TERESA' DESIGN PHILOSOPHY IS TO FUSE THREE OF HER INTERESTS TOGETHER: ILLUSTRATIONS, EMBROIDERY AND SURFACE PATTERN DESIGN.
AT THE AGE OF 24, SHE HAS SHOWCASED HER WORKS IN EXHIBITIONS AND FASHION SHOWS IN SINGAPORE, HONG KONG, BANGKOK AND TOKYO.
Where does your passion for embroidery and illustration come from?
I majored in fashion design and textiles at Lasalle College of the Arts, so my interest for both embroidery and illustrations came and grew from my time in school.
In your work “Sew Wanderlust” you represented the “journey”, tell us what does it means for you …
I wanted to travel differently. To me, the whole point of travelling is to soak in the experience there, not just take a photo at a place and leave for the next place. When I’m working on the pieces for Sew Wanderlust, I would sit at a place for 2-3 hours to capture a scene. Whilst doing so, all my senses are 100% aware, Im listening to my surroundings, the sound of the waves, the smell of the breeze, the cool air on my skin, the taste of their local snacks whilst I work and instead of looking through a camera to capture a photo, in this case my eyes are the camera, and my hands are capturing what I see. And this is an amazing experience because I am fully present and one with my surroundings. When I look at my pieces that I have now, I can still remember very vividly how it was when I was stitching the piece.
A destination that represent you …
What are you trying to tell with your creations?
With most of my creations, there is a story behind it. Theres too many to list down, but I’ll give you one for an example. my Sad Girl Club series…it started out because I was going through a bad break up. I was tired of feeling down all the time, so I decided to use my sadness and make something beautiful out of it. To comfort me, my friends would tell me stories of their other friends who is going through the same problem, and I had this idea to “collect” all these stories and translate them into a piece of embroidery work. Through this series Sad Girls Club, I’m trying to say that its okay to feel sad but you can decide what comes out of your sadness, and secondly, you’re not alone in all that.
Tell us about your experience in fashion industry, and how did it start your collaboration with Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s creative director?
I studied fashion textiles and design so I had experience in the fashion industry for awhile designing prints and patterns. But to be honest, I didnt really like it which explains why now Im more focused on illustrations and embroidery as an art form instead of working them on the body. The collaboration with Alessandro Michele was totally unexpected but really cool and rewarding.
For “Gucci Tian” you represented female figures surrounded by nature. Which is the role of women in your work?
In my work, I am passionate about raising issue about gender, challenging womens role in society and raising self esteem of young girls in this digital era, which is why you can find most of my works include illustrations of women.
What’s your idea of style?
hmm, something you’re comfortable with and its part of you so you cant fake it.
If you could transform yourself into one of your own work ,which would it be and why?
Haha this is a strange question I dont really have an answer, I like being human! But if I have to give an answer, hmm, probably the new series I’m working on “The Twelve Rooms”…because I made sure the rooms have nice interiors, and I love nice interior spaces.
What’s your relationship with social networks?
I have a love hate relationship with social media. I love it because it has connected me with so many people around the world and I am able to share my works, but I dont really like how superficial it eventually becomes.
Any advice about new artist we should keep an eye on?
Ok ,shes not new, but I love Alexa Meade’s work so much!!
A figure who inspired you in your career:
The biggest lesson you’ve learned in life is:
The biggest lesson I’ve learnt is that if it seems I cant achieve my goals and I keep failing, I must change my actions and not my goals.
Teresa Lim motto is:
“work to live, not live to work”