Saturday, January 31, 2009

My A-Level Art Coursework

The notion of female warriors is present in many cultures. The contrast between a female warrior and a princess -tough and feminine elements- is the essence of this work. Another highlight is the use of paper. Paper is an incredibly versatile medium with the ability to be moulded into hard or soft forms, which suits my purpose of exploring contrast perfectly. Varying paper techniques including origami are incorporated into the designs. Through this work, I aim to demonstrate new possibilities of garment creation via the use of an unconventional material.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent

Pictures from The Fashion Spot
Simple or decadent, they are all absolutely smashing. The printed sweater reminds me of a Georges Braque work.
PS. According to my mum, my grandmother used to buy YSL. Can this be true? I wish she'd give me some of her YSL stuff!

Paintings by Andrew Wyeth

images from Museum Syndicate
"In this style of painting, known as magic realism, everyday scenes are imbued with poetic mystery."

----------Quote from CultureGrrl


"...the organization governing the main museums in Paris such as the Louvre and the Chateau de Versailles, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Singapore’s National Heritage Board. The specific aim is to bring a bit of art from France into Singapore, and vice versa.
This translates to fabulous exhibitions coming our way! A haute-couture exhibition featuring the works of fashion designer Christian Lacroix has been fixed to be here this March, as well as works of Impressionist masters from the Musee d’Orsay and contemporary art from the Centre Pompidou."

----------Info from Fashion Nation

I'm utterly delighted! I've visited both Musee d'Orsay and Pompidou and the works are fantastic. I never thought I could see them again, for another ten years at least. And a haute-couture exhibition featuring Christian Lacroix? Wow! This is great news for an art and fashion lover like me. It just blows my mind.

Conceptual fashion

Few are as innovative at pushing the boundaries of clothing as Hussein Chayalan and Maison Martin Margiela.


Hussein Chayalan

Pictures from Inaya

Maison Martin Margiela
An oldie
A piece from the S/S 09 collection

His most recent couture collection (how did he achieve that rippling effect with the black leather jacket?!). And those are models, not mannequins. Creepy eh?

Pictures from The Fashion Spot and
I guess I've just got a thing for clothes that can be inflated, lighted up, converted from furniture (not kidding- Chayalan did this once) etc. Plus clothes made from unconventional materials.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Portraits and the Human Form- Egon Schiele

My last post on Egon Schiele. I titled it Portraits and the Human Form because the two are intrinsically linked.

A Flower-filled Lunar New Year

Floral arrangements in my home and the floral-print dress I wore to a New Year hotel buffet. Isn't the dress very vintage-style (both the cut and the print)? I paired it with my vintage white beaded purse and the gold necklace I wore on my graduation night.
I just spent a tiring Chinese New Year weekend cleaning and cooking. I sincerely hope that I won't have so many children in future. Doing the laundry and cooking for six people, three of them grown-up males, is a very exhausting business indeed.

Maybe people wonder what it is like to have a big family like mine. It's certainly not a common sight in Singapore. Well, firstly one has to get used to staying in cramped quarters, though that's not a problem if the house is big. Weekly buying trips at the supermarket spawn big loads of groceries- bundles of vegetables, whole chicken and fish. Then there might not be enough parental attention to go around. Pretty much all of us had our own caretakers when we were young. My eldest brother stayed with our grandparents for a year, my second brother and sister had their own nannies and I was taken care of by the family maid. And of course, there might be cash-strapped times where money has to be budgeted. Everything has to be prioritised- education, food, clothing etc. A point that people neglect to consider is that it's highly stressful living with and caring for so many people. Mouths need to be fed; everyone wants their own things.

Thankfully, my family has been lucky. Except for a short period of financial difficulty, in which we had to live in a rented house, we have got along quite prosperously as middle-class citizens, with the occasional overseas family holidays. I guess a price has to be paid for this kind of financial stability, which is, the limited time our parents could spend with us when we were young. Reflecting on those times, my mum advised me that it's always better to take care of your children yourself rather than entrust them to someone else.

However, once you get past the stress, having a big family yields many, many good things. There's always noise and life and laughter in the house; family outings are that much more fun. Now that we are older, we like to do more relaxing things like having a meal and conversation at new restaurants. There are photos documenting the times spent together when we were young- eating at McDonald's, playing at the beach, etc. My eldest brother, given his age, would be the more sensible one, friendly and likeable. My second brother would always be grinning mischievously, drawing aliens and guns, running around imitating the action in video games, being his usual cheeky and lovable self. My sis was kind of sulky, wailed easily and super loudly(I remember thinking how noisy she was), hated strangers, liked to lick chili sauce from McDonald's satchets, and generally fought with me. Sorry, sis. As for me- well, it's not for me to say what kind of person I was, right?

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Houses by Egon Schiele

He paints the most charming houses I have ever seen.