senior thesis: moon bunnies

Hi, My thesis is the Chinese- American identity is complex where one tends to not feel like they fit in with either culture, a feeling of limbo. Your personality and actions make up who you are and when someone can see the real you, not defined by society, they are your circle of belonging because who you are isn’t being predetermined.


Moon Bunnies is inspired by both real and fictional narratives of Chinese-American children and young adults. It takes place during the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival and also a birthday celebration.Through my research, finding out more about a culture I felt so distant to, and connecting with other Chinese- Americans, it has helped me come to terms with my own feelings of limbo. I’ve found peace and acceptance that it is an ongoing project. I’m beyond excited to continue to welcome the unfamiliar, learn, and appreciate the bright light that comes from each event of exploring my Chinese culture. 


I dedicate this project to my loving late dad and remarkable little sister, Aamarys. My family is a huge inspiration for my work. They are my inner circle and helped me find my belonging, and I hope that for you. 

Love, Nell

guinea pig recipe book

Dogs and cats have extensive literature on health, feeding and grooming. Why can’t guinea pigs have as many resources for their owners and family? Because none are being made. The issue with this is that there are a significant number of pet owners not knowing how to properly care for their guinea pig. This problem has been evident with my personal experience being a part of the Facebook groups: Guinea Pigs of New England and Guinea Pig Rescue (no rehoming fee). These two group consists of more than 19,000 people. And there's tens of thousands of more owners searching for answers in popular guinea pig channels: GuineaDad and Scotty's Animals. They exist for guinea pig owners to ask each other about adoptions, feeding, grooming, bonding, and what sex the guinea pig is. 

These groups are a great communities, educating one another all with the goals to improve the lives of guinea pigs. However, these pet owners are in need of more standard literature to turn to. This recipe book is created in aims to start this. The writing is simple and clear so owners can quickly identify the best foods and proportions for their guinea pigs. The illustrations are drawn with great fun and personality so that young children can enjoy learning the foods that guinea pigs can eat. I’ve named my character, Bongo. Scroll for the 32- page mock up. 

guinea pig seasons coloring book

Guinea pigs are such funny creatures. I wanted to make a coloring book with all my characters from my spring, summer, fall, and winter patterning. This is a layout of what Guinea Pig Seasons Coloring Book would look like. I left it open ended so there’s room for lettering and banners to be added. Scroll for the 32- page mock up. 

ugly duckling series

The Ugly Duckling is a classic fairy tale. This story’s theme of perseverance and self acceptance is moving for ages young and old. I wanted to capture emotions with cute characters and explore color palettes reflecting mood in each piece. Playing with brush textures was another goal with this project