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Art Stage Singapore 2013 – Bizzare, Cute & Wonderful

Art Stage 2013

Pentateuque by Fabien Merelle
Visual interpretation of the phrase “carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders.”

Asia’s art scene descended in full force to the garden city for Art Stage Singapore 2013 during 24-27 Jan 2013. The third edition of the art fair at Marina Bay Sands welcomed 40,500 visitors and 131 art galleries representing 600 contemporary artists from all over the world. As with previous years, the fair featured a predominantly Asian-centred selection of art with a focus on Indonesian art, responding to the theme “We Are Asia.”

Art Stage 2013

The fair took up three halls at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Center, and one could easily spend a whole afternoon getting lost in a myraid of diverse artworks. There were so many to see, I spent five hours there. There were pieces which I really liked, some cute ones, and some plain weird.

Art Stage 2013

I love this. Even scooters know how to love, so why can’t we? Show some love today!

Art Stage 2013

Someone immediately came to mind when I saw this artwork by Tracy Emin :)

Art Stage 2013

The Waves Waifs by Sookoon Ang
This Singapore artist extends the surrealist inspiration where seven gold-haired brooms are left against the wall “like abandoned princesses”

Art Stage 2013

Zodiac Animals by Jiang Shuo
I would love to have all 12 of them. At S$67,500 each, I better invest in a real good security system as well.

Art Stage 2013

This piece by Chinese artist Chen Chun-Hao looks nothing out-of-ordinary at first glance. Come upclose and you realise that it is formed entirely with tiny mosquito nails – small headless pins about a third the size of a toothpick. Using a nail gun, Chen nails these small pins into canvas-covered wood, creating reproductions of traditional Chinese ink landscape paintings.

Art Stage 2013

It was lovely to see these kinds having fun with this new media artwork.

Art Stage 2013

Boys transfixed by Shinji Ohmaki’s installation

Art Stage 2013

Terra Incognita, et cetera is an art exhibition game where the audience can participate in cutting up a blank map of the world into bordered territories. Presented as a party game, Terra Incognita, et cetera is an exercise in collective painting and, simultaneously, a spin on collaboration and territorial marking.

Art Stage 2013

Love is like a Bomb?

Art Stage 2013

Luxury Therapy by Mauro Perucchetti
After buying this S$82,500 artwork, think I would need some aspirin myself.

Art Stage 2013

Silver Streak (Standing Gorilla) by David Mach (Scotland)
This has to be one of my faves at this year’s fair. The 3-metre creature is made up of a very common household item – coat hangers!

Art Stage 2013

South Korean artist Lee Lee Nam’s artwork uses new media technology to create moving surrealistic scenes. Lee believes that video art could express imagination thoroughly and is able to convey more atmosphere and surprises with each variation he chooses, eastern and western objects. This piece was really quite interesting to watch.

Art Stage 2013

Shadow Shimmers in the Corner by Pan Jian
Although it was quite a simple piece, the huge size and composition of the artwork somehow had a special allure.

Art Stage 2013

Berlin Buddha by Zhang Huan
This installation involves two Buddha sculptures facing one another. One remains still, while the other crumbles as the floor underneath it trembles. Berlin Buddha conveys the idea of samsaras of life starting from birth, senility, illness and death till rebirth.
Globally acclaimed, Zhang is best known for provocative performance that subject his own body to challenging tests of endurance. He often uses symbolically charged materials such as ashes, ancient scriptures and joss sticks to explore issues around identity, spirituality and history.

Art Stage 2013

Mondrian (2012) by Matteo Negri

Art Stage 2013

Now I know what to do with my old umbrellas.

Art Stage 2013

Visitors are invited to take a photo with their favourite cityscape at Thai artist Anusorn Charoensuk’s photographic installation World Tour. This piece here is specially commissioned for Art Stage 2013, and the artist painted two bodyguards to help him carry his purchases from Orchard Road.

Art Stage 2013

Rukunegara 2: The Voice by Zulkifli Yusoff (Malaysia)
A Malaysian artist recognized for his sharp commentary and deep insights into the Malay/Malaysian psyche and historical situation through his art. Rukunegara is derived from the artist’s ongoing dialogue on nation-building and the making of a people. Quickened by the deep trauma of 13 May 1969, the artist examines the reactionary five guiding principles of governance of an emerging nation struggling to mould its diverse and sometimes dissolute ethnicities into one. Strips of cloth printed with the guiding principles are painstakingly assembled into the artwork piece by piece.

Art Stage 2013

Chair lamp

Art Stage 2013

This would look good over the dining table…

Art Stage 2013

It’s a Damien Hirst. Household gloss on canvas. 1.14m x 2.37m x 2.2cm. It’s USD1.2million.

