About

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.

All content is by me, unless otherwise stated. If I used a photo of yours and you would like it down, please don't hesitate to ask. If you want to use any of my photos, please ask too. If you reblog any of my works, please do credit. Thank you.

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Let’s talk about everything

"Let’s talk about everything" is a collection of memories carefully collected from four individuals, springing from four different phrases that hold strong emotional connections to these individuals. These phrases were taken from songs, quotes, poetry, etc. Each memory is explored, studied, laboured over and embroidered on found materials.

Gold thread was used in varying degrees on each piece to recreate gold dust. The preciousness and value of gold reflect a similar preciousness and value attached to individual memories. However, memories extremely treasured by one, may be meaningless to another. In a similar manner, gold dust, though still having value, is useless until it is turned into something useful such as a bar or a button.

Here are some photos from this series.

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And here are photos from the installation at Finale Art File Gallery. Photography credits go to Mariano Ching and Rafeeza Khaliq.

I feel really honoured and lucky to be part of this amazing show with all the other super talented artists. I mean, look at this… 

Antarctica Manifesto / Antarctica Treaty by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid

Kinabukasan Ay Kaginhawahan by Zeus Bascon (Yeah, those are spikes!) Easily, an artist I admire greatly.

A crayon sketch of Leonor Rivera drawn by José Rizal taken from Wikipedia by Patrick Cruz. Another one of those crazily talented people.

Balls and Chains by Mac Valdezco

Dust by Mac Valdezco. The range in the materials she uses and how she use them to make breathtaking works astound me.

Wall work by Juan Alcazaren

Oh…Melayu (Version 2) [Oh…Malay] by Rafeeza Khaliq

The Great Smoke by Rox Lee

Rebuilt by Eugene Jarque

China Girl by Felix Bacolor

Untitled by Romeo Lee

Photography credits go to Mariano Ching. For more photos of the event, go here. The show will be up till December 31st. Thank you to Finale Art File, the curators Mariano Ching and Isabel Ching and everyone else who made this show possible!

Edit: How could I be such a dork and forget to thank my incredible friends who took the time to answer my questions and were more than willing to share a part of themselves with me and everyone else. Thank you for believing in this project! You know who you are (; This project would not have been realised without all of you.

On a sidenote, I am thinking of expanding this project. Anyone interested to take part, please drop me a note with 1) A line (from a song/poetry/quote/etc) that has strong emotional attachments and 2) The memory that is attached to this line. Thank you!

come see this if you’re in the Philippines!

Some of my most recent works are showing now at Finale Art File Gallery in the Philippines till 31st Dec. It is such an honour to be shown next to some really amazing artists who are making very exciting works. Thank you to the curators and everyone else who made this possible. Will post some pictures soon!

Arrange, assemble, collect, choose, construct, collide, cut & paste, intervene, invade, juxtapose, jumble up, rip, remix, tear, trim assorted found materials and readymades. This is a show about remixing and reassembling, taking collage as departure point and involving artists with certain sensitivity towards material. While collage was a strategy for destabilizing systems and conventions, its aesthetics seem more de rigueur than radical in our visual landscapes. Pasts are constantly recycled, conflicting cultures collide visually and spatially, and the collage cunning of displacement and disruption seems to have lost its point. An almost unlimited storehouse of image and sound resources is instantly accessible for sampling and consuming in the digital age, where private and public merge, and copyright becomes an increasingly testy and confusing issue. Is there now scope for the spirit of counterculture to operate, and for the aesthetics and process of collage to be meaningful? Does borrowing, or the sometimes preferred term, stealing, yield any more creative innovation or insights? Wherefore is one a collage artist? Here, we explore orthodox and less orthodox tangents from collage in theme, imagery, style and material. Circling the tangle between the crisis of collage and the drive to keep making and remaking the world from the scraps of human culture, we take a stab at widening interpretations of and evaluating collage’s bleed into contemporary artistic practices, somewhere between collage’s more traditional definitions as a medium-based category and how, in principle, everything today can be seen as collage. 

curated and organized by Isabel Ching with Mariano Ching

participating artists:
JUAN ALCAZAREN
FELIX BACOLOR
ZEUS BASCON
PATRICK CRUZ
EUGENE JARQUE
RAFEEZA KHALIQ
ROMEO LEE
ROX LEE
PAUL D. MILLER AKA DJ SPOOKY THAT SUBLIMINAL KID
IZZIYANA SUHAIMI
MAC VALDEZCO

peek.

It’s a Tuesday morning which feels like a Saturday. And here’s a peek into what’s coming in December.