To Illuminate // Artist Spotlight
Posted on August 02 2018
Artisan Spotlight: Eugene Large // Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
In this month’s artisan spotlight, we are highlighting Vietnamese French female artist and designer Eugene Large, who works out of her studio in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Eugene grew up in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, and also received training in France.
Vietnam is a former French colony, which you can still see in architectural details all over the country. In addition, Vietnamese food is heavily influenced by French cooking.
Eugene grew up with a love of graphic design, which was a skill she honed while studying art and art history in France. It was there that she started to long for her homeland and discovered old Vietnamese postcards. She got the idea to turn these vintage postcards featuring strong female Vietnamese women into decorative home items, including pillowcases.
“I just loved seeing these fierce, elegant females from Vietnam on postcards and wanted to honor them in a new, different way. I thought about how to do this and came up with the idea of reproducing them in a new way.”
INA + ILIA first spotted Eugene’s designs in a hotel in the center of Ho Chi Minh City and immediately had to know who the designer was. We fell in love with Eugene’s modern, colorful take on a classic item. Eugene now runs her own graphic design company in the center of the city and distributes her housewares and personal accessories to a number of designer stores in Vietnam.
Large is unique in what she does and keeps the nostalgic stories of these designs alive in her work. Support Eugene today by purchasing one of her pillowcases from INA + ILIA below.
Let us know if you have any tips on other artists we should check out in Vietnam in the comments below!