Sunday, April 6, 2014

PROJECT 365 | DAY 96: HANDBAGS AND THEN SOME



Micro version of my backpack. Yee!


DAY 96 | This is a pretty bland photo but how cute is my mini backpack? Imagine it in full scale with crazy and poppy prints, a few pockets here and there and bits of leather to sophisticate-it-up a notch. Could you imagine me being one of those designers who also produces a handbags range? Who would be up for that? I'd be following in the footsteps of Chanel, Proenza Schouler and Alexander Wang. Exciting! Though it seems like my career status has broadened from: womenswear to menswear, blogger, journalist, photographer, social-media enthusiast, accessories designer...what else can I add? xxx

P.S. Project 365 will be changing its format in the next week or so. Which means more room for other posts and such! Stay tuned.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

PROJECT 365 | DAY 95: RAINBOW CONNECTION - OR NOT?


Pretty colourful things to come!


DAY 95 | When I was researching handbags at the various Paris Fashion Weeks, I realised two things: 1) there were tonnes of clutches; 2) there was a lack of clutches in vibrant, poppy, bright colours. I asked myself - why? Why weren't there any fashionistas sporting a rainbow-chic handbag or clutch? Why did they favour the leather luxury item so much? Honestly, I am not a huge fan of leather so I got bored of seeing leather-leather-leather 20 times in a row. I say, enough is enough! Besides my interest in the minimalism look (perhaps I'm just lazy and need a uniform), I am willing to go the extra mile by wearing a colourful handbag - or in my case, by designing my own range. The paint swatches above are my first few digital print options. What do you think? I'm ready to conquer the world with my colourful printed accessories! Watch out PFW! xxx

Friday, April 4, 2014

PROJECT 365 | DAY 94: PAINT, PAINT, PLANTS, PAINT

DAY 94 | Friday morning's are the worst times for a class, especially when it is an 8.30am start (meaning I have to wake up at 6.30 in order to get into the city on time!) Was so tempted to sleep in but I would have missed out on this fun workshop. All we did was paint! Forgot how much I miss art, colour and it's fun, playful nature. Beats drawing lines, making patterns and being so technical. This is is the fun side of fashion school. Can we do this again? xxx



The classes art work pieces.


Paint dyed the calico pieces first and then pinned on plant shapes for its imprints to be transferred.


Once it sits in the sun, the dye somehow absorbs away from the shapes on top and leaves imprints of the "ghost of leaves past"embedded onto the fabric. How cool is that?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

PROJECT 365 | DAY 93: DISSOLVING TEXTILES


The beginnings of dissolving textiles...


DAY 93 | In my Monday's studio class, we experimented with a fabric called SOL-U-WEB and pretty much watched it dissolve and melt on a mannequin. After 2 seconds of slowly watching it melt, I started to yawn, got bored and was ready to go to bed. I  also had a minor freak out because I am no way conceptually creative to pull off this kind of work. But after some desperate need of sleep and a fresh-awakened mind, the next few days I attempted to be more enthusiastic about this science-fashion combo. I researched more into dissolving textiles and I found this textile artist called Amanda McCavour (google her) who has some really interesting projects and installations. She basically repetitively sews her drawings onto dissolving fabrics and when it melts away, it becomes these cleverly stitched outlines shapes in the forms of flowers, birds and even household items. I've attempted her practice above with a few pieces. So needless to say, my mind has changed. I'm not bored anymore! I'm excited to start this new adventure. xxx   

PROJECT 365 | DAY 90, 91 & 92! AKA. OOPS I'M LATE

Oops, I'm late!

Sorry for my sudden departure. I've been ridiculously busy with assignments. But fear not, I'm back with a sum up post of my past 3 days. This may have to be a regular thing now as I am in the "busy- unilyf- period-mode" In saying that though; I've had time to think more about blogging and I''m hoping to take my blog/s to the next level with a new makeover and such. So, bear with me! It's going to take some time. Anyway, here are some pictures of Project 365. More from me later xxx



DAY 90This was totally un-planned! My friend Linda and I came into uni wearing nearly the exact same thing. Coincidence! This is my sloppy uni outfit. Whenever I am in a rush or can't be bothered planning my next outfit, I tend to slip on a dress, wear a knit on top and pair it with my boots. I'm kind of over this combo though. I'm also thinking about having a makeover with my wardrobe. Nothing too drastic! But I want a bit of a change. I'm currently into the minimalism look (do I sound like a typical fashion student?)





DAY 91 | After the MIFGS, I crammed my handbags folio, spec sheets and presentation boards in about a week before submission! Came up with this design concept consisting of a backpack, made up of a custom digital print, with leather details, leather drawstring cords (adjustable to be made into shoulder straps or backpack straps) and with pockets! I'm hoping I can use this while I'm over in Paris while travelling. I'm also hoping to make the pockets detachable so it can come off and become a clutch...that I can use for Paris Fashion Week?! Hmmm.




