Shelley Hanmo Qian (last name pronounced as “Chan”) is a US-based freelance illustrator specialized in creating collage art for children’s books, editorial designs and more. Born and raised in China, Shelley moved to the United States for school when she was 18. She graduated from Indiana University with a Doctor in Music and a master’s degree in arts administration and earned her name as an award-winning pianist.
In parallel to Shelley’s academic and musical accomplishments, paper art has
Artist Style: Literary: Children, Fiction, Non-Fiction; Visual: Collage, Environmental, Illustrative, Land/Cityscape, Nature/Wildlife
Artist Medium: Visual Arts: Collage, Colored Pencil, Mixed Media, Watercolor
Shelley loves to experiment with different paper colors and textures. She sources her collage elements from magazine and other repurposed paper materials. Searching for the right paper is like a “treasure hunt” at times. In her collage art, texts on the repurposed paper often cultivate depth and textures. Words on the paper are sometimes highlighted in the design to convey hidden meanings behind the artwork. Alongside Shelley’s colorful collage art on social media, there are often fun facts, conservation information, eco-friendly tips, and fairytale stories. Through Junonia Arts, Shelley hopes to promote the awareness of reusing and upcycling while bringing joy to many others through her storytelling illustrations.
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