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How I soft launch a dream and leave my corporate finance world?

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(Painting by Seoul based artist, Alice Yang. http://loveitart.com/collections/alice-yang/products/3-5-scape)

Last year, I left my decent paying job in corporate finance as a result of some health scares. After years of “killing” myself for someone else’s dream and after seeing my dad leaving the world without fulfilling his, I decided to pursue my own dream and passion. It is not easy. It may be easier to keep doing my job and have a comfortable life. But being comfortable is dangerous when you want to learn and grow.

I jumped with two feet into pursuing my dream. I have to admit that the journey has been scary and challenging. When I face challenges and fear, I remind myself that challenges are exactly what I’m looking for.   Learning and being challenged everyday can be so fulfilling. With a good “eye” for art, a solid business background and a strong will, there will be a way.

On February 1, 2015 midnight, I will soft launch a curated online art gallery, Love It Art www.loveitart.com. I’d love to hear your comments. Also, what are your dreams and what will you do about them?

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Exquisit design – Florencia Lewkow

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When I first saw Buenos Aires based designer/illustrator Florencia Lewkow’s design on textiles, I was intrigued.  Her design has the “wow” factor.  Florencia draws her inspiration from insects, birds and animal patterns to create design works that captivate viewers and convey intense personal emotion.  Her collectors include famous politicians in Latin America.  What kind of design gives you a wow factor?

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2014 Interior Design Show West – Vancouver

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Fun and excitement filled the whole centre at yesterday’s IDS West opening night. Besides sourcing trends and ideas while sipping wine, we all had fun talking to various artists and designers.  With today’s technology, most of us seem to connect with our phones more so than with the people right in front of us.  Last night, most people seemed to enjoy striking up a conversation even with a stranger – amazing.  When was the last time you feel comfortable starting a conversation with a stranger?

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Do you choose a hotel for its Art Collection?

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A year ago, my husband and I visited Portland, Oregon.  We wanted to stay in a hotel for two nights before driving to the coast.  I chose Hotel Modera, mainly for its cool interiors and art collection (over 500 pieces of local art).  Although I didn’t get to see all the pieces in other hotel rooms, I found the piece I’d like to own – the abstract piece on a large white wall in the hotel lobby.  This painting by artist William Park has the ideal scale and composition that I admire.  The painting is not for sale but I’d certainly like to attend a painting workshop at the artist’s gallery next time we visit Portland.

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Striking a balance – paintings by Cy Twombly

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I like contemporary abstract art.  I must have seen hundreds if not thousands of abstract paintings both in person and online.  However, not that many paintings are simple yet colourful, provoking yet calm and chaotic yet balanced.  American painter Cy Twombly was able to consistently create many large-scale pieces with all these conflicting qualities through out his whole career.  Sometime I think I can doodle something that simple but I don’t think I can strike such a balance that evokes excitement.

 

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Stunning Cabinet, Visually and Narratively

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I wasn’t keen about starting a blog until I came across a photo of this stunning piece, the Engineering Temporality cabinet by  Studio Markunpoika in Amsterdam. The cabinet is both visually beautiful and intriguing. The curiosity of how it was made led me to the story of why it was created. Once I learned the narrative behind the creation, I immediately developed a deep connection. This is my inspiration piece for the blog.

Engineering Temporality was Tuomas Markunpoika’s graduation project from Design Academy Eindhoven in Netherlands. Now, the whole collection includes a chair, a chandelier and table lamps. You can enjoy the story and his thesis behind the design and creation on his website.

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(Photos used with permission by Tuomas Markunpoika, owner of Studio Markunpoika)