DAY 92 | I confess. I am having MIFGS withdrawals. I'm seeing flowers and plants everywhere! It is sad that it is now over - as I have said a million times. But every time I see a branch, twig, flora or fauna like these wild flowers, I consider using them for my "flower and garden show project". But then I have to remind myself, I'm not in it anymore! I've become more appreciate of nature though. I'm obsessed with the textures of wild flowers and I just want to decorate them all over my house! 

Monday, March 31, 2014

DO IT YOURSELF: PERSONALISED CUSHION

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Comfort is key when it comes to decorating your space and sometimes all it takes is a blanket or a cushion to make your place feel a little more like home.  Can’t find the perfect item though? Don’t worry. I have you covered! Here are the instructions for making your own personalised cushion.
What you will need:
Fabric of your choice
Needle & Thread
Sewing Machine
Pins
What you need to do:
Step 1:
Cut out the fabric in the size you prefer. I used the measurements 35 x 31cm.
Step 2:
With the right sides facing towards each other (wrong side facing up), sew 3 of the 4 side’s together, approximately 6mm- 1cm from the edge. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can easily hand sew these pieces with a needle and thread with tight stitches.
Step 3:
Turn your pillowcase inside out and give it a good iron to flatten the edges and corners. Make sure the iron is on the correct setting suitable for the fabric you are using.
Step 4:
Measure how much trim you require and hand sew the pom pom trimmings onto one side of the pillowcase. Do this to all four edges of the pillowcase.
Step 5:
Stuff your pillowcase with stuffing!
Step 6:
Fold the non-trimmed side inwards to 1cm and pin it to the trimmed side. Close the pillowcase by hand sewing the edges back together.
Tip: Pin your fabric pieces and trims along the way so it is nice and secure when you sew!
Style On,
Melissa Him

Sunday, March 30, 2014

PROJECT 365 | DAY 89: A PICTURE PAINTS A THOUSAND WORDS


 The ceiling of the Royal Exhibition Centre. Beautifully royal!

DAY 89 | Today was the last day of the MIFGS, so went into the Royal Exhibition Centre this afternoon to dismantle my mannequin. It was so sad to rip up my work of art because well, I worked so hard on it! In 10-15 minutes, my floral fashion piece was gone. My photographs are the only things that will serve me memories of my process and finished product. As soon as I realised this though, something gave my brain a "aha!" moment and that light bulb feeling. Our life is transient and it is through photographs, we can capture moments, thoughts, feelings and events in stills - so we can relive our past and bring back memories when we want to. You may think "Duh! This isn't anything new!" But really, think about it. I think this is the reason why I began Project 365. To bring in any image whether its currently new or from the past, talk about it, analyse it and maybe even trigger some inspiration for my design work, like this picture above (I'm already thinking of creating a royal themed collection with these prints). Anyway, you know what they say. A picture paints a thousand words. I wonder how many words - or designs - this image will create? xxx

Saturday, March 29, 2014

PROJECT 365 | DAY 88: UP THE ANTI

DAY 88 | There comes a time where you feel like you need to up the anti. In this case, I feel like my blog Loko and Cle needs new content or something entirely new as a whole. I am also working on a behind the scenes fashion blog that will hopefully launch soon so perhaps that will be my new endeavour and I may say goodbye to L&C for a while. It's hard to figure out what you want when you are multi-tasking all the time! But the thing is; I can imagine it. I'm visualising these projects in my head and I just hope it turns into reality. Besides a new rejuvenated blog, my design thinking has already "upped-the-anti". I'm currently in the middle of designing a handbag and I'm really into having a mixed media, graphic and textile print for the exterior. I feel that my design work has been lacking for the past few years and I haven't found a concept that fully endures me and speaks honestly of who I am. I've doubted my dreams of being a fashion designer but I think this may be an area I could really excel in. I'm excited to gain my love for art and design again. I really do miss it. These are just some snap shots of my current handbags sketch book that I want to do well in. Here is to new beginnings. And quarterly-yearly resolutions! xxx



Handbags sketchbook. Planning to create a clutch and backpack! 


