10 QUES­TIONS WITH KEL­LEY CHENG

The mul­ti­hy­phen­ate de­signer-writer-pho­tog­ra­pher-en­tre­pre­neur talks about the things in life that get her go­ing.

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Home-grown de­signer-pho­tog­ra­pher-en­tre­pre­neur talks about the things in life that get her go­ing.

1 What gets you out of bed in the morn­ings?

I love what I do, so the ex­cite­ment of a brand new day, of course! No, I’m kid­ding, I’m to­tally not a morn­ing per­son, so I get out of bed only after roughly 10 snoozes on my alarm. So, if I have to pick one thing - my morn­ing kopi-o from my favourite kopi un­cle is a big mo­ti­va­tion.

2 What gets you to sleep at night?

I read and med­i­tate to help shut my mind for the day. (Ac­tu­ally it’s whisky, re­ally.)

3 Name one artiste that you like to lis­ten to while you work.

I love jazz, and I of­ten have Chet Baker on re­peat. Chet Baker’s trum­pet is so sad and his voice is even sad­der. And most cre­ative peo­ple thrive on melan­cho­lia right? I’m so cliche.

4 Your favourite pet.

When I was four or five years old, my fam­ily had two par­rots, the only pets we ever had - one flew away and one died. They were re­ally cute when they mim­icked our words. When the only par­rot left passed away, my mum put it in a plas­tic bag and we brought it down­stairs to bury it. I was slightly trau­ma­tised by the sight of the dead bird in a red plas­tic bag. So that’s not a favourite mem­ory ob­vi­ously. My imag­i­nary favourite pet is Snoopy, which thinks and acts like a hu­man, and looks so cute.

5 Of these four el­e­ments (Sky/ Ocean/Moun­tain/An­i­mal), what in­spires you most and why.

Ocean. I’ve al­ways loved wa­ter. I started swim­ming lessons at four years old, and it’s the only sport I have par­tic­i­pated in com­pet­i­tively. So wa­ter is both nos­tal­gic and re­lax­ing to me. Nostal­gia can of­ten be quite in­spir­ing.

6 De­scribe your fond­est mem­ory as a child…

I was 1st in class aca­dem­i­cally, from Pri­mary 1 to Pri­mary 6. And ev­ery time I got 1st in class, my dad would let me choose what­ever present I wanted. Re­wards are al­ways good mo­ti­va­tion to work hard.

7 Name one cause you will fight for and why, and which or­gan­i­sa­tions you’ve worked with.

I will fight for an­i­mal rights be­cause an­i­mals can’t talk and can’t fight for them­selves. For non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions, I have done a lot of work for TedxSin­ga­pore be­cause it pro­vides a re­ally im­por­tant plat­form for de­sign­ers to share their thoughts with non-de­sign­ers, and that is close to my heart.

8 De­scribe your per­sonal de­sign style.

I like to have a bit of po­etry and art in my visual cre­ations.

9 What would you like to have as your last meal on earth?

My grandma who has died made the most de­li­cious dumplings. On Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val days, my rel­a­tives would gather at her place, in an­tic­i­pa­tion of eat­ing the dumplings. My last meal, which per­haps equates to the last mem­ory I will have – would be those pip­ing hot dumplings.

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What’s the last pic­ture you took with your mo­bile de­vice?ˈ

It’s a shot of the beau­ti­ful evening in Hangzhou, where I was giv­ing a lec­ture a few weeks ago.

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