A win­ning com­bi­na­tion

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“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.

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