Friday, 11 July 2014

LLL+ Official Launch!

Oooeeee  안녕하세요 that's HELLO in Korean!!!( Annyeong haseyo!!!)
Now I've started my Korean classes I'm trying to whip out the lingo at every opportunity!!!
So just a quick one...as you know I've been recently involved with Malaysian fashion store LLL+ which is an international creative venture by KL based boutique LAH'LAH'LAND. LLL+ is a guerrilla concept store that brings together brands and design talent from all over the world including the UK, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Ukraine and Hong Kong.
The store inhabits a 2200sq ft space located in Sungai Wang Plaza in Kuala Lumpur's Bukit Bintang district with the focus of introducing independent designers to the Malaysian fashion scene.
It's been awesome working with these guys as they are doing some awesome projects that support and promote indie artists and designers so it's really fun to be involved! I have a collection of garments currently in LLL+ including some exclusive pieces designed especially for the space! At the weekend the LAH'LAH'LAND crew hosted the official launch party with sponsors, Tony & Guy and Heineken, and as part of the launch, presented an opening runway show... So some of my pieces were included in the show and you can see above a photo by Streething featuring my 'Puffycakes' jacket! Love the way it was styled!!!!!!!!! The show looked awesome and I'm really excited to be involved in the LLL+ venture! There's still some juicy pieces available to be snapped up if you are in KL~!!!
As I said, just a quick'un....rice cakes are calling~ 
Love from Tropical Seoul!!!
Emma xx

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Seoul Summer Special Stuff!!!

OOOoooOOO HIYA from TROPICALLLL Seoul!!!
YIKES....time has TOTALLY flown! I can't actually believe that I've been here in magical Korea for 2 months already! Seems only 5 minutes ago that I was seizing the final opportunity to stock up on Cadbury's at the airport and buying a last Boots Meal Deal! At the same time I feel as though things have been so action packed here that it's almost as though I've lived here for an eternity! Everything has continued to be super busy...when I'm not working, I'm taking advantage of every precious second that I have here in glorious Korea and trying to see and experience as much as I physically can! Korea amazes me every single day and I still have to pinch myself to believe that I am actually living here in GLORIOUS Seoul and surrounded by so much phantasmagorically awesome inspiration every day!
So I guess the settling in process is something that takes a while...I'm still grasping the finer details of things like operating my toaster oven in Korean...collecting points cards for supermarkets...buying potting compost instead of accidental bags of horse manure etc...!!!
My apartment is starting to feel like home...especially now that I have a windowsill full of plants (namely basil plants as I made the mistake of planting the whole packet of seeds at once instead of staggering the crops!)...and I also have some pets... 3 teeny, tiny baby fish who I have named; Britney, Liberace and Puffycakes...they have their own little tropical rainbow paradise complete with palm trees! 
In other news I will be starting my super hardcore Korean classes  in a couple of weeks so hopefully it wont be long until I can unleash a bit of lingo which will make life sooo much easier!

 
The past few weeks have been a total whirlwind...it's been awesome to catch  up and hang out with old friends and meet lots of new people and talented souls whilst taking in the abundance of amazing exhibitions and creative events that Seoul has going on as well as visiting a bunch of new places....I'm also doing a load of new research and getting involved in the skillzzzzzz of Korean embroidery and quilting! A lot has been happening recently...many a scenario...so I'll sum it up in a nutshell otherwise we could be here a while.......
found many awesome painted backstreets in Iwha-dong...ate about a zillion tteok (rice cakes!)...sampled many varieties of bingsu (shaved ice with an array of magical toppings, condensed milk, cocopops, fruit cocktail...)...picnicked around the many wonderful parks of Seoul....dodged snakes in Seoul forest....faced my fears and delved into a butterfly house... got sunburnt by the horrendously scorching rays THROUGH my denim dress...!!!
Experienced some beautiful Korean countryside... got over excited by the joys of the underground optical market and bought yet more glasses...went on some out of town adventures to Gangwondo, Chuncheon, Heyri and Suwon...took the trek out to Incheon to visit good old Art Platform....hung out in cat cafe's....drank Hello Kitty Sakura smoothies....tracked down some mega falafel...had my palm read at a weird private view/ studio bash bonanza...saw people in North Korea working in the fields from the Odusan Observatory in Paju, S.Korea...climbed a couple of 'mountains' and by that I mean cruising around Namsan and Naksan in inappropriate footwear...!
So all in all you get the idea....next time I will be more organized and update more often rather than this bombardment of info and snaps!!!!!!
Got a few fashion orientated updates which I will save for my next post...so for now I will leave you with a few photos from recent jaunts and adventures!!!!
Love and Sparkles,
Emma xxx


