If you’re a hunter, a collector, or both, you’d have heard of the Hunters & Collectors Fair in collaboration with Markets by Jaya One that happened last weekend. We at ROJAK are known to be a bit kiasu one, so we wasted no time getting our asses there and sapu everything! This includes the arts and crafts of the students of The One Academy, to the other vendors selling food, accessories, apparels, cosmetics and more! But of course, as much as we’d like to literally sapu everything, we’re still broke college kids with no money so boo hoo.
Of course, apart from going there to ogle at all the amazing artworks, squealing and wah-ing at everything, we also had to put on our professional masks and act, well, professional lah. We met Hui Ting at her booth, A Hoarder’s Diary, where she displays her crafts made from things she’s hoarded in the past, such as coconut leaves and paper rolls. She also sold books that gives people with the same problem an idea of what to do with the stuffs they’ve gathered.
Tell us more about the Hunters & Collectors Fair.
Well, in a nut shell, this is our [the students] second year’s final project where we have created our own artworks, crafts, products with our own backstories, to be displayed and sold here at the fair. You can read more about it on our website.
Alright, so I think us non-artists would really like to know this: where do artists like yourself find inspiration?
Hmm, well, inspiration comes on a daily basis from anything, really. Human behaviour, what’s around me, the environment. Really just anything, from small elements to big ones. Like, you know how a house, you start from the door and slowly build up until it becomes a house. So anything is essentially inspirational, no matter its size.
How long have you been doing art?
I’ve always been interested in drawing, but I only got into art seriously after going into Art College. That’s when I really pursued art and had a clear direction of what I want to do. Getting a proper foundation from college, that’s how it slowly developed me into doing more proper, refined art.
What kind of art do you do?
Well, I do a lot of murals and graffiti. I earn profits and money from doing murals and that supports me on doing graffiti. Graffiti is more like an expressional kind of movement. I express myself through graffiti, I do my own thing. Whereas murals, there’s a restriction. There’s a client and they have a certain criteria or a specific design in mind. But through graffiti I can do anything I want.
Do you feel very restricted when you’re given a theme, or are you comfortable with it?
It really depends. I’m not really good with realistic paintings, so I might have a problem with that. But if it’s lettering or something more graphical then I’m okay with it, because I like typography. So anything that is typography driven, I would be interested in the project. I would really look forward to it.
What would you say is your biggest project so far?
Hmm, there was this one project me and my friends worked together with, in conjunction with MBPJ’s Folklore Festival last year. We painted a mural on an overhead bridge somewhere in PJ. Other than that, there was this other project my crew and I did in Ipoh for a clothing store, Hari Hari. We painted a mural of a wau incorporated with the elements and patterns of batik.
Do you work on all your projects with your crew?
Graffiti crew wise, everyone has their own thing going on. I have a few other crew mates, they do what I do, too. They have side projects like murals and commission works, where they earn their money. When it comes down to graffiti, street-bombing wise, it’s more to giving out than taking it back. So we still need to support ourselves and have a solid income to pay our rent or buy spray paints, to keep us going in graffiti.
Do you plan to make a living out of art?
This is a hard question because I just started doing this. I’m making the best out of it, trying to do my best. Push myself through different circumstances, style, techniques. Try everything that’s different from what I’m doing to explore.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I can’t say from what I have now because I’m still gathering experiences. But hopefully, in future, I can travel around, do art, meet different people, meet other artists and share experiences. That’s what I want to do. Like, painting and doing art. Instead of staying in an office and being a slave.
The Hunters & Collectors Fair showcased the arts and crafts of 17 students. To learn more about the students and their projects, head on over to Hunters & Collectors Fair’s website.