Category Archives: Textiles

Certainty | Entropy by Aiko Tezuka

I checked out this exhibition over the weekend.

Certainty | Entropy is by Aiko Tezuka, currently exhibited at Hermes, Third Floor, Liat Towers, Singapore.

I really liked how she made use of the mirrors, and made her tapestries look longer, and endless.

As the exhibition was based in Singapore, she took inspiration from our multi-racial heritage. The fabrics that she picked were that from the Peranakan, European, Indian as well as  Japanese heritage. With those fabrics as a base, she combined modern day motifs into a woven tapestry. The gallery sitter showed me these images of the original traditional fabrics, as well as the motifs that Aiko Tezuka used. You can try spotting them in the tapestries.


Part woven and part unravelled.


Very Clear motifs here.

The tapestries were so delicate and beautiful, though a little dark – especially those destructive icons. Sometimes I was not sure if i was to feel comforted with the blending of traditional and new. I did sense an underlying message of how modern day actions may one day erase heritage and culture, and we needed to do our part to help preserve that.

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THE LASALLE SHOW 2012

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

Back.

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.
nites.

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roots

so i finished my thesis paper. yay!!!!! i actually got a finger cramp from 3 days of typing. ;<

i was writing about how Björk is so creatively influenced by her climate and geography, and how all her music and fashion always points back to her love for Iceland.  i myself want to find my roots and be inspired. but singapore is so different in the sense that it is way more urban than Iceland, which is full of nature and open land.

And because singapore has advanced so rapidly, and become so culturally diverse, it’s hard to point out our roots. so I thought about my childhood memories of old(er) singapore… when buildings had more character ( i love old shophouses!); there were more open space and nature, and playgrounds were not all plastic and rubber mats. There was actually sand!! Toys were not iphones and ipads… and the snacks i grew up with had toys in the packaging. haha. i miss all the kaka, whiterabbit sweets, and tora to name some. even yakult came with a toy. To me, older singapore had alot of charm. its good to progress, but sometimes i think we have progressed too fast. so in this project, i am inspired by old singapore, and my childhood memories living here.

I have a sentimental soul.

so here is one about childhood snacks. maybe i’ll post one of singapore’s playgrounds soon. 😉
this one is printed using mint green, grey and coral pink ink.

i have realised that there are quite a lot of local artists having similar themes about culture, identity and remembering the past. i like.

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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.

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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

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

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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!

 

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worrywart

less than 4 weeks to the end of school. and also my final submissions.
and not forgetting 7 days to my interactive project submission. all i’ve been doing these days is folding paper using the Miura Ori pattern. love it to bits but the headache will come when i need to shape it into a hoodie-cape.

i try to recall how i managed to finish anything last semester. its blurry and all i rem was that it was a mad rush. O_o

scary.

to add to the stress, we have internship in Nov, and i have yet to find someone who will take me. I emailed my favourite textile/fashion designers. either they already had interns, or they couldn’t accept any international students. some just didn’t even reply. I really hope i get to intern with Shabd. I must so personally meet Caitlin Mociun to thank her if i get it. She was so sweet to pass my email around. <3! hope i get to intern with her next summer.

alright, back to drawing.
time to do more work, and less thinking.

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彩海





A swatch book of fabrics i created, inspired by the clashing colours of the Psychedelic Era in the 60’s.
彩海 means colourful ocean. i was inspired by the organic shapes and forms of the ocean and colourful underwater life.

techniques use: shibori, batik, embroidery, mola & screen print.

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