Friday, December 28, 2007

Malaysia, My Inspiration: The Jalur Gemilang @ Essenze magazine

I've been waiting for this copy of Essenze for a while. Now that it's here, I'm excited to see that they've got a brand new look. My article was inspired by the Malaysian flag, which we call the 'Jalur gemilang' (Stripes of glory). Of course, the article wouldn't be half as interesting without the excellent images - courtesy of ace photographer, Sam Lim Kien Hock of Penang. Thanks Sam!

Essenze Magazine 2nd Quarter 2007

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Neither East Nor West @ Essenze magazine

The new Essenze is out, and Mr Ch'ng's on the cover with his artwork. This month, I covered the V&A's Lafayette Studio collection and the "Neither East nor West" exhibition at the IAMM. Gotta love these elegant black and white photos!

Rudyard Kipling wrote in The Ballad of East and West, "Oh East is East, and West is West, and never the two shall meet, Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat; But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth, When two strong men stand face to face, tho' come from the ends of the earth!
Essenze magazine Q3-2007

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

December update: Heritage Asia & Berg

Happy day! I suppose nothing excites me more than an e-mail from an editor sitting in my inbox and today, I had three! First up, Heritage Asia said they'll publish my article "Precious Objects: Decorative Art of Mughal India", which I think may come out in their January - March 2008 issue. Here's a glimpse of the elegant layout they came up with (I love it!):

Second, I heard from Berg publishers, who are updating contributors on the progress of "The Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion", a monumental publication of theirs due out in 2010. Their website also has a wonderful new look!

Last, but not least, I heard from Essenze magazine. I was told that a few copies of the latest issue of the magazine were dropped off at my work place yonks ago, but I've seen neither head nor tail of them... they must be tracked down! Happily though, I get to work on a new article for them, possibly on traditional Malay edged weapons!

(**spasm of joy**)

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