Yes! Tangi Ki He Mo’oni proudly gets its first public shout-outs on local Tongan Radio. It feels awesome getting our names out there. Thanks to Makalea Takau, Poli Tuaileva and the team from Le’o- ‘o e - Hala-Tukutonga (Voice of Tonga) which broadcasts on WOWFM 100.7 on Wednesdays from 7pm to 10pm. My spirits are lifted.
The inspiration behind this first collection is based on the idea of a “Pacific Safari”. It’s pretty much the Pacific meets Africa but in a more subtle representation. Initially I wanted to do all these full blown African inspired prints mixed with bold island influences but I decided to pull back on my crazy. I’m trying to make money, not freak people out. We’ll see what I end up with.
I had to do it. I redesigned the business card. The previous design felt cluttered and old. Here I created something more modern, more spaced out and more bold. I’ve also replaced the maroon/burgundy colour with one that related more to who I am as a designer.
Serious Re-boost for Divine Inspiration Pronto!.
My poor tumblr account has been on the receiving end of my neglectful ways this past year and I now return to keep the promises that I had made to myself. Promise #1: Do not let this project succumb to the side of my habits that lets things become fragmented and unfinished. Promise #2: Perpetual Creativity - To keep creating, designing, drawing and whatever else that makes my soul feel somewhat animately existent.
They Have Arrived!!!
I am now the glad recipient of the new TKHM business cards. They were a little boring in my design so I’ve just used a particular dried pandanus leaf that we call a ‘Kie’ (which is the softest type of pandanus leaf mostly in use for weaving different items in tha pacific) to wrap around the cards to give it a more nature-like element. This i hope is the distinctive aspect that keeps me a jar from the rest.
A Preview Of What’s To Come
Here lies a little of what is to be expected from my first collection under the TKHM name. It is strong, fitted, floral and is a definite demonstration of chromatic colours (even though my sketches are black and white). Think navies, khaki greens and deep burgundies. Throw in some tonal greys and blacks and voila. I’m holding onto the greatest faith that it all turns out how I’ve pictured them in my mind.
Here it is, it is now officially done. The logo to my label and the business cards which still need tweaking in certain areas but that can all be done when they arrive. The font is ‘Impact Labelled Reversed’ on a black background to give the illusion of those label machines. The hibiscus is just a cultural throwback to my roots, i know every Paula, Ti and Sione from the pacific tries to pawn off the hibiscus but I couldn’t help it. The hibiscus is mum and the name is my dad. There’s still a lot more to be done before things get rolling but I can’t shake off the feeling that when it rains, it pours. So when things start moving, they are going to be moving rapidly. Hence why everything I do is looked at meticulously with a pedantic type of obsession.
Business cards were pretty much a two second job in photoshop, the red fala, the black flower prints and the logo, I’m happy with it. I plan to add extra effects but these are only the first batch. I plan to design a crazy design the second time round. That’s if I can find 250 people to give these ones to.
tumblrbot asked: WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER WHEN YOU ARE IN A BAD MOOD?
Changing my disposition. Drop everything your doing and for 5 to 20 minutes do something completely different to shake you from your mood. For me it’s any of the following:
- 1) Changing my posture and blasting my favourite music (in my earphones - I may be partially deaf now but it’ll come back soon).
- 2) Punching the hell out of a punching bag. (Violent yet effective)
- 3) Calling a close family or a friend to vent the mood out of my system. (I’m blessed with 3 people I would give my life to)
- 4) Green Tea Frozen Yoghurt (to each their own, but seriously it’s f****n delicious).
- 5) Sitting in Nature (yes, i did climb tree’s as a kid).
They say God is in the details. If so, then his very essence filters through every bead, weave and stitch of this collection. From the materials used to the womanly silhouettes, Christopher Bailey depicts an almost tribal-like, yet strongly crafty side within this seasons collection that takes off like a light breath of fresh air in the world of frugality. It’s the luxury without the gold, the subtleties without the simplicity and the forwardness without the trends.