“All I wanted to do was draw”

I love doodle by Lim Heng Swee

I was speaking to a fellow well-known artist the other day – it was the first time I met him after conversing through email for the longest time. And it was just brilliant. I always love meeting new people – even though the relationship wasn’t technically new, the experience of meeting someone for the first time is something I treasure, because of the wonderful little surprises I know that lies in store.

Whether it’s nuggets of advice and inspiration, or a forging of new bonds; my mind just buzzes with excitement at the thought of hands that are extended in friendship, and where a new thread becomes interwoven in the colorful fabric that has become my life.

So we sat down and talked over lunch, and the more we talked, the more I was fascinated at his ideas. “All I wanted to do was draw,” said the man who turned to art after studying to be a mechanical engineer. “And now I can.” It was inspiring, and to which I thought was incredibly zen-like. My head was brimming with ideas on how he could take it further, and I told him what I was thinking of. He just shook his head and said “I’m happy at this point of my life – I am doing what I’ve always wanted to do. I’m drawing, and I’m earning a living for myself and my family. I don’t have to go big. I’m happy.”

If contentment had a face and a voice, it would be his.

His name? Lim Heng Swee of I Love Doodle.

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You’ll be able to read more of our conversation through the Work/Art/Play online course that starts in September – sign up for more details when we launch in a couple of weeks!

Inspiration: Fashion

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[Richards NYC Spring 2014]

I’ve never been much of a fashionista.

After 5 years of wearing semi-corporate wear to work (I refused to wear greys and blacks and look all proper and “professional” – which was basically ironed shirts with collars and long pants), and then transitioning to comfy yoga-ish inspired clothing as I worked from home. Pajamas were game too during those beginning years, I won’t lie. I even found it hard to justify wearing any footwear that’s higher than 2 inches. Even if it looks amazing.

Maybe I was lazy. Maybe it’s because I was a practical person. Or maybe it’s because fashion wasn’t at all interesting to me back then. (Plus: I had an old knee injury from playing too much sports in school, so teetering around in heels was literally a pain.)

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[Source: Miss Moss]

Nothing much has changed now – I still want practicality when it comes to fashion. Shoes. Clothes. Accessories. I need the freedom of being able to move. It’s just that I’ve begun to look at fashion with new eyes: I could have all that I wanted – uninhibited movement, comfort and practicality – without having to compromise on how I looked. Oh sure, I didn’t care what other people think. But perhaps I could have it all and look smashing at the same time.  Double win!

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[Less by Maria Jennifer Carew]

Or maybe I’m lucky this season (and the few seasons before), because what I’ve seen on the runway is extremely likable in an offbeat way. You know – the kind of clothes that doesn’t need for me to have a perfect hourglass body to pull it off. The kind of clothes that doesn’t need me to stay in place to look pretty. Pretty colors and quirky shapes. Fun details and happy-inducing cuts. Beautiful, yet utilitarian. It’s also a relief to know that being practical is in this season – someone actually told me how much they loved my black leather strappy Crocs (I bet he didn’t know they were Crocs). Once I found out that fashion can be fun instead of scary, it takes on a whole new light. There is no wrong or right – anything goes.

I think that our bodies make great canvases – and our clothes, accessories and shoes all paint a picture that’s unique to each and every one of us. What shall we paint on ourselves today?

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[Marta Lugo’s hand sawed pins]

Maybe it’s the internet. Maybe it’s always been there, just that I wasn’t aware of it.

But right now, I’m inspired by it, and I have the internet to thank.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Here’s more posts on fashion and more images I’ve collected on Pinterest. Happy Tuesday folks!

Watercolor teatowels by Yao Cheng

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I’m in love with these gorgeous tea towels by watercolor artist Yao Cheng today – it looks absolutely vivid and bright, and I found out that she doesn’t print them digitally – instead, she prints through a reactive dye process.

What I love about these towels is that it is completely color-fast. These linen cotton blends are printed through a reactive dye process in which the colors are dyed directly into the fabric rather than sitting on top like with pigment printing. The difference is truly extraordinary, most noticeably is the saturated color range and the color fastness of the fabric. ~ Yao Cheng [link]

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