Yennie Zhou is an artist born in Vietnam, raised in China and currently living and creating in California. Her art is an avant-garde blend of inspirations that include architecture, nature and human emotion. Yennie’s artistic eye is one of her most valued tools, and she is always looking to erect the beauty out of the broken.
Many of Yennie’s pieces are constructed with unconventional, every-day, or repurposed materials and she believes art exists in various organic forms that can be captured within societies’ most used artistic canvases: fashion, food, technology, architecture and landscapes. Yennie’s art often comes to life as she deconstructs, twists, spins and rebuilds the familiar into fresh, exciting and truly unique pieces.
Yennie’s expertise has born dresses out of Chinese newspaper at Designing Dreams (2010), from recycled construction materials again at Designing Dreams (2011), magazines at Where Dreams Begin (2012), food and food products at District 30 (2012), Tissue Paper at the Hair and Fashion Battle (2013), chicken wire and soda cans at Sacramento Fashion Week (2014), repurposed textiles at Sacramento Fashion Week (2015), and plastic soda bottles at The Greater Sacramento Vietnamese Americans Chamber of Commerce’s Gala Event (2016.)
Yennie also makes her talent for bringing beauty out of the broken available to local businesses. She is often hired to make her cutting-edge Marketing Pieces for them. This, of course, requires Yennie to break what is already beautiful then rebuild it into a couture dress that serves to adversities the company’s wares.
On two separate occasions she constructed avant garde dresses out of pastries and packaging for Ettore’s Bakery and Café. For Allure Salon and Spa, she fashioned an evening gown from their tote bags. At the 2016 Hair and Fashion Battle in St. Thomas, USVI, she made several runway dresses from their promotional T-shirts. Yennie also used tote bags to formulate a gown for MyLa’Cor Martinis and their Granite Bay launch party. At the 2013 Creture Show, Yennie manufactured a dress soley from the business cards of producers and sponsors. On several occasions, Joe Gillis, owner of 1 Way Tesla and On The Go towels, has hired Yennie to make Marketing Pieces from his products and packaging.
Yennie uses conventional textiles to make her dresses, too, but one of her favorite quotes provides insight into her zest for challenging herself, “If I can bring one of my designs to life using macaroons or chicken wire, then working with fabric will be a cinch.”