Building on her experience conducting live workshops, Zixi also worked with Hermès to create a live demonstration and class on making collages with Hermès’ signature wallpaper. The experience was vibrant and lively, with people creating their own unique origami foldings and collages communally. Zixi’s works have also appeared on the Esplanade’s PIP’S Playbox - Cabinet of Curiosities. Commissioned to fill this children’s Playbox with vibrant illustrations, Zixi chose to continue expanding on the theme on environmental awareness present in past works. She re-imagines a quirky and changed world where animals have been affected by human-induced disasters such as the Chernobyl accident, and what they would look like in 2200 AD. Other unique and inspiring clients Zixi has worked with include Melissa Shoes, Kiehls, SMRT, and Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School.
Thank you, Mom: Live demonstration of Zixi hand-painting custom illustrations onto Muji clothing for Muji’s Mother’s Day special event.
When talking about the future of design. Zixi explains that while there is a rise in technology being incorporated into the design space, such as virtual reality technology and artificial intelligence, the core ethos of being a good designer remains the same. It is important to master and understand the basics before making use of these new technologies to enhance one’s design, and emphasizes function over form (the form however, should also be complete enough to serve the function). If the role of the illustrator is to bring across a good story, this ethos can be carried into any project, with any medium.
Teaching illustration at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts is a much-needed step in Zixi’s life. She is constantly inspired by the young voices of today who is up to date with the latest technologies, and have a great many fresh ideas. She sees her engagement with the younger generation as a way to keep herself going and be steeped in a creative community who always strives to be better. To those aspiring to a career in illustration, Zixi advises that one should be prepared for many hours of hard work and dedication – however in the end, the tenacity you would have built will see you through.
To learn more about Zixi and her works, visit her website: http://www.messymsxi.com/
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