Need a little pick-me-up to start off the year? Have some more visual inspiration! In my previous article, I slightly touched on how Twitter is now the go-to social media site of choice for many in the artist community when it comes to sharing their work. While that article was written in the spirit of #Inktober, this one is a little different: we’re going local.
Filipino artist Caleb (@porkironandwine, whose work on Filipino mythology you may have seen around) saw an opportunity: to shine the spotlight on the oft-underrepresented diversity of talent from fellow artists in Southeast Asia.
Hey Twitter! on January 16, let's launch a hashtag for South East Asian artists! #ArtistsofSEA ! We are often overlooked, but despite that, we are still here deserving of visibility! Please rt! If you're southeast asian, please share your artwork! pic.twitter.com/QJaGMTP3dn
— Caleb (@porkironandwine) January 10, 2019
— Caleb (@porkironandwine) January 16, 2019
His tweet blew up and now has more than five thousand retweets at the time of writing and nearly eight thousand likes — and the #ArtistsofSEA hashtag remains in full swing. Here are some of the amazing artists who shared their work using the tag.
Hi #ArtistsofSEA , I'm an artist with lots of Khmer 🇰🇭 pride! I'll be joining the animation industry as a BG Designer next week! 😁 I love putting nods to my culture in my work…oh and also I like drawing outer space and boys. pic.twitter.com/EqIVWvxqq3
— sugarmilk6 (@sugarmilk6ix) January 16, 2019
— iree 🍑 (@ohprcr) January 16, 2019
— sol :¥ @kofi comms✨ (@komomorebi) January 16, 2019
#ArtistsofSEA yess i do this, hehe im yogi, i do love painting with watercolor and also some scenery and environment for now on, i am Indonesian 🇮🇩 ! Thanks @porkironandwine for making this tag for us ✨🌿 pic.twitter.com/yOHeGuxfvt
— yogi fahmi riandito 🌊🌿🌊 (@yfriandito) January 16, 2019
Hi, I’m Camila ✨ I’m an illustrator from Indonesia, and I like to draw girls and other pretty things! #ArtistsofSEA
— Camila ✨ CF13 PO ships on Sep 23! (@nekomori_art) January 16, 2019
— sarah (@tropicoola) January 15, 2019
hello i'm hotaru, a graphic/creative designer from malaysia! i like vibrant colours and fun shapes! i love drawing girls, fashion, food, and plants! ✨#ArtistsofSEA
ig handle: hotarujaejae
INPRNT: https://t.co/YKuSMvfHto pic.twitter.com/5MX9yOzRev
— hotarujaejae (@hotarujaejae) January 16, 2019
Hi #artistsofSEA ! I’m M from Malaysia. Drawing my favourites and trying to live my best life. I also started streaming and just launched my Patreon!https://t.co/7eJreWQULehttps://t.co/fihPP4rQtj pic.twitter.com/21M0f25jRQ
— prawnm33 @ NYCC G12 (@mmmagnolia) January 17, 2019
Hello #ArtistsofSEA ! I'm Sofia from the PH and I animate and illustrate 💖
— Sofia 👩🎨 (@sofia_abellera) January 18, 2019
— pie 🥧 (@pietiausas) January 16, 2019
— Corinne 🌱 ＠ Blue Lions!! (@amiamihan) January 16, 2019
— kami 🔥cosmania L35 + NYCC E25 (@karekareo) January 16, 2019
Hi #ArtistsofSEA ! I’m Eunpyon, a Filipino artist based in Makati who loves to draw tired gals who love to dream 💕
— ★彡 𝙀𝙪𝙣𝙥𝙮𝙤𝙣 彡★ (@eunpyon) January 17, 2019
Hello #ArtistsofSEA! Roll/Cheryl here, an illustrator/designer from SG 🇸🇬 Currently available for freelance/studio work, always down for a food adventure 🍖
— roll | cosmania L12 (@rollround) January 16, 2019
— Mishi💉 (@crowiaa) January 17, 2019
Hey #ArtistsofSEA! My name is Faith, I'm from Singapore and I'm currently studying concept design in ACCD! I have a deeep love for animals and the many wonders of this universe 🌟 pic.twitter.com/sREXKzuftm
— Faith Ong (@lursland) January 16, 2019
— Kadeart 🍄 (@kadeart) January 16, 2019
— Jaya Ply (@Nikingply) January 17, 2019
— sai (@love_is_soup) January 16, 2019
— 🍑Pech🍑 (@peachdalooza) January 16, 2019
hi #ArtistsofSEA! im a vietnamese immigrant living in the usa. usually i do fanart for fun but this year i drew a series of illustrations about a fantasy story set in vietnam! pic.twitter.com/qePQ8Nl3Vf
— ✨dee!✨ comm closed (@idledee) January 16, 2019
Finding adequate appreciation and just pay for their work are struggles that all creatives can relate to. Hashtags such as #Inktober, #PortfolioDay, #ArtistsofSEA, and more work to not only help artists network and build community through mutual appreciation, but also connect them with work opportunities. Our Southeast Asian cultures provide an amazing base for inspiration. Supporting local artists can help them share that in their home countries and the wider world.
