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An independent magazine aimed at bringing works of the young and talented to the world.

ISSUE 27 September 2016

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An independent magazine aimed at bringing the works of the young and talented to the whole world. Believing in ideas, thoughts and concepts, Garde Magazine follows the principle of simplicity and honesty.

FOUNDERS Cleo Tse Natasha Chan


Erin Nicholls

Yoshiaki Yoneyama


Kalle Ă–stgĂĽrd

Bobby Chan Fine Art Beauty out of struggle Erin Nicholls Illustration Moments in life

CONTENT Yoshiaki Yoneyama Design Improving lives and building interaction

David Madsen Why everyone loves Moulin Rouge! and so do you

Bobby chan fine art

beauty out of struggle

Contributed by

What are your works about? Whenever I see beautiful things, I love to record them with my brushes. I realised the most beautiful things are humans so I draw a lot of portraits. Sometimes I think my works are happy with a hint of sadness probably because there is too much suffering in the world. Now I paint cities and landscapes more and more because I hope to find the subtle fun between cities and humans. How did you get into art? It started with a Hong Kong comic given to me by my father called Cowboy by Mr Wong Wing-hing. Since then I wished my own art could bring joy to people as much as that comic brought joy to me. I never thought about doing anything else so I studied art right after my high

Bobbu Chan - Mongkok (Argyle Street)

school graduation. Through learning, practicing, experiencing and meeting different people to enrich my feelings, I find beautiful things to record with art. Has your determination ever been shaken? Definitely, it is always shaking. One has to have very strong determination to persist on this path. I understand my will isn’t the strongest thing, the only way I can go forward is to fall, stand up and slowly go forward again. I pay highest respect to those who can focus and only focus on one thing. They are shining in their own light. What is the most difficult thing for you when you create? I like to think. My mind always keeps me thinking and spinning. Sometimes my actions can’t follow my thoughts, which makes my practice

Bobby Chan - Mongkok (Shanghai Street)

quite difficult. Other than creating, what are your other interests? I love to read books published by artists so I can understand their creative process which is always very interesting. I also like to watch movies or American dramas. Reading the stories of others enhances my feelings and helps me to understand the delicate relationship between people, which ultimately helps my creativity a lot. Which local artist do you appreciate the most and why?

Wilson Shieh. His works are full of energy and very ‘Hong Kong.’

Bobby Chan - Mongkok (Shanghai Street)

Bobby Chan - Green Hill 4

Erin Nicholls Illustration

moments in life

Erin Nicholls is a passionate painter and illustrator. Although her works already convey a high level of accomplishment, she says she has a long way to go with her art and is constantly learning. Her creative works contain an array of diverse elements - from the calm natural scenery of a glistening blue shore to a vibrantly sign-filled street of a city. “There are certain elements for each craft that I love, which are common to all of them, such as colour blending and patterns. I love exploring these in any work I create,” says Erin. Throughout all her pieces, she says she enjoys developing her style and techniques in painting and illustrating. “At the moment I have a mixed style - some realism and some abstract. I’m working to focus my style more so that it becomes recognisable as mine,” says Erin. Her creative process is encouraged by seeing the world. “Travelling has helped by introducing me to amazing, beautiful sights and places which then gives inspiration to capture these in art,” she said. As a creator, Erin says her biggest lesson she has learned from her experience is to keep pushing ideas further rather than creating the first thing that pops up in her mind.

Up: Erin Nicholls - Autumn: Leaves in Autumn Down: Erin Nicholls - Summer: Early Morning Ride All marker and pencil illustrations featuring a lone man walking away. I was inspired by Studio Ghibli animation. All have been sold through Bluethumb Gallery: https:// artworks

About Erin’s work in Japan Erin’s latest works are based on Japanese culture. “I’ve always loved Japan and Japanese aesthetics. It was my love of Japanese pottery that drove me to study ceramics for example,” she said. “My series started with ‘Tokyo Street Signs.’ I love all the kanji on the signs and how diverse they are. I will do scenes from other counties as well, but something about photos of Japan gives me a lot of inspiration.” Asked about what initially attracted her to Japanese culture, Erin responded with “there is a huge amount of diversity. I love the mixture of the very ancient traditional crafts with the hyper-modern.” Erin says she aims for her work to convey scenes that are both realistic and expressive. “I feel my ‘Rainy Day’ illustration is the closest I have come to realising this aim,” she says about reflecting emotive scenes in her work.

