Hand painted bow ties on a navy blue base

Hand painted bow ties on a navy blue base

Often my customers are the ones who come up with the great new ideas for me! In this case, my customer Candice, asked for the Ivan bow tie but with pink peony flowers instead. The problem was that the Ivan bow tie isn't even a hand painted design, it's made out of pre-printed fabric. But I always find a solution and decided to experiment by hand painting the flowers on navy blue cotton instead of the usual white cotton. The result was preetttyyy nice!

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Get your pet painted on a bow tie

Get your pet painted on a bow tie

Recently my customer requested a bow tie with his pet staffy dog, Bowie, painted on it. Being self-taught at painting, my work method is trial and error most of the time. This project was definitely 200% error most of the way, but I was pretty happy with how it turned out in the end!!

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Bow tie designs turned into a painting!

Bow tie designs turned into a painting!

Earlier this year I worked on some hand painted floral bow tie designs for a wedding customer. In fact I actually blogged about it here. I then had a request from a different customer to create a version of the design painted on to a large canvas. Here's a visual timeline of how it all unfolded, which included me trying but failing to learn how to paint 'properly' from Youtube. I ended up using my usual method of trial and error and experimentation and was super happy with the end result!!

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Finally got my brother wearing an Edward Kwan bow tie!

Finally got my brother wearing an Edward Kwan bow tie!

I’ve only been running Edward Kwan for 4.5 years and this was my brother’s first time wearing one of my bowies ... and only because he was a groomsman… “Does this look stupid?” Haha. I was excited to work on the bow ties for my brothers’ close friends’ wedding (also my friends), as well as to provide excellent customer service by turning up before the wedding to tie the boys’ bow ties as none of them knew how to tie a bow tie.

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Flower power

Flower power

My latest hand painted order would definitely have to be my new favourite! I love the different shades of pink and the way they contrast with the green petals. But also I kind of surprised myself because I have no idea how to paint or anything about painting technique. So when my customer asked me to add a little more detail to the flowers, I at first doubted whether I knew how to do what my customer wanted. But I was quite impressed with the end product!

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The Wiggles in Edward Kwan bow ties!

The Wiggles in Edward Kwan bow ties!

I was super excited to see Anthony the Blue Wiggle and the Wiggles musicians dressed in their Edward Kwan green velvet bow ties on Lachy the Purple Wiggle, and Emma the Yellow Wiggle's Instagram pages this weekend! I started Edward Kwan for a creative outlet while in law school and couldn't be prouder to see how it has progressed over the years!

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My latest favourite hand painted order

My latest favourite hand painted order

I have loved watching my side business, Edward Kwan, grow organically over the years. The most rewarding part of it has been the growing popularity of my hand painted orders. One of my friends from law school recently contacted me to order a bow tie and pocket square to attend a wedding on the weekend. While I'm completely happy to design something specific to my customers' requirements, I also love it when my customer says they are happy to be guided by me and for me to use my creative freedom to come up with a design!

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