How would you describe your art in three words?
Soft, dreamlike, comforting.
Scrolling through her social media, it is difficult to decide whether you want to hug or eat Miranda Wong’s illustrations. Posted under the moniker Miranda’s Bake Shop, her artworks fuse cute characters with various dishes and snacks, a combination that warms the heart. The 22-year-old artist from the Bay Area in California says her path to this style was a gradual progression, combining her skills in Adobe Illustrator with a love for drawing. After graduating from the University of California, Davis in 2021, Miranda started her small business, intending to share her sleek lines and warm color palette with the world. Her designs often follow a seasonal pattern and fit perfectly onto stickers and cards, accompanied by cheerful slogans and tiny sparkles. Miranda hopes her art will lead her to new opportunities outside her small businesses, and she wishes to work with Asian-owned businesses or other Asian creatives in the future. Until then, she continues to work on her illustrations daily, finding that they bring her joy after a long day of work.
Where/how do you gather inspiration?
My inspiration stems from my love of baking, favorite memories, and parts of my life! When I’m trying to visualize a new concept, I often think about what I have connections to — a dessert I love to eat, snacks my grandparents used to give me, characters I relate to, or shows and movies I have a soft spot for.
What do you hope audiences retain from your work?
I hope my work reminds my audience of their favorite memories growing up or makes them feel seen in some way. A lot of my work is inspired by my experience growing up asian and the foods and media that surround our different cultures. It brings me so much joy to share those experiences and memories with others.