Saturday, July 5, 2014

Interview with Guangzhou-based Modern O2

I recently did an interview with Guangzhou, China-based Modern O2 - an art and design website and agency "Where Art and Fashion Meet".

Apologies to my English readers, the interview is only in Chinese.  But you can have a peek below, and click here to read the full interview.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Green Roof Mural

I'm excited to finally share the finished mural collaboration I've been working on with Haruka Ostley for Yew Chung International School.  (Have a look at the sneak peek I shared a few weeks ago.)

Haruka and I teamed up to revitalize the school's Green Roof. What is a Green Roof, you ask? Essentially this means that part of the building's rooftop is covered with live vegetation. A green roof can help reduce stormwater run-off and also lower a building's cooling costs, among other benefits! (There's your science lesson for the day).

We certainly don't possess a green thumb between the two of us, but we do know how to paint.  So while we didn't attempt any form of gardening in this green space, Haruka and I did want to add visual interest in other ways.  We felt that painting a mural to brighten the walls would make it a more inviting, friendly area, and would encourage teachers and students to spend more time on the Green Roof and to use it more frequently.  By drawing greater attention to the space, we also intended to increase student awareness about important environmental issues.

So, taking a cue from our greenery-filled environment, we chose some unusual flowers from Hong Kong's Flower Market to replicate in large scale on the two main garden walls.  You'll notice that I worked in a naturalistic painting style for this piece (compared to my usual stylized illustrative work), but it was a nice challenge to revisit traditional painting techniques and observe from life.

I love how this mural turned out, and I think the finished piece provides a strong impact for the space - eye-catching, bold, and a celebration of the natural world.  (Side note: I painted the yellow flower; Haruka painted the pink and purple one!)
"Sunburst", my finished mural.

 More mural picafter the jump.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

TUMI Global Citizens

My TUMI travel journal (remember the travel-themed sketches I posted a few weeks back?) is featured in the June 2014 issue of MilkX Magazine, alongside some other lovely creative HK folks.  I had fun doodling away and daydreaming of travel destinations as part of the TUMI Global Citizens worldwide campaign in Asia Pacific.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

HKwalls - RECAP!

I'm finally getting around to uploading some photos of my mural collaboration with Used Pencil for HKwalls.  It was super fun working together, and I think the combination of our abstract and figurative styles play off each other nicely.

Since all of the spaces for the HKwalls event were donated by business owners in the Sheung Wan district, we tried to take the owners' ideas for the artwork into consideration.  The wall we worked on already contained an old mural of mine from 2010, and per the shop owners' request, we decided to keep it and incorporate the old piece into our new work.  We kept our colors minimal to go with the relaxed vibe of the street, and played around with using the existing architecture to create some humorous pieces.

Go check out the finished wall at No. 1 Tai On Terrace, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.
Work by Used Pencil.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

MUJI Summer 2014

I recently did a little interview for MUJI's Summer 2014 Guide.  Apologies to non-Chinese readers; words are only in Chinese!  I guess you can look at the summery pictures instead?
The Summer Guide is available at all MUJI Hong Kong locations; you can grab a free copy of the booklet when you stop by their stores this June.  

Happy Summer everyone!

Monday, June 23, 2014

SPREAD for Solomon's Porch

I recently created some illustrations for the premier issue of Spread, the triannual publication of Solomon's Porch in Hong Kong.  Grab a free copy when you stop by one of SP's services!

The premier issue of "Spread".
A modern version of the church newsletter.