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Herschel Re-Sail Wall Organizer and my serious marker addiction.

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I’ve been obsessed with the Herschel Re-Sail program ever since I found out about it and no, this is not a sponsored post. I made a mental note to pick up one of their aprons (I have a thing for aprons) but of course, life happens and I totally forgot about it until a month later, but by the time I tried to grab one online, they were ALL GONE. Desperate to find anything that was left, I found this wall organizer for $59 bones on the Herschel Supply site. I’m now able to organize a tiny portion of my art supplies with this organizer as I have a serious marker and art supply addiction.

Speaking of addiction, I’m now waiting for a new shipment of markers, spray paint nibs and etc from Bombing Science. With all the art supplies I’ve been amassing over the years, I’m really looking forward to our studio meeting this week about renovations. It’s time we find a solution to organize all our art supplies.

19 Crimes x Snoop Dogg x Chairman Ting, partners in crime.

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Coming soon! Our studio’s collab with @19Crimes for the launch of Cali Red wine, in partnership with @SnoopDogg drops tomorrow. Peep that drip!

Shot by Hubert Kang and directed by Hubert Kang from Kindred and Scout.

19 Crimes x Snoop Dogg’s Cali Red Vancouver launch collab.

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When you get a call to do a collab with 19 Crimes for the launch of Cali Red Wine, in partnership with Snoop Dogg, you go ALL IN. We assembled a world-class team to help launch 19 Crimes Cali Red Wine in Vancouver.

We have something very special coming on Sept 4th. Mark your calendars. We can’t wait for you to see what we’ve been working on for the past month.

Art and Design: Chairman Ting Industries Inc.
Photography: Hubert Kang Co-founder of Kindred And Scout
Project Manager: Aiken Lao
Producer: Amy Jones Co-founder of Kindred And Scout
Social content Strategist: Leah Gregg
Client: Snoop Dogg and 19 Crimes
PR Agency: Craft Public Relations
Art Curator: Ashley Mckenzie Barnes

Vancouver Mural Festival 2020, The Westend in collaboration with Lemonni.

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Really stoked to be part of the Vancouver Mural Festival again this year. This time I am collaborating with my studio mate, Annie Chen. She’s the crazy talented designer behind Lemonni Design.

This is Annie’s first year with the festival and believe it or not, this mural we’re working on is only her second mural! What a natural talent.

These photos were taken a few days ago by the award-winning photographer, Hubert Kang (Annie’s husband). He also runs Kindred & Scout, a production company that’s less than one years old but has already worked on products for Nintendo, Vancouver Whitecaps, Destination B.C., Fairmont Hotels, The National Film Board of Canada and much more.

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In front of our studio in the Westend, Vancouver. Super proud to be working alongside the ultra-talented, Annie Chen, Founder of Lemonni Design.
Photo by award-winning photographer and director: Hubert Kang
Day 1. Sketching out the mural.
Photo by the super talented Hubert Kang
Day 1. Sketching out the mural.
Our daughter Audrey is of course art directing.
Photo by the super talented Hubert Kang
Day 1. Sketching out the mural.
Photo by the super talented Hubert Kang
Day 1. The front of our studio.
Pictured from left: Aiken Lao and Mark Illing
Photo by the super talented Hubert Kang
Day 1. The front of our studio.
Mark Illing the zen master. Mark is not only super talented but also a real craftsman.
Photo by the super talented Hubert Kang

Aqua Colour App officially launches today! Proceeds go to the Vancouver Aquarium.

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Very excited and proud to be part of another amazing initiative. This time we are helping the Vancouver Aquarium continue to raise funds to keep their doors open.

Our very good friend Alex Beim that runs the award-winning design studio, Tangible Interaction invited us to join forces with them, The Vancouver Mural Festival, and Ocean Wise to help contribute to the new Aqua Colour App.

The app is a free download for iPhone and Android – an interactive, digital colouring book for tablets and phones inspired by the Vancouver Aquarium. Simply use your finger or stylus to select colours and brush sizes, fill and shade areas, add stickers and save or share your work.

We are proud to be contributing our art alongside other mega talents like Joanna Ambrosio, Alison Woodward and Ben Tour.

We live very close to the Vancouver Aquarium so naturally, we often take our daughter there to learn and have fun. The Vancouver Aquarium plays a very important role in our city and we can’t imagine not having it around. Being able to use our skillset to help raise funds for the Vancouver Aquarium is heartwarming and empowering.

