"Art is restoration: the idea is to repair the damages that are inflicted in life, to make something that is fragmented - which is what fear and anxiety do to a person - into something whole." ― Louis bourgeois
Among various forms of fiber manipulation, I prefer crochet, needle felting, and sewing.
I learned to crochet, knit, and sew at around 6 years old. Great-Grandma, Grandmum, and Mum each taught me these skills that they picked up through necessity when they lived in Vietnam and China.
Needle felting was something I picked up on my own. I had no idea that stabbing wool could result in such wonderful creations until a few years ago. Most of my needle-felted sculptures contain vintage lace, natural materials, and a dash of whimsy.
The entire process of creating needlefelted sculptures is through hand needle felting, where a barbed needle repetitively pierces a globule of wool, over and over again. Eventually, with enough coffee and patience, form starts to take place, color wool is layered on, and other elements are carefully hand sewn to finish the piece.
New to 2017 are free-form crochet mushroom sculptures made from natural fibers. Each mushroom is crocheted without a pattern, and as close to lifelike detail as possible. Expect to see some crocheted terrariums later this year.
Every sculpture is labeled with a serial number and hand-embroidered signature.
To be honest, I used to hate working with watercolors, simply because I didn't have the patience to wait for paint to dry. Now, I can't imagine going anywhere without my palette and brush.
I paint anywhere I can sit or stand, undisturbed - more recently this includes a moving train. Watercolors of choice are formulated by Sennelier. Brushes of choice are generally water pens by Pentel or Kuretake.
“I cannot rest, I must draw, however poor the result, and when I have a bad time come over me it is a stronger desire than ever.” ― Beatrix Potter
Drawing has been a part of my life since I could hold a pencil. With 20 years of sketchbooks in my archives, I can honestly say that drawing is a passion and a talent that I've held onto throughout my journey.
My styles have varied through the years - dabbling with comics, anime, technical, scientific, etc - but I've discovered that nature is a theme where I thrive. Early inspirations include the works of Miyazaki Hayao, Walt Disney, Beatrix Potter, Albrecht Durer, and Leonardo da Vinci.
Tools of choice include .03 ballpoint pens, calligraphy pen and ink, pigment ink, and some graphite. I prefer to color illustrations in watercolor, copic markers, or digitally in Photoshop (though I prefer to work in traditional media these days).
These little whimsical worlds begin as photographs containing little clay houses set in nature. The illustrative lines and additions are added on after the photos have been professionally printed.
Photos are taken with my Canon DSLR T3i. The lighting in each picture is natural and captured with the camera. The clay used for the little structures are sculpted by hand with either porcelain or polymer clay. Illustrative elements are then drawn on with pigment ink and gouache.
“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. ” ― Pablo Picasso
Exploring the application of traditional fiber treatment methodologies on things that are often overlooked and dismissed as usable materials. These are the "why not" creations and the realization of my curiosities.