HEY! LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A LITTLE BETTER. INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU AS AN ARTIST
Hey friend! Love a little get-to-know-me, spoken like a true Leo. I’m Janine Yeung, a Chinese-Canadian creative with a love for all things cute.
I just knew I was meant for a creative career, whether that was pursuing the design industry, or doing my own thing. Luckily I do both! I am a full-time designer working for a Toronto-based interior design practice. We have big aspirations and do some genuinely amazing work internationally and have standout projects here in Canada.
Yeunglove was born out of a hobby and passion for illustrating custom birthday cards for my friends and coworkers. I wanted to bring a bit of joy and amp up the typical card by translating their likeness into a character and drew icons that represented who that person was more genuinely. I went the extra mile—added a personal touch. Make ‘em feel special, ‘cause they are.
I’ve always had an obsession with collecting stickers and stationary goods as a young girl, and designing products and stickers as an adult really does something to my soul that satisfies my inner child. I’m truly embracing that I like to create, design and have cute shit! I will do it until I’m old and grey 💫
If you could describe your collection in 3 words what would they be?
Cute AF (technically that's 3 words 😛), fun, and joyous
What does a day in the life look like for you?
Although I’m not a full-time artist, I am a full-time creative. On weekdays I wake up and listen to a podcast or my favourite music (usually R&B) and get ready for the workday. At the design studio the day-to-day constantly shifts and is never the same, and that keeps things interesting.
This past year has been life-changing for me in many ways. I’ve completely reinvented my lifestyle in a way that I hope only improves with time, by nourishing my mind, body and soul. Self-love and care at the forefront of my priorities. I cook all the time, exercise regularly and practice gratitude every night through journaling. A bath before bed when the mood strikes. I’m trying my best and that’s what matters, even if I’m only at the beginning of my self-love journey 💖
I’m all about a chill weekend and like to change the pace. Slow and low-stress. Sleep in. Catch up on my yeunglove goodness, shop, cook, clean, lift weights, sing, dance and just relax! Having the discipline to rest is also super important and so necessary!
What’s a fun fact about you that you think would surprise people?
For some reason I have always pictured myself on a stage even though this is not something I am known for or regularly do. She's a shy birdie ☺️ Secretly, I want to be a standup comedian but have not done anything remotely close to that to justify it. The idea of it scares me, but in a good way!
What’s your favourite design from the collection and why?My favourites have to be the Icon & Fruit Sticker cases. The ‘too-cool-for-school’ attitude of the Icon case illustrations has me obsessed. Love a bit of sass. The colourful arrangement and ease of the Fruit Sticker case makes this one an obvious pick for me.
What’s on your bucket list?
I would love to utilise my interior design skillset to design my own residence. For yeunglove, an absolute dream would be to design and have my own little shop but that’s currently just living in my land of imaginations. I’d love to have a physical wonderland of my work and illustrations, I think that would be magical. I also look forward to collaborating with more creatives and brands!
A must is to travel more—particularly to Italy, Thailand, Korea, Iceland, explore more of Asia and revisit Japan (the country of cuteness).