Ms Foo Aiwei is a 29-year-old multimedia artist better known as the founder of quirky creative label, See You Tomorrow. Through the label, Ms Foo has created whimsical and one-of-a-kind artworks blending design and art from handmade books, accessories to neck cushions. The Borneo born artist had moved to Singapore when she was eighteen and was first trained in Fine Arts then Apparel Design & Merchandising. At the moment, she is collaborating with designer Herman Rahoam on a new label called EverydayWeekend, items of which can be bought off the shelves at Asylum after the 18 Jan opening exhibition showcasing furniture, visuals and music.
What made you start See You Tomorrow?
There are many things of different genres that I want to explore and I have always wanted to start something of my own. See You Tomorrow is a starting point and provides a base for me to move forward with my ideas.
What is the significance of "See You Tomorrow"?
See You Tomorrow is probably a persona that I use to create and tell stories with, through which I can step out of reality, from the mundanities in everyday life and give myself some form of a happy therapy. Although See You Tomorrow is a parting line, I think of it more as a signifier of a greater hope, of the possibility of seeing someone or something that you may not be able to meet again in your life.
See You Tomorrow seems to dabble in quite a bit of things - accessories, illustration, writing, design, etc. How do you define exactly what you do?
It is hard to define indeed, at the risk of sounding cliché, I guess it is probably a marriage of design and art. When I was young, I had wanted to become a writer, a film maker or a dancer. I think I am subconsciously injecting elements of these unfulfilled "ambitions" into my current works. I like a cross-disciplinary approach because I find it less boring.
Do you have a day job?
Actually yes, I work as an assistant designer for a fashion label, in charge of mostly graphic and production aspects.
Rest Together Couple Neck Cushions
What inspired you to do The Over Romanticised, 2005 series?
This is a commentary on relationship, on how the intimacy that grows between two complete strangers is somewhat magical (as natural as fishes and water) yet strangely bonded. The objects that I have made - Rest Together Couple Neck Cushions, Stay Next To Me Couple Knitted Chain, Look At Me Couple Knitted Chain, Hold My Hand Firmly When We Deeply In Love Jointed Couple T Shirt - were designed in such a way whereby bonding can be perceived as an obligation or pleasure. I am curious and skeptical about how love and affections play a role in our life even as we are being pinned down by them like a fly stuck to a mud pie.
Left Handed Typist (Music CD)
How do you think your work stand out from other creative labels?
I've never thought about that actually as my work is random. I make everything myself and there is a lot of improvisation and spontaneity.
Name us your favorite creatives, in Singapore or elsewhere, and why?
I don't really have a favourite because a lot of them are good. It is too hard to choose one.
Lollipop Briefcase- (left) sit on it like a chair, carry it like a briefcase
How was the response at EverydayWeekend's opening exhibition?
We never really publicized the event, only to friends and people that we know. We wanted it to be simple and small yet we were also keen to get as much feedback since making furniture and music are rather "out of the norm" for us – I was trained in Fine Arts and Apparel Design & Merchandising, while Herman was trained in Graphic Design.
People are quite curious why or how we created these pieces. The pieces that we created are experimental and are a juxtaposition of objects in our daily life. All pieces are handmade, from the brand label to our name cards, so that's pretty tedious and insane. I'm glad that people like them, especially the Lollipop Briefcase chair which made everyone wonder and hesitate if they can sit on it (yes, perfectly fine as we had made all pieces to be functional objects).
Where can people go to if they want to buy your whimsical and one-of-a-kind art?
They can go to Asylum, if not they can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell us about your next project.
I am currently planning and designing a men's wear series but things are progressing quite slowly because I cannot afford to develop the series full time.
Text: Wee Ling Soh
Photos: Foo Aiwei