Margaret Yap is a ceramic maker who is also a freelance graphic designer majored in Interior design as she studied in Lasalle Singapore and despite a different academic background, her passion for fine arts showed a sturdy growth. Learning about real space and its structure has made her explores her own mind space and design senses.
Interior Design then introduced her to pottery; a world consists of design, fine arts, and science combined. It is a new plot to her story, where fire and water play together with earth and masculinity and femininity interact in a poetic manner. Creating a room for her explosive imaginations, stirring people’s perception to wander, and designing a majestic climax are the pleasures she will always seek.
Apart from her life as a ceramic maker, she also enjoy writing as she has published 2 of her books and one of it is a book for children and most of the illustrations are inspired from the time when she travelled to Indonesian Islands. Margaret also did archery in the past as well as hiking. She finds beauty within the chaos, That’s what she oddly love most about Jakarta. “Possibilities” would be her profound statement that she would like to share to the world as she perceive her clients as her possibilities and she is the possibility for her clients, that she could relate to the meaning of Canaan and Niniveh as the land of possibilities.
The psychedelic pattern that she put on each of her ceramics has become the identity of her works that often be questioned for it’s meaning. It is a part of her way to express her liveliness personality and mixed of feelings as she described it as her “Alter Ego”. The shape of the pattern began with a doodle that was inspired by a retro phone cable which later on developed into pattern. The amount of emotions Frida Kahlo poured into her works as well as Basquiat’s exploration and explosion of colors played a very big part of her inspiration.
Margaret hopes to spare more of her time to create, to improve and moreover to re-master her style of pottery and to be recognize as an Artist of her exceptional works than merely a pottery teacher. “Be independent, discipline and strong.” Are 3 very important keys to her work ethics. “Somehow people see us, independent artists as people who are lazy and unorganized when in reality it’s the complete opposite. We have to make sure that everything goes in place without anyone to dictate us. Sometime i have to stay up all night just to look after my ceramic during it’s process because every step of our works has to be nurtured with both dedication and attention. You’ll spend a lot of your time and energy so if you don’t have that real passion or the persistency to become an Artist, then don’t do it.” Margaret Yap on what advice she would give to people who wants to become an Artist
Margaret Yap launched her ceramic lamps and tableware collection exclusively for Canaan and will do Ceramic Painting Workshop on Saturday, 12th of October 2019 at Niniveh Space
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