Student Interview: Extended Diploma Art & Design Student, Tengku Nurin

Wed 19 Apr 2017 < Back to listing


Name: Tengku Nurin Binti Tengku Yusof
Course: Year 1 Extended Diploma in Art and Design 
Where are you from: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

What interested you in doing Art & Design? 
Since young I’ve always enjoyed anything that involved arts and crafts. It was nothing elaborate, but I remember playing with colours a lot, especially using paints. I also did a lot of batik painting which is basically using organic fabric dye to paint on a piece of cloth that would have patterns drawn on previously using hot wax. These simple activities gave me a sense of satisfaction and freedom as I had the choice to create something to my liking. 
My parents also always encourage creativity in all forms and this was no exception. This is so as my dad is an art enthusiasts and my mom was previously an architect. They never forced me to create anything, but whenever I did they would always display it by placing it my dad’s home office or on the fridge, which gave my young self a sense of pride and appreciation which then encouraged me to create more. 

During my schooling years I didn’t do much art as I was in the science stream, but whenever I did, I felt different from everyone else as I found it enjoyable and challenging, yet therapeutic. Many of my peers took art classes lightly which frustrated me, but I never let that deter me from doing what I enjoyed. I also opted for arts instead of sciences for college as I don’t see a future of constant studying and examinations, but instead one filled with creating and expressing myself. 

What past experience/ love do you have for Art & Design?
Before joining CSVPA, I didn’t have much formal art lesson in school. We probably had a handful amount of art classes each year, but later stopped having any during my 2 last years in high school. Although, it was not such an issue at that moment as I only started showing interest in art in my last year which lead me to join a painting class after my final major examination. 
The painting class is very different from CSVPA as we would simply paint and the tutors would guide us to achieve the style we want. We wouldn’t necessarily develop an idea from scratch and experiment much as it was more of a recreational activity. Nonetheless, it made me fall in love with art more than ever as I was given a glimpse of this world and to try it myself.

How have you found settling into CSVPA and making friends?
It’s been great in CSVPA as people are friendly and open minded. It’s also great to have performing art students in the school as it exposes me to different art forms as well as allowing me to meet people with different interests. I also have some friends in high school in CSVPA which obviously made it easier for me to settle in and not make the move to UK so scary. 

What are you enjoying about your course so far?
This course is completely out of my comfort zone, but in the best way possible as it pushes me to be more open to new things as well as allowing me to see my potential. I particularly enjoy the variety of subjects that we have to take as it allows me to try a bit of everything and finding what I like best. The freedom given with the projects is also something that I truly appreciate as I am able to explore objects and issues that I am curious or concerned about. I find that this helps to keep me interested on the project as it feels personalised, catered to what I want to  express and share with others. Having other students doing the same projects, but with completely different topics and approach is also interesting as I gain knowledge from them as well as be inspired by their progress and end product. 

What has been your favourite workshop so far?
My top favourite workshops would be ‘Colour Theory’ learnt in fine art and ‘Reverse appliqué’ done in textiles. 
I have always been attracted to colours and how they appear and the effect created when mixed and matched with each other. Therefore, knowing the basic reasons behind it allows me to approach colour with a tactic to archive a specific effect or emotion. At the moment, I particularly like to play with complementary colours or using a bright, almost neon colour against a muted, dark base. Compared to the other workshops such as the painting technique workshop, it was not as technical, but was instead very informative and useful as I could apply the knowledge when creating and developing an artwork. 
The reverse appliqué workshop also earns its spot in my favourite workshops as the end result is very rewarding, despite the tedious process. This is so as cutting away the layers of cloth takes a lot of time, precisions and concentration. I found myself straining my eyes a lot when doing this, but the end product always amaze me. This is so as I get to play around with layers of textures such as calico, organza and netting as well as using colours to make a statement. The process reminds me a bit of painting as I would use layer of cloth instead of paint to build up a piece. The end product would also have a spontaneous feel due to the minimal control I have of the sewn on pattern, the rough edges created when cutting the layers away as well as the colours revealed. I find that I don’t plan much, but instead work with whatever layers I have and not overthink the arrangement of things. 

What has the course taught you so far?
Something that this course really taught me is to explore my ideas and push myself when doing so. I learnt how to approach something with different points of view, techniques and materials. I learnt that there is no specific way of completing a task and that experimenting is a crucial part of the creating process as I am able to see what works and what does not. This leads me to thinking outside the box and to be more bold, innovative and confident when creating an artwork. 

What are you looking forward to in lessons?
Everyday I look forward to learning new things as well as seeing others work as it inspires and motivates me. I like seeing how different people interpret different things as well as their process of working as it is of course unique to each of us. I enjoy learning from people through their style of work which could be different or similar to mine due to the materials or techniques used.

What do you hope to learn and go on to do at University?
At the moment I’m trying to keep my options open as I am not fully sure, but I would like to do something related to fashion. It could be designing garments, designing textiles or fashion promotion. I’m sure there are other things I could specialise in, but I have yet to explore my choices. 

What is your dream career at this point and why?
I dream of being a designer. I’m still not sure if I would want to design garments specifically as I am also interested in textile design, but it’s great that both relate and could be done together. I’ve always dreamt of having my own company back home as I would like to promote art and fashion in my country as it is only slowly rising now. I would love to contribute to the growing art and fashion scene in Malaysia and hopefully shine light on it as it is often neglected and seen as a waste of time and resources. I think it’s important for me to go back to Malaysia as my dream is to combine the culture and past with fashion as I enjoy seeing completely different things combined to create something new and modern. 


Thank you Tengku for sharing your passion and work with us!


< Back to listing

News archive

Show more >


awarded by

awarded by

in partnership with