Jacelyn is a visual artist and designer from Singapore. Illustrating under a moniker, Bbblob, she explores harmony in form and colour. Bright, vivid and organic shapes interacting with one another to represent our relationship with ourselves and others. Making works that capture the transient nature of emotions. Jacelyn creates across various mediums including murals, printmaking, painting and sculpture. Currently, she is also working as a brand designer at The Outsider Co. She illustrates for branding, logo and print designs. Her clients include Off Day Beer Company, Orchard Central and Yacht 21. She has also collaborated with Mural Lingo to design and paint murals. Through creating with others, she hopes to continue reinventing ways of seeing.
Jacelyn collaborated with Mural Lingo to design and paint murals.
It is a pleasure to feature Jacelyn in this interview which is part of Y21 Print Collaboration, an initiative by Yacht 21 to work with local artists to create prints on fabric. We believe each artist has his/her own concepts and style of working. When coupled with our technical knowledge in pattern making and production, the two experts in their independent fields can come together to create wearable art.
What’s your background?
My love for art started since young. I’m always observing and drawing the things I see and experience. It’s my way of expressing myself. I enrolled in painting classes at NAFA around 5 and continued with still life drawing in Secondary school. Then I became introduced to the design world when pursuing fashion both locally and in London. I was always interested in pattern design hence I studied fashion. During my uni years, I got the chance to present my collections in Cannes and Florence. In my final year, I decided that I wanted to do illustration and branding, which then eventually led me back to art. These changes along my path always brought me back to what I wanted to express, which is a way of seeing.
What’s the story behind @bbblob?
Bbblob came about during a conversation with a friend while associating myself to a blob, like a drop of water. A blob is not fixed and when it enters the ocean it ripples outwards and amplifies.
What’s your work day like?
I start with making myself a hot cup of lemon water. Then depending on what projects I have, I’ll be sketching ideas and building mood boards. I’m currently working as a brand designer for The Outsiders Co. so most of the day I will be working with the design team. Sometimes after work, l start working on my personal art projects. It could be designing for lifestyle brands, coming up with mural ideas and if I get the luxury of time I might be painting.
Our design team applied Jacelyn's artwork and made it into a cheongsam. Shop Holiday 2021 Collection.
What inspired you?
People inspire me. I like observing the way we behave, how we express ourselves. I find it fascinating how everyone is unique yet we are all the same. Nature also inspires me. We can understand so much about ourselves through understanding Nature.
What does your work aim to say?
My work is about finding harmony and balance in a world full of patterns.
Which artists are you most influenced by?
The first artist that left an impression on me is M.C Escher, especially his tessellation works. It’s all about geometry and building an infinite loop of patterns. My all time favourite is Hans Arp. His biomorphic paintings and sculptures always make me feel a sense of oneness with Nature. They are so alive, organic and subtle.
What’s the best thing about being an artist?
I’m always creating and getting inspired.
What challenges have you faced as an artist and how did you overcome them?
Finding platforms to get my work seen. I had my first mini show at a friend’s bar at Bunkerbunker which led to another project. I also started growing my reach through Instagram which connected me with interested collaborators and buyers. I also entered in several open calls which gave me new projects such as designing and painting a wall mural.
What does freedom mean to you?
Luxury of time and money.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Trust your instincts.
Selected giclée prints and original works of Bbblob are now available in our Yacht 21 Suntec Store #02-459/460. Featuring a collage work printed exclusively for Yacht 21 Holiday 2021 Collection. Limited pieces are available online, in-stores and in our Tangs counters.