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Jul 23, 2011


hye all....it's been ages i didnt post here.....(*blog yg semate-mate utk ATH...heh~)....but that will change immediately.....but not now....i decided to change this blog into my personal blog....which is 'carca marba'.....the post will be my designs n thoughts about world surround me.....feel free to drop your comment in future....luv ya~


Feb 5, 2011

Ornamentation:Cool or Cold???

Hi all,

Almost 2 weeks I didn't post anything...It's been quite hard weeks for me to handle myself (bipolar mood....duhhhh~). I hope I will get back to my form and strive harder in the future. Amin~. Ok, let's get back to work!!!KYAAAAAA.......(quick recover...hahaha~)

Last Monday (24th Jan), in design history class we discuss about Gustav Klimt and Adolf Loos. These two characters play important role during the era of Art Nouveau in German and Austria. Although they were under the same influence of art, but their way of thinking was completely opposite.

It would be hard for me to tell it in one sentence. So.....I will start with Gustav Klimt.

Gustav Klimt(1862-1918)- he love cat!
Gustav Klimt was an Austrian painter during the Art Nouveau period. His major works include paintings, murals, sketches, and other art objects. Klimt began his professional career painting interior murals and ceilings in large public building. But he was largely interested in painting figures. Klimt's primary subject was a female body and marked as a frank eroticism.

The Maiden (1912-1913)

Klimt’s style was miscellaneous variety of influences including Egyptian, Minoan, Classical Greek and Byzantine. He also inspired by the engravings of Albrecht Durer and Japanese Rimpa school. While his mature works are make use of symbol or symbolic elements to express psychological ideas and highlight the ‘freedom’ of art.

Klimt’s work is famous by elegant gold or coloured decoration, spirals and swirls, and phallic shapes; to conceal the more erotic positions of drawings. Two of the Klimt’s famous paintings were The Kiss (1907-1908) and portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer 1 (1907). Below are the other paintings that been made by him.

The Tree of Life (1909)
The Golden Knights (1901)
The dancer (1918)

Klimt was one of the founding members and president of the Wiener Sezession (Vienna Secession) in 1897 and the group’s magazine Ver Sacrum (Sacred Spring) but he remained with the Secession until 1908. The group’s goals were:

  1.  To provide exhibitions for unconventional young artists,
  2. To bring the best foreign artists’ works to Vienna.
  3.  To publish its own magazine to showcase members’ work.

There was no policy on any particular style in this group; Naturalists, Realists, and Symbolists all coexisted. The group’s symbol was Pallas Athena, the Greek goddess of just causes, wisdom and the arts.

Pallas Athena statue (left) and painting by Klimt (right)

There is a film about Klimt that has been made to contribute his life.

Klimt Movie

Now, Adolf Loos section …

Adolf Loos (1870 - 1933)

Adolf Loos was an Austrian architecture. He was one of the important pioneers of the modern movement in architecture. Adolf Loos was particularly interested in the works of the classicist Schinkel and above all the works of Vitruvius. He developing tasted was considerably broadened during three year living in United States. He’s passion is for smooth, un-ornate, sleek and simple. His influence was based on a few interior designs and a body of controversial essays. His buildings were exacts example of server beauty, variety from conservative country cottages to planar compositions for storefronts and residences.

Ornament and Crime Poster
Ornament und Verbrechen (Ornament and Crime) is an essay written in 1908 by Adolf Loos. The essay was written during the Art Nouveau movement. In 1913, it was translated into English: “The evolution of culture marches with the elimination of ornament from useful objects”.
In the essay, Loos’s expressed philosophy that ornamentation can have the effect of causing objects to go out of style and thus become out of date. He adds it was a crime to waste the effort needed to add ornamentation, when the ornamentation would cause the object to soon go out of style. Loos introduced a sense of the “immorality of ornament, describing it as “degenerate”, and its suppression as necessary for regulating modern society. In his essay also he wrote, “Since ornament is no longer a natural product of our culture, so that it is a phenomenon either of backwardness or degeneration” which mean that the modern man should eliminate the ornament to reach the highest evolutionary potentialOther than that, he states that the lack of ornament in architecture was a sign of spiritual strength.

