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Meet Shelley

Shelley Hanmo Qian sitting at her art desk in her art studio.
Photography by Michael Schrader

Born and raised in China, Shelley Hanmo Qian moved to the US to study piano when she was 18 years old. While in the US, Shelley became an award-winning concert pianist, music educator, and arts coordinator. Shelley earned her doctorate in music and a master’s degree in arts administration from Indiana University.

During all that time, paper art has always been her creative outlet. But in 2019, Shelley decided to pursue her passion in illustration more fully by launching her art studio Junonia Arts and sharing her creative vision with the world.

Shelley also partners with the Edible Communities, a network of more than 90 independently-owned, locally-focused magazines across the U.S. and Canada to source reused material for her artworks and keeping her art eco-friendly. Shelley’s new children’s book titled In the Quiet Beauty of the World is now available via Amazon. Shelley is a proud member of Illustrators For Hire and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Shelley currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband where she runs Junonia Arts, as well as teaches piano and music lessons.

Her paper art works are made using mostly repurposed paper materials such as magazine pages, shopping bags, mailing catalogs, wrapping paper, etc. and often feature nature scenes, animals, and diverse characters. When Shelley posts her colorful collage art on social media, she includes fun facts, conservation tips, and fairytale stories.

The name “Junonia Arts” took inspiration from the junonia, a rare type of seashell native to Florida, USA. Besides its obvious connection to her name “Shelley”, the junonia shell offers a unique beauty that is unlike any other seashells.

“What does ‘Junonia’ mean?”

Creating art out of materials that are regularly thrown out is the core mission for Junonia Arts. Shelley believes protecting the planet is a responsibility for everyone on a daily basis. Through Junonia Arts, Shelley hopes to promote the awareness of reusing and upcycling while bringing joy to many others through her storytelling illustrations.

Junonia Arts is also a symbol to unite Shelley and her husband, who is from Florida. After all, Junonia Arts is an artistic journey inspired by her husband’s encouragement and support.

A junonia shell made out of paper on a blue background with the name "Junonia Arts" on a slip of paper next to the shell.

Artistic Process

[Pic: a stack of magazines] "She sources her college elements from magazines and other repurposed paper materials."
[Pic: Colored pencils and scissors on top of magazine scraps] "Shelley also incorporates coloring pencils into her collage process."
[Pic: An Arctic scientist made of paper observing something through a camera while sitting on an ice floe] "Adding new textures and colors to the existing paper always gives life to a design."
[Pic: Person made of paper holding a flag while in a boat with a tiger hat on while celebrating Chinese New Year] "In her collage art, texts on the repurposed paper often cultivate depth and textures. Words on the paper are sometimes highlighted in the design to convey hidden meanings behind the artwork."
[Pic: A man made of paper strolling down the sidewalk in winter with a package.] "After finishing the collage art scene, Shelley takes photographs of her artworks in different angles, sizes, and styles. Lighting and background are very important when photographing art."
[Pic: Handmade made greeting cards laying on a wooden table.] "Shelley prefers to take photographs using natural light to best bring out the depth and the vibrant colors of the collage works."
[Pic: Picture of a computer screen showing a piece of Shelley's artwork being edited in Adobe Photoshop.] "Some post-production digital editing is also needed to clean up the image. Her favorite software to use include Adobe Photoshop, Camera Raw, and Adobe Illustrator.
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Clients

United We Dream
Indy Maven
Clean Miami Beach
Mighty Kind Kids
Lotus Festival
Kurandza
Surf Shack
Brooklyn Art Library
United We Dream
Lotus Festival
Kurandza
Brooklyn Art Library
Indy Maven
Clean Miami Beach
Mighty Kind Kids
Surf Shack

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