Re-Orienting myself with Shanghai Tang


Babylon Of The Orient, The Shanghai Restoration Project  

I'm terribly proud of my Chinese heritage. It wasn't always so; in fact I'm ashamed to say that growing up amidst the tide of cosmopolitan revolution and the movement of international assimilation being too in touch with your roots was regarded as twee and perhaps a little...old fashioned. Of course when one gets a little older and a lot wiser one realises how important tradition is, quaintness be damned. I now openly and proudly embrace my love and fascination with all things Chinese; the language, the music, the history, and the fashion.

Regarding confusion about where I'm from; I am Malaysian Chinese. Malaysian refers to my kewarganegaraan (nationality) Chinese refers to my bangsa (ethnicity). 

So when Amber invited me for an afternoon of tea (and bubbles) to experience Shanghai Tang's Imperial Tailoring Service I couldn't say no. After all their motto is 'Re-Orient Yourself'. How terribly fitting for a repentant deserter like me. 
May 25, 2013

Re-Orienting myself with Shanghai Tang

Babylon Of The Orient,  The Shanghai Restoration Project    I'm terribly proud of my Chinese heritage. It wasn't always s...

'Festival des Métiers' ; a rendezvous with the Hermès craftspeople

As an artist I am especially interested in the process and technique involved in creating a work of art. There is a science behind everything; and proper understanding and application of this science is what makes magic happen. I once read that magic is poetry and math come together. On the topic of 'art' I think that's what Hérmes' creations are. There are those who dismiss Birkins and Kellys as overinflated, overhyped handbags, that you can buy leather handbags at; I don't know, Topshop? that serve the same purpose. To that I say, either you get it or you don't. They're not just things with handles that you shove stuff in...each Hérmes creation is a thing of beauty born of hours of dexterity, respect, incredible detail at the hands of highly skilled artisans who take pride in their perfect stitching and minute paint strokes. The difference here is respect for that kind of work, and it's that level of pride that makes a leather handbag or a silk scarf a work of art.

May 24, 2013

'Festival des Métiers' ; a rendezvous with the Hermès craftspeople

As an artist I am especially interested in the process and technique involved in creating a work of art. There is a science behind everyth...

Sunday Best: Pastels at The Ivy


SUNDAY BEST (n)
definition of SUNDAY BEST:
 Clothing suitable for churchgoing; esp : one's best clothing worn on Sundays and for special occasions 
[scrubbed behind the ears and with Eton collar and bow ie proclaiming this was Sunday best — K.D.Miller]
May 19, 2013

Sunday Best: Pastels at The Ivy

SUNDAY BEST (n) definition of SUNDAY BEST:  Clothing suitable for churchgoing;  esp   :  one's best clothing worn on Sundays...

Working Hard or Hardly Working?

I can hardly blame you for thinking that it's the latter, after all Shoreditch House on a hot and sunny London day can prove distracting. 


Least of all for the sight of dozens of hipsters (or at least their more affluent counterparts) adamantly resisting any physical strain on their part, instead stretching out their coloured-socked feet, and airing their plaid shirts and ambiguous sexual orientation to bask in the sun. 


The active man is a lonely one.

I celebrated a gloriously hot and beautiful day as I typically do. By moving my computer closer to the pool. And keeping my clothes on.


If only out of polite consideration for my fellow pool-goers, to spare them what I'm certain would be the blindingly bright reflection of the sun bouncing off my winter-pale flesh. When I swim my nickname is iceberg...because I'm big, I'm white, and I float.

In hindsight, working from Shoreditch House is far less distracting and much more comfortable when you're not lying on a deck chair by a big bowl of chlorine. If you want to get any work done, move downstairs. Or compromise, settle for a cocktail and pizza in the rooftop cafe slash bar.


I brought my Macbook, my freshly drafted layouts, and sketches to work on. Voulez-vous like to know what really needs working on? That awful chocolate stain on my Anya Hindmarch tote, just to the left of the Earl's head. Lesson learnt; never eat drippy chocolate donuts with your handbag on your lap while David Khoo Hsu Yang is driving.


Mason jars everywhere. Ladies and gentlemen, we are living in a Pinterest board.


A typically hard day at the office.



The chilli and passionfruit cocktail that razed my tongue to cinders. Note to self; stick to Diet Coke during working hours.

What I'm working on at the moment. All updates to be found on Facebook and on my illustration blog.



Shoreditch House, the modern (wo)man's summer office.

xx

May 02, 2013

Working Hard or Hardly Working?

I can hardly blame you for thinking that it's the latter, after all Shoreditch House on a hot and sunny London day can prove distracti...