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Jinny Ly

Headshot of Jinny Ly in front of a bush.

Jinny Ly is a Teochew-American fiber artist and illustrator, born and raised in Oakland, California. She spent most of her time in Oakland’s Chinatown where her refugee family and other Boat People planted roots after fleeing the Vietnam War. Growing up, she picked up domestic arts from her matriarchal figures -- learning crochet from Great Grandma, knitting from Grandma, and embroidery from Mom. Curious and eager to learn, Jinny went on to study illustrations and textile art at San Jose State University (San Jose, California) and received her B.A. in Studio Art in 2009. She studied under international fiber artist, Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, who remains an inspiration and mentor to this day. For Jinny, working with textiles transcends time -- allowing her to connect with her ancestors, their boat stories, inspiration, and insight. She'll be heading to Dublin, Ireland in the autumn of 2020 to pursue her Masters in Fine Arts at Dublin's National College of Art and Design.