Paperboy has brought together 19 international illustrators to create prints inspired by what they love about Asian culture. From food and fashion to flora and fauna, it's part of a project titled Must Be Nice and hopes to raise money to #StopAsianHate.
Profits from the sales of prints will go to 'Besea.n, End The Virus of Racism' and Hackney Chinese Community Services, organisations that are working to combat the rise in Asian xenophobia and hate crimes as well as helping the communities affected.
A portion of each sale of a print will also support the artists involved, many of whom are of East and South East Asian heritage. Names include Aga Giecko, Amy Phung, Arose Garden, Celine Ka Wing Lau, Christina Tan, Darcie Olley, Debbie Tea, Kimberly Morris, Jessie Wong, Lena Yokoyama, Marie Larica, Marina Ayashiro, Melissa Mathieson, Subin Yang, Vivienne Shao, Wendy Wong, Yee Poon, and Yuk Fun.
Matt Nguyen is one of the artists and the co-founder of Paperboy, which he launched last summer after he experienced racism during the Covid-19 pandemic. "The goal was to create a platform that supported established, young and aspiring illustration talent from a truly diverse range of backgrounds, with a focus on representing, humanising and telling the stories of ESEA and minorities by putting the artists front and centre of everything we do," he explains. Matt has contributed his own print to the collection, titled Stay Positive.
The Must Be Nice #StopAsianHate collection of prints is available to buy from the Paperboy App which you can download from the App Store or Google Play. Prices for prints start at £30 with framed options from £60.
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