About Me

hello!

Thank you for being interested in knowing more about this space and me.

My name is Judy.

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But some of you may know me as Hoi Yin which I sometimes like to refer to as my ‘professional name’ although actually, it’s my Chinese (birth) name. I know – confusing! But it explains the domain name which I’ve now revealed is definitely eponymous. In case you were ever wondering, Hoi 海 means ocean and Yin 燕 means swallow (bird). The older I get, the more I realise how fitting the name is for me since I value my freedom hugely! Even if I’m not travelling, my mind is constantly going places so being creative helps a lot to nurture that energy.

I graduated in BA (Hons) Fashion Design from the University for the Creative Arts, Rochester in 2014 with a 2:1. In truth, I was 1% off from a First which at the time, was gutting however I’ve turned it into a friendly reminder to always work hard – even for 1% progress. Weirdly (or not), I didn’t follow the fashion route. It was a big decision but for me, it felt like the right one. It wasn’t that I no longer loved fashion (I still do) but it was the sustainability of the model or lack of, that I felt didn’t align with me and my values as a designer. I needed to think about what I was contributing – a problem or a solution?

Today, I am working as a Marketing and Communications Officer for a small theatre company. It’s not my end goal but I’m getting closer and continue to absorb everything around me like a sponge. I sometimes get to create some cool graphics too whether it’s a new event flyer or social media post with no one to teach but myself. Constant trial and error. Constant self-critique. The ultimate dream is to work with other like-minded creatives one day.

I have a keen eye for colour and texture and always look to use them in a playful nature. Somehow, this seems to translate across all my creative projects whether it’s painting, photography or even how I dress!

Some of my (made-up) mantras include…

This could be a really good idea or a really bad idea…let’s try it out.

Process to progress.

All creative things aside, my tutor at university who I am nicknaming ‘M’ told me I had a real knack at writing after submitting a couple of reflective statements throughout the year. I wasn’t convinced at first but his words became of encouragement. Since then, I created this blog to share, create and communicate with you all my passions, my thoughts, my perspective. Enjoy!

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…and subsequently recording it all in one space.

9 Comments

  1. Nice to meet you Judy! Fashion is awesome! I’m glad you are blogging. It’s such a great way to learn, meet others, and express yourself! I’m still learning too! I think one should always be learning. That’s how we grow! I wish you the best! Koko 🙂

    • Thank you so much Koko and nice to meet you too! I’m glad that we have this in common 🙂 Thank you for visiting my page and we should definitely connect more!

  2. O wow! 1%?!?!? that’s such a bummer. You have quite a refreshing blog over here.

    Is this the Zuki theme? I used Zuki when I was still on WordPress. Love the look so much.

    Do you speak any Chinese?

    • Yep 1%! Quite cruel but it’s okay, I’ve learnt it’s more process than result. A grade is really just a number sometimes.

      It is the Zuki theme indeed! It’s the only theme I thought suitable for my content. I had thought to change and even go self-host but I think WordPress.com is beginning to spoil its users…or at least for me, it is more than enough. 😛

      I speak Cantonese primarily, and some Hakka dialect. I can speak Mandarin if I put my mind to it, but it’s not the best for sure.

      • I speak Cantonese too 😆 ja, sometimes I have regret having moved to self host. WP has definitely up their game. If they changed the policy before I moved, I would have stayed

  3. darshanakoirala says

    Hey Judy, nice to virtually meet you! Your blog looks great – I am looking forward to reading your posts!

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