Staying productive at home is an art that young muralist Venice Foo mastered long before the coronavirus pandemic. A full-time artist for four years now, Sabah-born Foo understands the value of time, solitude and concentration in her craft. But that doesn't mean she's disconnected from her community.
Recently, Foo taught herself embroidery and crochet – both complex and time-consuming artforms that she nonetheless came to love. After posting photos of her eye-catching needlework on Instagram, requests soon came pouring in for her artwork.
Though she doesn't consider herself yet highly skilled in this artform, the 24-year-old's works have clearly left onlookers captivated and inspired, both on social media and at community art exhibitions like #MASKED: Making Peace with our Limitations, held at the Sabah International Convention Centre earlier this year.
Foo tells us how her homeland of Sabah inspires her and how she's determined to inspire others through her art.
Have you always been interested in crochet and embroidery?
I actually started my art career as a mural artist. My main focus was on painting and drawing and most of my works were in 2D form. After an experimental phase, I decided to use embroidery and crochet as my main medium because I saw more possibilities with them.
So needlework is now your main focus?
Yes, and it has been for quite a while. Initially, I treated it as a side hobby whenever I wasn't painting murals or drawing portraits. Then I realised my needlework was catching a lot of attention from people. Some requested that I stitch something for them and there were others who were actually interested to learn the craft. That's when I started hosting workshops too, in addition to preparing commissioned works for clients.