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In advance of the deadline for Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci, we interview Nur Alya Binte Rahmat, a 2022 graduating student from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Fine Art Diploma.

Our Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci is open internationally to all art and design undergraduate or postgraduate students graduating in the Academic Year 2021-22 and the deadline to apply is August 31 2022.

See Nur’s ARTSTHREAD Portfolio



ARTSTHREAD:Where are you from?

Nur Alya Binte Rahmat: I am from Singapore, currently studying at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

ARTSTHREAD: What is the name, theme, concept and final outcome of your graduate project/thesis?

Nur Alya Binte Rahmat: My work is titled “Balada Wanita Melayu Terakhir” which translates to Ballads of the Final Malay Woman. This work is a 3.8 metre suspended batik installation. Balada Wanita Melayu Terakhir seeks to tackle contemporary dilemmas through the use of the traditional medium of batik, countering the straying dominant gazes on female bodies. How such sacred bodies are unable to escape societal gaze especially from the patriarchal and colonial legacies. The work is a siren’s call that writhes and weaves a ballad of solidarity and resistance from generational anxieties.

ARTSTHREAD:Can you describe your concept and creative process?

Nur Alya Binte Rahmat: This project was the beginning of my artistic journey in Batik. Batik was used in this work as a way to re-invent a traditional medium. Batik was also used as a political device, as it had been used in the past

Titled “Balada Wanita Melayu Terakhir” Nur's final piece features batik, a traditional Indonesian craft which uses wax to dye textiles.



ARTSTHREAD: Can you explain the thinking behind the key concepts and outcomes of your project?

Nur Alya Binte Rahmat: For this piece, I was very much influenced by the internet and pornography. The initial inspiration for this work came from a TikTok I stumbled upon, where the video was discussing the male gaze and how female bodies are unable to escape the gaze.

ARTSTHREAD: Are you 100% back on campus or are you still working all/partly from home? Please describe your environment?

Nur Alya Binte Rahmat: Some classes are taken online however I chose to fully complete my batik piece in school. Working in school was great as I have unlimited space and I do not feel as congested as if I were to work on my piece at home. School provides us with walls and a huge space to ourselves so we can really use this to our advantage to create big works.

ARTSTHREAD: Has being back on campus given you a new perspective on the university/your class colleagues/tutors?


Nur Alya Binte Rahmat: Interactions in real life and online are completely different. For some reason, communication in person was more effective personally, as I feel as though I genuinely got to connect with my peers and lecturers.

Nur was inspired by the internet, the male gaze and female bodies when creating this installation.



ARTSTHREAD: Has the need for online learning changed your outcomes?

Nur Alya Binte Rahmat: Online learning meant that I would have to do my work at home. Working at home meant that I had to censor a lot of touchy subjects, or even deter from touching said subjects, such as sexuality, patriarchy and such.

ARTSTHREAD: Did you need to innovate when you had to work by yourself at home?

Nur Alya Binte Rahmat: When I had to work alone at home, I would have to compromise with some elements in my work such as materials that I could not get, or compromise with space. At home, everything I do has a limit. Not only in the space that I have, but also the subjects that I tackle in my works. As I am at home surrounded by family, I couldn’t really work on subjects like sexuality or nudity etc. I had to re-visualize a new method of presentation, a censored version.

ARTSTHREAD: What's the one thing that has helped you get through the last 2 years?

Nur Alya Binte Rahmat: Still having the privilege and ability to create works for myself.

ARTSTHREAD: What are the most positive learning outcomes from this process?

Nur Alya Binte Rahmat: I realized that I could take on more than I expected of myself.

ARTSTHREAD: How do you think design can help improve the world?

Nur Alya Binte Rahmat: Design makes us think. It colors our world and adds value to it. I think great design can influence and make the audience think critically, rather than just be a decorative piece.

ARTSTHREAD: What are your hopes for the future?

Nur Alya Binte Rahmat: I hope that I do not lose hope and is able to continue working and do the things I love.

ARTSTHREAD: Thank you Nur - we wish you all the very best!

See Nur’s ARTSTHREAD Portfolio

Images in slider: Nur Alya Binte Rahmat and her work

Our Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci is open internationally to all art and design undergraduate or postgraduate students graduating in the Academic Year 2021-22 and the deadline to apply is August 31 2022.

