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Endlessly curious. My work primarily involves the use of embroidery. I am interested in collapsing the boundaries between traditional and popular cultures and exploring the links that exist between these two. My work examines how this particular mishmash manifests itself in modern times, especially concerning modern youths. Preferring to work with craft-based techniques, I am attracted to the evidence of the hand and its time-consuming aspect, which runs counter to the instant gratification and mass-production centred age of today. My works have been exhibited in Singapore, the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan.

For enquiries about purchase of artworks, write to me at izziyanasuhaimi@gmail.com. Or just simply to say hello.

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little update.

Hello! I have been taking a little break after completing a few exhibitions last month and making some small works. Looking forward to sharing them with you when I have a proper website set up, which I am currently trying to do. Taking me a while as my digital savviness is well, not too savvy. Also planning to set up some kind of an online shop.

I am also hoping to begin taking on more commission by next month, just have to clear my backlog of work.

Also I am on instagram - izziyanasuhaimi, which I update much much more often than I do here.

Till next time!

An ennui and a no quick fix.

I first became fascinated with Louise Bourgeois when one of my professor’s wife (who is an amazing artist herself) lent me a book about her, this one specifically. When I discovered how textiles form the background of her life, and her fabric works and fabric books, I fell for her just a little bit more. Maybe I only know 1% about her work (any of you who might be LB experts, would you like to share one or two things?), but she is still one of the artists I turn to when in need of some kindredness.

Images from http://www.moma.org/collection/browse_results.php?object_id=98440.

A little something for the girls (and boys).

Ok, yes. Sometimes I do wish I could wear a full lace dress and feathery wings and dance in front of a projector screen pretending I could touch the images floating in the air and the flickering lights surrounding me. We are all children sometimes (;

here’s a short one before sleep.

I know I know it’s been ages since I last updated (some posts might have started to fossilise). Things have been crazy exciting busy and I’m so sorry this space is looking a little bit dusty and abandoned. First of all, to all of you new followers - HELLO!!! Thank you so much for visiting my small corner here and dropping me all your nice messages. It makes me very happy that my work seems to make people happy. Inspires me to keep my chin up and move forward. So thank you (: 

It’s been quite a crazy couple of months. I’ve just started a new job (yay! Alhamdulillah) at a relatively new gallery (check it out here) and it’s been great. We have many exciting plans for the next year. The team is very dedicated and that’s nice to be around. Been working on a few commissions as well, which of course is keeping my fingers busy. And I’ve also been involved with this super duper fun exhibition called Pameran Poskad, which will be held in September. 

Ok, that’s about it. Just thought I should write a little something here, it’s been looking a little sad! Will definitely try my best to post more here (I know I say it everytime. haha). And oh! Ramadan mubarak to all my Muslim brothers and sisters out there. May this Ramadan be a better one than the last, insya Allah.

Thank you!

ps: Does it bother you that I say “first of all” and there is no second? Hmm time to sleep, good night!

Asked by Anonymous

Hi there! They are 79 x 57 cm. And thank you (:

Hurray, Frankie!

The other day I received an email from a very nice girl and she said she read about my work in Frankie Magazine’s website and I was like whaaaat?! Frankie?! So I did some quick search and lo and behold! There it is, a lovely post about FTKYW and other works in that Frankie style we all love so much. What a great honour to be picked up by Frankie, thank you! Read it here!

CRAZY SEXY WOOL.

Look what was waiting for me at the post office! Yes, I am collaborating with the awesomeness that is Wool and the Gang, how psyched are you?! Cos I sure am! I watched their videos countless times when trying to pick up knitting and I fell in love with their thick chunky yarns that come in such fantastic colours. So this is definitely one of those projects that feels like a dream come true. 

Well, needless to say - watch this space for more updates! We’ll be posting progress shots and things like that.

www.woolandthegang.com

Asked by Anonymous

Hi! Of course, could you please email me at izziyanasuhaimi@gmail.com. Thanks!

Yay Leivos!

I was delighted to receive a very nice email from the lovely girls at Leivos. I used to spend hours browsing through all the amazing artists on their website so of course I’m very honoured that they wanted to write a little something about me! They asked me some great questions and you can read all about it here. Thank you, Leivos! 

hustle!

Do you ever get the feeling that you’re super excited to do a million things but you only have two hands and can only sew so much in one day but your brain is thinking of a bazillion projects to complete by the month’s end? Welcome to my life for the past month! And this is how my table looks like for the past week, I cannot wait to clear it to begin on the next project. I’m working on a new Friends to keep you warm piece for a very cool girl! We’re also collaborating on something super top secret (no, not really), but it will be flyyy. I’ve always been a little bit obsessed with all things floral and the floral craze this spring/summer is no help at all. I was just itching to embroider flowers on everything, so was very happy to be doing just that for this piece!

Happy Friday!

Asked by Anonymous

Hi there! Please drop me an email at izziyanasuhaimi@gmail.com. Thank you.

NYLON Singapore - Art & Design issue. Get it!

On a very hot March afternoon, I sat down with Randy Yeo from Nylon Singapore, with some cold juice and cookies at my room/workspace. We had a very nice conversation about art in Singapore, the line between art and design, my work practice and many other things. Read all about it in their second issue. 

I am very very excited now that it’s out and am extra honoured (and out of my head over the moon) that the people at Nylon Singapore chose to feature me and my works amongst six other superbly talented creatives. A big thank you! 

As part of the feature, we were asked to make our own Nylon cover. Here’s what I did!

I am very proud as well to share these pages with a fellow artist whom I admire loads - TR853-1. If you remember, we exhibited together in the exhibition, Don’t Forget To Remember, at The Arts House. Read all about his involvement in the H&M annual campaign Fashion Against Aids (FAA) here.

Get your copy of Nylon Singapore now. They run out really fast, trust me. 

The looms in our bones, updates & such.

Oh my, has it really been a month since I last updated? March passed by faster than a speeding bullet and now that it’s April, I am raring to go. First up! As you might have read from the previous posts, I recently had an exhibition at The Arts House. It was great fun working with the three artists and the exhibition organizers. The looms in our bones has really grown close to my heart, not least because so many people seemed to be able to connect to it and create their own meanings from the works, which is always a bonus point for me. The research for this series led me to many “Omg really???!! That is so amazing!!” moments about embroidery and textiles in traditional cultures and I foresee having many more. Thank you to everyone involved and all the people who took the time to talk to me about this series. 

Here are some photos of the works and the exhibition.

Sold.

Sold.

The works are made using watercolour, pencil and of course embroidery (all by hand!) on watercolour paper. They are of varying sizes (as you can see from the first photo). 

The entire team of Don’t Forget To Remember and artists. Photography by Mr. Ken Cheong. For more photos of the event, go here.


Something tremendously exciting will be out in May, I am jumping out of my seat I can’t hardly wait. And there are shows and exhibitions in the works for the second half of the year, looking forward to all that. I’m also starting on a simple daily project that I hope will keep my fingers busy, so keep a lookout. I think that’s all for now, I hope everyone is having a merry April so far!

For enquiries on sale of artworks and details, please drop me an email at izziyanasuhaimi@gmail.com.

To Sofie

who asked me a question. Hi Sofie! My Ask function is not working properly. Could you please drop me an email at izziyanasuhaimi@gmail.com? 

Thank you!