Designing with an Olympian

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The day is finally here where I get to creatively collaborate with a childhood friend of mine. This past  week I’ve been helping out  on a few bits and pieces for an interior wall makeover. My friend Vicky, a badminton player  in the 2012 London Olympics  and now an interior designer, organized this project to take place on what seemed to be a tight schedule. Vicky is still heavily involved in the Victorian badminton community, regularly coaching students of all ages. The badminton facility she coaches at needed some life to it – the walls were covered  by  fingerprints and the majority of paint was off-white.

Ever since I found out she took interest in design a while ago I had a feeling there would be a collaboration looming ahead. Now there is.

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Photography: Olivia Na

This project required two walls and a door to be designed and repainted. Primarily experimenting  with  water-based paints and Washi tape, we  had some rough concepts that were tweaked along the way. We treated the white wall like  they were huge canvasses and decided to work our way through the mural instead of having it all precisely planned out.elevation-main-hall-doors-lets-play-concept

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Photography: Olivia Na

There were another  two painters who sped up the process by taking care of most of the orange and blue on the long wall. Vicky and I took care of the details on both walls which we managed to finish in two days.

When picking colors it’s always hilarious having deep conversations about which shade of color pairs best with the other. Talking about this with Vicky and the painter reminded me of what my year 10 art teacher always used to  say to me and my friends…”it’s not blue, it’s ultramarine. It’s not brown, it’s burnt umber. Use the correct terminology!”

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The last time I was involved in  anything close to  interior design was the RMIT communication design graduation show. Apart from that I’ve done some planning work around my  house with changes to our flooring, walls and kitchen this year. It’s a hugely fun process choosing materials and designing a space the way you imagine it to be. These encounters taught me how to be resourceful, in fact you NEED to be resourceful because you’re dealing with a large space and a budget. Things like reusing the same paint for another wall or element – really pushes you out of your comfort zone and to think strategically…luckily we didn’t run out of tape or paint!

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One lady from the gym walked past our finished product and asked what our concept was, Vicky and I paused and looked at each other. We actually didn’t have a word to describe our concept. But it was self-explanatory in the end. We agreed, “badminton” is the concept!

Another week of fashion

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Melbourne is celebrating  another week of fashion this Spring! Following the success of  Virgin Australia’s Melbourne Fashion Festival  earlier this year, Creative Victoria is back at it again with the  Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. The Creative Collection exhibition at Town Hall is one of the first few showcases that contributed to the launch of this one-week event. Here, you’ll witness a body of work by rising Victorian designers and artists who bring in their own unique practices to create statement clothing, footwear, films, graphics and Avant Garde millinery.

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I advise people when attending any kind of fashion exhibition or runway to study   a specific part of the garment carefully. Usually in haute couture shows  the clothing worn by models down the runway are highly unpractical and there’s a reason for that. It’s obviously not intended to be worn in public but it’s made to inspire viewers with their   different techniques and how their techniques could be applied to improving the future of fashion. It’s always that one aspect on the garment that is inventive ie. the way zips are used, the placement of buttons, the way a fabric drapes etc. This is what the Creative Collection exhibition offers with a large mix of bold and minimalist designs.

There are plenty of events scheduled throughout the week including workshops, premium runways and seminars. This week’s the week for you to get a dose of inspiration even if you’re strolling by Swanston st. The big white tent known as the ‘Hub’ is home to a Mecca mini popup shop, free Messina ice creams, T2 samples, Vespas, Movish digital specialists, live entertainment and a lineup of designer runways.

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No I didn’t hashtag this on instagram but yep that’s me and my first time on a Vespa hah!

2016 Outstanding Illustration Artists in Asia

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At this rate I could spam my website with all that’s happened in the Asia Art and Design exhibition but I’ve probably done enough of that across my social media channels. The Asia Art and Design platform hosted their exhibition this year along with a publication showcasing 40 selected artists from the Asia Pacific region. Last September I was announced to be in the lineup to represent Australia and was also proud to hear that some of my artist friends were on board as well, Croter Hung from Taipei, Miloza Ma from Hong Kong and Evan Raditya Pratomo from Indonesia.

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Held in the  Kaohsiung Exhibition Center, the AAD exhibition promotes a diverse body of artists, each having their own unique style made with different materials. Each piece had their own lightbox.

I wasn’t able to attend the exhibition but I did manage to get my hands on a copy of the official AAD book (thanks for mailing a huge book!). The beautiful cover art is taken from Evan’s illustration “Filled Her Lungs”. The design makes the book feel special from the moment you hold it. The idea of using a transparent cover to create the illusion of depth is an instant eye-catcher and Evan’s graphic amplifies that effect.

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In one of my recent posts I mentioned SAKIROO being the guest speaker of the event. His work has received international recognition and his A-list clientele is living proof of how memorable his work is. A South Korean-born character designer and illustrator, he took to the stage to share his inspiration and his vibrant portfolio with the much-captivated audience. It is bold artists like SAKIROO who are the fabric of this modern creative era.

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It’s worth taking a careful look at his work. www.sakiroo.com is the cure to your creative block if you ever come across one.

A right-brainer by day and occasional blogger by night, you've landed on a place where I live and breathe all things art, design, culture and fashion. You'll find me documenting my life in the creative field, endless travels with friends and family and a bit of food.

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