Sunday, 8 June 2014

EMMA BELL X LAH'LAH'LAND X HANGER MAGAZINE!!!!

oOOOooo HIYA~ HAPPY SUNDAY from Sunny Seoul!!!
So just a quick one to fill you in on some stuff that's been in the pipeline for a few months now~ So a while back I got involved with the crew from LAH'LAH'LAND~ an contemporary fashion boutique in Malaysia which was mega exciting as they are a talented bunch of creatives working on some really awesome things!!! They have just launched their brand new creative initiative~ LLL+ a concept store and fashion space in Kuala Lumpur and I'm SUPER HAPPY to be onboard as one of the international designers featured at LLL+!!!! They have a bunch of exclusive and limited edition pieces currently installed so I shall be updating and giving you all of the juice on that soon!!!
In the meantime, thought I would give you a sneaky peek of a brand new editorial by LAH'LAH'LAND X YAA SUI for 'Hanger Magazine', Malaysia which features some of my pieces shot in Tokyo (team credits below!!). So check out the special preview and I shall be unleashing the rest of the shoot and details soon!!! Also be sure to follow Lah'Lah'Land on Instagram for all of their news: LAHLAHLANDKL
Also I promise to update all of the latest gossip from my antics in Seoul ASAP as lots of fun things have been going on!!!
Love and Sparkles,
Emma xxxx

(Image Credits:)
Photographer: Look Chee Chung
Stylist: Sun Khiew
Hair Stylist: Leo Wong
Make Up Artist: LaineWong

Clothing: Emma Bell/ ShopFloorWhore/ Yesah/ Lah'Lah'Land. 
Models: LINDA HAO/ LAINE WONG/ BEEYIN TAN/ BRANDON ONG/  SUN KHIEW.
Location: HITACHI PARK- TOYKO, JAPAN.  

Monday, 26 May 2014

Yayoi Kusama at Seoul Arts Center!!

안녕하세요~ANNYEONG HASEYO!!!
Morning from sunny Seoul!!!!!!!!! So as promised, I was going to give the Yayoi Kusama exhibition it's very own blog post just because it was simply soooo AMAZINGGG!!!! I've been a MASSIVE fan of her work for years~ more so since having the chance to first see some of her work in the flesh when  I attended the Aichi Triennale in Japan a few years ago... So I was SUPER SUPER SUPER EXCITED when I heard that she had a solo show opening here in Seoul!!!
The exhibition, 'A Dream I Dreamed', opened on 4th May at the Hangaram Art Museum in 'Seoul Arts Center' and will run until 15th June 2014~ so if you are in town it's more than worth a visit!!! She is showcasing a medley of more than 100 pieces including: film, sculpture, installation and painting~ it was really incredible...I'm hoping to whip back for round 2 before it closes because I just need to see it again!! As part of the exhibition you can see her 'Obliteration Room' as well as the awesomely, magical mirrored infinity rooms!
Aaahhh...it was phantasmagorically wonderful...not much more I can say apart from share a few photos that I took during my visit~ her work is phenomenal, her thought processes alongside her aesthetics and expression BEYOND amazes me ...was incredible to see such a GLORIOUS abundance of it in one place at one time!!! 
So I shall leave you with a few snapzzz!
Love and Sparkles,
Emma
xxx







Monday, 19 May 2014

Relocation, Relocation! OHH HEY From SEOUL!!!

