Art of joyful living

From left: First meeting for the 3D project with Michel Jason, Han Wei and Sam Lee Wong.

RECENTLY, I’ve been up to my elbows in work and projects. However, it’s all been good, filled with a positive spirit … a great reminder of how much I love my work, despite being so busy.

I’m so lucky to be surrounded by like-minded people who are passionate about their work and love throwing in absurd yet fantastic ideas to create amazing products together. These people make up my team: my artistic friends, friends who pump in money to sponsor my projects, those who put in the physical effort to make things happen and friends who are extremely talented. All of them are equally vital in the web of creativity.

I’m particularly conscious of the importance of teamwork right now because, after months of working on the 3D project, our 3D printed garments are finally being printed in Belgium, courtesy of Materialise! This could not have happened if not for our amazing team which had up to eight people working together, including 3D modellers, engineers and my own team who added the finishing touches. All their hard work has finally paid off and the designs are looking superb!

Of course, there are essential people whom I need to mention and thank, namely Sam, Han Wei and Tony, for putting the 3D modelling together in such a short time. According to Materialise, one model usually requires a year to be completed to perfection. We didn’t have the luxury of time, yet we managed to produce truly amazing, out-of-this-world pieces that have come to life with their help. I also need to thank Michel, my engineer friend, whose mechanism on the pieces made my dream come true. Thanks to him, I was able to design anything, with no limit on the movement or fluidity of the pieces.

The show is scheduled for tomorrow and I can’t wait to see how people will react to the five pieces that will be shown on the runway. Wish us luck! I also hope that my celebrity models enjoy cat-walking in our creations. For the fashion show, I designed a pair of shoes, headgear with bird wings that move, a chunky necklace, a peacock skirt that can open up like a flower in bloom and big cape wings.

I must say, this project hasn’t been the easiest that I have undertaken, but it has been great fun to work on, with this new and innovative technology. I’d been wanting to do this for years, and now, finally given the opportunity. It was honestly a dream come true. I guess that’s where faith comes in … if you have faith, good opportunities and chances will come your way.

For the fashion show, I want the pieces to really stand out and shine, so the models will be dressed in nude bodysuits, with make-up that is also mostly nude, accented with slight highlights of brown.

I want to express my thanks to Joey Yap for the make-up and Centro Hair Salon for giving the models really cool hair-dos that still fall within the lines of being pure and clean. It’s going to be an event to remember. I will be posting photos of the show very soon, so I hope you don’t miss them!

Currently, I’m also very busy preparing for the upcoming Raya for Her collection under my emel by Melinda Looi label, which I mentioned in my previous column. Proceeds from the sales of all garments under this label will be donated to a charitable foundation.

I got together with a couple of my friends, Ngai Yuen and Ida Nerina, to brainstorm on ideas for my first emel show, which Ida will be directing. I’ve no idea what she has in mind – whether it will be dramatic or simple and sweet – but I have total faith in her and know that it will be fantastic. Ida and Yuen truly are among the brightest stars I know in Malaysia. All right, enough for now. Keep following us on social media and witness just how we manage to pull off something so beautiful together, and for a good cause too. It just goes to show that everyone can do something to lend a helping hand to those who need it.

Learn to stop and smell roses once in a while, and at the same time, pay attention to what people need. As I wrote in my previous article, something as simple as buying a McDonald’s meal for an uncle can make a person’s day … his smile and kind eyes are still in my mind, and this is a reward that I will treasure forever.

We can all do something to help the less fortunate. Let us put on a heart-warming show together to cheer someone up and put a smile on their faces. And let’s all have a great Raya together. We will be posting more information soon.

Also, don’t forget that whenever you purchase something from my emel collection, you are becoming part of a team that contributes to charity. Join our cause and do a good deed. Give and share your love with with others. Happy giving and sharing – that’s the secret to a joyful life!

Mel’s Place is a fortnightly column by Melinda Looi for The Star newspaper.




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