3D | An Alternative

Hello! As shown in the previous lessons, we were trying out a holographic party streamers – courtesy of Anna. The main idea that we were going for was the flowy look that flutters organically and moves according to the wind direction. We felt that the way it flows resembles the movement of the ribbon eel, and if you were to stand below the streamers, the ends lightly touches and brushes you and it kind of feels as though the shrimp is “cleaning” you.

So, Anna and I finally went for material shopping! We went to Sim Lim Tower to get our lights, and managed to attach a motion sensor onto it which was really cool 😉 We also had a mini break time and we went to take a look at the nearby thieves market. If you’re nearby Sim Lim, go take a look at Thieves Market as it sells anything and everything!! I mean like EVERYTHING. From random boots, old guitars, random cassette tapes and lots of talisman. I didn’t take any photos because the people there are kinda rowdy and scary so we kept our belongings really close to ourselves lol. 

Our main goal for our material field trip was to get our holographic streamers which Anna got it from Spotlight. But guess what… they don’t sell it anymore!! We went to Art Friend, Daiso and even random shops hoping that they sell any holographic paper T__T But noooooooo. 

Time check: 9.10pm @ Spotlight. We had no choice but to change our direction and find a colour-changing fabric instead. After much digging through rolls and rolls of fabric, we decided to get this white sparkly cloth that slightly shimmers under the light, but we weren’t really convinced with it 🙁 And it was super expensive! 1 metre was $14.99 and we needed 5 metres AT LEAST. So we both thought it was impossible as it was waaaaay out of our budget. In the end, we decided to just buy a metre of it and see how it goes. 

Our Back-Up Plan

That week was crazy as we had multiple submissions. I only had one free day and rushed down to Chinatown to take a look at their fabrics which is much cheaper than Spotlight, hoping that I’ll be able to find something similar to the holographic effect.The criteria was really simple – as long as it changes colours & shimmers in the light but it was so tough! Here are some of the fabrics I found that I felt could make the cut. 

None of them made the cut, and while communicating with my dear partner through whatsapp, we were kinda going towards the first pink fabric, it’s similar to the holographic effect because it  changes colour! But the thing is… it was PINK. I started hovering around that particular shop and the owner actually mentioned she has more in the warehouse.

& she brought me there…. Well honestly I was low-key freaking out because what if she’s those kidnapper and or sorts LOL. Cos People’s Park Complex is quite a secluded area, and we had to walk quite a distance to her warehouse, which was located in another building beside the Complex. But luckilyyyy nothing happen hahaha.

I was looking through piles & piles of fabric, it was INSANE. I guess lady luck was at my side as while I was simply zoning out, I spot this fabric…. which is the EXACT same colour of the ribbon eel (blue/yellow) Best part is, IT CHANGES COLOUR!!!! OH MY GOD

I was super excited and I can’t believe I managed to find a fabric that looks exactly like the ribbon eel. This is insane. I’ve never been so excited about fabrics before hahaha, so it was a new experience. 

The auntie was really nice too as she sold the fabric to me at a discounted price – $5 for 1m, originally for $5.50 la hahaha. But better than nothing right.

Sigh what a waste, we should have came to Chinatown in the first place! Because I saw the exact same fabric that we got from spotlight that sells for only $6 per metre, godddddd.

As you can see from the picture below, she’s cutting our beautiful fabric as it shimmers so nicely in the light T_T


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