Meet the Paper Empress and the Singaporean artist behind these visually stunning paper crafts

HOW DID YOU START TRAINING FOR THE CAREER YOU HAVE NOW?

I graduated from Temasek Polytechnic with a degree in visual communications, but it was a certification of completion, and most of the time I didn’t know what I was doing as a design student, being led by notebooks charges and deadlines.

The real training came from actually being on the job, especially as a freelancer who wears many hats to keep his business afloat. As a young designer, there was – and still is – so much to learn and discover, from print production and digital imaging to the technical aspects of photography and production. video.

I’m always curious about how these processes actually work, even though most of the time they were out of sight and out of mind, and my relationship with them seemed like just a handover. But over time, I realized that having a deep appreciation for what my collaborators were doing allowed me to push my own creative boundaries, as well as develop a sense of empathy in managing deadlines and expectations.

WHEN DID YOU DECIDE YOU WANT TO BE A FULL-TIME DESIGNER?

I got A1 for ‘O’ level art, and my tutor suggested I go straight to TP to study design instead of taking the conventional route of attending JC. At the time, I had no idea what a career in design was, I just followed his recommendations. As a typical 90s Singaporean with little career guidance, I became a designer simply because that’s what I was trained to do.

YOU WORK IN MANY MEDIA AND DISCIPLINES – PHOTOGRAPHY, GRAPHIC DESIGN, THEATER – WHICH DO YOU LOVE THE MOST?

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