Here’s how we can help:
- Buy their merchandise. Many artists sell prints, accessories, and wearable merchandise at local conventions. Some are stocked in specialty stores. Look out for events near you! Most of them also have online shops.
- Pay for commissions. If you find an artist whose style you love, consider commissioning them. Artists price commissions depending on how elaborate the work is and how many elements are included; you can have a unique piece at any price point.
- Hire them for projects. Whether it’s personal or for work, consider hiring local artists for bigger creative projects that last a longer term.
- Pass their information on. You can also share the contact details and online accounts of artists you think fit other people’s projects if they’re seeking recommendations. Someone wants a statement piece for their home? Refer them to prints. A friend needs a graphic designer for their business? Share what you know.
- Retweet their work — and NEVER repost without credit. For those on a budget, supporting local artists doesn’t always need money. Simply retweeting and sharing their work from their official accounts — NEVER repost without their permission and full credit — is enough to do your part to help widen their reach.
This list is definitely not exhaustive and represents only a portion of artists sharing their work. You can continue to follow it and see more over here. Happy browsing!
Home appliances that fit your pastel, feminine aesthetic
Nowadays, it’s not that difficult to marry your aesthetic with technology that fits your needs. No, I’m not just talking about phones and personal gadgets here but appliances that make life much easier.
I still remember back in Spring of 2017 when we just moved to Berlin and we were still putting our kitchen together. I wanted some pastel colors in the kitchen. This, to make cooking a fun activity even in my busiest of days and in the dead of winter. It was hard to find anything that matched my palette that also fit our budget.
Looking through this year’s IFA, we were given a glimpse of what’s now available in the market and what’s to come. Let’s just say, you won’t be stuck with just two options. So if you’re looking for appliances that fit your feminine aesthetic without having to sacrifice technological advancement, we got you covered.
SMEG: Retro Chic
A touch of color and retro feels that can make any Instagram feed happy. Their fridge is a classic and the design is something we are definitely familiar with. For functionality, it does tend to be basic but if you’re someone who wants something that is a straight-up fridge with not much frills, then this would be perfect.
You get ample space that can fit a small family’s needs for a week but it’s not a fridge I would recommend if you’re someone who likes to store food much longer than that. And let’s face it, why would you? You’d just forget about it anyway. Might as well get to them at their best state.
The price tag for a SMEG fridge here in Berlin start at about EUR 1,000 (US$ 1,107). If that’s pretty steep for you, the brand offers other items for your kitchen that come in pretty pastels as well. Something you can get for now while you save up for that fridge. From electric kettles, juicers, toasters, blenders and even mixers that can be a serious threat to Kitchenaid looks-wise, SMEG offers products that can still fit your budget despite its premium status.
What’s impressive is their dishwasher that comes in such a gorgeous shade of Cadillac pink. Despite the retro look, it comes with various modes that any modern homemaker will be happy about. Five programs that even cover your crystal plus five quick versions of each. For all those times when you get unexpected guests and you just need your dishes stat.
Bosch: For the Fickle Minded
We’ve all been there — waking up one day and just wanting to redecorate the whole apartment, wanting a fresh look for all the fresh starts we keep having. But if you decided on a bright red two years ago for your fridge, how in the world will it fit your new, much more relaxed, pastel aesthetic?
No worries, Bosch has the Vario fridge. The first fridge that was designed to be re-styled whenever you want and whatever your color your mood dictates. As long as it fits in their 24-color palette which, come to think of it, already feels like more than enough.
Prices in Germany start at EUR 1,279 inclusive of the standard grey fridge with a pair color panels. Extra panels come at EUR 179 for a pair.
Another thing we definitely enjoyed at the Bosch pavilion at IFA was the CookIt. It may not come in pretty pastel colors but it does come in white – which will definitely go with your colored pieces. The food processor and multicooker in one is definitely a game-changer in the kitchen that it got a GadgetMatch Best of IFA Award.
Samsung: Personalized Elegance
The first in their line of customizable appliances, Samsung introduced their BESPOKE refrigerator line. Not only do you get to choose the colors of your fridge, you also get to design how the modular configuration of the fridge can fit into your kitchen.
