We talk more, we share more. I sometimes see things on the Internet that worry me, but it’s always good to see people starting to express themselves more than ever.
For Debby Woo, as it is for many girls her age around the world, the time for living is now.
The Taiwanese illustrative artist greatly values ‘the moment’ – whether it’s a shared social media snap or a romantic split second.
When talking about this modern life, which revolves around laptops, phones, apps and selfies, she says simply of her generation: “We talk more, we share more. I sometimes see things on the Internet that worry me, but it’s always good to see people starting to express themselves more than ever.”
Debby’s work can be characterized as girly, but don’t read that in a condescending way. Offering a glimpse into a youthful female world, Debby’s illustrations have an intimacy and a softness about them, as well as a straightforward energy, that can also easily be recognized as millennial, from a women’s perspective. “I usually like to show female’s softness in my work’, agrees Debby, “because I think it’s somehow the most powerful ability we have.”
So it made sense to Debby to take that signature element that’s present in her work, and incorporate it when Komono approached her to create a new work for their Signature watches series. As it happens, Debby is spending some time in Taiwan, at her parent’s house. “I stay in the room where I’ve grown up, which makes me feel calm and relaxed, without the unnecessary stress or feeling the urgency of chasing the future”, admits Debby. “I can really spend time with my family and friends, and I can finally concentrate on my personal work.”
Freezing time as she does in her other work, the Komono piece is a modern ukiyo-e drawing, based on the famous style of Japanese woodcut prints and paintings which became prominent in the 17th through to the 19th centuries. Her work, Debby describes, depicts “a microscope, a test tube, and a measuring cup on the table, meaning that I’m surrounded by the people and things I love. My signature is about enjoying the time spent together and enjoying the moment.”