Morning Access

It’s always a privilege to be able to wander the exhibition halls before the fair opens.  Normally I’m too busy working during the show to take a look at fellow participating galleries, so it was a rare treat to capture a few snaps before the crowd comes in.  So without further ado, a few pieces that caught my eye during Art Basel Hong Kong 2017!

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Temple Hopping

S. Line Jacket // H&M Scarf // TNA Leggings // Fendi Bag // Ugg Boots

All bundled up with many places to go!  I know there are certain inconveniences about travelling in the chillier months.  For starters, travelling light is definitely not an option.  But besides having a slightly heavier suitcase, underneath all these cosy layers, it’s my favourite time of year to explore.

Photos by NN

Behind the Scenes

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Ever since I started working, I have spent more time in front of the camera instead of behind it.  I was rummaging through old photos the other day and found these ones, which I took for artist Zhang Yanzi during her artist residency at the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences last summer.

Although a little shy in front of the camera, Zhang was a pleasure to work with and her elegance is easily captured by the lens.  Most comfortable in her natural environment – painting of course, I particularly love the calmness captured in these photos, which directly mirrors the artist’s temperament.  One year later, Zhang’s exhibition “Essence” is currently on show at the HKMMS.  We have definitely come a long way since these photos were first taken, but I do very much enjoy looking back at the journey, while appreciating the moments which started it all.

For more information about “Essence”, please visit here.

 

Sound Waves

SoundwaveI recently had the opportunity to create a series of works for a client for their office space.  The final product was meant to be a hanging textile piece, to add a bit of warmth to their otherwise stark hallway.  Focusing on repetition and lines, the outcome was an abstract composition creating depth and movement, while embodying a sense of fluidity and vitality.

Miss Saigon

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Club Monaco Silk Pants // Olenka White Tank // Zara Sandals // Burberry Sunglasses // Celine Cabas Tote

Traveling light is usually a challenge for me, but at least when you travel to warmer climates, clothes don’t take up as much space.  I usually choose neutral coloured tops which can easily match an array of bottoms – from shorts, light trousers and breezy skirts.  Silks and light cotton take up very little room when rolled up, and any residual wrinkles can be removed with a quick steam.  And if you don’t have enough space to pack all your favourite accessories, I tend to stick to the essentials – a pair of sunglasses, a scarf and a good lipstick.  People often underestimate the power of colour, but a bold lip can instantly transform any outfit from last-minute to polished chic.

Photos by NN

How Bout Them Birds

Leila Jeffreys-01 “Slim” Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo // “Rosie” Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo // “Neville” Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo // “Commander Skyring” Gang-Gang Cockatoo

I came across the photographs of Australian artist Leila Jeffreys while sourcing some artworks for a client some time last year.  Known for her unusual portraits of birds, Jeffreys has developed an intriguing series of works based on these fine feathered creatures.  I have never been particularly fond of birds (coincidentally after watching Alfred Hitchcock’s Birds), but I couldn’t take my eyes off of these striking portraits.  Her “Wild Cockatoo” series attracted me simply due to their colours, but what was unexpected was the sense of calmness I felt from these photographs.  Jeffreys was able to isolate an intimate moment with each bird, capturing not only their character and personality, but also their life story.  Revisiting her works one year later, Jeffreys has now expanded to include a series on “Prey”, catching rare moments with eagles, falcons and owls.

For more information on Leila Jeffreys and her gallery representation, visit her website here.

Ho Chi Minh City Instagram Diary

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A lot of friends have been asking for travel recommendations for Asia lately which reminded me to go through my Ho Chi Minh City photos.  Being only a one hour direct flight from Hong Kong, it puzzles me why I didn’t visit Vietnam sooner.  A good mix between city life and the feeling of a tropical resort, I enjoyed the convenience of having direct access to local hangouts right outside the hotel door, but at the same time the luxury of relaxing by the pool and catching some sun.

Highlights of my trip .. favourite shopping spot in the city: Ben Thanh Market, best local food experience: Pho Hoa, best tourist experience: cooking class at The Vietnam Cookery Center and favourite chill out spot to revisit: L’uisine.

In the Kitchen: Fusilli al Telefono

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Last weekend I found myself overly uninspired with my collection of take-out menus and decided to search for a simple recipe for a home-cooked meal.  Usually the main reason I don’t cook too often is due to time, but in reality, there are many simple recipes for one-pot meals that are easy to prepare and completed in under 30 minutes.  When I don’t know what to eat, I always turn to pasta, so this simple Fusilli al Telefono recipe was a great find!  You honestly cannot go wrong with the combination of tomato, basil and cheese.  I already had most ingredients in the refrigerator and pantry so preparation took no time at all.  The longest part was waiting for the pasta to cook (which I used to enjoy a nice glass of red while taking in all the aromas of tomato and basil from the simmering sauce).

Extra bonus – cleanup was a breeze as well!