Category Archives: Design

a love for leather bags

I really do love leather bags.
I went out last Saturday on a mission to look for a new wallet, but I ended up lusting after some leather bags instead. A new wallet will have to wait I’m afraid. On a whim, I just decided to write a post about the leather bags that I’ve been eyeing.

Walked into the new Saturday store by Kate Spade… and I saw the prettiest little bucket bag.

The Saturday Bucket bag. This is the only image I could find online. Seriously fell in love with it when I saw it in the store – in brown leather. The shape is so adorable and the leather is so soft. And it looks like it can fit most of my stuff…erm since I’m trying to carry fewer things out these days. Just not sure of how it would fall when you carry it. Silly me didnt try it on.


I was searching for the said bucket bag mentioned earlier, I chanced upon two more. These are from Saturday as well. I thought the outfits looked so cute! I guess they compliment each other. Bigger images of the bags at the end of the post.

Building Block Butter Bucket. These bags look fabulous, and I’m quite in love with their bags, though I’ve heard the straps hurt quite a bit… which brings this lower down in my lust list. Pity,  it’s really so pretty.

Here are some more that I love:


1. Saturday Crossbody Saddle Bag in Vachetta    2. Baggu Leather Drawstring Purse 3. Fossil Memoir Novella Small Flap 4.Saturday Crossbody All Along Bag in Vachetta

The Fossil Memoir looks really classic, and is quite roomy. This was the other bag that I tried on, and I liked that it had this timeless look. Something that can match a lot of stuff I think. Comes in brown and mint leather as well.

I mean, that’s just a small bit of my lust list… sigh..

Choices Oh choices.


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some pics from my grad show…
so the president of my school let off these balloons, to represent us graduands who will be soaring high and seeking new heights now that we have graduated. funny how some of them got stuck at the roof…haha but i must say, it was a pretty high moment. 😉

entrance to the BA Design Grad Show at Lasalle College of the Arts.
this was my little booth. Me with my biscuit tins, plushies, portfolio and swatch book 😉
I wrapped those tins with hand printed fabric, and also made the plushies inside. they are supposed to be giant sweets and snacks from my childhood.

Cover of my portfolio.

fooling around with my tins..

My mom, my cousin and her twins.

wooooooo with emily our lecturer.

yay proper class photo! Class of BA(Hons) Fashion Textiles 2012 – L to r : weifang, me, lila, yoseffin, kanes, belinda and edward


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dream in pink

i was reading Susie Bubble‘s blog today about the 2012 class of Uk fashion designers… and my heart skipped a beat. totally love this folksy collection by Molly Goddard. The sheer chiffon layering over crochet and lace…is just lovely. that white dress with the strange cut out at the back is really quite endearing too.

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enter the dragon.

I guess I’ve really been too busy with my final projects and external projects to update this lovely space.
I really do have a lot to share though, so now that I’m a little less busy, I’m gonna try to recap my last few months. haha. bear with me.

There was this Jeans customization competition in April. One of my fellow school mates Josiah, who’s a fashion design major asked if I would be interested to take part with him. I said yes and then that’s when the fun began! Thought I’d post some process photos to show you how we did our customization. Oh, Jo just won the Triumph Singapore Competition. He’s featured in the latest NYLON SG magazine, so do check it out 😉

The theme was Fashion Upclose. Both of us are Singaporeans, so we decided to interpret it as detailed information about our country. We are greatly inspired by nostalgia and our childhood memories in Singapore. I actually did some new designs for this and later used it for my swatch book. I created prints using motifs of rice dumplings, iced gem sweets, peng kueh, and animal playgrounds.

We chose to use bleaching and silkscreen, plus some applique and studding. the Punk elements infused in the jeans were really there more as an expression of the punk spirit — fighting for what we believe in: Singaporean design; rebelling against those who think that Singaporean Design isn’t gonna make it.
Below is my Animal Pla(y)net design on my screen, under yellow light. this was right after exposure, when we had to wash out the loose emulsion and let the design appear. this is one of my favourite moments in screen printing, cos that’s when the design appears, and you either feel happy or sad ( if the design doesn’t show up due to some weird reason). another set of emotions also arise when you start printing. haha

that’s me preparing to print on the other side of the jeans front. this side has the edibles: iced gem biscuits, peng kueh and rice dumplings.

we had to print on both sides. the back featured playgrounds. Above: the back of jeans already silkscreen with a placement of un-Appliqued dragon heads.

Here’s Jo doing an awesome job spray bleaching our entire pair of jeans. we wanted a soft wash of bleach, almost like ombre dip dye, except with bleach. anyways, if anyone intends to do bleaching, pls rem to wear a protective layer, lest you bleach your own lovely clothes. and do rem to wash your bleached item so that it stops bleaching. haha. some pple add vinegar to stop the process as well.

Our bleached + silkscreened jeans drying…slowly…

the dragon heads stuffed. i actually painted on the white pleather to get that coral colour.
so these would go on the back pockets of the jeans. love them squishy things haha.

Pics below are by Suntec City Mall. from the event itself. We won Second Runner up so woohoo!

Tomas modelling our jeans. Front


From Left: Ist runner up, Winner, and us: Second Runner Ups. woot. the winner is also from LASALLE. yay.

Oh! we customised our own jeans as well haha.

