The secret behind our works is kind of a tricky one.
When my mother and I first started to create our artworks, we could never ever have imagined what would come along next. Our only wish was, and still is, to share them with those among the billions of you who truly admire art.
On top of that, the relationship between us is unique in a marvellous way. We can sense the fulfilling of some specific destiny while creating pieces of art.
She had enlightened me to find myself and then I helped her to be herself ...
“The life” represents familial affection, with the mother and the daughter entwined in perfect intimacy, from which the most robust friendship grew.
“Losing” brings something new in our life. Now cherishing each other and what we have is but the only philosophy we live by.
This life of ours spans several decades. For a while it seems desperately endless and on some other days it just feels so very short.
Anyhow, life is limited, so we are striving to create a world of serenity, netting as much beauty as we can and meanwhile, sharing it with those holding ardor for both art and life, just like we do.
Female Country | Years - Teen
Elves Vale | Groups - Musicians
Elves Vale | Birds - Ducks
Elves Vale | Insects - Mantises
The Origin of Zora&Holly Fine Art
It has been 8 years since I wrote and posted something seriously. I had planned to write and post something every day. However, I stopped updating on social networking when I decided to quit my job, but I still kept writing. You might ask me, “Why are you starting again?” It is because I am starting a new chapter in my life that I want to share with you.
My personality is better kept away from society. I'd rather suffer setbacks and learn from it than follow the crowd to seek a sense of security. I might be a stubborn person, but you only live once, so I hope I can choose what life I want instead of just being alive. Although I didn't have a brilliant life the past 8 years where I've lived in seclusion in a small town, I felt at peace and happy. I think it has been the best choice for me.
However, I'm very lucky because my mum is a great person who is very romantic and idealistic. Whatever I decide to do, she is always on my side, and the reason why I made such a decision, is because I could see its value through her. Few people can understand how mother and daughter could work together. To be honest, we think it's unbelievable also. It seemed that everything was meant to be. When we realised it, we were surprised that the bond brings something far beyond familial affection. It made us find how truly kindred spirits we are.
My mother said to me more than once, "The luckiest thing in my life is that I had you!"
I feel the same way!
A talented artist meeting the one who understood her perfectly is lucky enough. The thing that makes us luckier is that we are mother and daughter.
Zora (right) and Holly (left)
My mother is very talented. However, her greatest strength is that she is very sensitive and delicate. Of course, she can be a good artist, but in a society, that values pragmatism more than those who love exploring spiritual world isn’t quite as popular. However, she‘s been my idol all the time. Unfortunately, I'm not as talented as my mum in terms of handcrafts, but in her life, I'm the only one who can understand all of her desires for pursuing such beauty.
Knotted Frog by Holly (length: 1.2 cm)
I always think I'm in control of my own life. Now when I look back I realise that somewhere this has long been my destiny. For example, my mother never realised that the reason why I chose Fine Art as my major in university was under her influence. Likewise, I never expected all of what I've been learning in the world of art was for my mother in the end. In my eyes, she is a natural artist. In her opinion, I'm a perfect designer. We are the smallest team. In this small team, we built our confidences, saw our own value in each other, and constructed our self-identifications.
Zora - Designer | Fabric Artist
Holly- Fabric Artist
Dreaming Is A Way
All choices come with a price! I always say that. These years, we have no income, but we continue to create art. Living in seclusion, not only makes ourselves better, but it's also a good excuse for the reality of financial embarrassment.
Sometimes I ask my mum: "What if we are going to be poor all the time?"
My mum says, "As long as I'm alive, then you won't starve, and even if I were dead, you have many ways to feed yourself. So, now that we are doing our favourite things without starving, is there any reason we should complain or be upset?"
So, yes, her words and my thoughts make sense!
But I asked her again: "Who can understand that? Are we insane?"
She said: "Well, if the feeling of being insane is so good like now, please don't cure me!"
Female Country | Destiny - Kindred spirits
Actually, I should have opened this new blog earlier, but I always thought the time was not right. For one thing, I hadn't decided which way is better for telling our own stories. For another thing, as an artist, how can my work could echo widely with an audience without a long-term accumulation? I didn't expect I would work with my mother, but the direction in which I strive for never changes. Of course, my idea is not only for promoting an artist whose talents might be ignored, but I also hope I can promote Chinese handicrafts in the form of Fine Art by our own stories. Also, I'd like to share all of what we know about Chinese art with you.
I will share our own works, art perspectives and our stories here. Besides that, we offer an online class that teaches some interesting handmade courses for those who love handcrafts. You are welcome to join us and to enjoy this process of creating beauty. Also, I will feature excellent artists from all over the world here.