The Pacific Collection

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Colors from left to right: Tokyo Koi, Saigon Sunset, Bali Breeze, Hong Kong Harbour, Tahiti Pearls.

 

The Pacific Collection is in town baby!  Exurbe released  their Spring / Summer 2015 nailvarnish range a few weeks ago at the Fashion Hotel in  Zurich. You can see my artwork for the collection here and on the  Exurbe Cosmetics website   (still under development).  The project kicked off  as soon as  I came back from my holiday in Indonesia and Singapore and Melissa from Exurbe had already talked about plans of doing a seascape, summer-y theme. Basing it off the moodboard below, the idea struck me of naming the five colors after vibrant cities we’ve been to. They were places  that evoked a strong trademark color relevant to the colors shown in the moodboard.

 

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The process was quick! The artwork was done in a  matter of days and all that was left to do is send the piece off to the nail varnish laboratory, scan it  and do  some  color calibrating. The computer detects 5 common color tones used in my artwork, from there it sends all that data to a machine that produces sample pigments.

 

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Awesome to see Tokyo Koi and Bali Breeze as bestsellers from the collection. Saigon Sunset is also one of my favorites! While Exurbe do sell other makeup products, they’re a company that specializes in vegan-friendly nail polish. They have a strong market audience in Europe and are seeking to expand their brand  by partnering up with artists from every corner of the world. I’m looking forward to seeing who the next artist is for the next collection…it could actually be someone reading this post 😀

Exurbe x mon.mon.

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Apart from my 2NE1 shirt collection, I’ve been working on a  collaboration  with a Swiss nail polish brand, Exurbe Cosmetics. Every year they select an artist to represent their brand and create their own line of nail varnish colors. I can’t go through a day without wearing nail polish so making an artwork for Exurbe is a very fitting project for me. I’m already excited about this launch!

 

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The Pacific Collection is driven by the colors of the seascape and it will be scheduled to release  this month at a Fashion Event in Zurich. More details to come here.

Baby steps

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Here’s a continuation of all the nostalgia building up inside me from the previous post. All of the past work you’re about to witness is from the first year of uni…except the one above. It’s a work in progress shot from a second year project, a pretty simple one that was about turning an existing ad into a global issue ad – changing a visual piece from one context to another. In my case I used a Christian Louboutin ad to express poverty and inequality. Now onto the first year stuff…

 

 

When I heard that one of our first briefs was to do a quick flip book on one object transforming to another, my heart kinda sank. I like looking at flip books but making them? Not so much. The process is extremely tedious and time consuming only because I was the only person who hand drew every single frame whereas everyone else did theirs digitally. Why? Because I misread the brief. For whatever reason, in my mind I thought it had to be hand drawn. In my 3 years at uni, this was the only project I asked an extension for.

 

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Life drawing was my second class on my very first day of uni. We made a journal in the end that included a handful of our weekly drawings.

 

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The fashion drawings and the repeat pattern slideshow design both came from the same class. It was the very first class I had in uni and of course it had to be on those deadly 8.30am Monday starts. On the plus side I met my first uni friend who I still hang out with today and the class itself taught me how to use Adobe Illustrator in depth. It has now become a program I can’t ever live without! We learned how to make repeat patterns and vectors on illustrator which isn’t seen on the fashion illustrations but on the final product I made vector clothes for each figure.

 

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First introduction to the world of infographics, this is my take on a personal infographic about me. I am DEFINITELY not a master at Photoshop by the way…I was way too cocky back then.

 

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This post ends on a good note with my first packaging project for a set of playing cards based on the American Mafia subculture. A small project but still proud of it given that it was my first ever HD WOO!

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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