Interview // Hsing-ling Liao

Hsing-ling Liao is originally from Taichung, the third biggest city in Taiwan. She currently lives and works there.

She doesn't have any academic degrees related to arts. Due to incidents in life, she decided to devote herself to art at the age of 37 and has been a self-taught artist ever since.

"As a self-taught jeweller, I am a storyteller, time observer, and explorer of forms. I collect used and abandoned materials and transform them into new objects. Interaction, introspection, and evolution are key focuses. Through my practice, I seek to encourage care of the Earth, spark connections, and manifest positive energy."

Most influential person in your life?

My grandmothers and mother because of their big hearts.

What are your life essentials/ what do you carry with you all the time?

My key of my scooter

Tried and true methods against creative block?

Do everything except sitting at my bench and wait for the moment....

What are some inspirational things, designs, artists, music, sites that you find yourself re-visiting often?

Watching movies

A great line, shot or moment inspires me often.

Favourite cities? Why?

Amsterdam in 1999 – the first foreign city I have visited

Cities in Taiwan – you can always feel safe to wonder around late at night

Last meal you would eat?

Home-made dumplings by my family, grapes, ice cream and cold green bean soup

Favourite drinks?


green tea

and any fresh juice




Likes: watching the sunrise and sunset at the beach, a smile thrown from a stranger ,a good company at dinner, giggles of a baby, and cold green bean soup

Dislikes: the media which loves to evoke chaos

Best recommendations for your city; Favourite dinner/Brunch/cocktails/secret location

Just contact me. I will show you around in person.

If you could have 3 people over for dinner, dead or alive, who would you invite?

Could I invite four people? 3 passed away and one alive. Vincent van Gogh to offer him a proper meal My grannies to treat Vincent with their best dishes My boyfriend to meet three of them in person.