David Hockney at the NGV

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My year 12 photography teacher always used to tell me how much she loved David Hockney’s work. She made us study his work which then became the focal point for one of our major projects that year. Our project was to create a photomontage of a scene captured from a moment in time.

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An example of a photomontage is the one behind my friend and I. Made up of multiple canvases, they are painted individually to create one entire seamless scene. When I was doing my photomontage I was annoyed with how misaligned my photos were but then I later appreciated the imperfections of it. At close range it looked so messy but from afar the image is so distinct and the individual  pieces seemed so harmonious (I made a collage of the Sydney Harbor when I was away in Sydney during the assignment).

This was pretty much a Hockney moment for me. Throughout his prolific career as a stage designer, photographer and painter, he’s managed to explore new art techniques, even iPhone and iPad drawings which were displayed in the exhibition.

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It was the last day of the David Hockney exhibition and that happened to be on a public holiday. We strolled down to the Moomba festival across the road and then made our last stop at Ichi Ichi Ku  restaurant for dinner. Worth a try if you’re in South Yarra – I approve the black on black gyozas. Photo-13-3-17,-4-50-14-pm Photo-13-3-17,-6-43-49-pm Photo-14-3-17,-12-24-46-am

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A week has gone by since Japan and I’m already going through “the feels”. The three weeks with Chris was nothing but a workout for our legs. Everything we ate, we worked off because there was THAT much walking involved. It’s Japan, you’ll find yourself constantly walking to shops, walking while you shop, walking to the market, walking to find something to eat, walking while you eat, walking to the subway, walking through the fluffy snow, walking 382563457 sets of stairs, walking to 7-11, walking to the toilet (it was winter and we pee’d a lot), running for the shinkansen, and walking to get lost. We’re relieved we got our bucket list items out of the way and loved experiencing every bit of it, INCLUDING the walking. Coming back I noticed we captured plenty of footage, especially in moments where I even forgot I held the GoPro.

It’s gigabytes worth of film so I’ve decided to shorten it. I’m no filmmaker, but I do make videos as a hobby. Thanks Adobe Premiere for sorting out our film 😀

PS: The last bit of footage we were playing immersive gundam and I was communicating with Chris from a separate capsule. Got too distracted.

A date with Viktor & Rolf

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The National Gallery of Victoria have housed some big artists and designers with the likes of Warhol, Degas, Hockney, Gaultier and Monet. They continue to do so as next year’s event calendar looks promising. When I got an email from the NGV team telling their subscribers that they’re bringing The House of Dior  in 2017, I was over the moon. I’m THAT excited I could book tickets right now!

After visiting the Ai Wei Wei and Andy Warhol exhibition  this year I immediately heard talks of a Viktor and Rolf exhibition coming into town. I revived my subscription to NGV newsletters so that I was completely up to date with all of this. If you’ve seen their creations on TV, you’ll know how mesmerising they are.

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The tour guide explained how experts today didn’t know how  those holes were cut so perfectly on that red dress. Up close it looked like a million stitches done to each layer of chiffon. I stared at this for a long time and nearly accidentally touched it.

This is literally wearable art. While they do have ready-to-wear collections, Viktor and Rolf’s speciality lies in haute couture. The dutch duo continually re-invent the wheel, using fashion as a core tool for artistic expression. The saying “Fashion is Art, Art is Fashion” is evident in their body of work and remains at the forefront for the trends we’ve seen the last decade. The Viktor and Rolf: Fashion Art exhibition is held at the NGV until early next year. I highly recommend sparing a few hours for your entertainment – they even have a kids hub much where you can take photos with different backdrops that turn into animations!
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A right-brainer by day and occasional blogger by night, you've landed on a place where I document life in the creative field, endless travels with friends and family and sometimes a bit of food.

My appreciation for creativity began 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 inspired me in pursuing a design-driven lifestyle. Embracing creativity in all forms and using it to inspire and help people, much like how they inspired me. Design helps me make decisions, while art helps me take risks. Both areas reward me with opportunities to create something fun and everlasting!