Happy 2011!

This is the first new year for ArticulateArt!

 Thank you for sharing it with us!

May a new chapter be opened this year!

May this year be filled with magnificient colours!

Wish you all a Happy New Year!


Camera Straps

Recently I’ve been looking for camera straps, and found that there weren’t many choices in stores. They were usually polka-dotted, laced, or in one solid colour.

I wanted to find something unique and different, and found a few which I thought I should share with you all.

PhatStraps @ Etsy

Cottoncandybynatalie @ Etsy

@ unknown

Shealyn Camera Strap Covers @ MomShots

Never hurts to have a few to match your outfit 😉

Get Back In Your Book

I just came across Lissy Elle‘s photography series of ‘Get Back In Your Book’.

Can you identify the characters?


The concept of characters going in and out of books has this sense of mixing reality with fairy tales or fantasy.

It feels real and unreal at the same time! That’s what I love about books!

She has a number of works on Flickr, including the series, ‘My Friend Mason’:

The lights and concept behind ‘The Warehouse’ is quite captivating.

Love the colours and dreamy-ness of her pictures.

Book Covers

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

But I have to admit that most of the time I am attracted by the book’s cover before I flip through its pages. In fact, I believe the book cover is just as important as the book itself!

Penguin Classics in a hardcover clothbound series by Coralie Bickford-Smith. They would look quite lovely on a bookshelf.  I have yet to read them!

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s hardcover series is very simple yet classy, and is also illustrated by Coralie Bickford-Smith.

Probably wouldn’t have guessed it was by the same person because it is so different from her previous designs. Coralie Bickford-Smith’s work is just so creative and eye-catching! 

Ian Fleming’s James Bond series was republished under the Penguin 007  imprint in 2008 as a Centenary Edition to  celebrate Fleming’s 100th birthday.  All 14 book covers were illustrated by Michael Gillette. Apparently, he was on a tight schedule and had only spent a few days on plannng and painting each of them. I think he has done a wonderful job; the different colours of each book and the type and font on each woman’s back makes it unique and also eye-catching. It just feels so James Bond-sy (if that’s a word).

In fact, I am going to do some reading this Christmas (finally)!

Wish you all a Merry Christmas!!!

Touring an Art & Design School (Part 2)

As promised, here is the second post!

They also have a common area on the third floor for students to hang out.

 (the right side)

 (the left side)

Even their elevators were really creative. The ceiling of the elevator had a picture of people sitting down, so it feels like a bunch of people are sitting on top of the elevator and you can “see” them through the glass ceiling. The floor of the elevator was covered with artificial grass. Who said an elevator had to be boring?

Their photography lab was small but equipped.

Their photography class room was equipped with lots of new Macs and printers. The photographs are all artworks by their students and they were quite impressive.

This professional printer is huge! It can be used for printing photographs for commercial uses like ads you see on the streets.

I found these beautiful dyed fabric decor installed above the original ceiling (from Part 1) on the fourth floor, which was also made by their students. It makes the place look so much more vibrant and colourful since all the walls are white in the hallways.

This is the open area outside their office. The picture of the ballerina underwater is quite nice as it welcomes you into the office building. The chairs on top of the pebbles were quite a neat design, but they were not comfortable to sit in actually. 

They were also very supportive of their students, and the students’ and professors’ artworks can be seen every corner.

All in all, the school kept most of the installations of the court building, especially the insides of No. 1 court room. They should keep the other court rooms too, but I guess they had to alter the rooms into classrooms and they tried to maintain the conditions of the building as much as possible by installing a lower ceiling to the original ceiling instead, and cleaned and kept its floors and window installations.

I was very impressed by how they decorated the interior. It looked like a very comfortable and welcoming place for students and visitors alike. Overall, I think they did a pretty good job of keeping and maintaining the building. This is a good example of how older buildings can be kept and maintained, and it is what an art and design school should look like and be equipped with. However, I have to say, their pricey school fees may be a detering factor for some. But with all those equipments and facilities, some may argue it’s your money’s worth. Definitely worth a visit though!

(Please note: all pictures are taken by ArticulateArt.)

Touring an Art & Design school (Part 1)

The other day I went for a tour at a Magistrate’s Court, which worked as a court for about 40 years and was recently turned into an art and design school just this year after it was retired. I think the idea is refreshing!

The school kept most of the original structure and materials used for the building, such as the appearance of the court and its ceilings, floors, and windows. They kept one of the court room’s orginal form and changed a few to fit computer labs and drawing rooms.

They even kept the prison bars inside the court and turned the inside into offices and conference rooms.


The original brick floors on the 1st Floor were kept and they are in such good condition!

One room was turned into an art gallery. Notice that they do not have plaques on the walls on the names of the artist and the artworks? They did it intentionally so people don’t need to lean close to the artworks to read the plaque and obstruct others from enjoying the piece, and you could get handouts on the names at the reception as well. I thought it was quite clever.

It is great to see that they have kept most of the original installation in the building, while adding a bit of colour and making the place more creative and comfortable. They have spacious common areas on each floor.

Their 2nd floor common area is very open and welcoming. It looks like a nice place for students to hang out and just chill.

The stairs are also kept in its original form. Guess what’s beside the stairs?

A beautiful little corner that is just private and comfy enough. Wish I had a corner like that!

Finally heading into the courtroom. No. 1 Court, here I come.

They kept everything but the wooden chairs for counsels, and they added the bell for the inauguration of their school. 

Cute cushions and sun screens for the class. The courtroom can be made comfortable too!

No. 2 Court was turned into their photography/media room. Just wishes they ketp some of the structures from the courtroom.

No. 3 Court is now a common room for students!

No. 4 Court is now a room for drawing lectures.

The height and angle of the drawing desks are adjustable.

We will explore the other floors in the next post!!!

(Please note: all pictures are taken by ArticulateArt.)


Welcome to Articulate Art!!!

This is my first blog of its kind. I am a beginner or noob if you like, and I just want to share my thoughts and findings. So please be patient with me, and feel free to share your thoughts.

The objectives of Articulate Art is to bring together and unite people with interests in art and design and to bring some joy and creativity into our day, or hopefully spark people’s interest in art and expressions.

Open to feedback, comments, or just a shoutout! =)  

Hope you enjoy your time here!