Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Reveal

With bad sleeping habits, comes deep negativity. It has however sometimes, given birth to ideas. Turning negative energy and thoughts into something that's somewhat a positive outlet. The Reveal is one of those "somewhat positive" projects. Sometimes, just like songs that play in your head over and over again(the past few days, it had been Whitney Houston's So Emotional), I have words or sentences/phrases lingering in my mind. Art helps me in getting these things out of my system. Allowing me to put my focus and energies into creating something. 

The Reveal is a series of phrases that are at first invisible when applied onto the surface until the medium of watercolor paint when brushed over, exposes these hidden truths.

As this project is fairly new, it's a work in progress leaving room for exploration and experimentation and to hopefully also document a progression in typographical styles and possible medium changes on this journey of self-discovery.

"There's an emptiness I can't quite put my finger on."
(#1. 190912)

"The ghosts are following me."
(#2. 190912)

"The hardest part is detailing these emotions."
(#3. 200912)

*This entry brought to you with Deadhorse playing in the background.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

DIY - Silkscreening on a budget.

I decided to stay in on Saturday. I was out the whole of yesterday and my flu had developed into a cough and I was itching to craft and so I did. So, last night, I started drawing out a stencil on freezer paper. Going with my usual triangle patterns and then cutting it out. It's not as easy cutting  freezer paper as compared to thicker paper cos it was more delicate and had to be extra careful. And plus, I was watching Crazy, Sexy, Love and was very distracted by Ryan Gosling. DID YOU SEE THAT PIZZA SCENE?!!!! How can anyone make eating pizza so sexy?! He's just standing there waiting, and eating a pizza. IN FUCKEN SLO-MO!!! Okay, let me just get this out of the way. I know Ryan Gosling is hott(yes, double T)!! But this movie, seriously, when he first appeared on the screen, in his nicely fitted suit, charming grin, a few short seconds before he says, "Hi, who looks like a carrot?". I was like, "Oh, hellooooo...."

*and we now bring you back to the program*

I had the stencil cut out and continued the next day, which was earlier today. Now, this whole experiment was a combination of what I read in Avie Wampler's blog and Momstastic. I used an embroidery hoop, silk screen which I bought from Art Friend (I know you can buy ready made silk screen frames, but the smallest costing 8 bucks compared to 6.50 for a couple of yards of it is way cheaper.Well, and apprently, you can use pantyhose as well), a mini plastic squeegee (it's been said that you can even use a credit card), textile inks and the almighty freezer paper.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Black totes.

Down with the flu. Didnt do much the first day cos the meds knocked me out pretty much the whole day. I got to paint this one today though.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Singapore's Indie Craft Fair

One of the few reason I resigned from my advertising job was so I could dedicate more time to my ideas. And ideas, many I have. It was further triggered when I found out about the Handmade Movement Singapore, through one of my followers on instagram, which also stated that it was going to hold its first indie craft fair in January 2013. I got super excited cos for years I had hoped for something like this. I know MAAD at Red dot has one every first Friday of each month, but this looked to be epic (for our little country) and I signed up. Though, I will still have to go through the selection stages by the   organisers, I sincerely hope I get approved. Cos I have so many plans for products in store, involving textile and glass and more sewing!!! Find out more about the indie craft fair here. 

Etsy Craft Party - Let's make linocuts!

Yesterday Sunday, I had the joy of participating in my first Etsy craft party. It was hosted by the lovely Sooz Stack of Tiramisuzi in her apartment in the outskirts of Chinatown. Now the thing is, if you have been following this blog since the early days, I had done lino cuts before (see entry Lino cut hearts and  made a linocut print for my very first zine: Burst & Bloom). I just wanted to meet other crafters(especially now that I have the time). See photos below. 

 I never thought I would ever draw cursive text in reverse, but I did.
Met some other lovely people like Michelle of Antithesis and is also co-founder of the Handmade Movement Singapore and Katrina Alana who makes custom wax seals and her boyfriend, Lex.
After carving out, and waiting to be printed. 

Sooz's awesome feather.
Katrina and Lex's prints
My final prints. I carved small patterns on a lino too. 

I totally forgot to take a pic of Sooz. Maybe next time. 

Don't be uptote!

Did a tote in fluro pink. I really like the color on this one. Its uploaded amongst all the other totes in my etsy store.

In other updates, am currently working on my new 21.5" imac. Good to be back a desktop although for a little while I felt so out of touch with Adobe CS, and it's typically abit of a distraction cos I havent been drawing as much cos I've been researching on more projects. I guess it still is productive. I also updated my logo and the site banner above. Well, I changed the colorway to colors I think would best represent me. They're colors I would wear or be drawn to. 

So buy a tote/