Ling studied computer science in university, then went abroad in Australia to do a master in digital multimedia, but realized later that he was more suitable for art design. The most recent job he’s had is being a digital art director in the advertising industry. After doing a lot of commercialized work it is nice to do something that you like, and he’s grown up enjoying plant-related things. He once went to 12 flower markets during a holiday and made quite a few discoveries. The things that are good in life are often not hidden on purpose; it’s just that you haven’t discovered them yet.
“Over the holidays I went to 12 bird & flower markets, 11 in shanghai and 1 in Hangzhou, each with its own unique style. At the beginning I was trying really hard to find something special, but later I realized that nature has its own ways of surprising us. Everything that normally seems insignificant, whether it be little decorative flowers (one named “lace”), or a little broken coral that you put at the bottom of you fish tank, becomes a surprising new discovery. I haven’t designed or created anything with them, just lucky to have discovered them, the process is long but also quite meaningful. When my hands are dirty from digging through the 12 flower markets, and found those b&w patterned stones that looked a bit like pebble alphabets, I only had one feeling: life has many surprises, just have to slowly discover them. Now I would like to share with you my little discoveries from spending a week in the 12 markets. I hope you enjoy them.” – Ling M.