Dröm Pop x Wood&Lead

Wood&Lead first pop-up at The Little Dröm Store as part of dröm pop! And it will be ongoing until the end of March. Hurrrah!

The kind owners of little dröm store assigned this adorable custom-made cart to Wood&Lead and basically told me that I could do anything with it. And voila! I turned it into a mini tree-house. 

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Prior to setting up for exhibitions/stalls at makers' markets, I usually come up with a vague idea of the look and feel for my set up. I will then spend a few days to go around collecting and making some props that will help me in achieving the right styling. Even with all the prep work, I am almost never fully prepared for any of the events as you never quite know your styling restraints until you are physically present to set everything up – i.e. my products don't have enough weight stand on their own, and the shelvings in this instance are too close. 

For this set up, it was 3 hours of standing in front of this little cart and shifting things around non-stop. It felt very much like trying to clear different stages of Tetris. The biggest challenge was in making my products stand out so that they get more attention than the spotlight, and my display props. While the process of setting up can be stressful, it is also great fun and  a part of the process that I enjoy the most. Or at least until things start falling because I don't have enough blu tack. Damn it. 

For those of you who went down, thank you so much! As for those who haven't you can have a look at whats happening through these pictures. :-)

Pug Life

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The original artwork was created for my friend Sarah's birthday. It was a lot of fun making this piece of work which I thought was perfect in depicting our friendship hinged upon an unhealthy obsession over pugs dressed in ridiculous costumes and all things stupiak. Who would have known that it would catch the interest of Rojak Site (thank you!) to feature this piece of artwork and be able to associate with the mantra of 'Pug Life'. I guess it has been proven, the secret to ballin' hard in life is to dress up as a stick of colorful Japanese mochis and you know, 'pug life' altogether. Or... maybe never to publish a blog post at 3:51 a.m..

Sea of Space

I love watercolor as a medium, and it is possibly the best one to paint my favorite animal in. Painting with water might seem simple but the tricky bit is in managing the layers of translucency to create the right texture as the colors overlap and blend in with a shade of another. At times when I feel that I might have forgotten how to paint, it teaches me all over again – a dab of water and one stroke of color at a time. 

Not too long ago, I caught a glimpse of the ocean giant. At first, I could only see its eyes. Slowly, it emerged and drifted along to the billowy clouds in the sea of space.

Breakfast with Carol Ann Duffy

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Love’s time’s beggar, but even a single hour,
bright as a dropped coin, makes love rich.
We find an hour together, spend it not on flowers
or wine, but the whole of the summer sky and a grass ditch.

For thousands of seconds we kiss; your hair
like treasure on the ground; the Midas light
turning your limbs to gold. Time slows, for here
we are millonaires, backhanding the night

so nothing dark will end our shining hour,
no jewel hold a candle to the cuckoo spit
hung from the blade of grass at your ear,
no chandelier or spotlight see you better lit

than here. Now. Time hates love, wants love poor,
but love spins gold, gold, gold from straw.

– Carol Ann Duffy

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