OOOOOHHHH HELLO FROM SEOUL!!!
So my lack of blogging recently has been SHOCKING! Mainly because there have been some MASSIVE changes which have meant my time has been super limited over this past couple of months....but, in short, to fill you in on the gossip... I HAVE MOVED TO MAGICAL SEOUL!!!
It is an adventure that I have actually been thinking about for a good couple of years and after my experiences here in Korea last year during my artist residency with Incheon Art Platform, this kind of cemented my decision to uproot myself and give life a try in Korea.
Obviously it was a huge deal to pack my bags and move to the other side of the world but, it's such a dream come true and I'm SUPER happy to be here!
Hence my reasons for being so rubbish with updating my blog of recent because the last few months in the UK were CRAZY busy with wrapping up a load of work and projects whilst planning and preparing for my big jump to Seoul! 
As you may have noticed my time here in Korea last year had a MASSIVE impact on me, not only in a work sense~ I totally fell in love with this place for so many reasons mainly the people, the way of life, the cultural heritage, the contemporary art scene, the dedicated work ethic, the food, the fashion, the colourful streets, the pride that the country has in it's own cultural identity and of course the fact that the visual aesthetics of Korea are like gold to any creative person... so in short I pretty much love everything about it here... ( well, except from the oversized bugs and spiders of course!) and the idea of totally throwing myself into the experience of living and working in an environment that is such a dramatic contrast to my norm is possibly the most exciting thing in the world! I find nothing more awesomely exhilarating and phenomenally inspiring than totally immersing myself in alien situations with a whole bunch of new challenges, people,  experiences and influences surrounding me!
So the past couple of months were mega hectic in making this happen and I touched down in Korea just 3 weeks ago~it's been a whirlwind of paperwork and preparations in the run up to the big departure.... and one of the most major aspects.... I HAD TO GO AU NATUREL with my hair?!?! FIRST TIME IN A MILLION YEARS!!! I figured that in the long term the upkeep of bleaching my roots in Asia was going to be a nightmare and not as easy as I'm accustomed to... so it was farewell to pastel, pony hair and now I'm officially a brunette which is WEIRD!!!
As I mentioned, I arrived 3 weeks ago so I've been mainly focused on settling in, making my new home all pink and sparkly, adjusting to my work commitments, catching up with old friends, checking out my favourite haunts and basically seeing what's going on in the wonderful city! So after my previous experiences of rural-vs-urban Korea last year, much as my time on little Baengnyeongdo gave me the most intense and close up peek into Korean life and true community spirit that I could have ever wished for.. well... I think we have established that I'm more suited to city life.... so Seoul was my city of choice when shifting over here!!! 
I'm living in a nice little neighbourhood in Eastern Seoul~ which has a nice mix of greenery and neon as well as a tonne of little cafes, shops and restaurants sitting right on my doorstep... (it is also only a short walk to a multi-floor Daiso and a wonderfully aromatic market arcade full of colourful fruit, vegetables and various other practical finds!) I have a cute little apartment which is super cosy and I'm gradually turning it more pink and plastic by the day!!! I'm also located right by a metro station which is perfect for getting out and about around the Seoul and beyond...I'm only a few short stops away from the fabric markets which is AMAZING!!!
There are so many things I'm excited about for the upcoming future....I figure this is an awesome opportunity to learn so much through living in this new situation...there's so many things I'm looking forward to experiencing, researching and considering... I'm also excited to try and learn Korean (I've spent the past few months learning how to read and write in Hangul and now I'm trying to build up my vocab and practical conversation...so I will keep you updated on my journey with the lingo here as it's MEGA TRICKY!!) I'm really excited about working here and the new people I will meet~it's the perfect time to expand some of my skills and learn new things which is pretty exiting! I also want to perfect the skill of making vegan kimchi and also want to learn how to cook Baekseolgi (백설기) !! I love how there is so much going on in this city~ TONNES of exhibitions and events going on and it's also great to just wander around this huge expanse as you never know what you may find around every corner!
I guess I've got so much to talk about but, I need to wrap up this post and save some juice for next time!! Last week I got to go and check out the Yayoi Kusama exhibition which was BEYOND AMAZING so next post I'll spill the beans on that as it was so awesome it deserves a post of it's own...and I also need to update on some of the fun projects I've been working on over the past couple of months including a joining of forces with super cool LAH'LAH'LAND in Malaysia and a couple of fun new shoots that have been in the mix..but and right now lunch is calling!!!
So here is to Seoul and the magic it may bring!!!
Love and Sparkles,
Emma
xxx


Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Last Chance to Catch the Show!!!

