Branches is a passion project of ours, to connect, communicate and collaborate with other artists in Taiwan. By organising a series of events we hope to create a branch between artists creators and their audience, by making a fun, informal space to support the creative scene.
Branches Art Market: is an open platform that hosts creative professionals to come together in Taipei to display and sell their work. The market features work and products from various artists with different creative forms, from contemporary art to handmade crafts.
Branches Creative Talks: we invite creatives from various artistic disciplines to give a short presentation about their craft and recent projects. We aim for this to be an opportunity for creatives to introduce their work in an informal manor, in hope to engage, inspire and connect with other artists based in the capital.
If you are an artist and are interested in selling your work at one of our markets or giving a little talk about your practise, please feel free to get in touch!
Chia Ying Lin
Chia Ying Lin is an illustrator, visual designer, vegan and nature lover. She likes to draw people’s life in her little corner and makes self-published zines besides her working time.
Read our interview with Chia here
Kitty Unicorn is a Taiwanese street and caricature artist that is currently completing an artist residency in Taichung. Her creations are drawn on different types of materials; from paper to fabric, wood, plastic, glass or even on her iPad. She is not merely a cartoonist, she's an artist with a unique style and eye for detail. She is interested in understanding people’s souls and then draws from that interaction. She doesn’t just simply sketch how people look, but enjoys having conversations and playing psychological games to then customise and create special caricatures using different styles and materials.
Read our interview with Kitty Unicorn here
OnlyOne Accessory love feeling nostalgic. They collect analogue cameras, vinyls, cassettes, cute vintage toys, clothes and handmade jewellery.
Read our interview with OnlyOne Accessory here
The limbic system is the area of your brain that is connected to memory and emotions. The artist named himself this due to the memories and emotions felt during acts of lust and love. His work is a collection of graphic drawings that highlight and educate about sex.
Read our interview with Limbic System here
Xinhwang loves art and literature, she enjoys looking out to the stars with a telescope. Most of her art work is inspired by poetry, her life and dreams. Her work is like a fantasy world sometimes childish as she hopes to bring a little warmth to the viewer.
Read our interview with Xinhwang here
Sagih Pottery creates ceramic pieces with natural colour glazing, each piece is a simple shape that is irregular making every piece unique. Her work includes ceramic pots, vases and animals, while she also works with different materials to make handmade accessories and jewellery pieces.
Read our interview with Sagih here
Tama is a tattoo artist originally from France who has been moving around the world living in different countries. Her art is a mix between realism and surrealism.
Read our interview with Tama here
Yumi You is a Taiwan-based illustrator that graduated from the University of Brighton with an MA Sequential Design/Illustration. Her works often focus on the relationships and interactions between animals and human, which she always enjoys observing. Her inspirations come from travels, films, nordic designs and early 20th century paintings. Watercolour, gouache and colour pencils are major materials she uses. For Yumi, it's the greatest achievement if people can feel healed and pleased when seeing her works.
Read our interview with Yumi here
Joel Fremming is an artist from San Francisco Bay, that believes in strong lines. He has made over 250 zines in the last 7 years while he has been living in Taiwan.
Read our interview with Joel here
Boan Wang is a filmmaker born in Taipei. Having both a fiction and non-fiction background, he intends to experiment both forms in his works. He will be screening his documentary Home Abroad, a personal essay exploring his love-hate relationship with his homeland, Taiwan. Made in Belgium and screened in many countries around the world, Home Abroad will be screened for the first time in Taiwan at our Branches Creative Talk. Meanwhile, Boan will share how the search of identity becomes a crucial element of his filmmaking.
Dr. Woo Yen Yen
Dr. Woo Yen Yen heads Yumcha Studios, a content company specializing in great stories for multicultural learners. She created Little Dim Sum Warriors 小小點心俠, a popular children's bilingual book and app series that has partnered the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism and the Speak Mandarin Campaign in Singapore. She also wrote Dim Sum Warriors, a graphic novel series about kung fu-fighting dumplings that has been featured by Time magazine, the BBC, Fast Company and many others. In collaboration with Chinese theatre icon Stan Lai 賴聲川, she adapted Dim Sum Warriors into a major musical which premiered in Shanghai's Theatre Above 上劇場, before touring 25 cities in China. She also wrote and directed Singapore Dreaming, a feature film which has won major international awards. She holds a Doctorate in Education from Columbia University's Teachers College and was a tenured professor at Long Island University's College of Education and Information Sciences before going on to run Yumcha Studios.
