Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
I’ve been having difficulty blogging the past 2 weeks or so, with all that’s happening in Japan. As you know, I’ve worked and lived in Japan for a year. When I was there, people welcomed me into their lives with warmth and generosity. I've made some Japanese friends whom I consider my "family" from afar. And there's a little city in one obscure prefecture which I refer to as 'my hometown'. Japan has a special place in my heart. While I'm so thankful my hometown has been spared the worst of the recent earthquake and tsunami, I see the shuddering images of the destruction, and feel for those people. And if you think about it, they are dear to other people as well, they are someone else's families.
Being away from where things are happening, I've been feeling helpless and kept asking myself what I can do to help. I'm glad to have found a way to contribute. A group of us from across the world, who have lived/are living in Japan are working with a few organisations in Japan. We will do the 5tosurvive Run on 10 Apr, 3.11pm to raise funds for Japan. I've just pledged to run as well. I know that many of us have donated via many other arrangements but if you will, I would greatly appreciate it if you would support my run by making a donation here. Money raised will go through the globalgiving relief fund to the Red Cross and Living Dreams. You can read more at the 5tosurvive link. It's not a long distance but I really want to get off my butt to do something and I hope you can help.
If you know of any family and friends who love Japan too, please let them know about this as well.
Thank you. This means a lot to me.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
I sent Moustache George off to his new-found home in Austria last week. He also took a journal along with him. It was a little challenging finding him a big enough shipping box but I was determined that he be comfortable. He looked happy in it.
Monday, March 14, 2011
I feel so much has happened since my last post. The world’s attention shifted to the events that shook Japan beginning last Friday afternoon. My thoughts went out immediately to my Japanese friends there, some whom are like family to me. Thankfully, all of them are fine although some a bit shaken and trying to cope with what’s happening around them. It’s a new week and many of us are going about our routine activities but let’s continue to pray for Japan as it deals with the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami.
Here are 3 pieces of art I was working on last week for the Pikaland Artist Boot Camp. I never had the chance to undergo any formal training in illustration so these are really just my humble attempts. Feel Free to comment! You may be familiar with the carbonated drink Qoo, whose mascot is the brainchild of a Japanese designer. On the original Qoo can, the mascot is standing in the middle of the can, in front of the fruit. For my art, I decided to let him let loose and take a break!
Also, I wanted to let you know about my collaboration with a friend who runs an online eco shop. I am delighted I got to design a T-shirt for her. Check it out here.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Thank you for your comments about Moustache George in the post below! There were also some sweet words for him from Twitter pals and on my Facebook page. I’m also happy to be working with new stockists! So, it has been good for me. I’ve realised the need to celebrate small success and see the joy in everyday life. I hope you will too.
Today, I have my eyes (and heart) on vintage tin saucers and plates. I’m sure you’ll see why they are pulling at my heart strings:
Happy mid-week, folks!
Monday, March 7, 2011
Well hello there, March! We’ll be coming to the end of the first quarter soon. How have you lovelies been? Keeping to those goals and resolutions? Anyhow, I hope it’s been good so far. I’ve been working hard and keeping mine! Hmm... ok, actually I started proper only after the lunar new year, which means I’ve only been at it for a month. Haha!
So, I wanted to share with you one of the fruits of my labour. Introducing: Moustache George!
Friday, March 4, 2011
I used to play with origami paper when I was kid. Back then, they were simple-- coloured on one side, no prints whatsoever and they came in assorted colours in a pack. I loved the brighter colours and hated the dark ones. This meant that my pack would always be left with lots of dark colours and I had to bug my parents for a new pack. If my fingers were wet and I touched the papers, my fingers would get stained by the dye used. But of course, that didn’t stop me from spending lots of delightful hours with them!
I haven’t played with origami for quite a while but am thrilled by this cute website that I discovered, Origami Club! It’s origami galore! I love all the creative designs and what’s great is they have instructions for all of them!
[images: Origami Club]