• UO Studio Visits: Janice Wu

    Meet artist Janice Wu, a Vancouver-based illustrator whose art will be featured on exclusive UO Beauty stickers for our upcoming You Are Gifted beauty event at our Herald Square store in NYC. To learn more about the story behind the art, we took a trip to Janice's cozy studio to chat about her creative process, what she's looking forward to, and how she came up with her beauty-inspired designs for UO.
    Photos by Kaoverii Marapon of Hera Films

    Above: Janice's work for UO

    Hi Janice! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and where you live?
    I am a visual artist and freelance illustrator based in Vancouver, Canada. Vancouver has its grey and rainy moments, but the best part about living here is the gorgeous mountains, trees, and fresh air.

    When did you first find yourself taking art seriously and thinking about it as a career?
    I knew I wanted to be an artist ever since I was a child. I suppose I always took art seriously because I truly believed (and still do) in working really hard at what I love doing the most.

    Have you had any mentors or people who inspired you to create over the years?
    My childhood art tutor taught me a lot of technical skill, which has been instrumental to my art practice to this day, and I had a really great professor in university whose constructive feedback helped shape the way I thought about my work conceptually. Other than that, I am mostly inspired by my peers who are just as dedicated in pursuing their own creative endeavors in whatever field they may be in. 

    Above: I Am A Collector

    What can you tell us about your collab with UO?
    A little online "window-shopping" was involved in the creative process for the collab - there is a lot of great eye candy in UO’s beauty department! I chose some of UO’s beauty products to draw based on shapes and colors that I thought would be fun and interesting together, visually.

    We love your receipts series (which is also worked into your UO art)! What made you decide to start doing that?
    The first drawing that I ever made of receipts was a collection of my receipts from a week in the summer of 2011. I was interested in the way these paper trails, which seem so ephemeral and insignificant, can actually be revealing and quite intimate. The piece was a self-portrait in a way and told a story through these discarded fragments, which were traces of my own experiences.

    Your art is very tidy and neat – do you find that reflects how you are in real life as well?
    Yes and no. I’m more of an "organized chaos" kind of person!

    Above: Strawberries

    Is there something you’ve been dying to work on but haven’t for some reason? If so, what is it?
    There are so many things! One would be collaborating with a fashion designer and doing illustrations for a textile pattern for a collection. I just think it would be so much fun. I would love the opportunity!

    We heard you recently had a baby – has there been a big change in your creative process since then?
    Yes, I am a new mama to a 5-month-old baby girl! I don’t think it has changed my creative process; if anything having a newborn has forced me to be really efficient with my time and to make sure that I have a healthy work/life balance. I feel incredibly lucky to have a career that allows me to be a stay-at-home working mom!

    Any tips for aspiring artists out there?
    I've learned that although inspiration may seem like it appears out of nowhere, it is actually more a realization that you come to through hard work, failures, and being open to the world around you.

    One thing you’re looking forward to in 2016?
    Witnessing the magical moments of my baby as she grows 1 year old!

    Check out Janice's work in person at our event Friday, December 4, at Herald Square (1333 Broadway) from 5-8pm!