So it’s done. I applied for a diploma in graphic design at a design college a few weeks ago and in two weeks will embark on something I’m excited, yet apprehensive about. And yet the creative journey has already begun. I had to submit some artwork for the application, and although perfection was not mandatory, I still gave it a good go. I surprised myself with how natural it felt, and when asking myself ‘why, oh why had I not been doing this all along?’
For the drawing part of the submission, I chose the photograph of my Chanel Chance perfume bottle (as seen in my previous article The Scent of Paris) as my subject. I really liked the texture of the bottle, as well as the character from the wear. My first attempt was in pencil as I’m more at home with the medium. But then I decided to move out of my comfort zone and did one in ink, then watercolour. I had much preferred drawing over painting in the past, as I felt I had more control. When I picked up the paintbrush, however, it felt like I had been doing it for years. The whole process woke up a part of me that had laid dormant for such a long time. I stayed up that night til the wee hours of 2AM finishing my work and feeling energised and inspired.
Ink by JoyLovesParis
Pencil by JoyLovesParis
Watercolour by JoyLovesParis
They aren’t exact replicas of the original photo, but then I don’t think I am that sort of artist (nor am I that skilled / practised!). It was a challenge, but one that I enjoyed. The angles and textures were difficult but I liked that each interpretation was different.
I am ecstatic to be starting my course, but I am even more excited about this new creative journey that I have commenced. I’m booking in to some watercolour and modern calligraphy classes over the next few months to sharpen my skills, invigorate myself some more and to get back to what I had left behind so long ago. I’m getting closer to what I’m supposed to be doing, I can feel it.
On an impromptu two week trip to Paris in May 2012, I gave myself the challenge of packing minimally. It was a difficult task but one that I proudly conquered. I’m usually one for options (for every mood, weather condition & occasion!) but this time I decided to choose wisely.
Now it may seem like quite a simple thing, and I do tend to overthink things, but the choice of scent is important to me. I have always had a sensitive sense of smell so I try to surround myself with pleasant fragrances. Scents can help create a certain mood, can tell you a lot about a personality, but more importantly can evoke memories. I ended up taking Chanel Chance as my chosen perfume for the trip. It was a perfume given to me as a gift, and one that took me time to enjoy. It was discovering the notes and layers of the scent that gained my appreciation for it.
Months after my trip, I recall wearing Chance again. The fragrance brought back memories of those two weeks. The two warm humid days in Singapore. The smell of food at Borough markets on the weekend in London. The sunny spring morning walks along the Seine. The tulips in Giverny and the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles. The Chanel sunglasses I had excitedly acquired at the boutique in Printemps. The gorgeous coq au vin I had at a nearby café. A cool and windy trip on the Bateau Mouche. The time lost inside amongst books and history of Shakespeare and Co. And oh so many more memories.
I have since associated that perfume with Paris. To me, it is the scent of Paris.
Paris Fashion week SS16 has quickly come and gone, but not without my Instagram feed being regularly updated with a number of beautiful photos. Not only do I enjoy eyeing the up to date looks of fashion’s elite, but I love observing the beautiful Parisian settings. From recognisable architecture and street signs, to the unmistakeable gravel of the Jardin des Tuileries, here are some of my favourite blogger’s PFW Instagram photos that take me back to Paris.