As a group of avid readers in the LRP team we are very happy to have recently expanded our book offering online and in the showroom. We knew you would be interested in finding out more about some of the wonderful authors and illustrators who have created the ones we've selected. All books have a Hong Kong theme whether it be written or illustrated by someone who lives here or is about the city, the stories and the history of the place so many of us call home.
We have created a series of Ask The Author blog posts where we ask the same three questions (with an added bonus one at the end!) to find out more about their connection to the city, what their book is all about, what inspires them and their favourite things to see and do in the 852.
After graduating a few years ago, I moved to Hong Kong and ended up pursuing my dreams in illustration. Currently I am based in Toronto but actively working with clients all over the world illustrating picture books, designing educational products and continuing to create my own projects. My book Hong Kong Travelogue is a collection of paintings and observations recorded over the course of 3 years. It is a celebration and introduction to the rich cultural history and charming stories behind Hong Kong's nostalgic landmarks, small shops and scenes of everyday life.
I have always had a fascination with all things retro and antiques. I also have a background in architecture so I’m particularly drawn to noticing the details of environments. I love the informal spaces of markets, street stalls and small shops because they are so embedded with the personality of the occupants and unique culture of the city. I wanted to create a collection of artworks that would celebrate these cozy and heartfelt moments aside from the big landmarks that Hong Kong is renowned for. I’m so happy to hear that readers also pickup on the tiny details in my drawings and able to connect with all generations.
Favourite thing to do or see in Hong Kong
My childhood was always centred around the Hong Kong Island side and I lived there the last couple of years too. It's always nice to walk along the tram line and stop by the art store and book shops. I also like to just casually wander around neighbourhoods and make small discoveries along the way. A lot of the places in Hong Kong Travelogue were found in that way.
What is your favourite Hong Kong scene from the book and why?
The cover illustration of the tong lau residential apartment is a favourite as I love the sheer density and the vibrant community it depicts. The page of vehicles was also lots of fun to draw and research. I’m currently developing my next illustrated products which will feature an interactive book/toy for a tong lau and tram too! I’ll also be releasing my second book, Japan Travelogue around the end of this year.