Today we’d like to introduce you to Kiki Chen.
Kiki, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I moved to Los Angeles when I was 16 and the longer I live in this city, the more I am in love with it. After graduate from Cal Poly Pomona as a graphic designer, I have been working in the fashion industry for many years. Before working at Simon G. Jewelry, I worked at Robbins Brothers as senior graphic designer. Both jobs gave me many interesting challenges. I love my job because this is what I love to do. I never stop making artworks. I have designed a bee character with television head named “CharmBeeOn” and a home decoration stationary named “Scenicalendar”. Both series were published to the public and they received a lot for positive feedbacks. I am glad that I grew up in a city that is flooded with beautiful arts with a variety of cultures.
This city brings me inspirations everyday from anywhere, I love to collect my memory onto my Instagram(@cmyki), it’s like my little digital diary. I believe that there is always a story behind each photo. I love to collect them and share with people whenever I found something really interesting, such as food that popular now, hidden secret place in town, etc. Besides visiting museums and galleries, there is one of many interesting things that brings inspiration to my imagination world, and that is food. I view the chef as an artist and each plate as a painting canvas, and each ingredient has its own natural color. The chef puts all ingredients together into one plate, it creates a magical chemistry reaction of taste, smell and sight all in one plate. So I called food, Arts. Los Angeles is a place where it can allow me to do food hunt whenever I want to. that’s why sometimes, I can drive for hours to discover around.
I don’t think I would stop designing one day. I love arts because it makes me feel passionating and fascinating. I am happy with what I am doing and I glad that I am living this magical city, Los Angeles.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has been up and down on this road. I have a couple down times throughout these years. There is always challenge will knock you down. You just have to keep trying and take mistakes as your lesson, learn it quickly. Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know about. Be friend with your weakness, let it encourages you to learn and get better. You are living in an informational century, it’s very easy for you to find out what you are unsure about and keep learning.
When you look back, can you point to a period when you wanted to quit or a period that was really frustrating?
I never felt like I would quit creating. I love design as the more I know about it. In these years, there was a moment that I feel like I get stuck in my design life. I feel like what I’m doing at my job is not what I am looking for. I decided to quit that job and take freelance project instead. That way, I can allow myself to have more time to rebuild my idea by visiting museums, attending arts show, and traveling.
Let’s change gears – is there any advice you’d like to give?
Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know about. Be friend with your weakness, let it encourages you to learn and get better. You are living in an informational century, it’s very easy for you to find out what you are unsure about and keep learning.
What are you most excited about these days?
I love my current job because it is very interesting to me. I always ask myself this how to make a common thing to present in a different perspective that looks better and stand out more. This is also the challenge set to myself. I am handling projects from sketching idea, executing with my imagination and publish it to the end user. I am very proud of what I can do and always look forward to discover new challenges.
- Website: www.kikichen.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: cmyki
- Other: https://dribbble.com/cmyki