Katie Vajda

Katie Vajda

Where were you born? Sydney

Where else have you lived? Only Sydney and Hong Kong.

How long have you been in Hong Kong? We have just ticked over eight years here.

Which part of Hong Kong do you live in?  We moved to Sai Kung about two-and-a-half years ago from Tai Hang. It was a very cool area but we were craving space and better access to water and nature for our girls and sausage dog.

Children and ages? I have two vibrant little girls — Clio, seven and Remi, nine years old.

Are you working in Hong Kong and what do you do? I am an artist. My main medium being fine art photography, however I’ve studied across painting, sculpture and ceramics, which all somehow make their way into my work. I won the Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize in 2014 and the Hong Kong Arts Festival Photography Campaign gold award in 2016. It was amazing to be recognized in Hong Kong for my work. At the end of last year, I held my first major solo-exhibition and will be represented at the Affordable Art Fair in May this year. I also do some select commercial work.

What work did you do in your past lives? I spent over 10 years in the media industry, working in advertising. It has proven to be an amazing platform to draw from in terms of visual culture, a lot of my artwork references the advertising aesthetic.

What brought you to Hong Kong and why have you stayed? My husband is also in the media industry and we moved over here for his first gig in TV, working for Turner. We stayed because we made it ‘home’.

What time of day do you check Hong Kong Moms? Whenever I need to tap into some mommy wisdom.

What posts do you comment on and why? Anything beautiful, supportive and uplifting — because I love to see women helping women without judgment.

What is the best thing you have learned from Hong Kong Moms? Hong Kong Moms reminds me to stay connected.

What is your favorite Hong Kong Moms post? Generally advice on where to find stuff — not ordinary stuff but obscure, hard to find stuff. Someone always knows!

What is your biggest Hong Kong fave? I have a few: The amazing friendships I have made, Sai Kung (my town), and the art scene.

And frustration? The cost of after school activities and moldy March, when the humidity kicks back in!

What is your craziest Hong Kong experience? Probably shooting my “Into Wonderland” series at night through the streets of SoHo. The series explores the theater of Hong Kong’s nightlife, where the white rabbit seduces Alice and takes her on a wild ride down the rabbit hole.

Which Hong Kong Mom would you like you to see featured next? Sam Brown. She’s a mother of three, who has just gone back to work producing a series for Sky News Business called The Airport Economist. She also coaches junior teams in netball and rugby.

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