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I used to love street fashion but then I abandoned it all of last year and now I’m back on it again. It’s one of those fashion phases for me; I’m constantly on and off it. It’s little things like seeing 2NE1‘s fashion and their relationship with designer Jeremy Scott that inspired me to keep my sneaker collection growing with the addition of three new pairs of Adidas sneakers. Been wearing Adidas since junior high and that hasn’t stopped even to this very day. Here I am still wearing some of my favorite pairs of Superstars, the first I bought was in grade 6 and I still can fit them! It’s only a lil’ squashy but gah the things I do to sacrifice comfort for design. Even for a design that’s 10 years old, no way it never gets old! (A)ll (D)ay (I) (D)ream (A)bout (S)hoes.

Sneakers are pretty stylish with all the colors and patterns they come in. While it does seem like sneakers are a fitness thing, they’re more funky and cosy to wear casually. I went to Culture Kings recently with a fellow streetwear enthusiast friend and the whole place is just street heaven! There’s a DJ blasting hip hop music which made it feel like a nightclub. The sneaker collection there is impressive and there’s so much casual apparel for both men and women, there’s also tonnes of NBA gear. CK feels really masculine but trust me you’d be surprised that it caters to girls as much as it does for boys. The main highlight were the snapbacks, heaps of people wear them and the shop is loaded with these $60 hats. It’s a popular trend, a trend I could never pull off though. I’ll just stick to my headbands instead…

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Jeremy’s designs are out of this world, I love it.

The hearts and the pink superstars are two of my newest to the superstars fam.

The hats…the shelves kinda extend throughout the two floors of the shop.

Didn’t get this hat. Not dope enough to wear it.

Didn’t get this either but that pink though…..

My final year of Textiles

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Last week when I had dinner with a group of friends it occurred to me that I really do miss textiles and I often wonder why I don’t make time to sew up another garment. Oh that’s right, I love designing but I’m not much of a seamstress. In fact, I suck at it and don’t have the patience for it. One of my friends pulled apart her year 12 dress and made a whole new one out of it whilst my other friend is getting back into sewing by making patterns and blogging about it. It was nice to hear all of this which got me inspired.

Last year someone told me they thought my art would make good connections with the fashion industry and it made me think of how I could take my art to the next level. Also, undertaking last semester’s Ideation for the Object/Jewellery Design elective confirmed one thing: Fashion IS wearable art. It pushed my thoughts and perceptions far beyond my imagination and it has now brought me to this crazy idea of integrating my art onto clothes, literally. I’m keen on pursuing this idea as I can’t describe my love for merging art, design and fashion into one big ball of goodness. This will give me a chance to further explore textile and refine my sewing skills.

The last thing I made was a military-inspired trench coat and that was almost 3 years ago when I was completing my VCE. It felt like yesterday when I stayed back at school during the holidays and spent 6 hours working on it in an almost empty classroom. I took advantage of the textiles room every single day in term 3 by coming in during lunch breaks, staying back after school and whatnot…all in desperate need to finish this on time. My textiles teacher was kind enough to let her students in anytime, she’s the best! I loved her also because in my lowest points of making this garment she made me realize there’s always light when there’s darkness; nothing’s hard in life, only you make things hard for yourself. I hated but loved making this trench, boy I seriously couldn’t have made it any harder for myself but it was all worth it. Even if I didn’t get into Top Designs 2012 the journey was still worth it.

In the spirit of throwback Thursday, here are some sketches and photos of my developmental work for the 3-year-old trench. You’ll also notice I added some studs, of course I had to.

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Last days of semester 1

Happy winter to us Melburnians! Weather in the past few weeks was exactly the way I liked it, cold and sunny. Now the skies are getting a lil’ gloomy  but that won’t stop me from wearing color this winter. Bring on the winter fashion <3

I bought these boots in HKG last December. I’ve worn them non stop ever since the cold rainy days started kicking in this week. The color, THE COLOR..ahhhh watermelon pink is divine and a big weakness of mine.

We’re going into our last week of the semester and well, that only means one thing; CRAMMING AND EATING…..A LOT. Mom made a delicious bowl of Gado-gado (Indonesian salad) which is probably the most filling salad one could ever eat. Rich peanut butter sauce dressing, tofu, vegetables, tempeh, krupuk, potatoes and eggs, it surely is a nice treat for studying.

Continuing on the topic of food, I think I just had the best Korean meal bucket I’ve ever tasted at any restaurant. Oriental Spoon is just walking distance from RMIT and because of this, it’s become one of the main hangouts for me and my friends. Normally I’d order the cold sweet and spicy soba noodles at Oriental Spoon but no, not this time. I was craving the meal bucket from Seoul Soul, I didn’t think it’d be as good as theirs but I tried anyway. Yeah I was wrong. I still love Seoul Soul though….

Last weekend my group partners threw a mini picnic in the computer lab. It was a Saturday, hard at work so why not treat ourselves hey? Luckily no one else was there or else they would’ve stolen these awesome treats: kale chips, green tea kit kat, green tea cookies and macarons.

Hey hey, more food! But this time it’s actually for an Oxfam project that’s in collaboration with RMIT and DESIS.  Using my burger infographic as inspiration, here’s a sneak peek of one of the three sets of paper food models I’ve developed. Each have info on where each ingredient came from and other facts on its impact on climate change and food security. Like the burger project, the information is hidden underneath the surface of the meals. These models are aimed to be readily available on the Oxfam website where users can download the templates to make these fun food models themselves. This is a way of motivating the youth to donate, grasp a solid understanding of social issues like climate change and learn to make better decisions on the food you eat and how it’s positively or negatively impacting you and the people around you.

Finally for my elective, we were asked to create an artist book that documents our progress from the first week right to the last. Our final weekly project was a brief asking as to design a postcard and souvenir based on the inspiration we gathered from roaming around the CBD for almost two hours. What inspired me to draw up that wavy artwork was seeing this curvaceous piece of architecture in a lane way. I thought this best described my interpretation of Melbourne as it is a city known for its hidden gems.

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Design had evolved naturally, as a passion and a lifestyle beginning at an early age when I made trips back to the motherland, Indonesia, I experienced the surroundings and the lifestyle that was vastly different from what I was used to. I found myself passing by villages where children made their own toys with whatever was left around them; scrap metal, bits of cloth, banana leaves, and even cigarette butts. Despite this, the children were happy and proud with anything they created.

This image struck me and forever inspires me to contribute my skills to places that need it the most. Design helps me make decisions, while art helps me take risks. Both areas reward me with opportunities to create something impactful and everlasting!