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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All about the paint!

All about the paint!

It has been way too long since I wrote a blog post! It has been a busy couple of months which have involved starting a new job as an associate to a Supreme Court Judge, signing Edward Kwan up to a new online fashion platform connecting independent Australian designers to customers worldwide (watch this space!) and painting bowies. Sometimes when you get an idea, you just know it's going to work. Giving my blog a stalk, I realised the first time I thought of painting a bow tie was exactly 2 years ago. 

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My first commissioned art work

My first commissioned art work

After experimenting with acrylic ink paintings last year, I was excited to receive my first commissioned art work request! Here are some photos documenting the progress of my painting, as well as an insight into my inspiration for the painting slash trial and error experimenting.

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My Cheongsam Creation

My Cheongsam Creation

I recently visited Singapore and Hong Kong over the Christmas/New Years break. While I visit my grandparents and extended family in Singapore fairly regularly, it has been 10 years since I set foot in the Fragrant Harbour that is Hong Kong. Inspired by the Orient, I arrived home in Melbourne, and as you do, decided to make myself a modern version of the traditional Chinese dress, ζ——蒍: 'cheongsam' or 'qipao'.

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