My friends Chris and Chiara got married. They’re beautiful together.
My friends Chris and Chiara got married. They’re beautiful together.
The CoFA ANNUAL is the yearly exhibition of the works produced by (some of) its graduating students. It is a celebration of the blood, sweat and tears that were sacrificed and devoted to our craft as designers and artists. For my designer friends and I, this exhibition marked four years of neurosis and creative energy. For me, this is the defining moment before I embark on a new chapter in my life.
I just had to sneak in a quintessential outfit post/self-portrait/reflection image in this post. As expected, the artistes and designers entered the event in their own unique styles. It was a lot of colour and excitement. (And with every celebration, there was more than enough alcohol to go around…)
This year’s exhibition was a far cry from the creative spew of sculpture that rested in the center of the Roundhouse last year. What made this year even more special was the fact that I was exhibiting with a lot of my close friends. It was quite emotional.
Lachlan and Annie designed the most amazing textile prints for our major projects last semester. These two also endured the trials and tribulations of Honours with me. They’ll be famous someday.
The lovely Kate designed amazing footwear. Her project was among my favourites when we worked on our major projects. She’s immensely talented.
Monique is an amazing designer as well. She’s always had immensely good concepts and has a knack for combining creativity with intelligence. Yet another name to look out for.
And here is my wall! I am quite pleased with how it turned out. I used the “less is more” mentality. The layout was as minimalist as my portfolio’s layout.
Isabelle and Nicole. I love these girls to bits! They were inspired by kale (Issy) and their trips overseas (Nic). I’m immensely biased, so I’ll just save the accolades for when we next meet. Which is soon, I hope.
Samara went to Japan with me. I loved her project, which has feminist undertones and a whimsical element to it. Would you believe that she spent three months or so spinning wool?
And Chris. I’ve been an admirer of his talent from the moment we started talking. He is a storyteller (and an amazing one at that!) He spent months developing these prints, as well as an application that presents an interactive, augmented reality to the viewer.
This work was created using push pins… and refers to the labour-intensive (and dying) art of making lace by hand.
My mum and I also admired this artwork, which reminded us of Murano glass.
The Annual was a brilliant success (again, I may be biased…) and it would be lovely if you can enjoy the experience as well. The exhibition is open until Wednesday, 28th of November 2012 at the Roundhouse, UNSW.
Well done everyone. All of the hard work has finally paid off.
As I am a part of the graduating class that featured in the 2012 CoFA Annual, my works were also featured on the Annual website. These works are only the tip of the iceberg and are among my favourites.
The website can be accessed from here
It has been said that change is necessary for growth. I think that dreams can change as people’s mindsets shift and alter with time. I think that lately, I’ve been learning more about my preferences and have been thinking more about where I want to go in life.
The same is true for my design practice. Although there hasn’t been a lot of new additions to this space in a long time, I think that I’ll be taking the opportunity to see what else I can come up with as a designer. Stay tuned.
For now, enjoy the offering of cake. The photograph is courtesy of one of my closest friends, Christine.
Trains are conducive to creative thinking, especially when I have the company of my iPad. The Paper App has seriously saved me from having to rummage through my bag for the trusty old Moleskine and a pen.
I’ve always enjoyed portraiture. I’ve been trying to hone my illustration skills and discover my own style. It’s getting there. I think that this is my favourite self-portrait to date.
I apologise for neglecting this space. I’ve just been immensely busy with the final stretch of my university career… but that doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped being creative in my spare time. Whilst my friends from work demonstrate amazing talent with their musical ability, I on the other hand have rekindled my relationship with my watercolours and my paintbrushes. I’ve also had a slight obsession with painting sunflowers. I blame the Medici family for this. The works that they had collected throughout the Renaissance included a lot of amazing botanical pieces. I was impressed!
So, this is a design that I created over the past couple of weeks. It is meant to be for bedspreads and pillowcases.
This second one is the striped coordinate.
It would be lovely to see them rendered in soft Egyptian cotton.
And here are some progress shots. I’ve missed creating hand-rendered works. And sunflowers make me smile. They’re pretty.
I’ve been rather preoccupied with my thesis lately. This explains my sudden disappearance from this particular online space. It’s such a shame, because I miss blogging about my adventures in design and elsewhere.
I’ve managed to find time to watch the film Love and Other Drugs (starring the lovely Miss Anne Hathaway), among others. And it inspired this illustration. Kind-of… I’m not saying that it’s exactly the same. Nor am I insinuating any particular desires through illustration. A couple of people have said that the girl reminds them of me. But who is the guy? That is a good question. I don’t know?
On the plus side, I seem to have found a penchant for fashion illustration? This one is a favourite of mine.
Love is as addictive as physical drugs. Art is my chosen poison. As are shoes. But that is another story for another day.
Okay… so I’ve become one of those people. I’ve joined the cult of the cool kids.
Hello friends. Over the past few weeks, I’ve become the owner of a new iPad. It was half-a birthday present; half-a reward. It’s become my constant companion, particularly in the video-viewing and the reading departments.
I’ve also taken to using the Paper App by 53. I really love the fact that it’s like having a mobile Moleskine notebook and the trimmings without the hassle and mess that is often associated with many art materials (much as I love them).
My initial attempts at finger-painting merely reinforced my desire to find the perfect stylus. But, while waiting, I’ve decided to see whether I can be successful at capturing what my eye can see.
Self-portraiture has been something that I’ve been interested in. I’ve always relied on cameras to capture emotion and those goofy expressions. I’ve taken it to another level. I’m more comfortable with using monochrome. It’s a challenge to rely on just black and white, with line being the primary method of expression.
The second image is just a small present to someone I know. I’m not sure whether this person is an active reader of blogs like mine, but I’d like to put this out there. I’m becoming better at drawing hands, I think… I will probably fix this illustration, because there’s a number of flaws that I can detect. I’m a lot more comfortable with illustrating girls’ faces. Less angular.
Until next time.
The case of my new iPad is from Etsy. It’s handmade and quite pretty. I love supporting small businesses and handicrafts.
Hazelnut-flavoured hot chocolate as well as the scent of cherry-wood and leather are two elements that characterise this particular instance of winter.
As you can tell, I am a Starbucks aficionado.
Looking back, I remember how a friend of mine guessed that my favourite place was the beach. I didn’t think too much of it at the time. Perhaps he knew me a bit better than I knew myself. Perhaps it had been a lucky guess. Now I can see that he was right. The beach was my happy place. I can sit in the sand all day, and watch the waves. The sun made an appearance that day.
I like it best in mid-day, though the colours are lovely at dusk.
I miss days like this at the beach in the South Coast just as much as I miss you.