Grace D. Chin

Grace Chin makes wreaths with statements. She weaves together the political and the pretty, incorporating intersectional feminism in traditionally feminine art. She graduated with a BFA in printmaking from the University of Kansas in 2012 and then, after a couple years working retail in a toy store, ventured out on her own to create an art business that paid her rent while doing what she loved and cared about. Here we talk about art, politics, creating an art business while taking a stand, and how you never have to compromise who you are to do what you want to do.



I really admire the makers who looked around and said, “Oh I’m a human who exists in this society and I’m going to take the reigns on whatever my art is communicating. I’m going to steer the conversation in a direction I would like it to go.”

I really admire the makers who looked around and said, “Oh I’m a human who exists in this society and I’m going to take the reigns on whatever my art is communicating. I’m going to steer the conversation in a direction I would like it to go.”

Some things we talk about…

  • Going from making art to studying art to leaving art to making it again, as a full-time gig
  • Growing an Instagram following to over 20k
  • The dance between hope and resistance, fighting and joy
  • Using creativity to imagine a better world and using art to change it and 
  • How to build a business doing what you love without quieting your voice or sacrificing what you believe

“I feel obligated with the people who have trusted me with their attention and their time to say something important. I feel I should honor that relationship and always say the thing that I think needs to be said, even though it scares me a lot of the time.” 

“If you feel stuck, make the ugliest thing you can think of. Make some really terrible art. because after that you have nothing to be afraid of, you can always go up from there.”