SIS Art & Technology exhibition

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Aside from sitting in front of my macbook  checking emails and downloading fonts all day, as an artist and designer it’s always a thrill being  asked to speak in front of an audience as part of your job. Last Monday I was honoured to be invited as  the guest speaker for the opening night of the 2015 Southern Independent Schools Arts & Technology Exhibition. Just after the  2NE1 SS15 Collection had ended, Sharon, the executive secretary of SIS, called me and requested a  speech that covered my road to year 12, as well as the success I’ve had after year 12. Reuniting with my 2012 Top Arts artwork behind me brought back memories of high school, it almost felt like yesterday but actually  it was almost 5 years ago since I graduated year 12!

The final year of high school was when I promised myself I wanted to create the best artworks I’ve ever done because I knew if I didn’t work hard I wouldn’t be able to set myself up with the career I have today. I didn’t want to leave with just an ATAR score, I wanted to leave high school with a  memory I could take with me forever, and that is exactly what my Top Arts artwork “Go Forth and Prosper” offers. I have a framed copy in my room but the original art piece was acquired by my high school, Nazareth College. Since then, the piece lead me to  an interview on a radio show, an article in the local newspaper, recognition from Goldman Sachs and has made its way into people’s homes. Here’s one of them:

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Public speaking was never really my forte because I used to be very shy and I thought I could get away with designing in my room forever, not ever finding the need  to talk to anyone. My perception  of that changed when  I started freelancing in uni. I had to go out of my way to build my circle of  online and real-life networks.  It was almost like going out on multiple dates, I had to get the clients to like me, the more they liked me the better the relationship was. Communication with clients was so important in marketing me and my work, now talking to either one  person or a group of people  has  become  very natural to me and I  love  meeting new people all the time……cue more  dates! This kind of confidence  brought me to speaking to larger crowds. The last one I did was in front of uni students talking about my Oxfam Design For Change campaign.

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Zart Art sponsored the SIS event and they gave me some unique supplies from Japan. I have no idea what this Aquash pen does but I seriously can’t wait to try it. ZIG Kurekate pens are my favorite and I mainly use them in my artworks.

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Speaking to representatives and students of 16 schools last Monday hopefully inspired them to  strive to be the best in their chosen profession.  I’m glad I could inspire the parents too! I didn’t think the parents would compliment my speech or even take a photo with me afterwards.

“And my advice to parents, stay close to your children every step of the way because you are their biggest role models. If it wasn’t for my mom and dad, I wouldn’t know  what hard work is.” 

 

MADE in Melbourne

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I’ve never been a major music concert in my life and I was already thinking I’d probably never go to one ever, unless I was a crazy fan willing to dish out several hundreds for a band that I truly admired and cared about. Seeing Big Bang live last Wednesday was an experience never  to forget. Those 2 and a half hours should’ve extended to at least 8 hours, it flew like crazy. Listening to them made  me realize how amazing live performances can be  –  they did that to the point of perfection. I don’t like every single Big Bang song and even when they performed them, turns out I liked the songs so much. 5 years of waiting for this moment, and I’m willing to wait again for their next concert.

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When Big Bang announced their  MADE album tour for the first time in  Australia this October, it was like…What. The. Heck…I didn’t think there would be enough Big Bang fans in Australia, ever. At the time of the announcement (around July I think) they only mentioned Sydney in the tour schedule. I was devastated they weren’t coming to Melbourne but at the same time, it was expected that of all the cities in Australia Big Bang would visit, it would be Sydney. Sydney gets everything! I was still at work when the  news got  released, I found out when my friends texted me immediately. We were already in talks of doing  a trip to Sydney. Checking airfares, hotel rates, bus trips and all. Perhaps a one night’s stay in Sydney for  the concert would be enough. Or two nights? All I recall was sending many texts back and forth, carefully planning this Sydney trip.

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A week later I get two text messages  from the  same friends. I checked my phone after work and the first message said: “GSIDWGWSDHKJWHDKJHASKSH BIG BANG ARE GONNA COME TO MELB JSBDKJBDKJNSADLKSNCLKSNFCKNDS”. Then I check my other friend’s message and it was almost the exact same thing but with more uppercase letters and excessive use of exclamation marks. Well, there goes our Sydney plans hah! Where do I begin? There was a group on facebook I supported  called “Bring Big Bang to Melbourne” and it had about a thousand people who joined. Mind you this is after they announced Sydney and before they announced Melbourne. I was thinking there’s no way they’d come to Melbourne, impossible, but I’ll support this group anyway because who knows what could happen. Am I crazy to think that joining this group may have been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made? Obviously there’s lesser fans in Melbourne and Rod Laver Arena has a seating capacity of 15,000 in comparison to Sydney’s 30,000 plus seating in the Allphone’s Arena. All I can say is that I’m super impressed by the online support shown within the Melbourne BB community.

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A month later pre-sale tickets were on and I tried going for  VIP tickets but no luck. I tried again for the next round of tickets, again no luck. And the third time, no luck. My friend was very lucky enough to get VIP in the third round so I was happy for her knowing  that one of us could at least experience the thrill of VIP treatment. I swear those tickets are based on pure luck. I had 3 different devices on as soon as it was on sale, refreshed all browsers and still couldn’t get my hands on one ticket. Unfortunately there are horrible people out there who buy VIP tickets and sell it for double the price to desperate fans straight away. I went for two   Platinum tickets which were the second best (my mom wanted to come along as well). In the end I didn’t care too much about VIP anymore, if I could bring anyone to experience this concert with, it would be my mom.

 

 

Platinum tickets had seating but the only time we sat down was in between songs and during  intermissions. The Melbourne crowd didn’t bother sitting down, life is too short so we should dance more. Even my mom danced more than I did. One of the band members, Seungri, told us he did some research on Melbourne and from what he found on google, he said “Melbourne people party hard”. Yup, that’s exactly what we proved to him and the gang on Wednesday. It was a full house, not one person sat down, it was literally an ocean of yellow crown sticks and hands moving in the air. Rod Laver Arena is very cosy and no matter where you sit you’re bound to get a great view of the main stage. The best thing about a cosy arena is that you can feel the energy of the crowd.

I’m having major withdrawals as I type this post, ever since the  concert I’ve listened to “If You” on repeat, put  my crown stick back into its original packaging (the box is well designed I must say) and left it on a prominent site of my desk so every morning when I wake up it’s the first thing I see, rewatched my vids and continuously reminisce with friends via text  and social media. After the reception Big Bang  got from the Melbourne crowd, I’m sure they’re keen to come back and explore more of what this  great city has to offer in the future.

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!

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