Friday, March 28, 2014

PROJECT 365 | DAY 87: GARDEN INSPIRATION

DAY 87 | Obviously this week has just been MIFGS hype so I may as well talk about it a bit more! Received some free tickets to see the rest of the show and let me tell you - it was brilliant. I don't think you have to be a gardener or a horticulture expert to realise how inspirational the floristry or landscaping exhibits were. The flowers itself were "natural" works of art, displayed in ways that diverges from the typical vase. There was one where all the flowers were laid like a bed sheet on a vintage bed. And then outside in the Carlton Gardens, the garden landscapes encouraged you to makeover your own backyard! My favourite was the bathroom extending into the garden area. It looked like a heavenly bathroom forest! Now that I have worked with flowers and plants, I just want to work with them more! Realistically, I am still an amateur though. It might just take some time and patience before I become a pro. I can imagine me being one of those old ladies who loves to garden! xxx


Cute grass ducks!


Can this be my bathroom, please?!


Floral in jars display.


Floral bed sheet - literally!


I want this to be my backyard. So beautiful!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

PROJECT 365 | DAY 86: MORE MIFGS X RMIT FASHION PHOTOGRAPHS


Transience Studio, 3rd Year Fashion Students x MIFGS


DAY 86 | It hasn't been that long yet but here are some throwback shots of the other girl's work I took on our final day of setting up at MIFGS. I still can't believe its all over now. Honestly, it feels like a dream! I love how everyone started off with a similar concept but managed to create completely different designs.  So much creativity! Apparently it was hard to judge but it came down to Aviva in 1st place, Debbie in 2nd and Anna in 3rd. I'm just so proud of everyone and what we achieved. It will be sad when take it down though. But that's what these photographs are for! Check out the show if you still haven't been. It's on till this Sunday. xxx


PROJECT 365 | DAY 85: LEATHER HEAVEN

 

So much leather!

DAY 85 | I'm being one of those bloggers now who has to apologise when she doesn't blog as often as promised. But really, I am genuinely sorry! As soon as I got home last night, I feel asleep and slept for 14 hours straight (the flower & garden show made me that exhausted). But fear not, I have some pictures I'd like to show. Yesterday morning, I went to Lefflers & Son, a supplier of leather for a handbags excursion. It is literally leather heaven. But as soon as I entered, I didn't feel excited to use it. Not that I don't like leather but I just didn't feel it. You know when you see something and it just doesn't feel right? It was one of those moments. Perhaps it was because of the smell, the lack of colours I wanted or the poor Zebra skin I saw. All I know is that I left me more confused because I have no idea what to do for my handbags assignment! At the moment now, I'm thinking of making a backpack and clutch, in a custom made print in cotton or linen and using some leather trims. It's all up in the air really xxx

P.S. I really need to work on my blog!!! I need a blog makeover! 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

PROJECT 365 | DAY 84: THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW - IS FINALLY HERE!



My work of art now on display!


DAY 84 | It's alive! My fashion floral display is now officially up on display at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2014. You would think it would take a semester's worth to design this but it actually took 3 weeks to develop a concept and produce a folio and just 2 days to put it all together. 2 DAYS! By 4pm, my class & I were all happy that we at least had something up. It astonishes me that in literally 48 hours, we were able to come up with such diverse and creative pieces of art. Or floral fashion to be precise. My design didn't exactly match up on what I envisioned it to be but it was really close! I'm just proud that I could tick off one of my life long goals! History was made. xxx

Check out the RMIT Fashion x MIFGS Floral in Fashion display at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2014 from March 26 - 30 at the Royal Exhibition Centre, Carlton, Melbourne. 


Monday, March 24, 2014

PROJECT 365 | DAY 83: FLOWER SHOW SET UP BEGINS!

DAY 83 | Err meh god! You know the pictures I've posted lately that involves the floral fashion sculptures? The real work began today, bright and early this morning! It was a pretty exciting day to say the least because we could finally bring our imaginary visions to life! I'm halfway done with my sculpture - I think. Basically I just need to put my floral top-half on and create a bouquet head piece of some sort. I hope that time doesn't go by fast tomorrow like it did today. All I wanted to do was stay back and continue making it! I am truly addicted. xxx



Halfway there!


Early morning...


PROJECT 365 | DAY 82: PRETTY IN PINK

DAY 82 | This is the dress I ended up sewing and altering on Friday afternoon. I bought it at Camberwell Markets for $15 (bargain!) and have managed to wear it 3 times now: as a midi dress, a maxi skirt and now this short number. I realise though, midi/maxi dresses don't really suit my 160cm height. I either have to wear heels or high boots to get the "tall look" going on. You know when you put a top or pant on and you get the "It's not me!" feeling? This is it! I guess that's why I shortened it. Anyway, I'm planning to do an OOTD in this dress. Thoughts? xxx



Voila! It's brand new again!


Photo shoot with Jess! The old midi...

Sunday, March 23, 2014

PROJECT 365 | DAY 81: VAMFF VIBES


The stylish people before the show.

