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Love and light.

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Happy Lunar New Year! Have a properous and abundant 2014, full of wealth and health ! Love and light to everyone!!  Outfit of the day photo was taken by my dad. Thanks dad!

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And I got down to cutting my hair finally. Said goodbye to all the dried ends from the bleaching and dyeing that I did last year. Shorter hair = a shorter washing and drying time. I’ve been wanting to cut it short for a long time, now that I’ve done it, it feels good!

Definitely good to have a little change. I’ve heard of how haircuts/hairstyles can transform a person. It’s probably psychological, but if it’s all for the better, why not welcome that change?

This year I hope to be more confident and decisive, to believe in myself more, always remember to give thanks,  embrace life and live with intent.

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a good dragon year

2012 went by so fast. I’m still a bit shocked that it is January 2013 now. Time flies when you’re having fun.
Civilization was supposed to end last year – according to the Mayans – but hey we’re still here! I suppose that’s a good thing.

So, the usual- Reflections about 2012. I guess I’m usually quite slow at this. Always thinking but never putting the words down. What have I done? What have I achieved? Have I done things that I’m proud of? Have I learnt new things?

Here’s a list of things that I have done in 2012.

  • Graduated from Art School with a Fashion Textiles Degree.
  • Dyed my hair Pink. It’s still pink and I still love it very much. For someone who doesn’t even go for haircuts much, this is a big step, cos this means I have take care of my hair more than usual.
  • took part in a few exhibitions –  ”Transmission Kaleidoscope” / Phunk, Singapore and “Pen & Needles”/ LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
  • Opened a shop with my friends selling self-designed / handmade goods, accessories and apparel. it’s my first time having my own shop and really, there was so much to learn because, seriously, school teaches u nothing much about running your own business. You learn as you go along, and I guess that’s extremely challenging and exciting. Rockin’ Rocket!
  • Got a full time job that allows me to play with yarns and colours. yay to that. I’m also learning a lot with this new job, so that keeps me excited!
  • Travelled overseas for work ( makes me feel all grown up to say that I went on a business trip… cheap thrill I know.)
  • Travelled to Malacca, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Tioman ( the usual yearly trip). I didnt travel a lot because of school commitments though.
  • Turned 30. wow. I don’t feel 30 at all. I stayed in my office till about 10pm that night, and didn’t celebrate. A was having reservist as well. I’m not sure if it’s a good memory to have … to spend your birthday working all night but oh well, life goes on haha.
  • Bought a flat with A. All I can think about is how we can do the interior design, even though it’s really gonna take a few more years for it to be ready.

so yah. a short list of things I’m kinda happy about… I might add more things if i remember them… and this leads to…

Resolutions. I’ve always wonder if people actually fulfill all their resolutions each year. just before the year ended, I had accidentally deleted my 2012 Resolution list. I definitely recall writing “Graduate” in my list so yah, at least I know I completed one task. ;P

2012 was a pretty packed year for me, I was constantly kept busy. Busy with school; Busy with Making, Creating; Busy with Work.  I’m secretly a workaholic. ok maybe not so secret. It’s more like a sudden revelation for myself.

I hope that 2013 will be a busy year of goodness as well, but I also want myself to be able to have work life balance. I think after all these years, it’s about time I learn to time manage better. Life is about work and play. sacrifices have to be made, but I also need to realise that I can’t survive by working so much and not resting my mind. There are times when I feel guilty about playing and resting- not good at all.

Anyways, I think I’ll put my resolutions in another post… because… I haven’t quite started on my list haha.

I hope everyone had a great 2012. I’m quite excited about what 2013 will bring, so Hurrah!

Toodles!

 

it was a good dragon year.

xx

 

creating work opportunities

I’m finally done with school! We had our Graduation Exhibition Opening last week! Photos up soon!

anyways, now that I’m done with school, I should look for work. i chanced upon this post via a tweet by Alex Mathers today.

25 Pretty Quick Ways to Create Work Opportunities For You as a Creative

1. Email an old client.

2. Write a classified ad about your services in a popular magazine or directory.

3. Write a blog post that draws attention to your expertise and share it.

4. Go to an event such as a conference or gallery opening and aim to talk to just one person. Perhaps talk to a few more, and close each chat with an exchange of your awesome-looking business card.

5. Give a talk on what you are passionate about.

6. Start a newsletter.

7. Call or email potential clients and prospects.

8. Ask someone in your industry for advice. It’s amazing what lengths some people will go through to help you out. The very act of asking for advice is self-promotion.

9. Volunteer or intern somewhere relevant to your industry.

10. Create a video that could go viral, and promote it. Pray that it goes viral.

11. Start a small business centred around your passions that has a market.

12. Add people on your social media profiles.

13. Write a guide on something you know about and give it away, perhaps as a downloadable pdf.

14. Invite people to dinner who could potentially work with you.

15. Organise an outing or event related to your creative skill or passion.

16. Sign up for a course or workshop on something that could further your career.

17. Create a high-quality self-started piece of work to add to your portfolio and promote the heck out of it.

18. Hook up with someone new that you could collaborate with.

19. Offer to buy coffee or lunch over a chat for a prospect or influencer in your field.

20. Post business cards and postcards to people that you think would be interested.

21. Give away free stuff and/or presents to fans and prospects, especially your own work.

22. Write a well-researched guest post on someone’s popular blog.

23. Host a competition to win something on your site.

24. Offer people a free trial of your product or service before they pay.

25. Do something challenging and/or awesome for charity to raise your profile in the world.

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I highlighted the one that jumped out at me most.

