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HEAD & TOES : Creation, Contradiction, Collaboration

Last Friday I visited the new Rikyu hair salon at Sukhumvit 24 for a haircut with my favourite Yohji. After a year of long hair It just happened that I just woke up and decided to give my neck’s back some fresh air breathe. Lucky enough, HEAD & TOE , the new notion of hair and feet interpreted by Rikyu and Muzina, was exhibiting on the 2nd floor. So yes I sneaked in
“Bringing hair close to the toes, two elements farthest away from each other on the human body… ” is their concept behind the exhibition. With 15 pairs of shoes designed by MUZINA, the hair stylists of Rikyu portray an image of its characters, imagining their hair, persona and style. It is a creative visual expression reflecting the character of the shoes using hair, challenging a common belief that head and toe should not be together.

Their unique works realized by two merging notions, which are “ a tool for being yourself ” by MUZINA and “ the possibility of hair ” by RIKYU, could give you a light smile on your face when you see that the shoes are smiling back to you too. 

 

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See this exhibition at Rikyu hair 24

45 Sukhumvit soi 24, Klontan, Klontoey, 10110

tel: 02-115-5778
email: info@boyrikyu.com

Open: 9:30-18:30
(Fri/ Sat) 9:30-19:00
Closed: Wed
Near BTS: Promphong

And who said head and toe should not be together ?

Blue dyes, green leaves & 10 things to know about ‘Kram’

 

One fine Sunday in sunny July, I had a chance to join the indigo dyeing workshop held by Mann Craft and SACICT ( The Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand) in Bang Sai, Ayudhaya. The workshop started in the morning with the introduction to ‘Kram’ , or indigo dye methods and the experiment with bringing colours out of nature. By simply rubbing a leaf on  paper like a crayon, we could experiment and play with various kind of leaves to get different shades of green.

 

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Dala batik and ancient block printed textiles

Recently, I had a chance to learn the craft of ancient Southern batik at the workshop arranged by SACICT ( The Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand) at the center in Bang Sai, Ayudhaya. One of the instructor was Thanintorn Raksawong, 2010 Asean awarded artist who has created a beautiful collection of handmade batik that reflects the unique identity and wisdom of her Southern hometown. Thanintorn , or kru Oh,  showed us the tools and demonstrated the process of ancient batik textiles. To make a truly authentic Batik, you need melted beeswax, special steel pan and special tools which are ancient metal blocks.

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A Serene Escape at Pañpuri Organic Spa

Last week I was invited by Pañpuri to experience the latest two new organic body treatments at Pañpuri  Organic  Spa, a one-of-a-kind haven in the heart of Bangkok. Not to be exaggerated, but that was probably my most unforgettable spa experience in life, of course in a good way. Since my first step, an elegant environment, friendly staffs, and completely private treatment rooms offered the sense of a serenity and luxury. The therapist asked me to complete my profile and some pre-treatment questions, which give her an insight to my problems and needs.

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Good attracts me, Evil inspires me

Hello July.

Finally the second half of 2015 has arrived. It has been crazy and a lot of fun for me the whole year, with so many stories of both work and my private life, which is why I have a limited free time to work on the blog. Have you asked yourself what you have already done, or wish you had done in the first half of the year. The past month has been a reflective moment in my life and also a month of shit loads of creative projects I have collaborated with interesting people. With a chance to breathe now, I finally have a slower pace to clear my mind and write.

In the end of May, I got a call from one of my beloved sister to help her with the personal project.  She is both my teacher and supporter, always having a lot of things to learn from and look up to, so when asked for the opportunity I said yes without hesitating, and without knowing it would bring me a lot of inspiration and fun, working with those professionals in the field.

My role was a cinematographer, video director and backstage photographer for the set. It was a fashion shooting, creative and conceptual as the designer always did. p’ Lek (Lek Kiatsirikajorn) , the expert and experienced photographer is our photographer that day. I was really impressed by his professional and determined way of working, the way you have never seen before from the average fashion photographer. With the strong images and concepts in mind, He could direct the model and see every flaws and details in the outcomes as if he was the movie director. The results are black and white fashion photographs with aesthetics and emotion that are hardly to be seen these days.

 

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 ‘Good attracts me, Evil inspires me.’

 

This phrase was our concept of the set today. It reoccurs in my head many times as I always feel exactly like this, swapping between good and evil side that whispers near our very human ears. Yes, this is the very common concept for human beings – Good things always attract us to do, to act, to do better things, but the seduction of Evil is so delicious and alluring. Me myself tend to be emotionally inspired by the things that are not exposed so much or something that is mysterious and allows us to imagine more. You cannot always be a good person right? because duality does not really exist. There’s no good or bad if the other is not there. ( I try to see things in more ‘grey’, which is not too strong  for the eyes.)

On the pictures above is my sister Phanlert Sriprom, the talented, experienced designer who has been working in Thai fashion industry for around 10 years. Looking through her sketchbooks and clothes, I am so inspired because it’s hard to find the energy like this in Bangkokphere.

 

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The location was quite abandoned, rustic, but spacious. I like to see the traces and marks of the old time of this place, which used to be a big Chinese restaurant building. There was the out-of-order elevator, toilet on the roof(?), and broken glasses everywhere. We did most of the shootings on the roof top , until the evening. The spirit of the set was quite raw, like a wolf crying from the inside of its instinct. Am I too imaginative? and If you notice the special things, all garments have the common shapes of round, circle patterns.

After the sun went down, we continued with the choreograph video which we collaborated with performance artist Vidura Amranand, from B-Floor group. In this video, I wanted the outcome to be a bit avant-garde and mind-blowing. Thanks to p’Vidura, her talent and amazing performance has deeply impressed all of us.

“Good attracts me, Evil inspires me” a collection of Thai designer Eddy Phanlert Sriprom, collaborated with Vidura Amranand, performer.

Cinematographer – Kamonnart Ongwandee, Sasawat Loesrit
Editor – Sasawat Loesrit
Clothes & Producer – Phanlert Sriprom
Music by Kai Engel – Between Nothing and Everything (Freemusicarchive.org)

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And these are our team that day, Thanks to you all for the experience.
I can’t bear not playing around as the location is irresistible !

 

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