Hiya!!!
Just a quick one to let you know that the show I'm currently exhibiting at will close this weekend, so there are still a few days to check it out if you happen to be in town!!!
As I previously mentioned, in my last blog post, I'm showing some stuff that I produced during my projects with IAP alongside the fruits of labour from fellow residents artists~ So if you fancy checking it out then pop along to Incheon Art Platform before Sunday 23rd Feb 2014!
In accompaniment to the exhibition there is tonnes of awesome stuff to check out around the rest of the IAP complex including galleries, performance space, art studios, cafe ~ and if you branch out into the neighbourhood of the art centre you also have Chinatown and lovely Jayu Park! Yikessss.....I sound like a tourist board!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anyway, so for you guys in Incheon or Seoul then go check it out at:
Incheon Art Platform, 218-3 Jemullyang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon, 400-201, S.KOREA.
Wish I was closer so that I could pop in myself!!!
Talking of Korean stuff... I was missing my ULTIMATE favourite snack so much last night that I cracked out my glorious 'Bungeoppang' ( 붕어빵) pan and whipped up some red bean treats...as I've said before the pan was the best find of my LIFE...best piece of kitchen kit I could EVER dream of...worth the excess baggage in bringing this beauty back to England!!! 
















Eeeeeeeeeeppp they were totally gourmet!!!
So...I have a box of neon wool and a crochet hook calling my name~looking forward to the crafty work ahead this afternoon!!!
Oooeee and as seen in my ridiculously decorated photo collages here....you can also follow the action on my Instagram: _emma_bell
Ciao for now!!!
Love and Sparkles,
Emma xx

Friday, 17 January 2014

New Exhibition at Incheon Art Platform!


Hiya/ 안녕하세요!!!!
Just a quick one to share some news about a new exhibition, featuring my work, that opened in S.Korea yesterday!!! The show, '2013 Platform Artists - Final Report by 2013 Resident Artists of Incheon Art Platform', will be running 16th January 2014~23rd February 2014 and showcases the projects carried out by all of the artists in residence that participated in IAP's international programmes throughout the past year.
The show presents the work of 42 artists/ 32 groups from 11 countries who participated in both the Incheon Art Platform Residency and the Baengnyeong-do Peace Arts Project during 2013 and the exhibition includes the fields of; performance, visual arts, interactive installation, digital media, literature & criticism, painting and photography. The overall concept of the residency programme, which is an initiative operated by IAP and the Incheon Foundation for Arts and Culture, is to support and facilitate both Korean and International contemporary artists in a creative exploration focused on a response to the City of Incheon and its characteristics. 
As I've spoken about before, my particular project was based around Korea's most Northwestern island, Baengnyeongdo, and I was the first overseas artist to participate in this programme when it  launched in March 2013~ which was a really exciting experience and allowed for a really inspiring chapter of work. The work that I am contributing to the current exhibition is from my series, 'Tales from Blue Truck Island' that I produced both during and post residency with IAP. 
The exhibition will be running in venues A. B & H at Incheon Art Platform until 23rd February so for those of you in Seoul/ Incheon feel free to pop along and check out the show~
It's open daily 10am-5pm (closed Mondays) and you can access IAP via public transport ( Incheon Station- Subway line 1 or Buses 15, 28, 720 to Jung-gu District Office).
*Incheon Art Platform, 218-3 Jemullyang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon, 400-201, S.KOREA.
Hope you get the chance to check it out if you are in town!!!
Love and Sparkles,
Emma xx

 

Friday, 20 December 2013

Amsterdam and Weaving up a Storm!!!!

oOOEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE HO HO HO HELLO!!!!!!
Thought I would sneak in a final blog post of the year before I get caught up in the whirlwind of nut roast, crackers and sparkly lights that is known as Christmas!!!
So earlier this week I was in Amsterdam for a bit of a festive jaunt and to celebrate my birthday with some yummy stroopwafels, Dutch apple cake and of course a handful of GLORIOUS Vlaamse Frites!!!
I LOVE Amsterdam and my last couple of trips there over the years were work related and hectic so it was awesome to visit for 100% holidays and take some time to wander the canals, sneak in some shopping and roam around this lovely city!!!
Perfect timing to hit up the Christmas Market and I hope that my Dutch girls are proud that they taught me well as I trawled miles to grab the best Frites and Mayo in town!!!Lovely time of year to be there as the whole place was MEGA bejewelled with twinkly lights and everything felt magically festive!!!
Ooooooohhh and I just have to mention this little treasure on the left here.... my brother ( who is a magicallll furniture & product designer... you can check out his work with his collective, Psalt Design HERE!!) made  me a glorious hand crafted gift for my birthday.... a peg loom!!! Over the past couple of years I've dabbled in the occasional spot of weaving as part of my projects in Slovenia and Japan... mainly using a board loom and during my artist residency in Maribor I looked at the concept of utilizing the physical space as a platform for weaving upcycled textiles... so the idea of a peg loom is something I've been desperate to try out for a while!!!! So you can imagine my joy when he unleashed a sparkle encrusted box with this beauty and a bunch of rainbow coloured yarns!!!!
Super excited to get working on this~ I've started playing around and getting to grips with my lovely loom so can't wait to experiment with the possibilities!!!
Right so I will call it a day here now as there is a way over due Christmas cake to be baked that I really should have made weeks ago and some prezzie wrapping to be done!!! ... Can't wait for the festive activities to start.... personally I'm looking forward to some roasted chestnuts and a watch of 'Santa Claus the Movie'...can't beat a bit of Dudley Moore at Christmas!!!!
HAPPYYY HOLIDAYS AND JOYEUX NOËL~ Magical wishes akimbo for a Juicy Christmas and a glorioussss New Year!!!
Love and Sparkles,
Emma xxx

Monday, 25 November 2013

NEW 'Blue Truckers' Digital Print!!!

Ooooh Hiya!!!
So recently I have been working on some new digital artwork to accompany my 'Tales from Blue Truck Island' project that I produced during my artist residency in Korea earlier this year. As you know the project involved a long term stay in a little, yellow bungalow on a remote and incredibly isolated, rural island called Baengyneong which sits in a somewhat precarious location in the middle of the Yellow Sea.... During my time there I was focused on conducting a lot of field research and seeking of influence from the special people, situations and experiences that I had through living as part of the Baengnyeongdo community... photography and illustration were a part of my daily journaling and research projects and as a result I have since been developing a piece of digital artwork that sits alongside the series of work that I developed in Korea. It features all sorts of elements taken from the themes and topics that I was exploring throughout my project... you can see the noisy roosters outside of the studio that cock-a-doodle-doed 24 hours a day... the corncobs that the Grandma in my favourite little, village grocery store used to give me and of course the Spring cherry blossoms in my neighbour's garden that I waited in anticipation for, for many chilly weeks and finally bloomed in my last few days on the island!!!
A few snaps from my island life days of beans on toast, giant spider dodging, starfish hunting and pebble beach, countryside adventures...

....The piece is titled 'Blue Truckers' and as you can see the print features on some brand new, limited edition T-shirts that are now available on my online shop!!! Yayyyy!! It's a one size fits all scenario~ high colour, full digital print on super soft cotton, a juicy over-sized piece and the garment is both printed and made in the UK!!! 
Also the online shop has had a bit of a revamp in time for some tinsel covered Christmas shopping~ bit of a switch up with a few items too and it's now got a whole new look and plenty of rainbow colours going on!!!! It's also more easy to navigate for smartphone and ipad users meaning it's super simple to place an order with your device woooooo!!!
So that's all for now~
Be sure to trot through cyberspace to check out the new 'Blue Truckers' piece!!!
Love and Sparkles,
Emma
xxx