SUHAIMI / IZZIYANA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_IZZIYANASUAHIMI

Where are you from?
I am from Singapore, it’s a tiny island, often mistaken to be a part of China, which it is not. It’s right under Malaysia.

Where else could you imagine to live?
Oh! I’ve always wanted to live on a cliff by the ocean. Or spend some time living with Bedouins in the desert. Maybe one day!

What do you do?
I embroider, draw, sometimes I paint and I make things.

What inspires you?
IAll sorts of things! I love to read, so books and stories are a big source of inspiration for me. I love words, poetry, lyrics, signages.. all these trigger images in my brain and gets me excited to make! Other than that, daily life itself is inspiring, something unexpected I come across, a happy happenstance.

Your goal?
I have this dream of opening an artists’ shop, filled with odds and ends, curious items made by artists, which is also a space to allow for collaborations. It’s very hard for artists to have a special studio space in Singapore as rent can be very expensive, so I think once I have a space, it could be anything, anything can happen.

Who teached you to be a good at emroidery?
I learnt from watching online tutorials.

What art / photography / fashion etc. is of a special meaning to you?
I love Islamic art. I love the works of Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Sally Mann. Fashion-wise, I love things that are surprising and unexpected in a pleasant fresh sort of way, not in shock factor.

Favourite anything (not having to do with your work)?
Spending time in bookshops and libraries.

Everyone should read?
Oh that’s a tough one, I have so many favourite books… I think “A History of Love” by Nicole Krauss.

Best film?
I love the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Darjeeling Limited is also always fun to watch. And Donnie Darko!

Useless object you love?
Oh so many! I’m sort of a hoarder. I collect lots of things that I think I might use in future projects but I never do (still hopeful though!) like papers, bits and pieces of ribbon, sequins…