From the size, material, the number of doors, handle position, and the way it will all fit in your space, everything is decided by the customer. Choosing the configuration and colours for the fridge also come as an experience for the customer. A screen that immediately lets you see how it will look like in your own (or dream) kitchen wasn’t just convenient, it was fun to use as well.
A choice between nine colors also gives you the power to give each fridge door a different color. Another recipient of the Best of IFA award here at GadgetMatch, the Samsung BESPOKE refrigerators are rumored to come out mid-2020 here in Germany and we obviously can’t wait.
How to wear nude: The perfect summer to fall transition
Look chic this transitional season with a color you most probably have in your closet
The combination of cool breeze and sunny skies can only mean one thing: summer isn’t completely over but autumn is almost here. Dressing during this transitional season can be tricky — sweaters and boots can still be too warm during the day, yet the wind can easily blow your favorite summer dress up.
And then there’s color. Summer whites and bright colors have to slowly start taking a back seat to give way to fall’s earthy tones. My go-to during this summer-to-fall transition is a closet staple all of us should already own: nude. All 50 shades of it. Here are some styling tricks you can take note of before heading out this month of September:
Layer with linens
There are very few things more comfortable than linen during the summer. On days when temperatures fluctuate more than usual, wearing layers with a linen piece can be your go-to. Combine it with something warmer like a cotton sweater. You can also throw a blazer on top if the weather permits.
Slip into a slip dress
Who says you need to give your slip dresses a break this season? You can keep wearing those silk pieces as you transition into fall with a warm turtle neck sweater underneath or over it to turn it into a skirt.
Keep calm and carry the mini bag
Mini bags may be the it accessory this summer, but it doesn’t mean you have to wait until next year to keep using them. Neutrals like nude will work with your outfit when styled appropriately for the season, even when the item is no longer trendy.
Power dress with an extra long coat
Sweating underneath a powerful outfit is neither attractive nor commanding. Power dressing when it’s hot and humid out is not easy, especially when getting to work involves a lot of walking or subway rides. During this summer-to-fall transition, you can bring that light-colored coat from spring and wear it over your work outfit when needed. Plus points if your smartphone (or its case) doesn’t ruin the look, but actually matches with it. Thankfully my Almond OnePlus 7 Pro does.
There are many other ways to survive the summer-to-fall transition as stylishly as possible, but there’s nothing like sticking to pieces you most probably already have in your wardrobe — and styling them for the season — instead of buying more pieces that you won’t be able to wear until next year. There is, for sure, something nude in your closet that’s begging to be worn. It’s a staple that works with almost anything, may it be summer or fall.
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Elodie unicorn diffuser: Adorable lamp and humidifier for your baby’s nursery
Keep cold and flu viruses at bay with this super cute unicorn humidifier
Infants and toddlers are especially vulnerable to sickness-causing bacteria that thrive in dry air so it is important for parents to be aware of the humidity level of their homes. This is why a diffuser is an essential item in many moms’ checklists, including mine, to add healthy moisture to every home.
A humidifier, night light, and a cute unicorn accessory all-in-one — the Elodie Unicorn LED Diffuser 2.0 by Smoko makes a perfect addition to your baby’s nursery.
“It can continuously change colors on its own if that’s the magical show that you wish to achieve.”
How it works
Using ultrasonic vibration technology, the machine breaks its water particles into cool mist. The amount of mist that comes out of its golden horn depends on the humidity, temperature, and air flow in your room.
Its full tank capacity of 200ml should last for up to 6-8 hours although it only lasted for 4 hours, in my case.
You can choose to set the duration to one hour, two hours, or to stay on until the machine automatically shuts off when it is out of water. The water tank is pretty big which allows for easy refill.
This unicorn can also light up with 8 different colors: red, violet, blue, light blue, green, yellow, white, pink. It can continuously change colors on its own if that’s the magical show that you wish to achieve.
It’s important to regularly clean any diffuser to prevent the buildup of mold. With Elodie, maintenance is a piece of cake.
Just empty the tank after 5-6 uses and wipe with a clean, soft, and damp cloth. If you choose to use essential oils, you’ll want to clean the tank before using a different one.
When not in use, just keep the tank dry. You wouldn’t want idle water to attract bugs or insects.
Is it any good?
At US$ 65, this isn’t some smart high-tech humidifier, but it does the job of doing exactly what I need it to do: add moisture to the nursery I’m building for my baby, and more.
It also doesn’t make any noise, neither does it leak nor scatter water droplets. It’s simple but with added unicorn cuteness other diffusers don’t have.
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