As you may have guessed, I'm Lillian. Li Ming is my Chinese name as well as my middle name but it wasn’t until three years ago, right before I moved to Taiwan that I fully embraced this name. Loosely translated, Li Ming means “bright jasmine [flower]”.
I originally created “lillianliming” in 2014 as a lifestyle blog to share my photographs, travels, and everyday musings while living in Taiwan and beyond. Even though I was born in Taiwan, living there for a year as a 30-something adult took some getting used to and ultimately, didn't leave too much time and energy for blogging.
It was while in Taiwan though, that I discovered modern calligraphy/hand-lettering. I came across this phenomenon on Instagram and was instantly hooked! I’ve always had a love for pretty and decorative handwriting and even dabbled in parallel pen calligraphy in high school, so I was excited to rediscover this art form. I spent the entire hot & humid Taiwan summer, indoors learning and practicing brush calligraphy - and brought home ALL the pens when I returned to New York in the fall of 2015!
Hand lettering has truly opened a creative outlet for me and at the same time it has been emotionally and spiritually gratifying. Lettering encouraging quotes and scripture while living in a new (and foreign) place, helped renew my faith & hope that God has a bigger and better plan for me - a plan that will inevitably utilize one of the creative gifts He's blessed me with.
So, here I am. Ready to share all things brush calligraphy and lettering with you! Whether it’s through workshops, or lettered goods (coming soon!), my hope is that you’ll be encouraged and be reminded that:
God can do anything — far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! - Ephesians 3:20 MSG
A few more tidbits about me:
I have a really big sweet tooth - even moreso if it involves matcha or ice cream
I used to be a baking food blogger
I enjoy taking photos - I’m no pro at it, but I hope to share more of them once I revive my blog. In the meantime, you can see some of them here.
If you'd like to get in touch, feel free to email me [ firstname.lastname@example.org ] or head over to my Contact page. I'd love to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by!