Jesse Joy studied film in Kuala Lumpur. Five years ago, he decided to start his own business, based in Kota Kinabalu. He also worked at a private gallery where he met many talents who inspired him to get back into creating things with his own hands. He has made bags, bookmarks, and home decorations. Being an avid collector of vintage items, Jesse has incorporated his collections into his creations. The beautiful Ornamental Collages, which Jesse refers to as his “pilot project,” is a fine example. His exposure to cross stitch work and embroidery is all thanks to his grandmother, aunt, and friends back in Sabah. He also credits his friend who is a henna artist for inspiring him to embroider using the mandala design concept.
After a year at the art gallery, Jesse went on to freelance as a graphic designer. He also organised art markets and film screenings. “I started an artisan collective in 2015 called TamuTamu Collective. We not only conducted workshops, but also travelled around Malaysia to trade, meet new people and discover new opportunities,” explains Jesse. This year, he moved back to Kuala Lumpur to pursue his passion for arts. While working on his art projects, Jesse is also looking for a platform to learn more about curating. He hopes to curate an exhibition someday.