CANLIT FOOD PUN TOTE BAGS for PROJECT 40 COLLECTIVE
Inspired by Jasmine Gui's puns with book titles of three Asian.Canadian writers, Abby Ho and I created designs for tote bags to accompany the food-themed volume of LooseLeaf magazine. The tote bags have been screen-printed by Vicky To. You can read about our ideation process on the LooseLeaf blog.
BOOK COVER ILLUSTRATION
Infinity Petals (2016)
Poem: Adeah-Isabella Reitsma // Design: Jennifer Su
Lifeline Syria Art Gala & Silent Auction 2016, Innis Cafe.
As a collaboration with Adeah, this piece was one of the auction items for a fundraising event (which I co-organized with Jennifer Su and Amy Sullivan) to help raise money for Lifeline Syria Challenge at U of T. Initially started by Ryerson, Lifeline Syria Challenge is committed to mobilizing communities across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to bring and resettle Syrian refugees to Canada.
From Project 40's Diasporasian Mythologies.
My stories are messy. I am an immigrant, but my parents are not immigrants. I am diasporic, but my family has remained in my mother country. I have spent majority of my life so far in Canada, yet I identify myself as Korean, yet I also cannot. I am still hurt by the negative responses which people of my ethnic background threw at me when I told them where I was born. I continuously question my positionality and complicity in the ongoing colonial project on the Indigenous land where I have found haven yet cannot call home.
This is the map of South Korea, the land which I call home yet cannot. I embed the story/myth which mark my childhood, my family history, and which brought me to where I am today as I carve through the land. I mould the land and build upon it, and run my fingers covered in paint over it. I desire to hold onto any “perfect” narrative I can find in myself as I attempt to smooth out the land. Every flaws are intentional. My stories will always be messy because they will always stem from that particular story/myth I have kept bundled in myself for a long time. And this land - my land - will always be supported by the safe base of my father and with my own confident claim of who I am.
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