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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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.


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.


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.

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


Happily working. Happy New Year!


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

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!

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.

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!