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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.


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