We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiffany Wei and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiffany, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
As cheesy as this may sound, I feel as though it was something that I had chosen from the very beginning. To put it simply, I could not see myself doing anything else aside from creating and designing. Although I had been very adamant about my passion for art from a very young age, it was in high school that this career path truly began to become a reality. I met various teachers and mentors who introduced me to the world of illustration and showed me how I could apply my art to the real world.
I have to admit, there was a moment when I questioned whether or not this was the right path to take. Could I possibly be successful in this field? Can I take responsibility for this decision and all the risks that come with it? Will I be able to make my parents proud? Luckily, I have to thank my parents for their constant support. They never once questioned my choice and always encouraged me to do what makes me happy. I specifically remember my mother telling me that the most important thing in life is to be happy. There is no point in wasting time doing something that I will later regret. Her words brought me great comfort and definitely left me feeling less worried. Now, I am currently pursuing my dream and still continuing to make art.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My work ranges from digital illustrations and gouache paintings to embroidery and pattern work. When working on a piece, I tend to draw inspiration from a variety of subject matters that may include fashion, textiles, nature, and photography. I do not like restricting myself to one particular medium or style. Personally, it is much more satisfying when I am constantly experimenting with new techniques in different media. Even now, there is always more to learn and many ways to expand my knowledge of different art forms.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are several restaurants to choose from in the San Gabriel Valley. This would be an opportunity to try different Asian cuisines and a variety of boba shops. If you want to walk around and shop with friends, I recommend exploring areas like Little Tokyo, Chinatown, and even Old Town Pasadena. There are plenty of art museums such as LACMA, MOCA, Norton Simon, The Getty, The Broad, and The Huntington Library. On the other hand, if you prefer areas with more scenic views, I would suggest going to Venice Beach, the Santa Monica Pier/Beach, and the Griffith Observatory. Overall, there is simply an endless amount of possibilities, especially in Los Angeles. Even with this list, I’ve only named a few of the many great places to visit.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
As I’ve mentioned before, I am very thankful for my parents. If not for their unconditional love and support, I definitely would not be where I am today. Speaking of people who have been a positive influence in my life, I also have to thank one of my teachers for introducing me to art programs such as Ryman Arts and CSSSA. Both programs were integral to my journey as a young aspiring artist. I had the opportunity to learn from many great instructors and was provided with the necessary tools for a better art education. Not to mention, I was able to meet amazing friends who shared the same passions as I did. To this day, these are the same individuals who have supported me throughout the years and witnessed my growth both as an individual and an artist.