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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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!

You are invited!

Come down to the ICAS Project Space at LASALLE College of the Arts on February 16th for the “Pens & Needles” show. Opening starts at 6 pm. Bring your friends (to keep you warm)! (;

Pens make marks. Needles make holes. Either can be used as a weapon of self-defense, a toothpick, or create tattoos. The limitations of the pen and needle as an art making tool is restricted only by the creative intention of it’s operator. Moving between the conventional and non-conventional application of these art making tools, SURFACE 1°22 invited a group of designers and artists to explore the possibilities of creating illustrative based artwork using Pens and/or Needles, playing with the notions of surface and texture.

Contributing artists include: Izziyana Suhaimi, Lully Crooelly, Serene Lin, Shang Li, Chico Chicano, Nazierah Sanat, Molly Wallis, Deborah McKellar, Agnes Chong, Tito, Xiuting, Wrul B. and Maria Walf.

More information here.


The latest offering from Friends to keep you warm is a collaboration with the very talented local designer of L’ILE AUX ASHBY. Here is a peek into one of the pieces in this series. The pattern on the collars was adapted from his absolutely mindblowing print designs. We have exciting plans for this collaboration, there will definitely be more to come. Keep a lookout!

This piece will be exhibited at Lasalle College of the Arts as part of a show on embroidery + illustration art this February. Will keep you guys updated! Till then, have a happy weekend! xx


FTKYW is going to France! I’ve been busy working on a collaboration with the madly talented designer of L’ile Aux Ashby. Very very excited to show the new FTKYW pieces at the upcoming Born Designers 2012 trade show in Courchevel! Drop by if you’re in France. Will post photos soon!

Check out the event here and L’ile Aux Ashby here and here.

FTKYW on vogue.fr

Alhamdulillah. Excuse me while I scrape my jaw off the floor and resuscitate my heart. In the meantime, see it here. Thank you to everyone who made this possible.


Happily working. Happy New Year!

CATALOG issue #87 - Holiday!

Back in November, the good people at CATALOG approached me to collaborate with their creative team for the magazine’s December cover. I pretended to be cool (though my heart was excitedly beating its way out of my chest) and said HELL YES. Enough talking, on to the covers!

Check out the stitched masthead the CATALOG team did. Very neat, no? Here are the girl and guy pre-production almost done but not quite there, before rocking their Levi’s threads.

I must admit I’m not much of a magazine reader but after working with the CATALOG team and poring over their past issues, I only have one word - madrespect. The magazine has come a really long way since their humble beginnings. As an independent magazine, it is strongly holding its own against other local publishings and dare I say it, doing a better job. Needless to say, am incredibly lucky and ultra excited to have this small part in its history.

Thank you to the CATALOG team, especially Weiling, Ash, Janice and Farhan for photography. Insanely talented, hardworking, friendly and passionate they all are, with just the right touch of good crazy. Not forgetting Pakkee for writing the feature, without whom I think this would not have happened. And of course, thank you to the good people at Levi’s.

Pick up your CATALOG now. It’s cool.


FTKYW on Like I give a frock.

Friends to keep you warm was recently featured on Like I Give A Frock, a website to definitely visit if you want to keep up to date with all things art, design and fashion local and otherwise. Thank you, Pakkee! Skip on ahead and read it here and do check it out the rest of the site too!

FTKYW at The Little Dröm Store

Some photos of the installation. Thanks to drömkeepers for the pictures!

It is another rainy day. Have I mentioned that I love this type of weather? All I want to do is read a good book or watch a good film with a steaming cup of coffee and warm cookies. But of course I cannot. Work beckons, big plans that should keep me busy till the end of the year! 

Friends to keep you warm at The Little Dröm Store

She finds that bear hats protect her secrets very well. But they threaten to tumble everytime she opens her mouth.

Come down to The Little Dröm Store to meet the silly and strange girls and boys of Friends to keep you warm. They would certainly love to meet you! More details here. Thank you to the drömkeepers for generously providing their space and help, and to everyone else without whom FTKYW wouldn’t have been this wonderful and easy.

Fancy your very own piece? Write me a note and let’s talk (:

ps: Pay careful attention to the window display made by my very talented friend, Hanzhi.

Mark your calendars for October 22nd!

Something from the Friends to keep you warm series. These were shown back in March this year and are 40 x 50 cm. They are some of my most favourite pieces in the series.

Mark your calendars for October 22nd! That is when the next installation of FTKYW will be unveiled at The Little Drom Store. 5 more days! Are you excited? I sure am!

On top of my to-do list after the exhibition is to rediscover play and the simplicity of enjoying the company of others.


With the clock ticking closer and closer to the show, I do wish time would be at a standstill! Also, I think I should stop looking at other people’s work because a lot of them are way too amazing and it makes me feel like an underachiever. Besides, work generates more work, more ideas, more inspirations, more style.

Okay, back to the embroidering!

ps: Anyone know of any creative opportunities in London that would interest someone like me?

pps: The work above is from the upcoming show at The Little Drom Store.

in progress, bones and metals.

Working on FTKYW while catching up on Bones season 1.

ps: Have you heard Feist’s Metals? It is so good and on repeat!


Some pieces from Friends to keep you warm.

These are 8 x 10 inches, pen, watercolour and embroidery on acid-free paper. They are proudly hanging (with a couple of other pieces) in the home of a very wonderful and very warm family.

Currently working on new pieces for a show at The Little Dröm Store. Very excited! Keep a lookout for more information (and also more new old pieces from the series).

Have a fantastic week everyone, with a little skip and a little shimmy dance. Chase them blues away!


FTKYW in CATALOG magazine’s Issue #83 - PLAY! Together with three other local artists, pandapanda (much love for Shu!), Ridhwan Sesapar (one third of ONESIXTYNOTEPAD, very dapper and dashing young lads) and Kristie Sim (one word - multi-talented).

Thanks to everyone who made this possible. Happy weekend!