Erin Nicholls - Calm Beach (Oil on canvas)

About Erin’s future Speaking about what her first solo exhibition would be on, Erin says “I would love to do an ‘Urban’ series for an exhibition. I’d love to capture a lot of different urban scenes from different cities and convey them in unique, emotive ways.” Erin says her dream project would be one that combined illustration with ceramics so that she could create detailed illustrations on pottery – the latter something she hopes to get back into soon. Her ultimate goal as a creator is “to develop a unique style and push myself in my career to be successful as an artist, through exhibitions and awards,” she says. “I want to both love what I do and be proud of the work I create.”

Erin Nicholls - Tash painting cropped white

“I want to both love what I do and be proud of the work I create.”

Erin Nicholls - Tokyo Street Signs

Yoshiaki Yoneyama Design

Improving lives and building interaction

Yoshiaki Yoneyama’s work perfectly showcases the two sides of good product design. On one hand, we can see the product’s poetic and fanciful nature and on the other, the straight-forward technical “hardware” that make it a reality. In a way, it describes all art – the craft of the creator bringing thought into reality, whilst keeping the spark or the soul of that thought for other people to see and experience. Yoshiaki’s work spreads over many different subjects, the result of a preparatory year of his Product Design course. Here, he took the chance to go out of his normal comfort zone drawing - and tried his hand at a range of techniques. “I am confident in drawing. When I am drawing, I really feel free,” he says, but feeling that he needed to try and learn new skills, he went into a wide range of different projects. Children’s games, furniture, lights from different ma-

Yoshiaki Yoneyama - Bam Foom Bam Foom can be used both upside down. Bamboo materials keeps warm of the products and it makes you feel comfortable.

terials (including orange peels!) and many others challenged him to try many different techniques from woodworking to computer coding. With a background in sociology and marketing, Yoshiaki might not have seemed destined to become a creator. However, a reflection on life seamlessly slipped him into this world. Whilst focusing on selling a product, his mind started wondering “how can I contribute new values to the world?” and from then on it was a straight path to product design. “People” always stay in the center of Yoshiaki’s work. When asked what he thinks is the most important factor of design, his answer is simple: “Design should allow the users to interact and feel something. Too much perfection becomes cold. The core of my projects is the struggle to make a product that improves people’s well- being. It should really contribute to someone’s life – it doesn’t have to scream ‘DE-

Yoshiaki Yoneyama - Cradle lights ning has aspect of make people relief and feel home and so on. In origin, light has aspect of making people feel relieved. The purpose of Crad light is not make a space blight. The main purpose of Crad light is not make a room lighter. In a night, when you feel fear and anxiety, Crad light makes an atmoshpher that people feel relieved. Crad light is just being with you. In a night, when you fear and anxiety, Crad light is just being with you. When only you want, Crad light reacts and send a gentle light to you. When only you want, Crad light reacts and send a gentle light to you.

SIGN!’ - as long as it can be part of someone’s life, it can even be anonymous.” Yoshiaki has his mind set on the future. He soberly reflects that the creative path probably won’t be the easiest to follow, and that flexibility will be his most important ability. For now, he would like to try going back to Japan, where design is very different from Europe. “I would like to use traditional techniques of Japan to make something new, and export it to the world. This way I can contribute to both my home country and the rest of the world.” Improving himself is also on his mind. In his opinion, he needs to learn how to simplify his designs further, and possibly also branch into engineering, to break through the limitations of mere product design. Undoubtedly, new ways to improve people’s lives is foremost in his mind.

