INSTINCTS Branching out from her creative agency to stationery collections, home décor, as well as exciting art workshops, Lisette Scheers of Nala Designs and lifestyle store DR.Inc talks about her creative world. By Sharmita Summugam.
CREATIVE DNA To be artistically imaginative, you must have emotion, opinion, and passion. You can’t have an opinion without emotion, for emotions trigger opinions and vice versa. These three go hand-in-hand, and drive you to keep trying. Lisette Scheers with her daughter Nala
NALA D E S I GNS I’ve always loved stationery and am fond of drawing everything by hand; and so the first set of ang pao was born. Most of the products have designs printed on them via silkscreen printing; all are hand-drawn. The wallpapers are digitally printed. S I LKSCREEN PRI NTING It is a lengthy process but a beautifully rewarding artform. I graduated with a degree in illustration and graphic design. Back then there were no computers. I did everything by hand. My final year project was made entirely by silkscreen printing. When I started working at advertising agencies, art directors were creating amazing work by hand as well! WORK WITH M E The workshops began in Singapore and the momentum grew in Malaysia. This is just the beginning. In the long run I would like to start my own independent
Nala Designs prints
art institution, a place where they take art seriously. The workshops are run above DR.Inc – a shop within a shop.
HOME D ÉCOR Two main rules I have learned about home décor is that good lighting is crucial, and nice does not have to be expensive.
I N S PI R ATION It’s all around me. Anything from a good book to an object can stimulate the mind. Recently, it was a stunning fourposter Peranakan wedding bed that stirred my imagination. That has set the motion for my next project, to create another line of patterns based on the bed.
QUOTE TO L I VE BY “I never read, I just look at pictures.” – Andy Warhol
K L ART SCENE Thanks to Instagram and Pinterest, the creative scene has changed tremendously. There is more available design-wise but what’s missing is identity. They have to inject their spirit into it and make it personal. Do not be afraid of taking risks.
DES I GN PHI LOSOPHY Don’t stop creating until you are 100% sure. Like the handbag theory, it is not about creating pretty things but getting it right. You know it in your stomach that this is it. www.naladesigns.com
The silkscreen printing workshop above DR.Inc
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