Chat us through the process of how you created your piece:
I recently went on a trip to Japan and a lot of the photos I took there are included in the collage. Then I picked my favourite images and played around with creating different shapes and layers. I find cut-contouring images really therapeutic!
How did the manifesto influence your ideas for the piece?
The line that stood out most to me was “Grow Through What You Go Through”, which is now something I am constantly trying to keep top of mind…and I often take photos of plants and flowers, so that tied in really nicely with my idea for the final piece.
Why did the Power Project resonate with you?
I love that a brand like Supré is using its platform for positive change and empowerment, and the Power Project is so different to what other female clothing retailers are doing. Being part of the group of creative people to collaborate for this celebration of International Women’s Day is a huge honour.
I want my daughter to know she’s not limited to choosing either a career or a family, and that she can have one or both if that’s what she wants.
How did you find the confidence to express yourself through your art?
I think that being open to receiving feedback helps a lot with my confidence. Also knowing you can’t please everyone: if you’re happy with your art, it is and should be enough.
Why do you think it is important to share and express yourself through your art?
For some people it can be really hard to express their point of view through words or actions. Art in any medium can be so powerful and help bridge a gap that many find difficult to overcome. It can also be interpreted in so many different ways, and when it is it creates a connection between the artist and the audience, which is really cool.
What does empowerment mean to you?
It means being able to work in my chosen field and be a mum at the same time. I’m surrounded by strong and driven women who have had to work as well as raise their children—I want my daughter to know she’s not limited to choosing either a career or a family, and that she can have one or both if that’s what she wants.
Who inspires you?
People who dive into things without fear of failure.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Growing up in Australia raised by immigrant parents, I have struggled with not being “Aussie” or not “Asian” enough my whole life. Someone once told me that my race does not define me, and to just celebrate all the parts of myself including those that make me proud to be both Australian and Vietnamese.
What is the best piece of advice you can offer to other women?
Stop apologising for having an opinion. Be respectful about it, but don’t be afraid to say how you really feel!
If you were able to change one thing in the world what would it be?
That a woman can rule her own body without having to answer to a man or men in positions of power.