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ARTSTHREAD

In advance of the deadline for Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci, we interview Nur Alya Binte Rahmat, a 2022 graduating student from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Fine Art Diploma.

Our Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci is open internationally to all art and design undergraduate or postgraduate students graduating in the Academic Year 2021-22 and the deadline to apply is August 31 2022.

See Nur’s ARTSTHREAD Portfolio



ARTSTHREAD:Where are you from?

Nur Alya Binte Rahmat: I am from Singapore, currently studying at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

ARTSTHREAD: What is the name, theme, concept and final outcome of your graduate project/thesis?

Nur Alya Binte Rahmat: My work is titled “Balada Wanita Melayu Terakhir” which translates to Ballads of the Final Malay Woman. This work is a 3.8 metre suspended batik installation. Balada Wanita Melayu Terakhir seeks to tackle contemporary dilemmas through the use of the traditional medium of batik, countering the straying dominant gazes on female bodies. How such sacred bodies are unable to escape societal gaze especially from the patriarchal and colonial legacies. The work is a siren’s call that writhes and weaves a ballad of solidarity and resistance from generational anxieties.

ARTSTHREAD:Can you describe your concept and creative process?

Nur Alya Binte Rahmat: This project was the beginning of my artistic journey in Batik. Batik was used in this work as a way to re-invent a traditional medium. Batik was also used as a political device, as it had been used in the past

Titled “Balada Wanita Melayu Terakhir” Nur's final piece features batik, a traditional Indonesian craft which uses wax to dye textiles.



ARTSTHREAD: Can you explain the thinking behind the key concepts and outcomes of your project?

Nur Alya Binte Rahmat: For this piece, I was very much influenced by the internet and pornography. The initial inspiration for this work came from a TikTok I stumbled upon, where the video was discussing the male gaze and how female bodies are unable to escape the gaze.

ARTSTHREAD: Are you 100% back on campus or are you still working all/partly from home? Please describe your environment?

Nur Alya Binte Rahmat: Some classes are taken online however I chose to fully complete my batik piece in school. Working in school was great as I have unlimited space and I do not feel as congested as if I were to work on my piece at home. School provides us with walls and a huge space to ourselves so we can really use this to our advantage to create big works.

ARTSTHREAD: Has being back on campus given you a new perspective on the university/your class colleagues/tutors?


Nur Alya Binte Rahmat: Interactions in real life and online are completely different. For some reason, communication in person was more effective personally, as I feel as though I genuinely got to connect with my peers and lecturers.

Nur was inspired by the internet, the male gaze and female bodies when creating this installation.



ARTSTHREAD: Has the need for online learning changed your outcomes?

Nur Alya Binte Rahmat: Online learning meant that I would have to do my work at home. Working at home meant that I had to censor a lot of touchy subjects, or even deter from touching said subjects, such as sexuality, patriarchy and such.

ARTSTHREAD: Did you need to innovate when you had to work by yourself at home?

Nur Alya Binte Rahmat: When I had to work alone at home, I would have to compromise with some elements in my work such as materials that I could not get, or compromise with space. At home, everything I do has a limit. Not only in the space that I have, but also the subjects that I tackle in my works. As I am at home surrounded by family, I couldn’t really work on subjects like sexuality or nudity etc. I had to re-visualize a new method of presentation, a censored version.

ARTSTHREAD: What's the one thing that has helped you get through the last 2 years?

Nur Alya Binte Rahmat: Still having the privilege and ability to create works for myself.

ARTSTHREAD: What are the most positive learning outcomes from this process?

Nur Alya Binte Rahmat: I realized that I could take on more than I expected of myself.

ARTSTHREAD: How do you think design can help improve the world?

Nur Alya Binte Rahmat: Design makes us think. It colors our world and adds value to it. I think great design can influence and make the audience think critically, rather than just be a decorative piece.

ARTSTHREAD: What are your hopes for the future?

Nur Alya Binte Rahmat: I hope that I do not lose hope and is able to continue working and do the things I love.

ARTSTHREAD: Thank you Nur - we wish you all the very best!

See Nur’s ARTSTHREAD Portfolio

Images in slider: Nur Alya Binte Rahmat and her work

Our Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci is open internationally to all art and design undergraduate or postgraduate students graduating in the Academic Year 2021-22 and the deadline to apply is August 31 2022.

ARTS THREAD Newsletter

Of
Interest