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.

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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.



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.

Don’t forget to remember!

We have just finished installing the works at The Arts House and they are looking so good! Definitely a show you must not miss. Here is another sneaky peek at “The looms in our bones”.

Don’t forget to remember to attend the “Don’t forget to remember” exhibition (heh heh) at The Arts House this Thursday, March 1st. Opening reception begins at 6:30 pm. And don’t forget to check out all the exciting happenings that are part of the i-Am 2012 Arts Festival as well. More info here.




peek! The looms in our bones.

Super duper excited to premiere a new series of work, The looms in our bones, at the upcoming “Don’t Forget To Remember” exhibition at The Arts House, curated by Loredana Paracciani. Here is a sneak peek! If it is even possible, I am way waaaay more excited to be showing next to three other insanely talented artists - TR853-1Hafidz Senor and Kamarule. A lot of information to process for this post, but hang in there!

"The looms in our bones" excavates the rich embroidery tradition of various cultures and examines them within portraits of women. This project was borne out of a sense that we are quickly losing touch and forgetting the knowledge of our cultures, our heritage and traditions. The modern culture is becoming more homogenised and there is a rapidly growing interaction, exchange, adaptation, adoption, alteration and rejection of traditional practices and knowledge. There is a sense of mystery and intrigue in traditional embroidery, it is a visual code that only those in the know have the knowledge to decipher. It is precisely this sense of loss, mystery and secrecy that "The looms in our bones" aims to explore.

"Don’t Forget to Remember" is a multi-artist exhibition that focuses on capturing and preserving transient and intangible memories through tangible visual art. It serves to introduce the public to contemporary art with a slant, rooted in tradition and history. 

In conjunction with the exhibition and the theme of Memory, there will also be an outreach programme organised for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s Disease. Guest speakers will share their experiences and knowledge about the condition at the talk, while the interactive workshop that follows will explore the curative roles that Art Therapy can play in the lives of both caregivers and people with Alzheimer’s. This programme has limited seats, so get your tickets choppity chop here.

This exhibition is part of the i-Am 2012 Arts Festivalan annual arts festival conceptualized and organized by the Year 2 students of the Arts Management Programme of LASALLE College of the Art, directed and produced by the School of Arts Management. 

Needless to say, you are all invited! For more information, visit their website here, facebook page here. See you there.