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Meet Pearl Choi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Pearl Choi.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up in a household where music and art was a mandatory elective. However, unlike the common Asian stereotype, my talent in math and science was pretty much non-existent. All throughout high school and college, music and art was nothing more than a hobby. I never dreamt of living a life of a creative and most definitely not making a living out of it. I didn’t want to be that “starving artist” while my peers pursued a career in medicine and law.

During college, I needed to raise funds to go on a summer mission trip overseas. I grew up watching my mom create floral arrangements and bouquets for special occasions, so, that summer, I decided to raise my funds by selling graduation flowers. Thanks to my dear family and friends, the fundraiser was a success. I felt a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction despite the intense physical labor and all-nighter I had to pull.

I graduated from college with a Psychology major and got a job at a corporate restaurant company. After work, I would spend hours mindlessly scrolling through social media and feeling inspired by the creative content people were posting. Every time I scrolled past a floral design, I felt the itch to want to be a part of it. That itch was merely a thought until my boss (at the time) encouraged me to start a creative journey of my own, so after year 3, I left my full-time job to pursue floral design.

Please tell us about your art.
I am a floral designer. I enjoy creating floral arrangements that express a sense of wild and free. I try to stay away from creating arrangements that are too symmetrical, square, and too…”perfect.” It’s impossible to force a swirly stem to go in one direction or bend a certain way, so I let it be and let it have its moment among the rest of the floral ingredients.

I try to cater to my client’s needs to the best of my ability because it’s a huge part of the process of creating. In order to deliver an arrangement that meets the expectation of my client, an immense amount of conversations need to take place. Flowers carry presence, and they are powerful. They can create an ambiance and set the mood of the space with the right design. My hope is to translate a desired aura through floral design and flower special occasions to create memorable moments.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Be confident. It’s the best advice that I wish I could have been more mindful of and practiced earlier. It took me six years since the fundraiser to begin my journey as a floral designer. I thought that my work wasn’t good enough, and I was scared of failure. But if we have been so lucky enough to have encountered something creative in our lives that is fulfilling and satisfying, we deserve to pursue it in some way or form. Lack of confidence will only keep you in your comfort zone and prevent you from reaching your full potential regardless of how educated and talented you are. So, if you’re on a journey of pursuit, approach it with confidence!

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can see my work on Instagram. It’s where I feel inspired and connected. The best way to support an artist is by tagging and crediting their work. A simple tag and shoutout goes a long way!

Contact Info:

  • Email: visualparlaysd@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @visualparlay

Image Credit:
1. Elizabeth Matheny
2. Gloria Torres
3. Rachael Michelle
4. Sini Choi
5. Nelly Cabanillas
6. Gloria Torres
7: Nelly Cabanillas

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