We're back with another edition to our Exhibit series, and today we'll be featuring - Serah Siew.
What impressed us the most when first met Serah was the fact that not only was she a brilliant artist - she has also turned her art into a successful business!
We first came across Serah at a business event (of all places!) She was presenting her work and also her plans for her art business.
All these while, we've been exposed to those plying their trade more on the digital end (with our previous Exhibit posts) - this was the first time we've met someone using more traditional medium in her art - and turning it into a business!
Needless to say, we were intrigued!
We just had to catch this awesome lady and find out more about her and her work - and of course feature her in our Exhibit series!
Before starting my own art business, I spent 8 years working as a graphic designer and photographer at an advertising company and a studio. I graduated from In-House Multimedia College at Kuala Lumpur in 2012, specialising in multimedia design. I’m also a food stylist who beautifies yummy cuisine for photo shooting, and an artist who create contemporary art.
As with all of our previous series, we got her to share a bit more about her and how she got started.
We were also lucky enough to get her to do special Wok It artwork!
She requested for us to send over our ingredients for her to work on it.
Surprised as we were, we didn't want to spoil the surprise - so we just waited for the end result.
Lo and behold, she sent us this super awesome art piece that was made using our ingredients.
Yes, actual ingredients and some other ingredients she had lying around her house:
Yes, this was made entirely of food ingredients! How cool is that?!
Can you guess what they are?
Who Is SERAH?
We got her to share a little bit more about herself and her work...
1. At what age and how did you start drawing/illustrating?
I started drawing when I was 3, inspired by my mom.
2. How would you describe your style?
I love to explore different styles and try something new. Because I have a designer background, I dont like to limit myself.
3. As I understand, you were working for agency before - what made you leave?
I left my firm because I know my job position and my salary can not be higher anymore. So I left to create my own company.
4. What’s the biggest challenge in starting your own?
I have to go out and look for business myself, knocking the door 1 by 1 to find opportunity.
5. Can you remember some of your earliest influences?
Disney movies! Always is my favourite!
6. Which illustrators or designers do you admire the most?
KASHIWA SATO- world renowed designer. I really love the design he created, always make a great impact to the designer community.
8. What is your preferred software/tools to be doing your work?
As a designer, Adobe software is a must.
9. Is there any particular time in the day that you will feel most inspired and how do you deal with that when you have full-time job?
Whenever I go to a coffee shop and smell the caffeine, something inspiring will drift into my mind.
10. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Always do what you love and enjoy it.
11. What’s your proudest moment as a designer/illustrator so far?
When the decision makers listen to my advices as a designer.
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Disclaimer: All of the work displayed here are under the ownership of @pijures, she has the right to take action should any of her work has been found to be used without her permission.