Growing up in Hong Kong, Valerie knew from an early age art would be her lifelong passion. She was a textile designer during the Swinging Sixties in London, where the zany fashions of designers Mary Quant, Ozzie Clark and Zandra Rhodes were her influences.
In the eighties, for more than a decade, Valerie presented her ceramics and whole life vision at Pandemonium, a uniquely creative emporium in Key West Florida. Everywhere around the island, you will experience her artistic fingerprint in the hand painted, tropical house number tiles decorating many homes and businesses.
A move to Asheville, North Carolina in 2004, fueled a new passion, fashion! An annual fashion show at the Gardens Hotel in Key West shows her one-of-a-kind HohCouture collections to a regular and global clientele.
With a group of artists in Asheville’s historic Kenilworth neighborhood, she helped start the annual Kenilworth Art Tour, where she showed her ever evolving artwork. In the summer of 2023, Valerie relocated to the UK.
In the five decades of experiencing her art in different but related genres - textile design, ceramic, fashion and now mixed media assemblages and collages, Valerie has discovered commonalities in each successive genre - she is drawn to the imperfect and the random - Wabi Sabi - the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection.
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