According to Loos, ornamentation can be considered if this means that labourer finds joy through his artwork. But if it possible for the labourer to also find joy outside of his work, then the ornamentation no longer has valueHe argued that because ornament was no longer an important manifesto of culture, the worker dedicated to its production could not be paid a fair price for his labour. This essay has become a theoretical manifesto and a key document in modernist literature and was widely circulated abroad.

Another point of argument decried by Adolf Loos was the masking of the true nature and beauty of materials by useless and indecent ornament. He wrote in his 1898 essay entitle ‘Principle of Building’, that the true vocabulary of architecture lies in the materials themselves, and that a building should remain ‘dumb’ on the outside.  

Below are the furniture, kitchenware and building design by Adolf Loos: 

A "Knieschwimmer“ armchair (1906)
Glass service (1931)
Villa Muller, Czech Republic (1930)

Whew………ok! Now, I want to give my own opinion based on my background in jewellery design. In jewellery design it can be either Klimt or Loos philosophy. For example this picture below:

More details on necklace
Simple necklace

Ornamentation jewellery should be wear with plain attire. While the crowded motive on attire should avoid the ‘heavy’ jewellery design.

As for me, most of my designs are probably based on Loos but I’m not hated the details or ‘kerawang-kerawang’ on jewellery. I’m just feel that more details on jewellery, it look complicated. (It’s like my brain is tangled ...its hurt) Creativity in designing jewellery is not only can be developed by adding more and more design on it. Sometimes the simpler is better. See these pictures and make comparison. Which one do you prefer to wear?

Platinum ring with Aquamarine gemstone (Klimt)


Platinum ring with Aquamarine gemstone (Loos)

If you ask me....without hesitation...I'll choose the second ring (Loos)!!!hahahaha...However, be careful!
Don’t ever wear artistic jewellery; it wrecks a woman’s reputation (Gigi Colette)

Artistic necklace

You can check more information about Gustav Klimt, Vienna Secession, and Adolf Loos, Ornament and Crime (Original translated essay) by clicking these links below.

That’s all for now. Adieuuu....


Jan 24, 2011

The Joy of Work;do it with all your heart~

hi all,

As I promised before, here are the post about 'The Joy of Work'....(happy+energetic mood) 

Last monday I learn about Arts and Crafts Movement(England,1880-1910) and Art Nouveau(Europe,1861-1941) in design history class. Arts and Crafts movement are the movement advocated truth to materials and traditional craftsmanship using simple forms and often medieval, romantic or folk styles of decoration. It also proposed economic and social reform and has been seen as essentially anti-industrial. Art Nouveau came after the Art and Craft Movement era. Nouveau means new in france. So Art Nouveau means new art. We can see that during this era the drastic changes to the artwork style. This era has influence Bauhaus institution(1919-1933) to the modernism in art and design. Bauhaus is located in Germany and it is the cradle of many great people from various fields of art.

Arts and Crafts Movement; Golden Lily Minor, William Morris
Art Nouveau;Maude Adams Joan of Arc, Alphonse Mucha


One of the talented artist during the Art Nouveau era was Charles Rennie Mackintosh. One of his work was Hill House at Hellensburgh,Scotland. This is the second house that made my heart stopped for 3 second (hahaha...errrkk~) The first house that made me feel like that is Fallingwater designed by Frank Iloyd Wright(...xde kaitan dgn Art Nouveau)...totally mesmerize!! (i wish to have both house at least in my dream...hahaha~). The following are the pictures of Hill House and furniture inside the house.

Hill House, Helensbugh, Scotland

Charles Rennie Mackintosh; Furniture from Hill House 
Those tall chair in Hill House are my favourite. I love to have all that one day.(....i'm getting worse~).

There are differentiate and simillarity between Art and Craft Movement and Art Nouveau. Art and Craft Movement negate the machine to create the artwork and only the privillage class can afford it while Art Nouveau used machine to create the artwork and it is affordable to everybody. The good thing is both are concern about artistic value through the artwork.

In the philosophy of movement, art should be way of life. Art Nouveau also has been considered as 'total' style and has breaking down the barriers between fine and applied art. The thought of Art and Nouveau has been expand widely and still be continue until today. 

After class, Mrs.Suzy want us to think about the relation between both arts and 'The Joy of Work'. Ok, first of all i want to shared someting with you guys. I found a good quote by Albert Camus: 
"Without work, all life goes rotten.
But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies"

What I understand about this quote is; work is important in for our daily needs. But if there are no passion and joy in our work, you life is meaningless and full of regret(maybe you should join the zombie community...seriously~) 

Learn to love what we do - or leave.

