Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashlyn Hung.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
In college, I studied theater, art, and design while working as a Student Assistant. After a couple of administrative positions, I moved to Los Angeles and was hired as a Marketing Coordinator at a real estate firm. I eventually was promoted to the Operations Manager of the office, which had over 75 people in it.
Throughout this time, I couldn’t help but feel like something was missing. I wanted to pursue my passion, which involved utilizing my creativity. I ended up quitting my job to follow my dreams in the card business. At present, I still work in real estate, but I have also put aside time to manage my own small business, which is Copper Crane Design.
Copper Crane Design is a creative services company specializing in Wedding Invitation Suites and Save the Date cards. We also do custom card orders that include Birthday, Anniversary, Bridal and Baby Shower, and other special event-focused cards.
Please tell us about your art.
Copper Crane Design is, essentially, a card company. We focus our services in the wedding industry, where we design custom and semi-custom Wedding Invitation Suites and Save the Date cards. Wedding Invitation Suites generally contain the invitation, RSVP and details card along with envelopes and, if requested, we can also assemble each invite.
We also cater to custom orders outside of weddings, including Birthdays, Bridal and Baby Showers, Anniversaries, and any other special occasion.
The most important message we would like to convey is the feeling of importance; to create a card that is so true to the client that it is more than just a kind gesture to their guest/friend/family member, but a personable and intimate note to that person.
In all types of art, I look for the pieces that move me, that almost dance on the page… I find my strengths are in modern calligraphy as well as floral designs, so I like to present those to my client first. I love creating wedding seals that are so concise to the bride and groom, it could be considered their future family crest. Most importantly, I want to shine a light on the bride and groom’s personality, so if they are more laid back then perhaps I’d create a simplified and clean card, or if they have many passions, I’d like to create something that may have those undertones.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
I define success as having financial stability and happiness in what you do to get that. So, if your passion is painting and you make enough to pay the rent, put food on the table, and do additional activities (as small or as luxurious as you wish to live), then you are successful.
Characteristics overcome qualities to me as an artist, because art is subjective. Some of the most renowned artists in the world produce work that many people question, and that’s okay. An artist is successful by three things: longevity, authenticity and, in my own eyes, humbleness.
1. Longevity because if you don’t play the game long enough, then people forget you as a player. On the other hand, if you do play throughout a number of seasons, then you grow fanbase.
2. Authenticity because you must stand out. No copying, no imitation, just make your own product. As a beginning artist, I practiced creating other artists’ work to get better, but not to create a foundation on.
3. Humbleness because I believe that the people you affect are more important than the art you produce. If you’re told that you are inspiring, then encourage others more. If you’re told, you are great at what you do then thank them. It can be short and sweet, as long as it’s something. In that way, it lets you share positivity throughout the world and helps you discipline your own ego.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can see my work on my website at www.coppercranedesign.com, or through many social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. My most up-to-date work will usually be shared through Instagram initially. My handle is CopperCraneDesign.
- Website: www.CopperCraneDesign.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/coppercranedesign
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/coppercranedesign
- Other: www.pinterest.com/coppercranedesign
Copper Crane Design