Bizzie Bee's Artist Interview: Kathy Lam

Hello Bizzie Bees!

How's the start of the school year going? What are you excited about?

Over the summer, I brought my friends visiting from Toronto to JCCAC (Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre) and we stumbled upon Dawning Crow on the sixth floor. This is the wall that caught our eyes!

Read on to find out Kathy's art story and get a glimpse inside Dawning Crow, her studio and shop.

Tell us a little about yourself.

Hello, I'm Kathy Lam from Hong Kong. I have an illustration studio and shop called Dawning Crow. I love drawing animals and buildings.

How did you start making art/start your creative journey?

The very first memory I have is of myself drawing. When I graduated from high school I applied for a three year graphic design course. The course was very useful and I learned a lot during my studies but I found that my favourite was still drawing. I went to England and studied illustration and my style developed during that period.

WhY do you make art?

It's a way of expressing myself and my strength. It's fun and I really enjoy it.

What is your workspace like?

My studio is a small flat with white walls at JCCAC L6-03. It's an open studio where the front part is a shop for showcasing artwork and behind it is my workspace. Sometimes, I also love to work at home too.

What is your favourite art form and why?

In the past, I drew very neat and tidy art works but during my studies, I became interested in art with free and childlike lines. Although it looks casual, it has power and no two pieces of work are the same.

What inspires you and how do you keep your creative spark?

Travelling, browsing the internet, watching documentaries, looking through books or magazines and even just walking on the street inspires me.

What's the last show that you saw?

I went to see Ho Fan's photography show at Sotheby's in June. He took photographs of Hong Kong. I had seen his work online before but not in person of his photos of old Hong Kong in such beautiful light. I love the shadows and silent mood in his work.

What do you collect?

I collect paper goods, stamps, leaflets and shopping bags. When I was in university, I started an archive and collected leaves as well.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

Previously, I worked on the design team of different companies. Now I am doing freelance work and am also a part-time children's art teacher assistant.

Name something you love, and tell us why.

I really love big cats such as tigers, lions, jaguars or cheetahs. Although they give people very strong and cold feelings, they sometimes act very cute like house cats. I can watch them for hours at the zoo. I also love to collect photos of big cats from newspapers and magazines and any products that have big cats on them!

What advice do you have?

Make work that makes you happy and enjoy the process. Be yourself, the viewer will feel your emotion from the artwork.

What is your dream project if there were no restrictions on time or money?

I would like to travel all around the world with my sketch book and gouache for a year with no planning involved. I just want to stay and leave different places depending on my mood. Maybe I would live in a small seaside town next to the mountains for a few months.

You can see more of Kathy's art on her website and Instagram page. Also take your parents to visit her at Dawning Crow (L6-03, JCCAC). Here are some other events you can check out together while you're there.

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