Hightlight of the night: Nat Ho was one of the judges and he said he really liked our jeans! Thanks Nat! and all our supporters!

All three pairs of jeans are now being exhibited in Suntec City Mall. need to find out where.. hmm
ok I guess I’m done talking about jeans. Next post… maybe it’ll be about my final project or my Transmission Project. hoho.

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Mociun’s New Store on Wythe Ave. i wish i was still living on Metropolitan Ave in Brooklyn. i would visit it everyday if i could.

i really love her prints and clothes, i have one romper which i wear on very special occasions. that’s how much i love it. and now she’s moved on to do more jewellery. lovelovelove! she’s sucha go getter. that’s one thing i admire about the new yorkers that i met, they all know what they want and they do what they can to get them. and they aren’t gonna just sit there and let things stop them. or whine about it.

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feature on culturepush

I had wanted to share this weeks ago when the feature came out, but i was too busy with school ;( but here it is:
i was featured on Culturepush! Thanks to Michele Adriaens!
Its the first time my work has been featured on any site, so i guess that’s why i was pretty stoked.


Who Cares if Honey Bees Are Dying?

via FastCoDesign


I chanced upon a blog today with a post on this, and i started thinking about the dying bees again. ;/

I’m sure i’ve posted about the Colony Collapse Disorder before ( maybe in my tumblr…) The Vanishing of the Bees Video is a good little documentary to watch if anyone is curious about this.

Basically, Bees are dying at an alarming rate due a number of reasons including pollution, global warming, radiation and pesticides on plants.
Bees are so important to the world. they help to pollinate crops and a lot of the food that we eat are pollinated by them. they also help to pollinate many flowers and plants.
can u imagine what would happen if there are no more bees ever?

the question is, what can we do to help?
more and more pple are trying their hand in bee-keeping, to help upkeep the bee population.
i’ve heard of so many pple keeping bees on their rooftops or gardens, in a urban city too.
love that idea. hope to be able to do that one day, when i get my own house.
though i have a feeling the singapore government might not let me.

another thing we could do is stop stressing bees with pollution, pesticides, global warming, and radiation.


Pens & Needles Exhibition

Pens make marks. Needles make holes. Either can be used as a weapon of self-defense, a toothpick, or create tattoos. The limitations of the pen and needle as an art making tool is restricted only by the creative intention of it’s operator. Moving between the conventional and non-conventional application of these art making tools, SURFACE 1°22 invited a group of designers and artists to explore the possibilities of creating illustrative based artwork using Pens and/or Needles, playing with the notions of surface and texture.
Contributing artists include Izziyana Suhaimi, Lully Crooelly, Serene Lin, Shang Li, Chico Chicano, Nazierah Sanat, Molly Wallis, Deborah McKellar, Agnes Chong, Tito, Xiuting, Wrul. B and Maria Walf.
ICAS Project Space, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

Exhibition is open Tuesday – Saturday, Friday 17th February to 2nd March, 2012


Please join us for the Opening Event of SURFACE 1°22 exhibition Pens and Needles on Thursday 16th February, 6-9pm

illustration and stitch are wonderful mediums for art-making, and I’m thrilled to be part of this exhibition. Thank you SURFACE 1°22 for the opportunity!

Do come down and see the wonderful artworks being exhibited!



miura ori sculptures

via Printeresting

wow i really love the sculptures. what an interesting way to applying tessellation foldings. and how neat is that little workstation!!

the foldings in the earlier part of the video reminded me of some paper sculptures i did for the Controlpolis Exhibition in December last year. it was held at Avalon, but i didnt manage to go down. thank goodness Alvin ( Phunk Studio) took some.

Photos courtesy of Mystic Vintage.
my contribution: 1st and last structure.

A dream city of the future envisioned by 20 different creatives. Controlpolis is a landscape of many design ideas, lifestyle choices and whimsical fantasies. Each piece of architecture has a story to tell, and as a collective, a wonder to be experienced. The city is a tribute to Mystic Vintage’s new aviator sunglasses Control, which celebrates freedom and flight.

Here’s the closeup of the first building, made using Miura Ori folding technique. 😉

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Vintage Japanese Posters

Wasureemon (June 1980)
Doraemon offers a friendly reminder not to forget your umbrella. The text at the bottom is a suggestion to write your name, address and company name (or school name) on your possessions.

No smoking during non-smoking hours (October 1980)
The “Journey to the West” monkey urges passengers not to smoke on the platform during the designated non-smoking hours (7:00-9:30 AM and 5:00-7:00 PM).

Humans are forgetful (February 1976)
This poster, which reminds passengers to take their belongings when they leave the train, shows Astro Boy returning a forgotten hat and umbrella to his creator, Osamu Tezuka.

Please open it (July 1977)
This poster of a melting snowman aims to encourage passengers seated near a window to let cool air in when it is hot inside.

Isami-ashi: Wait behind the white line (May 1979)
The image of sumo wrestlers locked in combat serves as a reminder for passengers to stand safely behind the white line when waiting for the train.

Space Invader (March 1979)
This 1979 poster pays tribute to the extremely popular Space Invaders video arcade game and encourages passengers to read their newspapers without invading the space of other passengers.

some awesome Vintage Japanese Posters from the 70’s.  i love the cartoon ones the most. hehe
Really like how the incorporate characters with their message.

more here. and here.

it seems like the Japanese tend to leave their brollies around?