Outstanding Artists in Asia publication

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I’m super pleased to announce that I’ve been invited to represent Australia as  one of the many featured Asia Pacific artists in AAD’s new publication called ‘AAD Outstanding Illustration Artists in Asia’. It is expected to be released sometime in 2016 as a lead up to a possible thematic exhibition and an exchange seminar in 2016/2017.

AAD (The Asia Art Design Platform) aims to promote illustrators and their remarkable works with a heavy focus  on highlighting the style, techniques and visual expression of the artist.

AAD is a non-profit organization devoted to art exchange and design in Taiwan. Since its birth in 2013,  they’ve held a series of international design exhibitions and more than 30 international design forums across the globe. They’ve also published several books, with their new one about to be released in 2016 as mentioned above. Here are some of my favorite featured artists already on that list:

Chen Hsing Chung

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Miss Cyndi

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Miloza Ma miloza-maCroter Hungcroter-hung

Garnet Chu

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So much amazing talent, I’m proud to share the spotlight with these guys! On a side note, I’m particularly loving the comments I’m getting, especially from fellow Indonesian artists: “your surname’s Indonesian but you’re representing Australia?” Hahaha well I have been living in Aus  since 1999 after all. Stay tuned for more updates on Asia Art Design’s Facebook page!

Zetta Florence

3Last week  I had a small photoshoot of my artworks to promote Zetta Florence folios. The folio is  a compulsory purchase for every RMIT communication designer students’ last semester of uni – it is one of the highest quality folios on the market  that professionally  presents your work without getting unwanted fingerprints and mess on each sheet. It’s recommended we bring these to any design interview but at first glance, it looked  more suited to showcasing art pieces than design work. With that impression in mind,  I decided to use it as proper storage for my artworks.

2145Presenting artworks neatly to investors and clients  is a very daunting thing to do, especially when you don’t have the right folio for it. Zetta does the job. The traditional folio with a bind doesn’t cut it due to it’s limited nature with providing  the best viewing experience for yourself and the viewer. Instead, the best option is to have loose  sheets  and let the viewer carefully examine each piece in whichever order they prefer. The Zetta folio is known for being a hand-made leather box protecting individual  sheets inside.  Even though mine have  no clamps to hold  the sheets together, the sheets are  incredibly durable and don’t move around as much as you think – in fact they fit  perfectly inside and don’t move around at all! The polypropylene sheets are purchased separate to the box and in bulk. They’re definitely not your average  A3 plastic pockets. They’re heavily coated and designed to conserve  your artwork for as long as possible, meaning the artwork will never fade and lose its color.

I’m happy uni introduced us to Zetta or else I would’ve spent many more years trying to find better ways of preserving my art. It’s also perfect for my future travels, I don’t have  to worry too much  of it being smudged or crumpled in my luggage. Thank you for answering my prayers Zetta Florence.

Malala Coffee

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Ever since starting an online branding service  with two of my good friends Ryan and Yuki, we’ve taken on projects of all shapes and sizes. Our team is small and we think it’s perfect, our minds are  always in sync and our trust in each other lead  Ryan to kickstart another brand: Malala Coffee. One thing that motivates us to get out of bed every morning is knowing that we have the  opportunity to change the world in the smallest ways. This is what Malala Coffee does for us.

Malala Coffee is more than a great organic coffee and a caffeine fix; it’s  hope.

It’s hope to the farmers we pay 2x the normal market rate. It’s hope to the consumer that coffee is being bought at a fair market rate. And finally, given that the brand is so heavily inspired by the work of Malala Yousafzai, the biggest aim is to give hope to tens of thousands of young girls in the 3rd world, the conservation projects we support and the regions hit with natural disasters who have no hope.

This is one of the major projects we’ve been working on throughout the year and it continues to grow day by day. I keep a tiny  jar of Malala Coffee beans on my desk to remind myself of how small a product can be to  create a large impact  on  the world. Also, they smell great! The beans are roasted in 4 different countries, each embody  a certain characteristic to it.

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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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