Tales of a Trench Coat

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A few days ago my High School Art teacher messages me about the “Tales of a Trench Coat” exhibition in Chadstone Shopping Center. I first heard about it being showcased in Singapore’s Burberry store last month and I had a  gut feeling its next stop would be in either Sydney or Melbourne. Well, thank goodness the Chadstone Burberry store got renovated in Melbourne because it’s a good excuse to host this exhibition on its opening day last week! The installation is fixed with the store’s space and is only on for a period of time (21st May) before it gets taken down and replaced with Burberry goods.

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As soon as I walked into the store, I was already paranoid of knocking over the mannequins and creating a messy domino effect. It doesn’t help that it’s in an open space and they stand on tiny platforms. I finally witnessed the trench coat Emma Watson wore during the 2010 Spring/Summer Burberry campaign and that was the exact time I was first consumed by Burberry aesthetics.

 

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Some things you’ll see and learn is that Ernest Shackleton wore Burberry on his fleets, which I didn’t know about until now. There’s a workbench and cardboard patterns on display along with heavy duty tools to craft the proper trench. Looking at the patterns took me back in time 6 years ago to my last year of high school making the trench coat. All the pieces were so familiar because during my research that year, I made sure my cutouts matched Burberry’s.

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Would I make a trench again? No. Would I design one? Of course, I’d design many and in my head, I still think about new designs that could work on a trench today. Thanks Thomas Burberry, after experiencing making a trench coat I do feel your craftsmanship is unparalleled.

Tools of Trade

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I’ve accumulated a fair bit of artist tools over the years and most of it was from the pocket money I got during my early years of doing commissioned artworks. With all my savings from these commissions, I’d tend to buy more and more coloring pencils or copic markers. Prior to commission work, I had a crazy awesome support system where I scored some of these materials through sponsorships, birthday gifts and even donations from High School (I love you all!). Every artist loves to keep a collection of their tools of trade and as you can see, I bought a chest of 2 drawers to keep my equipment in optimal condition. Everything in this drawer I’ve used before and there are ones I just keep coming back to over and over again for my works. Here they are:

 

1. 0.5mm Pentel Mechanical Pencil

My absolute go-to pencil for everything. I use 2B lead that my friend Carolyn gave me back in year 11. I requested her to bring back an unlimited supply of this lead from Vietnam…they truly go in sync with the Pentel. It has gold sides and its packaging is in blue, red, green and yellow colors (seen on the bottom left corner of the photo).

 

2. Copic Markers

I started off with 8 Copics in my collection and these were donated from my awesome high school teachers. I fell in love with them when we did fashion drawings conducted by Whitehouse Fashion Institute. I actually never liked using markers before that, but until they introduced bleed paper to us and the concept of layering, I knew I would go back to them for future works. Until now, these copics still haven’t ran out.

 

3. Prismacolor pencils

I bought these prismacolors to draw Lima Shio. It was the first time I have ever used the Prismacolor brand after shifting from Derwent and Faber Castell pencils. I find these softer than Faber Castells, and has stronger pigmentation than any other pencils I’ve used.

 

4. Uniball fineliner pens

It’s one of those things that were on the high school stationary list and mom just happened to put and order through for them. The best thing about these is that they don’t bleed or go through the paper.

 

5. 15cm Smiggle ruler

The first and last Smiggle purchase ever made, it still stays loyal to me.

David Hockney at the NGV

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My year 12 photography teacher always used to tell me how much she loved David Hockney’s work. She made us study his work which then became the focal point for one of our major projects that year. Our project was to create a photomontage of a scene captured from a moment in time.

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An example of a photomontage is the one behind my friend and I. Made up of multiple canvases, they are painted individually to create one entire seamless scene. When I was doing my photomontage I was annoyed with how misaligned my photos were but then I later appreciated the imperfections of it. At close range it looked so messy but from afar the image is so distinct and the individual  pieces seemed so harmonious (I made a collage of the Sydney Harbor when I was away in Sydney during the assignment).

This was pretty much a Hockney moment for me. Throughout his prolific career as a stage designer, photographer and painter, he’s managed to explore new art techniques, even iPhone and iPad drawings which were displayed in the exhibition.

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It was the last day of the David Hockney exhibition and that happened to be on a public holiday. We strolled down to the Moomba festival across the road and then made our last stop at Ichi Ichi Ku  restaurant for dinner. Worth a try if you’re in South Yarra – I approve the black on black gyozas. Photo-13-3-17,-4-50-14-pm Photo-13-3-17,-6-43-49-pm Photo-14-3-17,-12-24-46-am

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