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.
Chia Ying Lin
We asked Chia a few questions about her work...
What is your favourite illustration that you have ever done? Why did you make it?
Still to this day, I still really like the series “Orlando” I made four years ago which was a visual narrative focusing on feminism. During this time, I started to read about feminist issues and wanted to immerse my concerns into my art work. Back then, I was still at university so I had
plenty of time to research, gather information and develop my techniques. I cherish that time very much because it’s hard to apply these methods now when I’m completing commissions. Therefore, I would say I like my situation during this project.
How do you feel when you’re drawing?
I go into a quiet and “cannot talk now” mode when I draw. That’s why I work independently most of time.
You grew up in Neihu district, do you think growing up so close to the mountains in Taipei has impacted and influenced your work?
I would say yes pretty much! Over the years I have gradually realised that I tend to use elements in my work like trees, leaves or memories from my childhood. I also try to connect with nature in my daily life as much as possible.
You previously have lived and studied in the UK, in your experience what observations can you say about the similarities and differences in the creative industries in both countries? How do you think being an illustrator in Taipei and London differs?
There are thousands of artists, designers, musicians, dancers, photographers….you name it, they are there, coming from all over the world to London. In London, you can always find talented people, therefore the platforms and resources are much more dynamic than Taiwan. Plus, there are professional illustration agencies and associations that improve the value of illustrations which makes a positive impact on both illustrators and clients.
However, when talking about and considering the lives of illustrators, I think there isn’t much difference. As I know many illustrators in the UK need to have another job to maintain a standard of living and pay off their study loans. It might be a little easier for us in Taiwan since we have lower living expenses than those in London.
You have had some of your work exhibited at the V&A in London, has having your work shown at such a prestigious art museum opened other exciting doors for you?
Well, not really (lol)... That was a group exhibition, collaborating with another department at Kingston University. The exhibition was held in a mysterious space in the V&A and the theme was about technology nowadays regarding humanity. There were some small talks given by other invited guests. However, I was too shy and not confident enough with my art work because I had only been in the UK for a few months at that time…I guess I might have missed some opportunities, no? Anyway, it was a really special experience for me. I’m happy to have a little connection with one of my favourite museums. The thing is, you get a chance to do something, somewhere with wonderful well-known names which sounds dreamy and unbelievable, and that is London.