Art Stage 2013

A flying machine or a big fly?

Art Stage 2013

Pretty interesting to paint on the insides of glasses

Art Stage 2013

S.O.S. by Santiago Montoya
A very telling sign of the current American economy

Art Stage 2013

Contemporary Colombian artist Santiago Montoya follows a multidisciplinary approach that embraces traditional painting, found objects and video documentary. In carefully structured series, he uses the aesthetics of materials to introduce meaning, resulting in collections where appearance and concept bear equal weight.

THE PEOPLE

Art Stage 2013

Sam Jinks makes disturbingly realistic sculptures out of silicone. The Melbourne-based sculptor has a background in special effects for cinema and television where he learned how to mold and cast sculptures while working on TV ads making puppets and props.

Art Stage 2013

Doghead
Every part of the sculpture is so realistic, right down to the fingernails, spine, hair-down-under…and the penis! hee. I felt a bit shy looking.

Art Stage 2013

Woman and Child
I half-expected the woman to start moving anytime, or the baby to start crying. So scarily life-like. eek.

Art Stage 2013

Fix by Mu Boyan
Mu Boyan focuses on creating images of fat people as a creative motif in order to express his impressions of contemporary China and the satisfaction of desire. I hope I never become this artist’s muse.

Art Stage 2013

Miyu by Knoike Miyoko
Now I know what “looking at someone with dagger eyes” literally looks like.

Art Stage 2013

Memories of China No. 28 by Zhu Yiyong

Art Stage 2013

The Granny’s comical expression made me laugh.

Art Stage 2013

Oh, the pop icons of the 80s – Coca Cola and Andy Warhol

Art Stage 2013

Even Chairman Mao went hip at Art Stage.

Art Stage 2013

Zustand de Seins (Kinderhand) / State of Being by Chiharu Shiota
Chiharu Shiota is a Japanese performance and installation artist best known for creating room-filling, monumental yet delicate, poetic environments.She finds diverse visual expressions using impenetrable installations made of black thread that often enclose various household or everyday personal objects. These disorienting cocoons of black yarn aroe from the artist’s desire to ‘draw the air’ and represent nphysical anxieties the artist experienced.

THE CUTESY

Art Stage 2013

A cute bunny sofa

Art Stage 2013

God never taster better, yumz.

Art Stage 2013

Civics Lesson by Walter Robinson

Art Stage 2013

Oh cute cute cute…

Art Stage 2013

Still Three Little Pigs by Mauro Perucchetti
These piggies are one of my faves of the show cos’ they are so cute! I would like themn in my room. At S$11,800, I would be careful not to accidentally kick them though.

Art Stage 2013

Light installation

Art Stage 2013

The Other Dream: I Love You Too Much by Entang Wiharso

Art Stage 2013

I can’t decide whether this poodle has an upside-down body, or that’s his big ah-hem.

Art Stage 2013

After Party #3 by Eddi Prabandono
Now you can seat many, many people on a scooter! Eddi shuttles between Japan and Indonesia, and is known for his exploration of material, form and space. After Party is a sequel to his previous works featuring vehicles which have been transformed in his imagination to take on a strange or novel experience.

Art Stage 2013

Now this is a phone which I wouldn’t be chatting with – so long!

Art Stage 2013

Really cute, cheery paintings

Art Stage 2013

These whimsical drawings by Eddie Kang makes me happy.

Art Stage 2013

Now you can have your portrait done by Murakami.

Art Stage 2013

I have heard “the world is your oyster”. This looks more like “the world is your melon.”

Art Stage 2013

Pfeiffer by Joana Vasconcelos

Art Stage 2013

Hand-crochet snake by Joana Vasconcelos

Art Stage 2013

Artwork formed with lots and lots of stickers

Art Stage 2013

EXCUSE.ME.WHILE.I.KISS.THE.SKY

Art Stage 2013

The phrase made me think of chum D. :)

Unscale Reality by Aditya Novali – Happyland

THE FASHIONPIECES

Art Stage 2013

We are a consumer society

Art Stage 2013

Art Stage 2013

Art Stage 2013

One trillion dollars. One piece of this and I can retire for good!

Art Stage 2013

Guangzhou Station: Land of the Fakes?

Art Stage 2013

I wonder if all the bags in the installation were the real deal…if so, this much be a really expensive artwork.

