Dingding Hu is an award-winning artist, writer, and creativity influencer who has created vibrant and humorous art for global brands such as Instagram, Disney, Google, The New York Times, Sephora, and more. Her debut book, Delicious Daydreams: A Seek-and-Find for Foodies, will be published by Chronicle Books in March 2023.
Dingding hails from Sichuan, China and earned her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. Her designs have won awards from the Society of Illustrators and American Illustration. In 2016, she collaborated with the Museum of Chinese in America and NYC DOT to create 45 works of public art to amplify the Chinatown neighborhood of Manhattan. In 2021, her sticker set for Instagram was ranked one of the top 10 assets of the year.
Dingding has over 20K followers on Instagram, and she has been featured in publications such as HuffPost and Brit+Co, as well as podcasts like Stories of Astonishing Light and The Creative Pulse Podcast. Dingding hosts her own podcast, Honey Gone Nuts, where she chats with creative change makers. She lives in New York City with her husband and a Shiba Inu.
As an immigrant artist, I struggled with original creativity, until I started to approach it from the perspective of my inner child. To tap into the heart of my inner child, I've learned to cultivate an environment that is safe and collaborative for the creative spirit to emerge, I've also developed a routine for the creative muscle to develop and grow, in addition I've been shifting my belief system constantly to let go of the attachment of validation.
I am a highly sensitive woman of color, and out of my own creative needs, I discovered the key to effective Self Care lies in the well being of our inner child. I facilitate intentional conversations on my podcast and IRL gatherings, I practice self observation and perspective shift through improv and stand up comedy, and I seek self discovery and spiritual guidance with spontaneous collage and journaling.
I use a lot of color in my artwork, and as I study the Chakra system, I learned about color’s deeper meanings. For example, both green and pink connect to our heart chakra, and it also relates to the energy of love, openness and vulnerability. Breath work is another spiritual activity that I practice. As the word “inspire” originally means inhale, the process of intentional breath work helps remove the noise in my mind, and brings me closer to clarity and divine inspiration.