ARTIST: AMAL NADHEERAH BINTI HAJI AFFANDY
Karya Kami Top Five
Designed as a part of Karya Kami competition, brought to you by brunei.events.
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We asked our winners some questions about their designs and here’s what Amal Nadheerah had to say!
1. Can you tell us a bit about your design process?
My design is specifically focused on our local Adat Mandi Berbedak. Additionally, I wanted to incorporate the bride and grooms wedding attire and the ‘Bedak’ paste into my design, hence the final artwork. I used Adobe Illustrator to make my design and after many drafts of my ideas, I finally combined the ones that best suit my vision. Each element has its meaning and I tried my best to emphasize them onto my illustration.
2. How long did it take you to come up with this design and the outcome?
Around one month and a half. It took me a while because I had to do my research on the topic as much as I can before proceeding to the design.
3. Why did you pick this?
Since the theme of this competition was heritage, I wanted to make something that related back to the Traditional Bruneian Wedding Ceremony, also known as Adat. One of the Adat that I was always quite mesmerized by is Adat Mandi. The idea & history behind it is fascinating to me as the style and techniques change over time. What caught my attention as well as the bride and grooms wedding attire and the colourful ‘Bedak’ or rather paste. This project tempted me into making a pattern or illustration that can help preserve the tradition and tell the story behind this tradition to the future generation.