Art Stage 2013

Storefront by Cyril Le Van

Art Stage 2013

Storefront by Cyril Le Van

Art Stage 2013

Storefront by Cyril Le Van

NATURE-INSPIRED

Art Stage 2013

A very expensive polka-dotted pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama

Art Stage 2013

Rice is Art by Maitree Siriboon (Thailand)
Maitree Siriboon’s artwork created for Project Stage nhints to communal involvement. By collecting rice weighing 450kg donated to him by his friends from his hometown in the Issan province, Maitree recreates rural Thailand. His childhood landscape permeates his art, a colorful two dimensional text filled with trees, rice paddies, farmers, and water buffalo.
I wonder – what is the buyer going to do with the 450kg of rice? Display, or cook and eat it?

Art Stage 2013

Maitree Siriboon

Art Stage 2013

Your Love Is Like A Chunk Of Gold by Ang Sookoon
A series of bread with crystallised growth. I wonder if the crystals will continue to grow further.

Art Stage 2013

Down the Bear Hole by Mylyn Nguyen

Art Stage 2013

Left: Dirt (Octopus)
Right: Dirt (Wrens)

Art Stage 2013

The wolves knew where bear was by Mylyn Nguyen

Art Stage 2013

Red Fights Back by Geraldine Javier
Philippine artist Geraldine Javier re-enacts her 2012 installtion Red Fights Back by displaying photographic mementos of Red’s adventure along side a tridimensional installation which includes a wall for a tree wrapped in tatting below which cutting boards are painted with different kinds of plants and flowers and positioned at various depths. Real leaves and clothes cover the whole space.

Art Stage 2013

Red Fights Back by Geraldine Javier

Art Stage 2013

Memory of Nature by Arahmaiani
This installation and performance is based on the artist’s on-going project that addressses environmental issues on the Tibetan Plateau and which involves the active participation of Tibetan monks. Memory of Nature is an installation consisting of a mandala assembled from natural materials – soil, plants and water – and placed on the floor. The installation will be destroyed and all the soil and plants removed by the end of the exhibition.

Art Stage 2013

Material Garden by Laila Azra

Art Stage 2013

Glass Feather – Earth by Kira Kim
A light installation I would like to have in my living room

Art Stage 2013

Tiga Zaman/Three Ages by Agapetus A. Kristiandana

Art Stage 2013

I wanna dance when I see this artwork by Phunk and Nathan Yong.

And lastly – THE BIZARRE

Art Stage 2013

Just erotically bizarre

Art Stage 2013

If going to the doctor was this, I will never want to fall sick again.

Art Stage 2013

See what happened to this man after he saw the artwork above.

Art Stage 2013

Easy Chair by Li Zhanyang

Art Stage 2013

Man, leave my titties alone! There are other ways to quench your thirst!

Art Stage 2013

Isn’t it unlucky to have a broken mirror in the house, much less two?

Art Stage 2013

Hmm. I wonder why one would want to display such an image at home. As a reminder against binge-eating?

Art Stage 2013

Keep creating, and see you in 2014.

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Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Singapore Concept Store

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Infinitely Dots Pop-Up Store

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Infinitely Dots Concept Store, Singapore

I finally made time to visit Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Infinitely Dots Concept Store at Nge Ann City, Singapore. More details on this collaboration can be found in this blog post. The pop-up store is one of only seven such concept stores worldwide. It opened on 15 July 2012 and stays till 1 November 2012. The Singapore store is inspired by Kusama’s “Biomorphic Nerves” motif, biomorphic sculptures being one of Kusama’s most iconic works. Go take a look if you can, it’s quite an interesting sight even if you are not in the mood for some polka dot retail therapy :)

Address: 
Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Concept Store
391 Orchard Road
Takashimaya Shopping Centre, #02-12G, Ngee Ann City
Tel: +65 6788 3888
http://louisvuittonkusama.com/

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Infinitely Dots Pop-Up Store

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Infinitely Dots Concept Store

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Infinitely Dots Pop-Up Store

I’m quite tempted by these two items…

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Infinitely Dots Pop-Up Store

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Infinitely Dots Pop-Up Store

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Infinitely Dots Collection

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Infinitely Dots Pop-Up Store

This would make a beautiful Valentine’s present

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Infinitely Dots Pop-Up Store

You’ve got attitude girl, despite being naked and only covered with red spots

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Infinitely Dots Pop-Up Store

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Infinitely Dots

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Infinitely Dots Pop-Up Store

Black or Red…Black or Red….hmmmm

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Infinitely Dots Pop-Up Store

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Infinitely Dots Collection

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Infinitely Dots Pop-Up Store

This metal collar is my favourite item in the collection. I was seriously planning to get it until…

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Infinitely Dots Pop-Up Store

I saw that Lady Gaga has gotten it for herself – and Fozzi her pooch. Lucky Fozzi.
Photo: Courtesy of @LadyGaga’s Twitter

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Infinitely Dots Pop-Up Store

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Infinitely Dots Concept Store

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Infinitely Dots Pop-Up Store

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Infinitely Dots Concept Store

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Infinitely Dots Pop-Up Store

See you at the store! *blink blink*


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Look of the Day – Infinitely Dots: Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton

As I wait with abated breath for the launch of Louis Vuitton’s latest artist collaboration with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama “Infinitely Kusama” this week, I got inspired to wear lots of dots, which is the signature motif of the artist.

