About the Artist
Jinny Ly is a Chinese-American (Teochew) illustrator and fiber artist, currently based in Paris, France. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, she spent most of her time in Oakland’s Chinatown where her refugee family planted roots after fleeing the Vietnam War. The oldest of four, she was raised by her grandmother while her parents worked all day to provide for a large household. Most of her childhood was spent learning how to crochet from Great Grandmother (Lao Maa), how to knit from Grandma, and how to sew from Mom. She was often drawing or reading comic books, playing video games, or out in nature.
Jinny studied illustrations and textile art at San Jose State University (San Jose, Ca) and received her B.A. in Spatial Arts in 2009. She had the opportunity to study under international fiber artist, Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, who remains an inspiration and mentor to this day. Consuelo introduced Jinny to the world of textiles and fiber as an Art form, and not just a craft. Jinny spent her early adult life growing her business career in the tech and video game industry, but after the passing of her grandmother in 2013, she decided to follow her heart and nurture her illustrations and fiber work.
The San Francisco Bay Area art scene gave Jinny some opportunities to show her illustration and fiber work. To push herself beyond her comfort zone, and to surround herself in a world of art and inspiration, she decided to move to Paris, France in 2017. There she dedicates her time researching various flora, challenging cultural expectations, and experimenting with natural fibers. Her fiber work and illustrations balance each other, much like yin and yang, where one style of art inspires the other. Jinny is working on combining her illustration and fiber art skills as she visually dissects complex natural forms by creating organic compositions of natural objects that often go unnoticed in everyday life. By encouraging and inspiring her audience to mindfully meander in her nature-inspired creations, she hopes to reignite peoples’ imagination, curiosity, and sense of wonder in a world that prioritizes the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Languages spoken include English, Teochew, Cantonese, French, some Japanese and German.