DAY 81 | Was able to have a break last night and attend the National Graduate Showcase, apart of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival - otherwise now known as VAMFF. It's been tradition that my uni friends and I go to this event. I remember back in first/second year, we were so excited to even attend a  runway. Usually we meet up a little early, take photos and embrace the "street style" atmosphere, watch the show, head to dinner afterwards and talk non-stop who was our favourite designer. Although this time round (as it was our 3rd or 4th time attending) it just seemed more overwhelming that this could be us in the next year or two. It think it was also the fact that some of the collections didn't surprise us as much because we've seen the 4th years create their work at uni! My favourite by far though was Chin (Hau Tay) and his teddy-bear inspired menswear. I remember him making the giant coat in class. So cool! xxx

Saturday, March 22, 2014

STREET STYLE VS. DECOR: INTO THE WILD


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It seems that everyone is going wild for animal prints. Whether the influences are from an African Safari or The Jungle Book, it is undeniably inspiring the runways, the streets and interiors.
But who knew that animal prints could be so timeless? Season after season, the wild print is seen everywhere. Back in 2009 and 2010, Diane Von Furstenberg  and Dolce and Gabbana laid out exotic animal prints on the runway. Fast-forward to the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 collections, DKNY and Temperley London were among the tribes roaring with their prints.



Outside of the runways, street style is almost like a zoo! Cheetah, giraffe, leopard and zebra prints are implemented onto accessories, coats, heels, shirts, skirts and boots. See, I tell you! It’s absolutely everywhere!
So if you’re feeling like queen of the jungle or Eliza from The Wild Thornberry’s (remember that TV show?), go wild for your space! If you’re not keen on the print on print, I suggest thinking outside the box by having warm coloured walls, some fresh plants and combining other African and exotic d├ęcor. You can immerse yourself in the wild culture without travelling! Here are some items you can try:


Woven Jute Handmade Rug used as Wall Tapestry from Urban Outfitters
Wooden Giraffe from Pier 1
Zebra Beanbag from PBTeen
Leopard Pillow from Anything Animals
Namji Doll from Safari Fusion
Giraffe Head Wall Art from A Touch of Class
Twine Jute Frames from Etsy
Leopard Rug from Wayfair



Style On,

Melissa Him

Friday, March 21, 2014

PROJECT 365 | DAY 80: HOT LIKE A SUNRISE



 So pretty!

DAY 80 | So you my know I have an obsession with sunsets. But this morning, I woke up early enough to see the sunrise and it was beautiful! It's crazy to think that whenever I wake up early or when the sun begins to rise; it ends up being my longest day yet. Today, I handed in my assignment in at 8.30am, did some homework, went home, altered and re-made a dress, cleaned my room...and I'm still awake. How?! I think I need to wake up at sunrise more often. I feel more productive and energised than ever! xxx

PROJECT 365 | DAY 79: FINAL FLORAL ILLUSTRATION

DAY 79 | The past few days have been crazy hectic as the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show is coming up...next week! I haven't been able to blog much, keep an eye out on VAMFF, do any other homework or have a social life for that matter. But with the folio and finals due this morning, I can do a little of those again! Kind of getting excited to put this altogether though. Fingers crossed it all works out! xxx



See! My new illustrations with some mixed media collaging. Looks better, right?

The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show runs from the 26 - 30 March at the Royal Exhibition Centre, Carlton. Come see the "Floral in Fashion" displays by the RMIT Fashion Students!


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

PROJECT 365 | DAY 78: COLLAGE PHOTOSHOP FUN!


Collage by Melissa Tidah Him

DAY 78 | I think I have a knack for collaging. It's strange how I don't have the talent to draw pretty pictures but when it comes to cutting and pasting images (and taking photographs) - I do it well! After deciding to skip class in favour of finishing my folio, I came home to straight away open Photoshop and do this. And trust me, Photoshop is addictive. It's hard to take a break because you want to do more! This is my final outcome though for my mood board. It's suppose to represent death in the ground, re-birth in the roots and new life within the bloom. I hope you like it. xxx

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

PROJECT 365 | DAY 77: ILLUSTRATION INSPIRATION

DAY 77 | Sketching flowers isn't easy. I mean, there are so may types with various textures and colours - it's hard to get it right! So when it come down to illustrating my final design for the flower and garden show, in all honesty, I think I struggled! I don't normally sketch out floral dresses so this isn't exactly my forte. And in saying that, sketching or illustrations isn't really either. I'm thinking of re-doing the below drawing as mixed media illustration board so I guess we'll see how I go with that...but at the moment, I have the sudden urge to illustrate and make pretty artwork. I want to do the illustration elective next semester! Right now, all the images on Pinterest are giving me so much inspiration! xxx



Going to try and do this again as a mixed media collage!