June 03, 2011
paper artist bianca chang
The last in the series on paper artists exhibiting in Sydney at this week's Paper Convention Collective A4 Paper Festival.
Getting a commission from The Oprah Magazine is a pretty impressive start to life as paper artist. And that's what happened to Bianca Chang when her commissioned letter "O" was featured in the May 2011 issue. She is a Sydney-based artist who specialises in three-dimensional works, hand-plotting each piece of paper.
Which five words best describe you? Busy, driven, precise, type nerd.
How did you get your career start and what path have you taken since? I started studying design at the Queensland College of Art, but left part way through to take up opportunities to freelance and work in various studios in Singapore and Sydney. After I'd experienced the life of a full-time designer, I realised that staring at a screen all day wasn't for me, and I needed to return to making things with my hands.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? Communication and organisation! Being a good communicator and staying organised is half the work of any successful creative. Keep an accurate schedule. Fully commit to any project you engage in. Get everything in writing. And, surround yourself with good people!
What’s your proudest career achievement? I don't have a single "proudest achievement" as such. I'd have to say the immense satisfaction each time I see a little bit of work make it out in to the world, and people I've never met provide amazing feedback. It makes me feel proud and humbled.
What’s been your best decision? Having the courage to leave university and soak up as much experience as I could to discover what I really loved creating, enabling me to forge a new path.
Who inspires you? Other young creatives who are doing their own thing for the love of it.
What are you passionate about? The never-ending quest to sleep the right amount of hours each night. If not, napping.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? David Attenborough.
What dream do you still want to fulfil? Own a Shiba Inu puppy.
What are you reading? The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz.
images courtesy of bianca chang