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Meet Llucy Llong

Today we’d like to introduce you to Llucy Llong.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Llucy. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve always been creative. My brother is eight years younger than me, so for a long time, I grew up as an only child. I believe this had a huge impact on making me who I am today. That wild imagination from back then has developed me into the conceptual artist that I am now.

When I was younger, most of my art was based in drawing and painting. As I got older, I became less active in my creative practice, but never lost my passion for it. By my second year of college, though I was studying business, my love for art was reignited when I was asked to create a logo design for a summer youth education program I was volunteering with. That project sparked the beginning of everything for me because it showed me that a career in art was attainable.

After graduating college, I leapt into the corporate world. Within six months, the honeymoon phase was over and I was already beginning to think of what skills I had that could transfer to a business of my own. I thought back to the things that I had enjoyed in the past and that seemed to bring out my natural abilities. The logo project from college came to mind and I dove in head first.

For the next year and a half, I taught myself graphic design by learning programs like Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. I watched any tutorial I could get my hands on and practiced as much as I could. Eventually, I began taking drawing classes with my mentor, Rachelle Eason, at a local studio to sharpen my illustration skills. After a couple of drawing classes, Ms. Eason introduced me to ceramics, acrylic painting, and mixed media, and that was it. I had officially fallen in love with art (again). That was seven years ago, and since then, I’ve been able to dedicate myself fully to my work, which has definitely helped shape me as a woman and artist-entrepreneur.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
This journey has not been a smooth road. Honestly, I’m just now feeling like things are beginning to “level out” after what seems like mostly an uphill climb. I am a self-taught artist and designer, so with many of the skills I have developed, I have had to be both the student and the teacher. Some learning curves have been grueling, almost excruciating, but the rewards from gaining knowledge in this way has given me a heightened sense of wisdom that I can only be grateful for.

Please tell us about Llucy Llong.
I believe what sets me apart from others is my approach. My formal background is in social science and it greatly informs my artistic perspective. I am a visual artist who works through the lenses of anthropology and family archiving. I am known as a maker of future artifacts, in which I create heirlooms for future generations using ancient artisanal mediums.

My work focuses mainly on the restoration of Black American families through exploration of the Spirit, culture, and traditions of our fellow descendants of the African Diaspora. The “future artifacts” serve as a tangible manifestation in remembrance of who we are. I am most proud of being able to inspire other millennials to learn and document their family history. It is important to me to help families create and preserve treasured items that symbolize their lineage’s legacy.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I would have treated myself with more compassion from the beginning. Looking back, I placed huge expectations on myself that were honestly unfair when it came to the development of skill and experience. I would tell young Llucy to take her time and to not rush knowledge, wisdom, or understanding.

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Taylor Appalachia

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