We had the good fortune of connecting with Sapira Cheuk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sapira, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My business centers around creating stickers that focus on diversity and representations for the paper planner and journalling communities. When I started in 2017, I realized I could not only use my creative skill in a completely different way (I am also an exhibiting contemporary artist) but also help to create a more inclusive community.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have two creative practices, and they are very different from one another. As a contemporary ink painter and installation artist, I am interested in proprioception, ways of knowing through the body, and how these modes of knowledge reflect or internalize external experiences. Visually my works resemble Rorschach tests, where pools of black inks depict bodies. I just completed my 100th art exhibition this month. One of the notable projects of mine is titled “Pas De Deux, in the Time of Quarantine” where 40 dancers quarantined in Santiago, Chile; Los Angeles, California; Berlin, Germany; Sofia, Bulgaria; Buseyi, Iganga, Uganda; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and many other locations around the world submitted videos dancing wherever they are quarantined. Videos were then paired and the stills transformed into these paintings – as if the dancers were occupying the same space, dancing, and connecting, together. In the other part of my practice as a sticker maker, I am constantly creating characters used as decorations in paper planners. Since the characters are focused on representing diversity, I’ve developed a recognized brand in my community. Last year, I started posting daily planning stories on Instagram; sharing daily helps keep me connected to the planner community. While these two practices are both in the creative field, I find the types of work involved are very different and both require vastly different skills, language, and strategies to navigate. I am more and more grateful to have learned from these different fields in art. Having different practices helped prepare me for my current position as an art instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Some students want an academic art career, while others dream about being freelance graphic designers. Designing curriculums that will benefit all students, no matter their interest, has been the most fulfilling part of my work.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live in Las Vegas, and we have (almost) everything as far as entertainment goes. However, since moving here I’ve been enthralled with the tranquility, peace, and beauty of the desert. Some of the places I love are Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire (there are petroglyphs!), and Rhyolite. There are also some great art spaces in town that are worth visiting: Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, Core Contemporary, ASAP, and Priscilla Fowler Fine Art, just to name a few. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My partner Brendan; without his proofreading I never would have gotten anywhere. From the Las Vegas art community that so readily welcomed me: Nancy Good from Core Contempoary, Jeanne Voltura from City of Las Vegas, Bobby Ann Howell and Kathleen Kuo of Nevada Humanities, Angela Brommel from Nevada State College, and the UNLV art community. I would also like to give a shout out to Chelsea from Chelsea Brown Designs and Nana from Xquisitsoul. They are both great internet friends with whom I have shared many sticker shop woes and wins.
Other: Sticker Website: www.dolceplanner.com Sticker Instagram: @dolceplanner