Zine: Locale Part 2

For my zine, I wish to focus on the crimes committed in Clarke Quay.

According to my research, the top 3 crimes committed in Clarke Quay are: violence, molestation and theft. Hence I wish to commentate on such serious issue with a lighter tone and linked it to fashion.

The tone I was going for is a more sarcastic tone. Clarke Quay is known to be a place for sloppy activities, hence I decided to do a high fashion magazine here instead of a normal look-book.

Sample Shots

Cover Page

For my cover page I wanted something that is eye catching and suggestive. Hence, I picked this picture of Desiree staring directly into the camera, her eyes suggesting something panicky and tense. I wanted her to wear red to bring attention to her.

Violence Spread

I wish to bring light on the alcohol in this spread and also the resemblance of a fight to a war, which is why the army hat and top. I then digitally added on bruises. The way my model, Ray, is being portrayed, is from a worm’s eye view.  It is as if he is taunting the viewers. I also want to bring out the laze and the dependence in posture when one is under influence. The bridge in the background is a bridge called the “Red Bridge”, which is a hot spot for people to drink before heading to the clubs.

Theft Spread

I wish to bring focus to the locks and chains on my mode, Eugene’s body, which is why he is wearing a dull color to push the silver and gold forward. Most theft cases happen inside the clubs, however since we are not able to shoot inside, we did it directly outside. There was a police sign outside Zouk, which is one of the most popular clubs in Singapore, and was bringing light to these crimes. Also, this spread has the most expensive outfit among the 3.

Molestation Spread

I want my model, Desiree to stand out in this spread. This is because in most cases, girls try not to bring a lot of unwanted attention to themselves, however, that is the opposite to what I want. Hence, I dressed her up in vibrant colors and shot her pictures in the middle of Clarke Quay where it has the most number of people. I want her outfit to cover as much skin as possible and tried to tie the colors of her outfit to the pink and purple background of Clarke Quay. I want her to look soft in the picture and have empty spaces around her to make her seem more in the open and a a sense of voyeurism.

The Final Layout

I wanted to put titles and descriptions like a how they did it in fashion magazines, hence, I took inspiration from Vogue, Bazaar Harper and there high fashion magazines. I added on comments on the outfit they wore in a sarcastic tone to comment on the purpose and recommend other fashion pieces to aid with the people who would want to wear these outfits next time.



Zine: Locale Part 1 (Research)


Clarke Quay is a historical riverside quay in Singapore, located within the Singapore River Planning Area. At present, five blocks of restored warehouses house various restaurants and nightclubs. Usually on Wednesday(ladies’ night), Friday and Saturday, the clubs are flooded with people and youngsters. Clarke Quay is the most well known places for the nightlife and the club scene.


I then proceed on to do some secondary research by asking my friends and followers on Instagram to do this survey.

Survey link: https://admin.typeform.com/form/ePgCui/create

However, due to the popularity and the alcohol, there are a lot of crimes committed. The top few crimes are molestation, theft and violence. I decided to dig deeper on such crimes and assault.

After partying, there are a lot of places around Clarke Quay that are open for supper.

I then go down Clarke Quay and experience it myself and then interviewed the people who goes and work there. I then compile it into a short video.

Image Making Through Type

What my type mean to me

I have always based my work around the women’s theme hence, I wanted to make a type and have an overarching theme about the life the ladies out there and on the judgement and oppression women are under. Also to celebrate women’s accomplishments and a little touch of my own experiences inside.


Typeface in skin by Thijs Verbeek.

Finger Type by Jonathan Looman

Bodyface font by Kiyoka Katahira

My work

I am a model.

This work is inspired by Thijs Verbeek and Kiyoka Katahira
I took inspiration from Versace and Vetements’s model casting where they will just take Polaroids of the models and write about them. As they are Polaroids, they can not be digitally manipulated. However, that is what I did.
I want to show me forcing my body in a certain way, like this uncomfortable look. As I always wanted to be a model, but never good enough, hence I wanted to make it look like a model casting.
However, of course I can’t always make my body and all look like the letters, hence I digitally manipulated it to make it what I want it to look like and then took a Polaroid of it. this also brings up the topic of how like Facetune and all is used to deceive the eyes and make pictures look better than it is. It’s like how we are just all kinda narcissistic and kinda wanna try to fit it, to look better, either by physically or digitally manipulating our body and pictures. I also written my weight, my height etc. most of my information to make myself more exposed and uncomfortable.

I am the president.

I wanted to show how our female president is kinda like just a front and a puppet. I want to show like invisible hands at the back kinda controlling her. I really want to question if our election as really suggest a movement forward for women in this country.

I am a Kardashian.

I wanted to show a celebration. The colors I used are mainly colors on the china national flag. The Kardashians might have a bad vibe around it but what makes the Kardashians so successful is because they handle you got to admit even after through all the drama and scandal.
I am from a Chinese family but I have always been obsess with the American culture. Although my family is not very happy with the obsession, i have always been trying to pursue it. I’m not very Caucasian looking even though i would love to be. i want to merge the “culture” of the Kardashians and my culture “china” and so i took inspiration from kids textbook fonts which is like comic sans from Chinese words, and chose my Chinese name.

I am a nudist.

This is heavy inspired by Tiago Caetano.
I love my body. I love the women’s body. I think it’s the most beautiful thing ever sculptured by god. However I have always wondered why our nipples are being censored, hence I uncensored it. I went with a nude color to represent the skin and the different tones of pink for the nipples. There’s a lot of different kinds of nipples out there, I wanted to show acceptance and embrace to all kinds of nipples. I did this because I wish to “normalise” the sight of female nipples.