CHRISTIE TAN, 23

Il­lus­tra­tor & Pa­per Crafter (@christy yeee)

CLEO (Malaysia) - - ART JAM -

What is it about minia­ture art that has you so hooked?

I loved how a small world can be built, lit­tle by lit­tle, with just a few hexag­o­nal spa­ces; that it en­com­passes so many de­tails in one tiny space.

How did you con­cep­tu­alise the But­ter­mel­low Hive se­ries?

The But­ter­mel­low Hive se­ries — a hexag­o­nal ti led puz­zle se­ries fea­tur­ing lit­tle mice liv­ing in rooms in dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios —com­bines my two in­ter­ests: ar­chi­tec­ture and an­i­mals. Peo­ple love to hear sto­ries so I re­alised I could help t hem re­late and even ap­pre­ci­ate ar­chi­tec­ture through this form of story-telling.

How does this pas­sion for minia­ture ar t com­ple­ment your love for ar­chi­tec­ture?

This ap­plies es­pe­cially to the form of ar­chi­tec­ture that is old and for­got­ten, be­cause each of them has their own story to tell. Through the But­ter mel low house­hold, I hope top re­serve th­ese for­got­ten build­ings by trans­form­ing them into lit­tle mod­els and giv­ing them new life.

What does the next level of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion looks like?

I have hopes of com­bin­ing all th­ese mini pieces into one big piece of art­work and I’ m also look­ing for­ward to ex­per­i­ment­ing with lights.

What should be the take­away mes­sage for peo­ple who en­joy your ar t work?

Ap­pre­ci­ate the smaller de­tails in life. What seems in sig­nif­i­cant at first, may have a lot to tell you, once you re­ally look into it.

Part of the But­ter­mel­low Hive se­ries

Tepee Tree House

Part of the But­ter­mel­low Hive se­ries

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