Faith-Ann Kiwa Young is an Australian-born, half-Japanese multi-hyphenate - artist, creative director and entrepreneur.
Faith-Ann, who is named after her grandmother "Faith" Akiko and her mother "Ann" Yukari Yamato, began photographic career as a writer and photographic journalist in NYC. She became known in New York for her colorful portraiture of New York trailblazers; her photographic work has been published in Rolling Stone, Dazed and Confused, The Economist, Dwell and Monocle Magazine and her photos have garnered awards by PDN and Billboard.
Moving to San Francisco in 2009, right at the pinnacle of the tech boom, she began to focus as an artist on how to storytell dynamically using new media and technology. After working at a digital think tank owned by Justin Timberlake, she joined Justin's creative team from 2009-2015 - devising the visual and marketing campaigns behind his tour "The 20/20 Experience and leading his digital, social and content strategy. In 2015, she founded Mossy Creative, a creative agency & content shop to work with other artists and brands like Reese Witherspoon, TIMES UP, Mindy Kaling, Chelsea Handler, and Hello Sunshine. In 2016, she shot and directed "CAN'T STOP THE FEELING" First Listen Video. In 2018, she creative directed Justin Timberlake's photographic book, "HINDSIGHT," which featured 200+ of her photos. The book debuted as New York Times best seller. In 2021, Mossy Creative won a Webby award for their work with Kevin Bacon and his charity 6 Degrees creating the viral campaign #IStayHomeFor, urging people to stay home to stop the spread of coronavirus. Later that year, Blended Strategy Group acquired and integrated her agency Mossy; today she's head Creative for Blended Strategy Group. Daily, her goal is to use new media and art to make change and push boundaries.
In 2015, as a side hobby, she began printing photo collages onto chiffon material in 2015, crafting 'flags' which she then hangs in open spaces. Raised by a Buddhist mother and also a practicing meditator, she sought to use fabric to create meditative environments that urge people to slow down, reflect, and find respite in today's fast paced world. Her first 'flag' series from portraits of people she met in Nepal in 2015 while helping with the reconstruction after its tragic earthquake; there she was moved and inspired by the multi-colored prayer flags, Lung-Ta or 'wind horses', which adorn temples and ruins and have powerful mantras written on them. That series helped drive awareness and donations to reparations in Nepal through the charity AllHands.org.
Since Faith-Ann has crafted various fabric installations, from Kent, UK to Miami Art Basel. While historically, flags can be signifiers of ownership, exclusivity or division, they are also naturally meditative devices. Therefore, her mission is to create colorful flag installations in playgrounds, parks, and rooftops world-wide, as emblems of peace, togetherness, and calm.
When she's not creating, she's hanging with Los Angeles near the beach, with her husband, two children, and a frisky black pug named Steve.