Yoshiaki Yoneyama - Find Me

Yoshiaki Yoneyama - Line Vessel Alphabet was composed by few lines elements. Adding elements that need to readable as alphabet to vessel. Trying to simplify as much as possible. By adding elements, each vessel are becoming independent roles as words.

Why everyone loves Moulin Rouge by david madsen

If The Sound of Music is the peak of the musical genre, this fun, gorgeous and incredibly idiosyncratic musical is the genres logical endpoint.

Moulin Rouge! is the film that singlehandedly resurrected the musical genre in the 2000s though only for a short while and while beloved by most is also a film most fans would describe as a ‘guilty pleasure.’ Why? Well the easy answer is that Moulin Rouge! is sort of stupid at first glance. It’s a style-over-substance thing, it’s well presented but also doesn’t seem to follow any internal logic. Now this is the very reason I could not stand the film the first time I saw it, but having watched it again recently, I realised just how wrong I and some other outliers truly are. Moulin Rouge! is a lot of things but one thing it’s certainly not is stupid or lacking in substance. The film is incredibly idiosyncratic to the point of being abject nonsense both in tone and presentation, yes, but there is a lot more to it than a fantastic soundtrack and a great art direction.

Moulin Rouge! (2001), Bazmark Productions. Directed by Baz Luhrmann. Movieposter

For those who somehow haven’t watched this baffling early 2000’s piece of pop culture, Moulin Rouge! is an Australian/American production directed by Baz Luhrmann and is especially famous for its use of cover songs from various pop artists from the 20th century such as Nirvana, The Police, The Beatles, David Bowie and classical musicals such as The Sound of Music and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. It takes place in Paris in the titular cabaret Moulin Rouge at the end of the 19th century. The basic story covers a love triangle between the exquisite courtesan Satine, a hopelessly romantic poet who falls for her, Christian, and a bitterly jealous Duke who is promised Satine in exchange for financing Moulin Rouge early on in the film. The film is easily recognised for its insanely fever-pitched style which has the camera in constant motion with a very fast paced editing style, will often break basic continuity rules such as using jumpcuts and breaking the 180 degree rule and use out-of-nowhere and cartoonlike sound effects to emphasis its slap stick humor. Take the first big musical/dance number introducing the Moulin Rouge for instance. The musical number is a hyperactive cover of Lady Marmelade performed by Aguilera, Pink and Lil’ Kim mixed in with Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen

Spirit and Fatboy Slim’s Because We Can. While both the set design and costuming is stellar and most assuredly one of the highlights of the film, the camera is in constant motion, confusing the audience with close-ups of random dancers, courtesans and attendees and will randomly switch over to close-ups of the owner of the cabaret, Harold Zidler, played by an unusually puffy, manic Jim Broadbent. This scene like many others at first seems completely ludicrous as the different songs never really have time to stand out or mesh with one another and the insane cinematography ruins the beautiful set design. However, having this apparent overload of different styles on display is neither misguided nor random, it is in fact very intentional. See to understand this camera style and asynchronous choices of music we need only look at the perspective from which these events unfold. This perspective is shown to be the smitten poet Christian as the framing device of the film has him narrating the film. And so when we are first introduced to the cabaret we see it through the eyes of the inexperienced Christian who is quickly overloaded with impressions. It’s first when Satine enters the frame he focuses and with this the camera zooms out and allows the audience to take the mise-en-scène in.

Up: Moulin Rouge! (2001), Bazmark Productions. Directed by Baz Luhrmann. Down: Moulin Rouge! (2001), Bazmark Productions. Directed by Baz Luhrmann. Uwuc

Another example of how the use of cover songs and the mixing of these are used to set the mood is the big romantic musical duet between Christian and Satine called Elephant Song Medley. The premise of the duet is Christian wanting to explain the concept of love to Satine and sweep her of her feet which he does through a various mix of classic pop songs’ chorus. The number starts with The Beatles’ All You Need is Love, switching to KISS’ I Was Made For Lovin’ You, then over to U2’s Pride as Christian flirts around with Satine while she playfully rejects his passes.

