Craft and creativity continues to grow in China, none of which would be possible without the inspired and daring minds behind the ideas and production. We are asking the creative community in China five fun questions to learn a little bit more about the people behind this burgeoning industry. Hope you enjoy! If you think you should be profiled or you know someone creative who should be profiled send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Victoria Chen 陈胜利
Illustrator, graffic designer, craft maker
Victoria Chen is a graphic designer focused on illustration. Her style is shaped by diverse life experiences, optimistic attitude and childlike innocence. As the art director of Astro Circo studio, she has created and designed many commercial visual products , and continues to explore and diversify her own creative style.
Graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2012
Studied in Toronto in 2013
Founded Astro Circo design studio in 2019
1.Longest you have been away from home? 最长离家多久？
Ten years, I’m currenly living in Canada.
2. Favorite movie of all time? 有史以来你最喜欢的电影是哪一部?
My favorite movie of the past two years is “Soul”. It helped me to understand how to live every day and enjoy everything that happens in the moment.
3. The best way to destress? 对你来说，最好的减压方式是什么?
Put on some music and do crafts or draw, draw purposlessly just for pleasure.
4. What would the title of your autobiography be? 如果写一本自传的话，书名会叫什么?
“What would I have done if I hadn’t studied painting?” One of the questions that I keep thinking about: if I’m not a designer or an illustrator, what else can I do? So if I were writing an autobiography, I would want to start from other industries, to write about myself in a parallel universe, but not another me.
《如果没有学绘画，我会做什么?》 总会想到的一个问题就是，如果我不做设计师或是插画师，还有什么工作我可以胜任。所以如果写一本自传的话，我会想从其他的行业入手，去写一个平 行宇宙中的自己，但并非是另一个我。
5.Your favorite creative project you’ve ever worked on, and why you like it so much?
When I was invited to create illustrations for “They Go Low, We Go Laugh”, a standup event in Montreal. What makes it special is that it’s a women’s stand-up show, with all -female cast and creators. So I guess they also wanted to invite a female illustrator to create the main visual for the campaign, so they contacted me. Fortunately, everyone liked my style and I could experiment/create freely, so the whole project was enjoyable and I met a lot of interesting people.
受邀为在蒙特利尔举办的一场脱口秀活动“They go low, we go laugh” 创作插画。比较特殊的是，这是一场女性脱口秀演出，所有演员和主创都是 女性。所以我猜她们也想邀请一名女插画师来为这场活动设计主视觉，也就联系了我。很幸运大家都很喜欢我的风格并且要求我随意的发挥，所以整个项目做下来都愉快，并且认识了很多有趣的人。