11. Start a small business centred around your passions that has a market.
I’ve always wanted to design my own fabrics and make my own print-based products. now that I’ve graduated, I feel that I really can go into this full time. There are so many inspiring independent designers out there, and I always admire their courage to follow their own dreams. Perhaps I’ve spend too much time reading about them achieve their dreams, and admiring that strength, when I really should be focusing on mine. I’ve wondered if I should work for others first, get some income, and then at the side line work on my own things. I’m just afraid that I’d get so swamped by my job that I won’t have the energy to do anything at the end of the day. dilemma! money vs passion. gah.
right now I’m gonna just look for job openings. and also work on new projects, so that gives me the best of both worlds!! ; >

Hurrah to the awesome future ahead!

 

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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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morning thoughts. well at least it was morning when i thought about this.

On this cold cold morning, all I can think about is having a bagel & a takeaway coffee in my hand, waiting for the L Train with A.
a pumpernickel bagel with sundried tomato cream cheese from the Bagel Store. i’m salivating as i type. sucha lovely memory for me, not only because i absolutely love bagels, and coffee, but really, it was New York. i miss the simple things — living in Williamsburg, taking the L train, and embracing the cold outside. i miss the winter of 2010.

today i looked out the window its all gloomy and dreary. i’m filled with mixed feelings, wistfulness, some fear and yet also hope.
I’m embarking on my thesis, (finally!) and there’s this lyric by Björk that’s so apt for now, at least in my head.

“It’s the sparkle you become
When you conquer anxiety”

-Crystalline.

sure hope my thesis will sparkle when i’m done. JUST NEED TO DO IT.

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Who Cares if Honey Bees Are Dying?

via FastCoDesign

I DO!

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.

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work songs

i transferred all my time machine back up from old umi to my new macbook pro so it works exactly like umi now. so yay i’ve got my umi back. i’m a happy cat.

but i’m also a sad cat.
don’t know why but i seem to keep doubting myself these days. and i’m so damn slow when i work. i have an essay to write, a swatch book to produce in a month. and a transmission project art piece to complete by April.
so many things in my head but my hands and brain are not working fast enough.
slowly i’m getting things together, but i just need to work faster. someone give me a NZT. that pill from Limitless.

anyways, listening to Bon Iver to cheer myself up. a tad strange i know cos his stuff is pretty slow.( and depressing?) but it calms me. it’s always them when i work, late in the night. keeps me alive. Grizzly Bear and the National are my other options. i have a soft spot for slow things, and beautiful vocals. perhaps that explains my sloth-like ways…

what do you listen to when you work?

that voice. how can you not love him?

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studio dreams


During the holidays I bought ‘Open Spaces with Lotta Jansdotter’ and also “Bureaux à la Maison’, and I just was so amazed with all the creatives’ work spaces. It’s so inspiring. I guess I’ve always been a little obsessed about looking at other peoples’ studio space, and finding out how they work.

I stumbled upon The Makers’ Project by Jennifer Causey last year. She lives in Brooklyn, and was inspired by all the creativity there to capture the workspaces of the artists, designers and creatives who reside or work there as well. I always go back to that website just to look at pretty photos of them working. OH! She featured Shabd’s studio too. I’m so happy to have worked in that space. haha

On the same note, here’s a video of the designers of Vena Cava. I never got to meet them in New York, but Shabd always used to tell me how much she loves their clothes.

and another video about Jewellery Designer Erin Considine. I love how she tries to combine the hard and the soft; metal and yarns, and her choices of colours are so beautiful and raw.

and have i said that it’s all so inspiring? haha! I really hope to have my own little creative studio one day.

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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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Happy friday!

I just handed up my work for my formative feedback on Thursday so I was free to hang out with old friends again! I haven’t met my friends from Design School in probably a month ( yes that’s considered a long time..) because I’ve been so busy with school. We had our usual Japanese cuisine, this time at Tampopo, Takashimaya. They’re having a promotion now so some of the items are discounted, up to 50% off. but beware, the queue was really long. Food wasn’t too bad, at least i liked my Black Pig Shabu ramen a lot. ha…

oh! My lovely friends gave me a gift for my birthday! Lovely santa and camera stamps and porcupine stacking game all packed in a mint green lunch box! <3! I actually squealed when I saw it… which is really not me.. really. but I heart decolello so so much. THANK YOU SO MUCH GUYS!!

really had a good time catching up with my friends today…eating and chilling, chatting over coffee, playing bananagram… thanks guys for the company and the friendship. love u guys to bits.

oohkay, off to bed. maybe i’ll post my Cocotte pics up tmw.