The Volcano Store
Yuda and Yoki established The Volcano Store in Taipei. Both graduating with a degree in graphic design; they now focus on zine publishing and making pottery art. Their works are simple and cute, with humorous silliness which sometimes they mix with some delightful shyness.
Read our interview with The Volcano Store here
An Chen is an illustrator that enjoys creating vector geometric shapes and toy subjects with a hint of a vintage feeling. She graduated from Cambridge School of Art, with her work appearing widely in magazines and books.
Read our interview with An here
Yinz Ceramic is a ceramic artist based in Daxi, Taoyuan. She creates quirky ceramic objects with her hands, unique in that every picture and pattern on her pieces are made from dyed clay.
Read our interview with Yinz Ceramic here
The VeganSoap Bar
The VeganSoap Bar produces handmade, high-quality soap, shampoos and conditioning bars. All of their products contain ingredients that have not been tested on animals and are palm oil free, in addition they donate their proceeds to stray dog rescue groups.
Read our interview with VeganSoap Bar here
Tim’s art work recaptures his drawings from when he was young. He uses drawing as method of expressing his feelings. He believes that being an artist and selling his work even if he cannot make too much money it still brings him happiness and warmth.
Read our interview with Tim here
Soilair studio produces hand-knitted colourful fabric strips into heart-warming household products. By “Upcycling” unwanted fabrics her aim is to reduce the pollution caused by the disposal of the waste material. Soilair Studio enjoys playing and matching colours with her zero waste products and will be selling cushions, heat proof coasters, drink bottle holders and cat’n’dog beds.
Read our interview with Soilair here
Qi Lee is an illustrator and photographer with a background in graphic design and animation. She creates her artwork at a relaxed pace, digging out and creating themes from her heart while experimenting with different materials.
Read our interview with Qi Lee here
Lin Ting Ting
Lin Ting Ting is an interior designer, in her free time you can find her drawing and sketching on the MRT and in cafes. She describes her work as ridiculously flat, ‘it can be ugly and cute with a sense of humour’. At Branches Art Market she will be selling postcards of her illustrations with some accompanied by short pieces of writing.
Read our interview with Ting Ting here
Jenna Lo is a watercolour artist and teacher. Her work focuses on nature and designs found in nature. She enjoys spending time outdoors and her work is an extension of that.
Read our interview with Jenna here
Lime Chang teaches children art, which involves using black markers and waste paper to be creative. It’s simple, yet there are unlimited possibilities. You could recycle that piece of waste paper, or just get rid of it, but how about drawing on it? With just a marker and a piece of waste paper, you could create a new world of your own.
Read our interview with Lime here
Pika grew up in the mountains with a carefree nature, accustomed to living between trees and rivers. Now grown up and desperately trying to adapt to the city, Pika lives in New Taipei. She will be selling her colourful handmade jewellery and hopes that through her designs people can forget how bad the world is and instead feel vibrant, gentle and full of love.
Read our interview with Pika here
Hua is a ceramic artist that specialises in making jewellery from clay. Every piece of her pottery is unique with many factors in the production process that make the difference.
Read our interview with Hua here
Shi Wen Huang
Shi Wen Huang is an illustrator that often draws in black and white. Her images are surreal and usually childlike, she hopes to create a blurry look with her artwork. She is interested in combining pictures with text and enjoys working on illustrations for children's literature and education.
Read our interview with Shi Wen here
The French group Sandy Mango & The Cosmic Boat offers original compositions in the World Fusion style, a fusion of Soul, Reggae, Trip Hop, Jazz and Afrobeat. The lyrics are in French, Spanish, English and poetically illustrate various themes such as love, solidarity, solitude, authenticity, death and peace.
Sandy Mango will be speaking at our Creative Talks event about a crowdfunding project they are currently working on, brining art and music together to raise funds for a local community on a small Pilipino island. They will then be performing a selection of songs from their album “Corsaol”. Allowing you to hear their magical tunes featuring a combination of handpan, flute, vocals, chorus and guitar on stage, offer captivating rhythms and melodies, tinged with influences from all over the world.