Look of the Day - Infinitely Dots

Look of the Day – Infinitely Dots
Top: Pleats Please by Issey Miyake
Pants: Marni for H&M
Bag: Balenciaga

Look of the Day - Infinitely Dots

LEFT: Bangles – Hermes, H&M
RIGHT: Purple Necklace: Marc Jacobs; Chain encased in black mesh: The Link boutique

Look of the Day - Infinitely Dots

LEFT: Blue polka dot satin bow: From Tokyo, Japan
RIGHT: Finger rings: From Hong Kong

Fashion x Contemporary Art
The Infinitely Kusama line follows the past highly-success collaborations which Louis Vuitton has done with Stephen Sprouse (graffiti), Takashi Murakami (smiling cherries and sakura blossoms) and Richard Prince (a joke – I’m serious, the LV bags were spray-painted with jokes printed on them). The line also coincides with the artist’s retrospective exhibition, Kusama at the Whitney Museum.

Such cross intersection of art, fashion and even music is getting increasingly common, as associating with art lends credibility and a more high-brow, exclusive image to the brand, as well as allows innovation with a new product line. For the consumer, they are buying accessibility to the art world which is high-end luxury, where a piece of artwork by the artist would normally be out of reach – and understanding – for them. As for the artist, this is seen as a way to reach out to the masses to gain more awareness to their artworks.

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Lookbook

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Lookbook
Photos: Franck Mura via Women’s Wear Daily

Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama, who celebrated her 83th birthday earlier this year, is a sculptor, painter, writer, installation artist and performance artist. The “High Priestess of Polka Dots” is known as the most expensive living Asian artist, and her diverse art is expressed mainly through the use of mere dots. Why dots? As a child, Kusama coped with the hallucinations she suffered from by painting polka dots. This motif has remained a central feature of her work, and expresses her feeling of revolving ‘in the infinity of endless time and the absoluteness of space,’ and her view of herself as ‘a dot lost among a million other dots.’ She has also lived for forty years in the open ward of a mental hospital with her own art studio down the street.

Yayoi Kusama X Louis Vuitton

“My artwork is an expression of my life, particularly of my mental disease… My art originates from hallucinations only I can see. I translate the hallucinations and obsessional images that plague me into sculptures and paintings.” Kusama has also expresses the polka dot as a symbol of love and peace (How about saying “I dot you” to your loved one next time? haha)
Photo: Arrested Motion

Marc Jacobs’ first met Kusama in 2006, and the enchanting encounter set the path to collaborate on the current Louis Vuitton Kusama collaboration.


Infinitely Kusama

The Infinitely Kusama collection will consist of ready-to-wear (trenchcoats, silk payjamas), handbags, shoes and accessories (wristwatch, sunglasses, pendant necklace) adorned with the artist’s famous polka dots fashioned in a tentacle-like “nerves” motif. Think pop art meets luxury. The first wave of pieces (ready-to-wear and small accessories) will debut in stores on July 10 with a major handbag and accessories push coming in October. The collection’s bags are mainly classic Vuitton designs redone in Monogram Vernis leather printed with dots in contrasting colors. The collection is also reported to include wave prints.

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama

LEFT: Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Polka Dot Heels
RIGHT: The embellished Louis Vuitton Ellipse that Kusama is holding is a bag that the artist hand-customized for Vuitton’s creative director Marc Jacobs. Lucky dude. I also want.
Photo: Purse Blog

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Lookbook

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Lookbook
Photo: Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Lookbook

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Lookbook
Photo: Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Lookbook

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Lookbook
Photo: Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Lookbook

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Lookbook
Photo: Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Collection

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Collection – Accessories
My faves? The metal studded collar (USD1700) and sunglasses sporting a cute flower (USD610)!
Photo: Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Collection

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Collection – Handbags
Photo: Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Collection

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Collection – Scarves
Photo: Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Collection

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Collection – Footwear
Photo: Louis Vuitton

Infinitely Pop-up Shops

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Pop-up Store

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Pop-up Store Concept
Photo: Louis Vuitton

The collection will be available in Vuitton’s 461 stores around the world, including a series of pop-up shops.  The first pop-up shop will debut inside the Louis Vuitton Soho flagship in New York City on 10 July (today!). Other pop-ups inside or adjacent to LV boutiques will also include Ngee Ann City (13 July – yeah!) Singapore, LV Isetan Shinjuku in Tokyo, Dover Street Market in Ginza, Pacific Place in Hong Kong, LV Printemps flagship (23 Aug) in Paris and one of the biggest measuring over 1000 square feet in Selfridge’s (24 Aug) in London.

