Wingkei is a Chinese-British digital artist who empowers the female nude with bold and confident styles. Reclaiming nudity. Body dysmorphia. Mental health. She is on a quest to make the world a little more colourful.
A Londoner since 2009, Wendy Chan is a Hong Kong-born abstract artist and print designer. After three decades of being an A+ student and working in soul crushing corporate jobs, she rediscovered the joy of painting, and started her art brand “Wenderific” (A mashup word of Wendy and Terrific) with the aim to bring happiness to people through her art. When not painting bright colours and the nature in her abstract pieces, she enjoys illustrating botanicals, designing new prints, and creating something thought-provoking.
Andrea (or Andy) is an independent artist from the Philippines. Munti (tagalog for: small or little) was created out of her love for illustration, and the desire to see more art featuring faces that looked like hers. She tends to use a lot of East Asian/South East Asian imagery, the female face, and blues/greens in her work.
Katherine is a self taught artist, roaming the globe experiencing different ways of living whilst working on herself and her art.
Inherently curious, she draws inspiration from nature, time and timelessness, and the spaces we inhabit, both physical and emotional. She has exhibited and led workshops in Madrid, Puglia, and Goa, and featured in publications from Australia and the US to Denmark and Spain.
When not drawing, she can be found reading, experimenting in the kitchen, hanging around flea markets, learning about plants, finding new ways to work with her hands and learn something new, or just wandering around aimlessly listening to the birds.
Hannah graduated from The University of Edinburgh in 2020 with a degree in Sculpture, and now works as an artist, primarily based in London.
Her work has developed in response to her cultural identity and experience. Of mixed Singaporean and British heritage both her research and practice has come to engage with the colonial connotations of the relationship between the East and the West. These connotations are most evident in themes such as Orientalism and its relationship to the Chinoiserie in which elements of Chinese design were recreated in relation to European aesthetics and tastes. Her practice touches upon this collision of cultures, both on a personal and political level.
Hannah's recent work has attempted to re-imagine and reclaim ideas and designs associated with the Chinoiserie, which have in the past had problematic colonial undertones. Cultural designs are shared as opposed to appropriated, it is no longer about one culture being moulded to the demands of another.
Alica Parkes grew up in Hong Kong with a Thai mother and English father and considers herself quite a mix of cultures and identities. She moved to the UK in 2015 for university and now works full time in London as an event manager for a conferencing company.
Alica started working with polymer clay whilst she was on furlough during the first UK lockdown. It started as a hobby to keep her busy, but it eventually turned into a business idea. Her style is very bold and bright, and her earrings make great statement pieces.
Sean Wai Keung is a poetry and performance maker based in Glasgow. His pamphlet “you are mistaken” won the 2016 Rialto Open Pamphlet Competition. He’s worked with organisations including the National Theatre of Scotland and Anatomy Arts and his debut full-length poetry collection, “sikfan glaschu”, will be published by Verve in April 2021.
Sonja Cheng is a Graphic Designer from Hong Kong whose practice revolves around illustrations and typography. Weird creatures are often featured in her work while she explores hidden emotions and odd thoughts using DIY techniques. She is currently studying Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins.
Little Egg Crafts is co-founded and co-owned by 2 best friends (that's them in the logo!). They design and create their own original amigurumi plushies. Amigurumi (編みぐるみ in kanji) directly translates to 'crocheted or knitted stuffed toy'. This is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small, stuffed plushies using yarn.
As HongKongers, their creations are inspired by their shared culture, multicultural heritage and simply by the things they love. They are currently operating from Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.
Nicole Chui is a Hong Kong born, London-based embroidery artist. Her use of hand embroidery is messy, brash, loud, and disruptive- often integrating it with photography and illustration. Through her art, Nicole wants to champion the voices of womxn, and create a world where imperfections and mistakes are embraced. Her clients include Wepresent, TINIE, Nike, gal-dem, Converse, and Now gallery. In 2019, Nicole was awarded one of the “25 future faces 25 and under” by the Evening Standard in their annual London Progress 1000 list.
Karlie Wu is an artist based in Glasgow, exploring themes of nostalgia and cultural identity across painting, drawing, video and photography. Much of Wu’s work delves into the identity of being British/Scottish-Chinese, its expectations and misconceptions, and the reality of this lived experience.
Paintings and drawings evoke consideration of, and gives prominence to spaces and scenes that are often dismissed as banal, traditional, or literally abandoned.
Wu is also one of the six founding members of besea.n (Britain’s East and South East Asian Network), a non-profit, anti-racism grassroots organisation that tackles negative stereotypes and advocates positive media representation of ESEA people in the UK.
Khairani Barokka is a writer and artist from Jakarta, whose work has been presented in 16 countries. Her work centres disability justice as anti-colonial praxis. She is currently Researcher-in-Residence and Research Fellow at UAL's Decolonising Arts Institute, and Associate Artist at the National Centre for Writing (UK). Among her honours, she has been Modern Poetry in Translation's Inaugural Poet-in-Residence, a UNFPA Indonesian Young Leader Driving Social Change, an Artforum Must-See, and an NYU Tisch Departmental Fellow. Her books are Rope (Nine Arches) and Indigenous Species (Tilted Axis), and she is co-editor of Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches). Her next book is poetry collection Ultimatum Orangutan (Nine Arches, March 2021).