You as the two lovers embrace one another and then ends with Elton John’s How Wonderful Life Is.

Elephant Song Medley in particular shows that these musical numbers is not to be taken literally. Of course it’s silly that a poet at the end of the 19th century would know David Bowie and Elton John. But these songs should be understood on an expressionistic level, both paying homage to the pop artists of these songs showing off their universal appeal and at the same time using them to set up an immediately convincing romance between Christian and The tone quickly Sabine. changes as Christian gets more serious switching to Thelma This use of music and Houston’s Don’t Leave Me cinematography as an extension and Paul McCartney’s Silly of the film’s characters’ Love Songs yet turns jovial emotional state shows the clear again as the number switches understanding Baz Luhrmann over to Jennifer Warnes’ and has for cinematic and visual Joe Cocker’s duet Love Lift Us storytelling. And yet the reason Up and then David Bowie’s this film works where other Heroes. It finally climaxes with of his films such as The Great the ultimate love song Whitney Gatsby fail so miserably is Houston’s I Will Always Love because of the fantastic casting

and performances on display. Not enough good can be said of the genuinely fantastic chemistry between Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman in their respective roles as Christian and Satine. McGregor not only has a fantastic singing voice but with his naïve puppy eyed innocence is completely convincing as the archetype for the softhearted poet. Kidman on the other hand is positively radiant as Satine playing the role as a super starlet hogging at every scene with her luscious red hair and flashy outfits all the while having the sort of charisma and raw sexual energy usually relegated to Sharon Stone and Jane Fonda in their prime. If the use of cover songs sets up the romance between Christian and Sabine, it is the two actors who completely sell it. However, the two actors who truly steal the show is Richard Roxburg as The Duke and Jim Broadbent as Zidler. Their duet of Madonna’s Like a Virgin is nothing short of

Up: Moulin Rouge! (2001), Bazmark Productions. Directed by Baz Luhrmann. Skuofilm

masterful as Broadbent constantly mugs at the camera with his bug eyes all the while Roxburg does his best John Waters impression.

vastly underappreciated Repo: The Genetic Opera, I also think there’s a good reason why no one has been able to replicate it including the director himself. Because it’s homage to 20th century pop music and classical musicals, its MTV-style approach to editing, its lavish set designs and narrative that’s straight out of a Shakespearian tragedy seems to be the logical endpoint for the genre in the same way Unforgiven was for the western genre.

What annoyed me the most about Moulin Rouge! the first time I watched it was that I didn’t get it. The film is so ludicrous and crass, telling such a bland love story I didn’t get what the hell the appeal was and so I relegated it as a guilty pleasure, something stupid that people never-the-less enjoyed watching just by the sheer gal and extravagance of it all. Oh, how There just isn’t anything else wrong I was. to say or anywhere else to go. And while I can certainly understand why Moulin Rouge! is incredibly some people would be put off by clever and a fantastic ride, best its garish stylistic choices I certainly described as a Rube Goldberg hope this article has enlightened you machine, a film that so confidently on why Moulin Rouge! is anything but oozes with such originality and such stupid. And has shown, why everyone style yet never cracks and never does else loves it, and why I know you love anything tonally out of place. It is a it., film that perfectly fits the description ‘controlled chaos.’ And while it did lead to a couple of other decent You’re welcome. musicals such as Chicago and the

Left: Moulin Rouge! (2001), Bazmark Productions. Directed by Baz Luhrmann. Next: Moulin Rouge! (2001), Bazmark Productions. Directed by Baz Luhrmann.

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Garde Magazine #27  

Illustration, Product Design and Fine Art that fully wrap up your life with a movie critique enticing you!

Garde Magazine #27  

Illustration, Product Design and Fine Art that fully wrap up your life with a movie critique enticing you!