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.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Shoe Crazy!

Here's a fun project I recently worked on for a client in Hong Kong - a customized shoe cabinet!  I illustrated a whole bunch of girly footwear for this custom piece of furniture, a perfect mix for the artsy vibe of the client's new home. Can't think of a cuter way to store what (in my house at least) normally becomes a mountain of shoes piled in a corner.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Guest Blogging on Style by Asia

I was pleased to be asked to guest blog this week over on - a hub for inspiration within the creative fields of Hong Kong, Asia, and beyond.

In my post, I talk about my artistic background, current work, and what inspires me.  Take a sneak peek below, and read the full article here.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Wild Flowers - A New Mural in Yantai, China

I recently worked on a collaborative mural at Yew Wah International School in Yantai, China.  Joining forces with Year 3, 4, & 5 students, we created a stylized garden of wild flowers (hehe, get it?)  I enlisted the students to paint their own fantastical flowers on paper, while I painted my design of strange and kooky flower stems directly on the wall.  Using a wheatpaste technique (or in this case, a mixture of PVA glue and water), the students had a blast gluing their paper flowers over top of my painted flower stems.  Our finished collaboration definitely adds a bright shot of color to the grey school walls!

Scroll down and check after the jump for additional pics.

The wall in progress - I actually think it looks quite cool in plain white!
Wall detail.
The finished wall.
Flower power! 
View of the finished wall from a higher floor.