It is same goes to us (designer or an artist). The joy of work is not only can be obtain when we finished out work but it must begin before we start doing work. It is important to know, because the work you do has a lot to do with your happiness and thus, your prosperity. Your work is very important to who you are and who you are becoming.
It is doesn't matter we are from what field of design (Product, Textile, Jewelry, Ceramic, Architecture, Automotive, Graphic etc) as long as we love and enjoy our work, we can deliver the work well and will always be appreciated.

As for me, i choose to be part of art and design community is my own choice. In the beginning my parents were against it because they thought i will not have future after i graduate.

**The truth is I am a bio-chemist former student (...ok you can faint if you want to..~) but I stop in the middle and applied for UiTM's Art and Design school. It is take a lot of courage to neglect my parents expectancy and make my own choices**

But from my perspective view, future is unpredictable. Once I can do what I love, I will put my heart into it; then I will have no regret in my life. Right now, my parents are my big supporters in my life because they understand that each person has their own ability and way to be success in life.

Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.- Storm Jameson  

Back to the main purpose..(the relation); in overall,Arts and Crafts movement and Art Nouveau are deserve to be categorize as 'The Joy of Work'. It is not only because of how the processes of the work or the end product but it is how the artists satisfy with themselves and how people appreciate it as a beautiful piece.That's what I think the truth meaning of The Joy of Work.

For more information about all the information above you can check on this website:

That's all for now....adieuu~


Jan 20, 2011

me?addicted?no laaa~(hidung jd panjang)

hi all,

this is my 3rd post for this blog.i wish i can write and post more but lately i'm getting busy with assignment and...life....(hahaha....busy la sgt~).

i also try to find more widget/gadget to put into my blog to make it interesting....(the truth is: i'm addicted to decorate blog!!!miahahahaha...) and still searching for it until now. so, if anybody know any interesting widget,please shared with me (esp: how to put autoplay+invisible mp3 at blog.....i'm totally fail!).

i also hope that you can comment my posts so that i can improved my english and writing(i'm bad at constructing sentence and pronouncing word....duhhhh...aisyah know it all~).

for the upcoming post, is about 'The Joy of Work'(still working on it).everyone are welcome to comment/discuss about it.

that's all for now.adieuuu~


Jan 13, 2011

I Think Therefore I Am~

hi all,

last monday was my first design history class for this semester..i think this is quite interesting history class i attended so far since primary school....hoho~

(i'm not so into history subject before...T__T)

ok....there here comes the important guy.......

Rene Descartes was born in 1569 and died in 1650. he is lain philosopher that love to look at the world in the different perspective. he also love to questioning about everything. the famous statement line that he said was' Corgito ergo sum which is mean I think therefore I Am .the hidden meaning from his statement is the simple meaning of the phrase is that someone wondering whether or not exists is, in and of itself, proof that he that he does exist....*err....ok....it is quite confusing.....so in the simple word is you are what you are thinking. if you are thinking you can do it, then you can do it. 

this statement was widely used back in the French revolution. people start to think for themselves without relying to the monarchy or the church. this happened after the downfall of the French monarchy.  

during this era, people are starting to learning to solve their problem without any help from church or monarchy. this learning process has made them more independent and create their own civilization. after the fall of the French monarchy, the industrialization era has been created by the society. the revolution of this era has create many new things such as machine, pollution, and urban dwelling.     

This era really is a  learning process for human being as whole. I mean the people back then really knows how it felt to be oppress and rise to solve the situation.They experienced the industrial revolution where machine were created, urban dwelling , and all the problems that came along with the industrialization.
i think we as human should be in the process of learn in same way so that we can appreciate our life even more.i also believe that the success can be obtained when we refers from past (*not copy!stop the plagiarism!) and aiming to be better in future.

ok,thats all for now...adieu~


Jan 12, 2011

welcome *MING-MING*!

hi all....
today is a born day of my blog (yay!)...thanks to my Design History(DH) lecturer (Mrs.Suzy)...finally!!! i got a reason to built it...hahahaha~

everybody are welcome to read my blog and if you like to drop your comment,just become my follower...that's all for now...adieu~

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