In 1994, a few years after graduating from Edinburgh Art College with a degree in Drawing and Painting, British illustrator Fiona Hewitt left Scotland for a new adventure in Hong Kong.
She was struck by the sheer intensity of colors and design-style of all things Chinese, be that packaging, religious symbols, signs, labels or type.
For three years, she received commissions from Hong Kong's major magazines and advertisers, but was frustrated by the limitations of the style she had created. Her dream was realized when she won a place to study for a Masters at London's Royal College of Art.
It was here that Fiona discovered she could combine her drawing skills with the digital medium. This provided her with the tools needed to realize her graphic visions.
Gaining confidence in her new-found style, she returned to her Asian-flavored "paintings" with gusto, this time bringing on board more elaborate and obscure sources, inspired by toys, communist-era propaganda, the Fifties, the Forties, sweets and packaging.
In 2005, she returned to Asia for inspiration. This time moving to the romantic and inspirational former French Concession in Shanghai for a year-long sourcing adventure.
The Dumpling Dynasty brand was created by Fiona with the help of Andy Tainton, an expert in Asian Kitschology. It was inspired by years spent living in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, endlessly trawling the flea markets and junk shops for inspiration.
"Our products are a labor of love. Sought-out from lesser-known parts of China, we strive to personalize and re-create the sweet sentiment and attention to detail found in vintage Asian packaging design," says Fiona Hewitt. "It is our hope that these products will make your life a little sweeter every time you use them."