ARTIST: SITI KAMILAH BINTI HAJI MOHD AZRA
Karya Kami Top Five
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We asked our winners some questions about their designs and here’s what Siti Kamilah had to say!
1. Can you tell us a bit about your design process?
It started as an objective to connect the development of design practice for the significant cultural value of Bruneian heritage through visual communication. I am always interested in understanding our unique cultural heritage via a creative approach. Before the design was made, I first started with a research and development of the chosen heritage, to create an added value to the design. I studied the colour, pattern and also the overall forms and functions of it. Finally, I digitized it based on the actual features of the Tudung Dulang.
2. How long did it take you to come up with the design and the final outcome?
It took a week and a half of developing the idea, research and then designing the final outcome. My approach is more towards a simple and minimal design concept.
3. Why did you pick this?
Our culture defines us as a Bruneian. When we create anything, we create something that is not only aesthetically beautiful but reminds us of what it means to be a Bruneian. My family comes from a line of craftsmen. I felt the responsibility not just to my lineage, but also to the Bruneian communities especially the youth, not to leave our culture behind and to always find ways to be proactive and incorporate our culture into our increasingly globalized world. Brunei is richly endowed with cultural heritage. This cultural heritage forms an important part of our identity.
I decided to choose Tudung Dulang because of its unique features and the craft of making them has also been traditionally practised by my grandmother. This fosters awareness and exposure onto the value of Brunei’s heritage as part of a way of life and the greatest way to preserve it I believe is to share it with others.