Fashionary X Cat Socrates Mini Exhibition

Fashionary X Cat Socrates window display project “Fashion sketching without borders” invited 7 famous fashion illustrators worldwide: Andrea Ladstätter, Carla Han, Connie Lim, Kira Krylova, Pippa McManus, Valerie Chua and Vikki Yau to showcase their amazing fashionary hand-sketches with signature Fashionary figure templates.

The mini exhibition will be displayed from 1 Sep to 31 Sep in Cat Socrates located in 02-25 Bras Basah Complex, 231 Bain Street, Singapore. 

Meet the Fashion Illustrators:

Andrea Ladstätter, Singapore

Andrea Ladstätter is Austrian by nationality but Eurasian by blood. She is currently studying in the Fashion Design program at the LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, aspiring to excel in the industry of haute couture design. She first discovered Fashionary when giving it as a gift to a friend. She then get one for herself and now continue to conceptualise and design plenty of illustrations using Fashionary.

Carla Han, Indonesia

Born and raised in Surabaya, Indonesia, Carla has always loved drawing and crafts. After finishing high school in 2010, she decided to take a 1 year course in fashion design, where she found her passion in fashion illustrating as well as jewellery designing. She first discovered Fashionary on Instagram, and ever since she got herself one, she had been filling them with various designer collections, as well as some personal projects. Her favourite part: drawing small details!

Connie Lim, US

Connie Lim is a fashion designer/illustrator from Los Angeles, California. She attended Art Centre in Pasadena College in California and Central Saint Martins College of Design in London. Connie used Fashionary to draw for her final year graduation collection and her Fashionary was exhibited in the St. Martins degree show. Her illustration works has been featured in books such as Gestalten’s The Beautiful and Martin Dawber’s Great big book of Fashion Illustration, as well as other countless magazines and blogs. 

Kira Krylova, Italy

Kira Krylova was born in Russia and now based in Italy. Her passion for drawing and woman’s fashion brought her to the Technological University of Kazan where she attended the course in Fashion design. She travelled to Milan to come in touch with the fashion world and has met Fashionary for the first time! She started collaborating for different projects as fashion illustrator in Italy and for Russian websites specialised in hand drawing and graphic illustrations. 

Pippa McManus, Australia

Pippa McManus is a fashion illustrator based in Perth, Western Australia, who has caught the eye of many prestigious figures and respected brands in the fashion industry, including Mary Katrantzou, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Wildfox, and Steve Madden. She illustrated outfits with Fashionary sketchbooks on Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia held at Sydney’s Carriageworks on April 2013. 

Valerie Chua, Philippines

Valerie Chua is a visual artist and art instructor from Manila. She grew up with Western graphic novels and Japanese manga and only started painting at the age of 20. Some of her clients include: Keds, Clinique, Lenovo, Garage Magazine, Rogue Magazine, Designare Magazine Singapore and Leo Burnett Singapore. She specializes in traditional water-based media and her Fashionary is full of her dreamy water-colour illustrations.

Vikki Yau, Hong Kong

Vikki Yau is a fashion illustrator based in Hong Kong. As the co-founder and marketing director behind Fashionary, she has been illustrating tons of Fashionary sketches on luxury designer brands, popular fashion bloggers and the stunning gowns on red-carpet. She is also the editor-in-chief of Fashionary Hand, featuring inspiring fashion illustrators and demonstrate fashion drawing tips.

Salvador Dali ~ “La Vierge et le Rhinoceros”, 1975

Rendered with a graphic simplicity and bold colours, this work draws together two familiar subjects which appear repeatedly within Dalí’s pictorial landscape – the rhinoceros and the virgin. The rhinoceros, and in particular its horn, held a specific emotional and symbolic significance for Dalí.  He conceptualised it as a symbol of chastity through its association with that of the unicorn.

‘The rhino’s horn is indeed the legendary unicorn horn, symbol of chastity. The young lady may choose to lie on it or to morally play with it; as it was usual in courtesan love epochs’, Dali said. <source>

Berlin the Start-up City

I’ve been in Berlin helping to “conceptualise” a local start-up and had the chance to visit the Berlin Start-up scene … 

I would say what most surprised me is not the enormous amount of start-ups is the huge quantity of “wannabes” that I encountered.

The quality of some start-ups us notable but nothing to envy to any sounded spanish start-up.

