A Curious Case

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Namecards usually come in a standard deviation of 9cm x 5cm, on 180 – 200 gsm art card paper. My new Wottoncool name cards (don’t believe they’ve made an appearance here yet) illustrate this point. Occasionally there will be a curveball in the mix, with a square design or some more elaborate (READ: expensive) card or two. However, I’ve been helping my partner, Ashley, out with his business which requires circular cards.

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They’ve been quite the conversation-starter. But they’ve also been a headache and heartache to carry around, since none of my card cases – Proenza Schouler, Gnome & Bow and Blackberry, are able to accommodate.

 

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So instead of torturing myself with the agony of possibly fishing out a creased card from the depths of my bag, I paper drafted, cut and hand-stitched this circular leather case!

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It was completed yesterday afternoon but I didn’t get to shoot it in good daylight until this morning. It’s a fair looking case, if I do say so myself (: The case is made of black calf leather and an avocado-green nylon thread for stitching.

The ends of the ‘U’ are reinforced to prevent fraying from excessive use (see the image above). But if you look closely, the tension on the thread wasn’t very consistent, so bits of the thread stick out from the leather. Also, the leather seams (where two pieces of leather join) aren’t all too smooth either. So it’s something for me to note when I work on my next project.

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Thankfully, there were no issues with the fit. The cards sit comfortably in their new home.

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My other major gripe is that the leather strip meant to tie/fasten the case close, is attached ever-so-slighly crooked. Either that, or I cut the leather piece crooked.

I’m not sure.

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But on a whole, I’m quite content with this first attempt!

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Analogue this cool cat

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A blogging by-product has been this concerted effort to improve my photography and produce better visuals for Wottoncool. Transitioning from a point-and-shoot in 2009 to a semi-pro, to a DSLR and then, most recently, upgrading my lens. And with it, learning the lingo about apertures, bokehs, ISOs etc. Not that all the technical specifications make the most sense, but when Lomography released a new 35mm build-your-own single-lens reflex camera, that certainly had my interest piqued.

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The Konstruktor is described as a world’s first do-it-yourself camera, allowing you to explore the mechanics, understand and experience the essence of photography from inside out. It has a top-down viewfinder and accessory packs for add-ons for long exposures or a detachable 50mm lens.

The camera comes craftily packaged in an assembly kit set. Set aside S$58 and 1-2 hours of construction time. I think Lomography is clever to charge you S$58 AND have you assemble to camera too! 

Features:

  • DIY 35mm SLR camera with interchangeable lens system
  • Includes 50mm f/10 lens
  • Shutter speed: 1/80s
  • Multiple exposure capability
  • Tripod thread for long exposures

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Check out the Konstruktor microsite for more info!

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And just in case you are wondering, the zhao cai mao tee is from a Uniqlo x NOISE Singapore collaboration.

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CCCHU

Just when I thought fringe and tassels and pom poms have been exhausted: CCCHU from Hong Kong introduces their ultra-decorative bits-and-bobs-infused pieces that look like part-Chinese (see if you can identify a lion dance head?), part-African (leather and hay look) and part-alien tribe.

What do you do when you come across pieces like that? Great design with high DIY-ability… Would you head to the trim shop? Or to Darkroom London to have it shipped complete and directly to your home?

Picture credits to here.

Stationary Jewellery

Personal style, to me, is a cocktail of experimentation, conviction and instinct. There are times, I think I hit the nail on square on it’s head and times when I completely miss the mark. Faux pas or not, it’s an opportunity to hone my instinct further. And have fun while I’m at it.

This elaborate/messy-looking cascading necklace was another attempt at a Paperclip necklace. Worn, that evening, with a +J Uniqlo long-sleeve tee, lace high collar long-sleeve tee, G2000 blazer and dark ochre H&M pants.

The main ingredient this time around were two bottles of  kikki.K’s heart paper clips. Yes, I used two whole bottles. One hundred paperclips in total.

And with some effort and bountiful patience, I put this together for the Antonio Berardi AW2011 show on 17 May.

First I strung the paperclips in a single line, measuring the circumference of my neck with some give. Then added drooping loops from this and continued the process, continuously checking how it hangs. It looks a lot neater laid flat then worn.

Also attempted to make the cascading necklace as balanced as possible. Although while wearing it, I’m quite certain it got more tangled through the evening. No matter though, only added to the confusion/sophistication of the piece! 😀

hahas.

Someone commented that it’d look awesome in neon colours (like lime green or neon orange) and I couldn’t agree more. Looking at this now, feel like re-doing it into a proper necklace, with proper metal links. Only thing is, inertia holds me back 😀

Thank you to One Sixty Notepad and Qin at the Disco for the first and last photos respectively.

Elemental Battle

I always find it a humbling experience to be writing about fashion, or my encounters with fashion to be more precise. On a fair share of occasions, I find myself having to eat my own words and take back the “I’ll die before I do/wear/buy …” statements. Polka dots, drop-crotch pants and event skirts are but some examples. Constantly, I am also challenged to reinvent the wardrobe that I have and think up new and interesting ways to put pieces I love and own together. And it’s such an exciting process.

I don’t even recall where I got this black metallic chain from. Playing around with it and my L’ile Aux Ashby brooch (from the same series as the ring I blogged about here) and I get a new statement necklace altogether. Which was a saving grace because I was severely under-dressed for an event that didn’t stipulate a dress-code.

Comparative to everyone, at least, I felt under-dressed.

The brooch was put together by pinning it to two links in the chain. Will probably try a few more permutations of this. Pinned lower or worn asymmetrically.

Will keep you posted (:

And I’m also wearing my new (and very fragile) Timo Weiland top.

Cuffs and WIP

Louis Vuitton just released their Fall campaign images. And instead of just posting them, like everyone else, I am (crazily) attempting to paint it. (Using gouache, which is something like watercolour, on an F4-size paper. In case you are wondering)

Here are some initial sketches and pictures. Sorry they are blur, took them with my Blackberry. After completing the sketch, posted a picture on Wottoncool’s Facebook Page and after a side-by-side comparison figured that the model on the left’s face was too long so I redrew it before starting to paint.

Getting their eyes just right and not over working the painting has been my biggest challenge thus far. Might come back to add more details later…

Tomorrow or the day after I’ll redraw the model’s cuffs and crocodile-skin bags in more detail because I need to. In order to know what/how to paint the very elusive “croc-skin” effect. Don’t look forward to it. But it’s a fun challenge. (:

Will keep you updated with this WIP (Work.In.Progress)!