I’ll definitely pop by (pun intended) the Singapore store wearing surprise, surprise….polka dots :)

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama iphone app

Louis Vuitton will also launch an iPhone App that will allow users to take pictures and customize them with Kusama motifs. The app will be available in both English and Japanese.
Images: Louis Vuitton

Brazil first country to get Infinitely Kusama
Brazil is not only the first country to launch the much-hyped collection; its Vogue Brazil is also the first medium to reveal the collection, with a pregnant Gisele Bundchen fronting the cover for its July issue.

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama - Vogue Brazil

31-year-old supermodel Gisele Bundchen wears a red scarf as a top with a yellow scarf around her waist and polka dot pants from Louis Vuitton’s Infinitely Kusama line.
Photo: Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue Brazil

Other interesting Kusama collaborations
Kusama has also previously done some interesting collaboration with other products, and these are two that caught my eye:

iida x Yayoi Kusama

iida X Yayoi Kusama: Based on the idea of a mobile phone as art, KDII brand iida collaborated with Kusama to produce three limited edition mobile phone models called ‘Dots Obsession, Full Happiness with Dots‘, ‘My Doggie Ring-Ring‘ and ‘Hand Bag for Space Travel‘.
Source: Design Boom

Coca Cola x Yayoi Kusama

These Kusama-designed Coca-Cola vending machines were displayed for one month in Daikanyama, Tokyo as part of Coke’s No Reason Art Project conceptualised by Dentsu as a way to better engage its sophisticated young urban target audience. The trademark dots represent the sparkling freshness of the brand.
Photo: Ananas à Miami

10 Things about Yayoi Kusama
1. Yayoi Kusama’s childhood in rural Japan was “like a nightmare”. Born in 1929 to an abusive mother, she experienced continual hallucinations throughout her childhood, and was prone to morbid obsessions. The first subjects to appear in Kusama’s earliest paintings from childhood were her mother, the sun, the moon, and clouds.

2. Kusama left Japan for New York City in 1958 and spent several years entrenched in the art scene; she exhibited with everyone from Donald Judd to Andy Warhol, and was friendly with Georgia O’Keeffe.

3. In the sixties, Kusama opened a boutique where she sold her own mod clothing designs, many of which were made from see-through materials. Nudity was common in much of her work at the time, and the shop included private studios where models would have their bodies painted and photographed.

4. In 1968, Kusama designed a bridal gown for two men to wear at their wedding, which took place at Kusama’s Church of Self-Obliteration and was directed by the artist herself, who had been dubbed the “High Priestess of Polka Dots.” Polka dots—which represent disease for Kusama—started appearing as motifs in her paintings around age 10; they are present in many of her works, including street performances that involved painting polka dots on nude men and women.

5. Kusama calls her work “psychosomatic,” and continually explores the themes of eternity, emptiness, hallucination, obsession, compulsion, accumulation, and repetition, among others. In her thirties, she focused in particular on entropy, sensuality, and femininity through a surrealist lens.

6. In addition to her autobiography, Infinity Net, Kusama has written eight novels and countless poems.

7. Throughout the late 1960s, Kusama staged over 200 “Happenings” in public spaces around New York City and throughout Europe. The performances included body painting festivals, fashion shows, orgies, and anti-war demonstrations. When she moved back to Japan, Kusama began staging performances on temple grounds in Tokyo—for one, she toilet-papered a graveyard.

8. In 1968, the artist launched Kusama Fashion Company Ltd., and sold her avant-garde clothing and accessory line in “Kusama Corner” at Bloomingdale’s in New York. She staged fashion shows in Rome, Paris, Belgium, and Germany.

9. Kusama moved back to Japan in 1973 to focus on her health and to pursue a more peaceful artistic lifestyle than New York City would allow. Since the mid-1970s, she has lived voluntarily in a psychiatric hospital, and continues to create artwork in a studio nearby.

10. In order to create a body of work that she feels will leave an impact on future generations, Kusama would like to live to be at least 200 or 300 years old. As long as she has the energy to continue creating, she will carry on.

Source: Worn Fashion Journal