There is anyway a diference, the between eg. Barcelona and Berlin, and no I am not referring to the weather (rather cold here in Berlin right now) is the ecosystem.

What’s an ecosystem?

- More Start-Up wannabes

- More Qualified Internationally Experienced Business Angels and Venture Capitals Firm ( in the city or in transit )

- More resources from Public and Private 

- Cultural icons and places clearly associated with the start-up scene.

- International Environment

tbh you probably just shouldn’t talk to me b/c i conceptualise anarchism as a way of practising socialism. socialism is bigger than anarchism. this is not a hugely popular view among anarchists lmao

Third, to develop a compassionate mentality towards the self requires activation of various components of care-compassion, or what the Buddhists call loving-kindness. These include increased awareness of the harm and suffering caused by self-attacking and empathy for one’s own life situation and experiences; the ability to feel ‘warmth’ for the self; the ability to adopt a forgiving attitude to the self, the ability to tolerate and ‘make safe’ memories and experiences that may haunt and terrorise the self, and the ability to access images that are self-soothing and reassuring.

Paul Gilbert and Chris Irons, Focused Therapies and Compassionate Mind Training for Shame and Self-Attacking

Compassion; Conceptualisations, Research and Use in Psychotherapy

I posted this before but I can’t find it now. Shit like this pisses me off. Who died and made you gatekeeper of Owl City? Owl City (when conceptualised as a place) HAS no borders and EVERYONE IS WELCOME THERE.

And personally how dare you try and police what people are allowed to be a fan of EVERYONE GETS TO BE A FAN and particularly if you have ever found joy or comfort in the music of Owl City then HOW DARE YOU deny someone else the same? We were all new fans once EVEN YOU MR “REAL OWL CITIZEN.”

I have gone far beyond begging to be “heard”. I am not even demanding. It is the pure force of my people’s inevitable presence that I want to consolidate. And I want to help to consolidate it to a point where we shall overcome, much more profoundly, with the very fact of our positive existence.
—  Njabulo Ndebele.

So I just remembered that sitting around in my email somewhere is an alliterative poem about the fall of Cardolan. I wrote it specifically for an even in Lord of the Rings Online, but it’s really just Tolkien-verse fanfiction, if you want to define things that way, so I went and dug it up and put it on my AO3.

If you’re not familiar with the game, that shouldn’t hamper really hamper understanding, it’s just an account of some of the things that led to the Barrow Downs being, well, Barrows.

(and if you are familiar with the game, I have one word for you, Lalia)

Self-criticism can act as an internal hostile signal. It is like having a self-monitoring system that is constantly looking for weaknesses and condemning the self. If this is repeated over a time, a person can feel persecuted by their own self-attacks. This forms the basis of what we may call internal harassment, the constant, repetitive experience of being (internally) attacked/condemned and feeling shamed.

Paul Gilbert and Chris Irons, Focused Therapies and Compassionate Mind Training for Shame and Self-Attacking

Compassion; Conceptualisations, Research and Use in Psychotherapy

One thing that is fascinating for us about the region is that there are parts that are encased in dust, where aesthetics have been frozen in time. Materials have been frozen in time. They have miles of dust on top of them and are unshakeable. Then you have rapid acceleration, the corporate “mall-ification” of this region, which is spiraling out of control. The “Dubai-ification”. Every time you go back there are new words, new practices. Your grandma is on Instagram. You can’t keep up. As someone who is away from the region and comes back, you feel left behind; people are already way ahead of you. There are new rituals. But then there are parts of the region that just won’t change, like the Edith Piaf song played at the Ministry of Defense. During the Kuwait show, a friend came to the exhibition. There was this music from a YouTube video we found, which included a ribbon-cutting segment, and which we used for a piece in the show. Our friend works for the Ministry of Defense and he said “This is my life, every day.” That particular music is played in the lobby of the Ministry of Defense, just incidentally. This type of example goes back to earlier attempts at modernization, especially in places like Kuwait. Just this summer the Kuwaiti government started using e-mail, for internal purposes. Everything will probably get printed out anyway, and stamped. And that’s part of what’s interesting too, these governments and bureaucracies are capable of such scale and yet are still mired in the Jurassic trappings of bureaucracy.

The Aesthetics of Nation Building

Curator Christopher Y. Lew joins artist collective GCC to discuss their art and the contemporary culture of the Arab Gulf region.