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.

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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.nalade­

The silkscreen print­ing work­shop above DR.Inc


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