Daphne Tsang is a Hong Kong born, London based graphic designer and design researcher with a great love for print, publication and packaging. She often touches on themes regarding Hong Kong’s culture, East Asian identities and occasionally random banter, infusing them with experimental publication designs.
Natalie Linh Bolderston is a Vietnamese-Chinese-British poet. In 2019, she was a runner-up in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition and came third in the National Poetry Competition. In 2020, she received an Eric Gregory Award and co-won the Rebecca Swift Women Poets' Prize. She is a member of the 2019–20 Roundhouse Poetry Collective and the 2020–21 London Library Emerging Writers Programme. Her pamphlet, The Protection of Ghosts, is published with V. Press. She is now working on her first full-length collection.
Kayla Lui is an illustrator and experimental comic artist currently based in Hong Kong and London. Her work is part speculative, part anecdotal. Active in HK and UK, she has recently participated in Hong Kong and France Comics Creation Exchange Programme (2020), Wild Art Festival (HK, 2020) and Goldsmiths Oriental M-art (UK, 2020). She is currently working on Dailongfeng Restaurant, a 120-page comic book interpreting split socio-political realities, which she hopes to publish independently in 2021 under the name Crying Sesame Press.
Crying Sesame Press publishes visual poetry, zines and experimental comics. Works include A Walk In Central, HKSOS and Hong Kong Textures Vol. 1.
Tom Tse is a London based papercut artist and architectural assistant. Born and raised in York, he also spent his early years in Hong Kong. He graduated in BA Architecture at Northumbria University and continued his MA studies at The London School of Architecture. He later put aside his studies to explore new forms of creative outlets. His papercuts centres around humour, pop culture in music and film (…and his love for ‘The Simpsons’).
Yan Yu Lee is an illustrator born and raised in Hong Kong. She came to London at the age of 18 and developed her practice in the UK since then. In 2017 she graduated in BA illustration from Camberwell College of Arts and continued her MA study at Cambridge School of Art. She describes her work as bold and delicate at the same time. Her style is diverse but always visually bold with delicate textures and rich details. She likes to create works that are simple yet dynamic, sometimes with a touch of humour and playfulness.’ She works in anything related to visual storytelling, from children’s books to editorial illustrations and more
Leung Rachel Ka Yin is a poet and student of English and Creative Writing from Hong Kong. She is the winner of the Sir Roger Newdigate Prize, and her work has been awarded in various international competitions. She has also been published in journals and newspapers locally and internationally. Her works include “Chengyu: Chinoiserie” (Hedgehog Poetry Press 2020), and “Mothering the Land” (out-spoken press, 2021).
FatBoy Zine was created by London-based creative Chris O’Leary.
FBZ is a greedy attempt to document a very small part of asian food. It’s a diary and cookbook, mapping the recipes Chris recorded from his time growing up in Hong Kong and the Philippines from his family before moving to England.
The latest issue looks at the dishes designed for sharing or eaten in a group, set against the backdrop of Hong Kong’s important political struggle for democracy. FBZ were lucky enough to have produced the issue with talented illustrator Jacco Bunt, writer Cynthia Chou, photographers Xaviar Manhing and Kenneth Lam. Together, this issue combines delicious recipes with beautiful writing, emotional photo series and beautiful illustrations.
The Winnie Project was born from sketchbook doodles, celebrating British Born Chinese culture and a whole lotta love for storytelling. So far, Winnie’s drawings have been snack driven (who doesn’t love a good snack?), family stories and plenty of #takeawaykids illustrations which are full of nostalgic memories from growing up in a Chinese takeaway. These happy illustrations have been a great way to focus and stay inspired in 2020 and connect with the amazing ESEA community.
Kate Lau is the founder of laugahey. Born and bred in Hong Kong, but moved to London to study and for some new adventures; and before she knew it, she’d been here for 10 years! Kate works as a commercial jewellery designer, but she found herself needing a creative outlet, and laugahey became that space. Laugahey allows her to experiment with processes and explore materials.
British born Hong Kong Chinese, Georgina’s roots and culture were instilled from a young age watching her mum cook and afterschool mix of CITV merged with TVB dramas. Her childhood was enriched with a very unique experience of working to support her parents in their Chinese takeaway, involving studying for her exams all the whilst deboning 20 roast chickens.
Georgina’s personal work took a back seat during her 20s, and only started drawing for herself again in 2020. She considers herself a multi-disciplinary artist, focusing on bringing joy to herself and others through feel good illustrations, nostalgia for the Asian diaspora and occasionally tattooing or making random objects.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Nicolee is a London based director, photographer, and writer.
Fool of a Kind started off from a series of conversations and inside jokes between friends and family, as well as failed attempts of finding English counterparts of various Cantonese slangs. Cantonese is known for its rich and satirical colloquialisms; the idea was to transform the language into cartoonish and humorous graphics - along with text explaining their meaning and story - to convey the subtle connotations each slang carries that is impossible to be translated linguistically. Beyond sharing and paying tribute to Cantonese slangs and culture, it’s equally important for us to extend this platform to connect and collaborate with other Cantonese or Mandarin speaking communities here in the UK, as well as in Hong Kong, it’s become a big part of the project!
