Meet our Vendor: Joy Cha Studio
Who are you and what do you do?
Hello! My name is Joy, and I’m a painter, illustrator and designer. I’ve been a graphic designer for most of my career, doing branding and packaging for movie studios such as Disney and Lionsgate, as well as food label design for ConAgra products. In the recent years, I brought back to life my painter and illustrator world, which always has been a big part of my inner life but has taken back seat all these years. I am very excited to share my art work with Seattle and Urban Craft Uprising shoppers and looking forward to building meaningful relationships.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
I have a solo gallery show opening coming up on June 1st in Pearl District in Portland Oregon. For that show, I am painting and illustrating different models of camper vans making mysterious encounters with mythical, colossal beings. I’m having a lot of fun working on them, and looking forward to bringing print versions of them to Urban Craft Uprising Summer Show.
What was your first memory of making something?
The first memory of me painting anything was the face of my mom. I was six years old. I wanted to portray a surprised look on my mom’s face when I sneak up on her and go, “boo!” She loved it.
How far will you be traveling to come to UCU?
I come from Portland, Oregon! And I love Seattle, so this show is a win-win!
What’s your favorite item that you sell?
Prints of “Sheltering Wings.” It’s a painting of a baby circus elephant being rescued by three monarch butterflies. It’s whimsical and incongruous, but for most customers who purchase them, it seems to be much more than just a fun purchase. So much so that many voluntarily shared with me what it meant for them. Some even came back to my booth or emailed me to tell me how special the piece is to them. I’m always moved by their sharing, and it becomes the fuel that keeps me going.
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