A winning combination
“LIVE your dreams and never give up easily” is the motto of Pang Pei Yee, a student of Textile and Fashion Design at Malaysian Institute of Art ( MIA).
Pang has a strong interest in motifs design and has been eyeing the Piala Seri Endon Batik Design Competition since high school.
She first participated in the competition in 2014 under the handicraft category and won a consolation prize.
In 2015, she initiated the idea of teaming up with her lecturer Afiq Bahrudin and they went ahead to compete in the fashion design category. The collaboration was a success and Pang and Afiq grabbed the third prize.
The team- up was a good idea as both their forte were different and they capitalised on that. Pang worked on the batik design whereas Afiq focused more on the design of the garments.
The theme of their collection was called “Seni Nusantara”, inspired by the wood carving on Malay and Indonesian architecture.
“We were surprised when we were announced the third prize winner as this is an open competition and all the finalists produced strong designs,” said Pang.
She added that Afiq helped a lot in developing the ideas together.
“Both of us set our standards high in this competition and each time we felt the outcome wasn’t satisfactory, we would redo our designs,” said Afiq. “From the chanting of batik to the sewing of the garments, we made sure everything was done well.”
The whole process took about three months, with both Pang and Afiq juggling their limited free time for the competition.
Pang was doing her internship and Afiq’s schedule was packed with lectures.
They are now working on the project as part of the Piala Seri Endon winners for the upcoming Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016 scheduled to be held in August.
They will showcase a collection of 12 garments, which is an extension of the Seni Nusantara designs.
MIA is one of the few institutes in the country that offers textile design in addition to fashion design.
Its head of Textile and Fashion Design, Lai Hoo Chu, shared that a good fashion designer should have deep understanding of fabrics in order to create a garment with the desired results.
Founded in 1967 as a non- profit institution, MIA has produced thousands of professional artists, designers and musicians for the creative industry.
Today, the institute offers a range of other diploma courses in the fields of art, design and music, including Illustration, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Textile and Fashion Design, Industrial Design, Fine Art and Music, with comprehensive and welldesigned course contents.
Strong international links
MIA has established links with prestigious universities and colleges in the United Kingdom, Australia, Taiwan and China, where MIA graduates may proceed to complete their degree programmes.
Apart from allowing students to save time and cost in pursuit of their degrees overseas, it is also a pathway to obtain a well- balanced education that combines Malaysian and overseas learning experience and exposures.
MIA graduates may also further their studies in local universities, thanks to the Malaysian Qualifications Agency accreditation.
Intake and extended counselling
MIA is open for new intakes commencing April 25. It will also be holding its Open Day on March 26 and 27 from 9.30am to 4pm, with talks and counselling sessions held by the Art, Design and Music departments.
MIA will have extended weekend counselling hours from 9.30am to 4pm, between April 2 and 30.
Interested students can contact MIA at 03- 4108 8100 or 03- 4106 4697 ( Music Department), e- mail registry@ mia. edu. my or log on to www. mia. edu. my.