it.

I consider myself more of an eclectic. It's not to say that eclectic is not creative, but in my case, I find eclecticism as a catalyst for creativity; being able to incorporate different kinds of inspirations is the reason why I can create.   
Ever since I was a child, I would combine plasticine, beads and lego and end up with weird monstrosities. It didn't matter to me whether or not they looked well together, but more so of the fact that it was comprised of the things that I liked. Although now that philosophy has broadened; not only did my works reflect my views and inspirations, but they also aim to provide a narrative and/or provoke some kind line of thought (which can be seen in my collages and illustration). 

What kind of artistic work are you into?
I'm an appreciator for all kinds of art and design. Recently I have taken an interest in glitch art, so I'm hoping to experiment such mediums in the near future. 

Have you always been into arts?
It is safe to say that art and I have been more or less inseparable since birth. Be it a hobby to a therapeutic outlet, it is my raison d'etre. Most importantly, art was (and still is) my most comfortable form of self-expression; I was a very shy kid, and conveying my thoughts in either spoken or written words were definitely not my forte. So it seemed natural that it served as my vehicle of communication. 

What are some of your favourite artists?
Alphonse Mucha, Aubrey Beardsley, Yoshitaka Amano, Ralph Steadman, Hannah Hoch, Maki Kusumoto, Francis Bacon and Zhou Fan to name a few. 

Are you working on some new projects these days?
I'm currently working on a few personal illustrations as well as experimenting a bit more with digital collage, so please be on the lookout:http://www.behance.net/aKwan 
As for other leisurely works, I've been working on an ongoing project with a group of friends. Think of pokemon, but with silly swan personas instead. 

What’s a normal day in your life?

To be honest, describing a normal day in my life is nothing really extraordinary or special. Although my mind likes to view the mundane a little differently, so I thought I would provide an illustration of what normally goes on in my head instead :) 

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