The app is downloadable on the App Store and Google Play and proceeds go to the aquarium.

RISE UP against Racism. Together and united, we are stronger.

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UPDATE: SOLD. 100% proceeds went to Black Lives Matter Vancouver.
Title: United Colours of Humanity.
11″ x 14″ Acrylic and ink on 60 lb. Strathmore acid-free paper.

Like many of you, the recent events that have unfolded in the U.S. and Canada have been truly incomprehensible. It’s hard to articulate the anger and frustration seeing how racism is still a large part of our lives in this day and age. As a first-generation Chinese Canadian (born and raised) I have experienced my fair share of racism as a kid but nothing in comparison to what Black people experience. I can only imagine their struggles and because of this, I’ve been inspired to illustrate this piece called ‘United Colours of Humanity’ to capture the spirit of our global community rising up against racism, specifically, about anti-Black racism and police brutality. 

Here’s a link put together by Daily Hive that lists all Black-owned businesses and mutual aid funds you can support in Vancouver. We will continue to show our support in every way we can. FYI, there will be an anti-racism protest happening at Canada Place today at 4pm in Vancouver.

Also, here’s a cool link to support black designers that I found through my old partner in crime, Keri Zierler called Blacks Who Design: https://blackswho.design/

UPDATE: SOLD. This piece is no longer available. 100% Proceeds went to Black Lives Matter Vancouver.

We’ve already received a few purchasing inquiries about this piece. It’s yours if you donate a minimum of $100 to Black Lives Matter Vancouver. We will need a visual confirmation receipt of donation and this 1 of 1 piece will be yours.

Title: United Colours of Humanity.
11″ x 14″ Acrylic and ink on 60 lb. Strathmore acid-free paper.
Close up photo.
Title: United Colours of Humanity.
11″ x 14″ Acrylic and ink on 60 lb. Strathmore acid-free paper.
Close up photo.
Title: United Colours of Humanity.
11″ x 14″ Acrylic and ink on 60 lb. Strathmore acid-free paper.
Close up photo.
Title: United Colours of Humanity.
11″ x 14″ Acrylic and ink on 60 lb. Strathmore acid-free paper.
Close up photo.
Title: United Colours of Humanity.
11″ x 14″ Acrylic and ink on 60 lb. Strathmore acid-free paper.
Close up photo.
Title: United Colours of Humanity.
11″ x 14″ Acrylic and ink on 60 lb. Strathmore acid-free paper.

What’s your new norm? We were invited by ADCC to share our WFM photos.

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Through strange times our creative industry persists.

We’re happy to be invited to be part of this fun series by The advertising & Design Club of Canada called the #ADCChomeoffice.

The series is set to explore the current office spaces designers are working and creating from.⁠ Here’s ours. We live in a 5 level split townhome built in the 70’s in the Westend of Vancouver. On the 4th level, we have our home studio where we’re working from now. The space lets in loads of light thanks to all the skylights and windows we have. For most meetings and video calls, we do it on our patio to avoid the kid screams and banshee crying sounds from our 10-month-old. We sometimes use the dining table to lay all our work down for more tactile work. As nice it is working from home, we can’t wait to get back into the studio when this pandemic blows over. Go check out all the other spaces featured on the ADCC IG feed.

Our home office. An open concept townhome built in the 70s. We have lots of skylights and lets in loads of light which is nice but the glare on our screens can sometimes be a problem.
Our rooftop patio has been a great place of refuge for virtual video meetings as our kids can be quite disruptive. And we try our best to work outside as much as possible. Vitamin D!
Our second desk. Denise’s workspace is smaller as she’s mostly responsible for admin and finance work.
Our beloved Herman Miller Nelson Swag desk has served us so well for the past 9 years.
One of our favourite art pieces in our home. A limited print titled ‘Masquerade’ by James Jean.
Released through MAEKAN back in 2016.
Our custom art bike for adidas Originals fixie from a project back in 2010 now is one of our centre art pieces in our home. It sits in front of ‘Chaos’ 28″ x 40″ that I painted back in 2015 in my old studio at 1000 Parker. Both of these pieces sit by our home’s front entrance.
Looking up to our feature piece from the front entrance. Spot the Jean Julien’s IKEA limited art print. ;)
Denise likes to change up her scenery by working in living room. This large dining table has been our go-to spot for bigger illustrations or laying down all our design work.
Denise pretending to be hard at work. ;)
Hidden gems. Our micro Benz G-Wagon hides behind our design annuals.
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