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And back on Instagram too @articulateart – with pictures from the dazzling city of Hong Kong =)


(The Wipe Out Exhibit by Invader @invaderwashere that just ended on the 17th)

So what have I been up to……….

I made a new year’s resolution to read more this year and I just finished a duology! =D

The covers and titles just captured me; the cover art are absolutely amazing.

The first book is called The Assassin’s Curse, while the second one is called The Pirates’ Wish.

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 Assassins and Pirates – need I say more?

Apparently there’s a third book that’s a prologue called The Witch’s Betrayal but I haven’t gotten to it yet.

If you enjoyed the Pirates of the Caribbean (at least the first one for me), I’m sure you will enjoy them.

A light Y.A. read with pirates, assassins, and magic/ mystical creatures all mixed into one potion.

Songs that go with the books :

London Grammar – Wicked Game

Borns – Electric Love

Mat Kearney – Ships in the Night

Hyorin – Lonely

Muse – Starlight

Not going to give away which scenes they should be played at.  No spoilers 😉

The book had a lot of criticisms on book review sites, and many parts of it were true… but I still enjoyed it as a light read.  Perhaps I’ll save it for another post if any of you are interested.


Wearable Foods Series

Wearable Foods Series by Yeonju Sung:

Beautiful and edible pieces from the artist!  I love this series so much and had to share this =)

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The artist’s website stated this about the series:

“Wearable Foods series, Constructed art forms made with food.

As a fine artist, [Yeonju Sung] fell in love with photography as a main tool and a medium to create her visions.

“Wearable Foods” series is the first long term project she started two years ago and it still continues to this day.

This series deals with the concept of creating images that interchange the actual reality and the made-up reality on many levels. This body of work is her version of the made-up reality, which destroys the core meaning of clothing, which is the ability to be worn.

This series of her work forces viewers to defy the actual meaning, the functionalities, and the aspects of what clothing signifies in our lives. The essence of clothing and food has been reinterpreted. Each element does not fulfill its own role and yet, each suggests an unconventional and even contradicting role – un-wearable clothing that is made out of the materials that do not last.

These images trigger some of our fundamental senses: Desire to wear clothes; desire to eat. But her images don’t fulfill the senses either and they are interchangeable stories between the actual and the made-up reality.

Yeonju’s spectacular images make you believe and desire her made-up reality.”

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Art Merge Lab from LA, which exhibited the series, stated this about the series in 2012:

“In her photographs of clothing constructed from materials that could never realistically be worn, Yeonju Sung captures what she describes as a series of phantoms—temporal checkpoints depicting objects destined to decay, objects that fail in function what they seem to fulfill in appearance. Sung begins by constructing a garment form out of foodstuffs such as eggplant, lotus root, tomato, and banana. She then photographs these articles of culinary couture, effectively removing context from purpose and concealing the degradation effects of time. Sung recognizes the inability of her organic pieces to carry out the function which they signify—and she likewise exposes the limits of the photographic image as it conveys a fleeting reality, a moment of meaning that will never exist beyond the printed page.”

Crawford Attic Writing Room

Crawford Attic Writing Room by PARA Project:

If you’re looking into how to renovate your attic, PARA Project has a really neat attic design below.

Love the built-in bookcase, the huge windows to allow the light in, and the spaciousness of it all.



Location: Syracuse, NY

Program: Writing studio

Team: Jon Lott, Brendan Finney, Nilus Klingel, Paul Miller, Cristina Webb

Status: completed 2009

Client: private

All images © PARA


Inspiration [17]

ROSA INCA Collection by gemagenta:

SONY DSC catamarca ring by gemagenta SONY DSC

Really cool how rhodhocrosites, the national Argentinian stone, inspires this artist to create these jewelry pieces.  Apparently, there is a legend behind these pieces; for more, please click on the artist’s name.

It  inspires me to take the time to look around my surroundings more, and to get inspiration from things which I might come across whenever my path may lead.  The source of inspiration can really be endless.

Studio Ghibli Layout Designs Exhibit

The exhibition ‘Studio Ghibli Layout Designs: Understanding the Secrets of Takahara and Miyazaki Animation’ just opened last month at the Heritage Museum of Hong Kong and will go on till the end of August, 2014.

A fantastic exhibition for any animation student/artist/fanatic, especially if you are a huge Studio Ghibli/Takahara/ Miyazaki fan.  Unfortunately, photography was not allowed inside.

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This exhibition showcases the animation film layouts from all their films to date!

The film layouts are prepared in the production process of the animation film. The layouts are like the storyboards or blueprints of the film; they are the screen composition that make up the design and arrangement of the entire film.

They usually contain the cut number, screen, movement, dialogue, sound effects, and the actual seconds written on them which specifies when and how the layouts are to be played in the film.

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What amazed me the most about the layouts were how detailed and intricate they were. I could feel the years of dedication that their team spent on the layouts, since each layout had to be planned perfectly in order for the story to flow.

They also replicated the hallway of mirrors in the film, Spirited Away, inside the exhibition room, which was a pretty cool experience.

miyazaki exhibit 4Time spent: Approximately 3 hours

Gift shop: The museum’s gift shop carries some of Studio Ghibli’s items right now, but be prepared that they will cost a small fortune!  The most affordable item might just be the kitchen cloth! Yes! You heard it right, a kitchen cloth from Kiki’s Delivery!

Tips: Wednesdays are half priced.  Also, go early to queue in the ground floor area if you’d like to take pictures with the characters from their films.

The exhibit will make you want to watch and re-watch all their animation films!  Make sure to check it out if you’re gonna be in Hong Kong this summer or plan a trip!

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