Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The raison d’être (Rationale) behind the choice of Music Notes for Piala Seri Endon 2008 batik competition

Why music notes again?

This was common question raised by many friends and whoever saw my design in 2003 when I used the music notes again for PSE 2008. Still using the same motif even after 5 years..? Are you going to have the music notes design as your trademark? Why don’t you put other design or more organic theme? Are they relevant with the current trends? And the questions continue...

Let me make things clearer on the rationale of the choice. At first, music notes were not the main motif that I wished to apply on Batik. However I felt guilty towards music notes because there was actually a story lies behind the selection...

Back to 2003....
I personally adore the facets of music notes even some people may call them sort of dead geometric forms or once my lecturer called them “taugeh”or Bean Sprouts in English.
No matter what they are named, for me music notes flow as if they are dancing all the way and by applying them on fabric, I could imagine on their rhythms, tunes, beauty, and character without I need to play the music according to the accurate key notes.

Music notes also have their own fabulous fashion style and persona. With many different modes, they represent special notes, various sounds and different melodies. Hence the characters for each music notes are chic and outstanding.

Some of the creative music notes designs..
Down to the issue, what’s wrong if I choose other motif? There is nothing unethical, really.
Initially deep inside, I felt that I did not appreciate enough the music notes motif when I first took them as subject matter during my first fashion show in 2003. At that time so many issues going on... including not enough time to finish the 8 finished garments in less than 4 months due to not geared up (mentally), lack of moral support, and more. As a result, at the end of the 2003 runway, the design became too straightforward or a lame endeavour for a grand finale.

Therefore when the second chance came 5 years after that, which was during PSE 2008, I grabbed the opportunity to repay my wrongs to music notes by appreciating them in a very artistic and more honourable way via portraying them stylishly on our own pride heritage... Batik.

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