We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashlyn Hung and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ashlyn, so let’s start with how you started?
When I first moved to Los Angeles, I worked as an Operations Manager in a real estate office. Although I enjoyed my job, I couldn’t help but feel I had a bigger calling. I had to do some soul searching in order to figure out what that was though. I realized what I enjoyed most was creating cards for my friends – birthdays, anniversaries, thank you cards, etc. I realized that creating a greeting card company might not be as lucrative in a small business sense, so I started learning more about the wedding industry. I immediately connected with wedding stationery design – I loved the qualities it entailed – calligraphy, graphic design, beautiful paper, emboss, foil, etc. I knew this was the avenue for me. Initially in 2016, I created an Instagram account focusing on my journey to learning calligraphy and painting. My account slowly evolved from inspiring quotes written in modern calligraphy to showcasing my own wedding invitation suite that I created for my husband and my wedding in 2018. The process was very natural, where for two years I was just constantly practicing my craft. As I continued to post photos of our wedding stationery and signage, my first client contacted me. I was so nervous and excited! Working with her was a dream though, and it gave me more confidence in what I was doing.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Although I have a background in art and digital media art, I am constantly learning more and finding inspiration from nature, art, and design. The way I create is a mixture of all of these elements, which ends up being a unique array of my own skill set and experiences. I specialize in modern calligraphy, floral watercolors and graphic design. What I love about my area of work though is that there’s no boundaries on what I create and I’m always experimenting and working on my craft. I am most proud of my journey in general. To look back a few years ago and see how far I’ve come has been so satisfying! It takes a lot of endurance to create your own business and stick with it after every challenging project. I’m excited for my future in this business in general and excited to create more. I got to where I am today professionally by hard work, research, practice, and patience. I’ve made many mistakes along the way and have been overly confident on certain projects, but in the end it’s pushed me to be a better artist and business person. I’ve learned so many lessons along the way. A few that stick out is don’t quit, keep practicing, and always do your research! The first two are pretty obvious, sticking to it is more of the challenge. Doing research is so important, especially when you first start out. Research how much you should charge and research the best tools for your art. Also, research classes to take to better your craft and then research the teachers and make sure they are legitimate. Our brand represents a local small business that offers high-quality and unique wedding stationery with quality customer service. We hope to work with you soon!

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Los Angeles and LA County in general is filled with rich history, nature and fun activities! I’d love to share some of my favorite places around here. I have mainly lived in Downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena, so bear with me as most of my recommendations lie in these places! Restaurants: • Bestia in Downtown LA – It’s tough to get reservations, but the pasta dishes are delicious! • Maccheroni Republic in DTLA – Another great place for authentic italian food • California Los Tacos in Pasadena – By far, my favorite taco truck! I believe they only take cash so make sure you have it. • Perch in DTLA – Has stunning views of the city. The food is pretty good as well. Brunch is a great time to go but I highly recommend getting reservations. This is also a go-to place for a night out on the town. Bars/Clubs: • The Edison in DTLA – It is a club with a speakeasy vibe and there are usually burlesque-type performances. • The Bungalow in Santa Monica – Fun, beachy vibe near the ocean • No Vacancy in Hollywood – Another speakeasy environment but more casual Acitivities: • Highland Park Bowl – It’s a gorgeous, hip bowling alley with antique-filled decor. Reservations are needed. • The Huntington Library & Gardens in San Marino – It’s huge and breathtaking! • The Broad in DTLA – Beautiful modern art museum • Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood – Staple in LA for events and performances • The Pantages in Hollywood – I studied theater so this venue has a special place in my heart!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shout-out goes to my biggest supporter – my husband. He was actually the one who suggested the name, “Copper Crane” for my business. I adjusted it to “Copper Crane Design” in order to specify more of what our business represented. When I first worked in real estate, I had a major breakdown where I was completely lost with what I wanted to do with my life. My husband was my boyfriend at the time, and he encouraged me to pursue my card business. It sounded so farfetched at the time, but with his help and encouragement, I began to pursue my dream. I also want to do a shout-out to all my wonderful clients. They entrusted in me something that was so significant for their special day and I feel so honored to be part of it. Without their support, I wouldn’t have the confidence I have today to keep doing this!

Website: www.coppercranedesign.com
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