Nina Mingya Powles is a writer and zinemaker from Aotearoa New Zealand, living in London. She holds an MA in Creative Writing (Distinction) from Victoria University of Wellington.
In 2018, Nina was one of three winners of the Women Poets' Prize, and in 2019 won the inaugural Nan Shepherd Prize for Nature Writing and the Landfall Essay Competition.
Nina is the founding editor of Bitter Melon苦瓜, a very small press that publishes limited-edition pamphlets by Asian poets.
Keshia is a Malaysian born Chinese (now British) illustrator that specialises in hand drawn lettering, as well as taking a modern approach to traditional Oriental designs and symbolisms within our culture.
Keshia and her parents moved to the UK at the age of 13. As she got older, she wanted to educate herself further into the emblems of Chinese culture through food, desserts, and art. She thinks it's valuable to try and upkeep some old traditons and beliefs that may have been forgotten , but modernise and adapt it to suit all generations.
Jessica Yeong is the artist behind Bert and Roxy. She is British born Hong Kong Chinese with a Malaysian Chinese partner - and such her work is influenced by both these rich cultures. Jessica takes much inspiration from the domestic everyday life that is often intertwined with the abundant food heritage. Specialising in relief prints, these start off as observational drawings that are translated into blocks and carefully hand-carved and handprinted to produce nostalgic original artworks.
Ruby is a Hong-Kong based creator and graphic design student studying at Leeds Arts University. Her work varies from branding, typography, art direction, publication, etc. She aspires to build a creative community within the commercial world of Hong Kong through her work.
Noel Zhang grew up in North London and has been based in the city ever since. When not spending his time teaching Physics, he moonlights as a photographer working from the safety of a darkroom. His photography has recently focused on exploring East Asian communities and identity in the UK.
Noel is currently documenting and volunteering at Hackney Chinese Community Services (@hackneychinese), one of several important organisations in London giving support both to the pre-existing local Asian community and to incoming migrants across a variety of geographical and cultural backgrounds.
Belly Hole (肚臍窿) is created by 3 Hong Kong flatmates living in London, happy to share the Canto flavours they miss from home.
Mildred is a half Singaporean half Hong Konger, multi-disclipinary shit-talker. She is an illustrator, facilitator, occasional writer and photo taker, lover of Cantonese puns, programme producer, among many other things.
Mildred believes in curiosity, digging deeper, and speaking truth to power. And that we need more fun in our lives.
Lindsay Varty is an award-winning writer, freelance journalist and former professional rugby player based in Hong Kong. She lives and breathes Hong Kong and is fascinated by its culture and history. As a young girl, her parents would take her to eat congee in Sham Shui Po, order snacks from dai pai dong, and get haircuts at traditional barber shops. Her parents wanted their children to discover the real Hong Kong and to know its people. Sunset Survivors book is a tribute to that wish. Lindsay now gives talks to schools and societies and runs local walking tours which focus on the characters and industries in Sunset Survivors and takes people to visit their stores in an effort to support these fading businesses. Her work has been featured on TEDx, CNN, The Guardian, CCTV, and more locally in SCMP, Localiiz and Sassy. She was a featured author in the 2019 International Literature Festival in Hong Kong. She is currently working on a children’s book which also celebrates Hong Kong culture. She hopes that her project can encourage people to take a deeper interest in local heritage and community and help support Hong Kong’s unique cultural identity.
Hannah-Natalie started Little Yellow Rice Co as a tribute to the Ooi family klan, inspired by Hannah’s Great Grand-Father Ooi Jit Joon who set up the family business, a Kopi shop (coffee shop), after arriving in Malaysia from Hainan, China in the 1920’s.
Little Yellow Rice Co showcases Chinese Peranakan heritage through culture and cuisine based on Ooi family favourites and Hannah’s experience growing up in Penang, Malaysia. Hannah’s partner Rob a professional chef with over a decade of experience uses Hannah’s foodie memories and his own experience of travelling in Malaysia to craft dishes with all the flavours of Peranakan cuisine served at their supper clubs around the North of England, and through their range of Malaysian chilli sauces.
Amy Phung is a graphic designer, illustrator and animator hailing from South London. She started out working in a very meh corporate job because of the pressure to do something “legitimate” but art has always been her calling. Eventually she trained in design, went to Switzerland to study watercolour and here we are.
Amy is also the co-founder of Britain’s East and South East Asian Network, a platform to campaign for greater awareness of ESEA issues, champion ESEA voices and hold our government and media organisations accountable for under- or misrepresentation of ESEAs. Basically, she loves being Asian and she wants everyone to know how awesome we are.
Kenneth Lam is a Photographer, Writer and Set Designer based in London. Working in between Hong Kong and London since a teenager his work explores Chinese Culture with a autobiographical narrative running through his work. He has worked with clients such as Dazed and Confused, The Photographer's Gallery, GQ, and The Sunday Times.