December update

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Happy December people. Here’s a Soju (Korean beer) Christmas tree to kick off this festive month. Actually, I saw this the beginning of November so my festivities had already started. We all can’t believe it’s already December, everyone around me including myself can’t stop saying “S*** it’s December already?!” Guys, stop it, you’re making me panic for no reason! I swear the busier things get the faster time goes. If I could slow down time, I really would. It’s one way to define my brief hiatus from blogging in November and overall, a mere absence this second half of 2016. Without getting too detailed, here are a few photos and words that almost concisely captures my life these past few months. Not all that entertaining but read on if you insist.

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1. I mentioned my work with Malala Coffee and it is currently supporting the Coffee Exchange regime. While this is all in the pursuit of social change, it’s leaning more towards the business aspect of coffee. Coffee Exchange is an online market place  directly connecting farmers to cafes, restaurants and other companies in hospitality.

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2. I’ve finally got my hands on these Pantone swatches. This thing saves your life when it comes to printing on all sorts of materials. I’ve managed to survive without one all these freelancing years but it wasn’t until I was at Jin & Co. when this grabbed my attention on a branding project. Of course, I was introduced to it at uni but we had the handy Adobe Illustrator digital  colorbook  swatch to rely on – not always great given that colors on screen are never accurate. My main purpose for making a move on this is not for freelancing, but for fashion.

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3. I’ve been featured in my 3rd publication for the year, STELL magazine. You’ll find my interview and alongside a portrait of G-Dragon staring into your soul in the Dusk & Dawn  Issue VII.

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4.  Around September this year I was introduced to the idea of an upcoming bite-sized game. Scheduled for release early next year we hope it’ll be as much fun to play as it was building this along the way.

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5.  One of my highlights this year was working closely with the state and federal governments. I was then connected to these awesome bunch of people from the City of Melbourne as my clients for freelancing. Campaign work is all about hustle – I’ve never met a group of people who I had conversations with at 2am on a weekend to ensure the production of work is perfect. Even staying up all night laughing non-stop was part of the unforgettable memory. True story, I only ever share those moments with my boyfriend but it looks like my relationships with clients are just as romantic.Big shoutout to the Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Cr Kevin Louey, Cr Tessa Sullivan,  Craig Bosworth, Da, Cherry and Patricia for being patient and bringing out the best in me under pressure. I’m no stranger to late night design work – I once got home at 4am from work and went back at 9am the same day. Luckily that was still when I was living in the city!

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6.  This morning I played badminton. Revisiting tennis and badminton this year is only a sign that I need to work on my fitness. One thing  I love to do is to keep a healthy body and maintain healthy habits. That said, I’m definitely not your gym buddy but I can definitely commit to being your tennis, ping pong or badminton buddy. I play the NBA on the Playstation so I can be your buddy for that too.

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The day is finally here where I get to creatively collaborate with a childhood friend of mine. This past  week I’ve been helping out  on a few bits and pieces for an interior wall makeover. My friend Vicky, a badminton player  in the 2012 London Olympics  and now an interior designer, organized this project to take place on what seemed to be a tight schedule. Vicky is still heavily involved in the Victorian badminton community, regularly coaching students of all ages. The badminton facility she coaches at needed some life to it – the walls were covered  by  fingerprints and the majority of paint was off-white.

Ever since I found out she took interest in design a while ago I had a feeling there would be a collaboration looming ahead. Now there is.

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Photography: Olivia Na

This project required two walls and a door to be designed and repainted. Primarily experimenting  with  water-based paints and Washi tape, we  had some rough concepts that were tweaked along the way. We treated the white wall like  they were huge canvasses and decided to work our way through the mural instead of having it all precisely planned out.elevation-main-hall-doors-lets-play-concept

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Photography: Olivia Na

There were another  two painters who sped up the process by taking care of most of the orange and blue on the long wall. Vicky and I took care of the details on both walls which we managed to finish in two days.

When picking colors it’s always hilarious having deep conversations about which shade of color pairs best with the other. Talking about this with Vicky and the painter reminded me of what my year 10 art teacher always used to  say to me and my friends…”it’s not blue, it’s ultramarine. It’s not brown, it’s burnt umber. Use the correct terminology!”

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The last time I was involved in  anything close to  interior design was the RMIT communication design graduation show. Apart from that I’ve done some planning work around my  house with changes to our flooring, walls and kitchen this year. It’s a hugely fun process choosing materials and designing a space the way you imagine it to be. These encounters taught me how to be resourceful, in fact you NEED to be resourceful because you’re dealing with a large space and a budget. Things like reusing the same paint for another wall or element – really pushes you out of your comfort zone and to think strategically…luckily we didn’t run out of tape or paint!

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One lady from the gym walked past our finished product and asked what our concept was, Vicky and I paused and looked at each other. We actually didn’t have a word to describe our concept. But it was self-explanatory in the end. We agreed, “badminton” is the concept!

A cosy space in Windsor

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Happy Spring people, although there’s not a whole lot of sunshine happening just yet, we certainly are getting hit by the typical Melbourne hayfever and bipolar weather. I’m pretty sure Melbourne is the only place on the face of this planet that endures extreme change in weather. I’m still learning how to adapt to these quick turnarounds, clearly I won’t get used to it since I’ve always been  the one to  catch a cold easily, which sadly is a reoccurring pattern for me this past month.

One of the nights I had to hide my cold was when I attended the opening of 4 solo shows at the Alternating Current Art Space two weeks ago.  I know it’s only a week left till it closes but maybe if you’re strolling through High St in Windsor, you might wanna volunteer some of your time to be in this small location.

The gallery is currently hosting  4 solo exhibitions under the one roof, curated and produced by some of Victoria’s successful young artists. I didn’t manage to get photos of all the artworks but shoutout to all the artists involved: Naomi Nicholls, Jessica Ledwich, Kate Wallce and Melanie Joy Caple. It was nice meeting some of you, great to be able to bounce ideas around and listen in on  your  motives behind these works.

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I really love Kate Wallce’s miniature hand painted  subjects. Her exhibition “In Transit” showcases her observations of people in the middle of  commuting to different places. The paintings look like they’re a decent size but they’re actually tiny – roughly the size of my index finger. They’re quite realistic and the simplicity of the paintings are quick enough to make you want to look closer to analyze the tiny brushstrokes.

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Naomi’s use of space was interesting given that she works on a large scale, it’s different to experience spacious art in a narrow space. The narrow part of the gallery  can be easy to pass by without noticing but with her bold and colorful palette it’s probably the perfect spot to drive attention. You won’t miss it from the corner of your eye.

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My friends and I headed to Fonda on Chapel for dinner afterwards. The atmosphere was buzzing and the waiter took us to the rooftop area, which was even louder…Friday nights what can you expect! The food was freaking delicious and the menu was an appealing piece of art  to look at. I recommend the Fish Tacos and the Pulled Pork Quesadillas.

I find myself in the city too often and don’t get the chance to fully explore places around South Yarra, Windsor and Prahran. The last time I was here was in July when I had dinner at Woodland House  with my family – another tasty  restaurant and less noisy! In fact we were the noisiest ones dining here.photo-5-7-16-6-52-41-pm photo-5-7-16-7-29-04-pm photo-5-7-16-8-24-44-pm photo-5-7-16-8-24-53-pm

I’m usually around these areas whenever there’s an occasion for a lunch or dinner. I do hear  there’s some great art and design galleries and shops around there also. If you guys can recommend me spaces or even restaurants to visit please email me!

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!