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5 seconds that could change your life

I’m currently reading a book called The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins. And it’s essentially about the importance of taking action as soon as you have the instinct to do so. The basic philosophy is, “If you have an instinct to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your...
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The Rooster: public art by Valerie Khoo

THE ROOSTER The Rooster is a five-metre public art installation designed by artist Valerie Khoo and commissioned by the City of Sydney for the Sydney Lunar Festival. Gracing the shores of Sydney Harbour at its iconic location by the Sydney Opera House, it is set against a dramatic background of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The...
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‘Beyond the Screen’ solo exhibition: full catalog

It’s been a privilege to have a solo exhibition in Sydney. ‘Beyond the Screen’ is my  exploration into the screens that act as facades and shields in our lives. These screens can evoke a sense of mystery, or prevent the world from seeing who we really are.  This series looks at what is beyond those...
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You’re invited to my solo exhibition!

I’m both excited and nervous about my first solo exhibition and would love to invite you to the opening night!  When: Tuesday 3 March 2020 from 6pm to 8pm Where: ArtSHINE @ Darling Square Community Branch of Bendigo Bank Corner of Harbour and Littler Pier Streets, Haymarket A lot of blood, sweat and tears has...
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‘The biggest Sydney Lunar Festival ever’

Thanks to everyone who came to the Sydney Lunar Festival in 2020. This incredible event is produced by the City of Sydney and celebrates the arts and culture associated with Lunar New Year. This time-lapse video shows some of the spectacular Lunar Lanterns, an open-air public art exhibition that featured 12 sculptures lining the foreshores...
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How to create and be commissioned for public art projects

Artists have opportunities to create and be commissioned for public art projects. But how does this happen? And where do you start? I’ll be talking to talented artists Claudia Chan Shaw, Nancy Liang and Fiona Lu on this topic. Together, we have all created public art projects in this year’s Sydney Lunar Festival for the...
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Represented at Surtex in New York

It’s been my dream to be represented at Surtex in NYC (the world’s biggest art licensing event) and it’s finally happened. This is the result of my wonderful agents at Artshine Licensing. Led by dynamic duo Vinh Van Lam and Stuart Horrex, they are at the Javits Center NYC from 2 to 5 February 2020....
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‘Harmony’ group exhibition at Artshine February 2020

I’m honoured to be included in this group exhibition at Artshine in February 2020. It includes some wonderful artists who I have admired for years. I’ve followed – and been inspired by – some of these talented artists for some time, so it’s truly a “pinch me” moment to be in a show with them!...
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The Enchanted Orchid cushion series – now available!

I’m sooooooo excited to launch my new collection of cushions from The Enchanted Orchid series. There’s nothing like a set of gorgeous cushions to provide just the right accent for a space. And I’ve designed these to bring a pop of colour to your home or office.  They are created in bold colours and will...
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3 creative tools inspiring me right now

When I come across great tools/resources, I love sharing them in case you might find them useful, interesting or even game-changing. So here are my latest three! 1. Learn a new language with your own tutor at Italki.com There’s nothing like learning a new language to stretch your creative muscles. So I am completely obsessed...
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Article in Latte magazine published by Business Chicks

Huge thanks to Business Chicks for this article in Latte magazine.   Click on the image below to read the article   By Valerie Khoo
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How creative dates can transform your life

Between work, life, family and ten thousand other commitments, life can end up a blur. As creatives, we can find ourselves depleted of our creative juices – there’s only just so much energy you can spare. It can be easy to believe you’ve lost your creative mojo. I don’t believe that for a minute. Creativity...
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How to be productive and creative – at the same time

I think there’s a common misconception that productivity and creativity are polar opposites. In one way, I guess this is true. Creativity thrives in those down moments when you’re not thinking too hard – like in the shower or doing housework. If you’re cramming ten thousand things into your day, it’s hard to find that...
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This is why you need a creative journal

There’s a feeling of anxiety that you can get sometimes – it’s a kind of knot in your stomach when you feel like you should be doing something but you’re just not doing it. Do you know what I mean? “I should paint something,” you think, and then sigh and keep on packing the dishwasher....
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5 TED talks to spark your creativity

Sometimes I think there’s a TED talk for everything. Seriously! If you’re not already familiar with TED talks, they are curated events where people are invited to talk about “Ideas worth spreading.” It started off as a conference on Monterey, California focused on Technology, Education, Design. Now, TED talks are held all over the world...
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Why you need to push through the creative process

The creative process can seem like some kind of mythical phenomenon that only a chosen few are destined to experience. But nothing could be further from the truth. Everyone has the capacity to be creative – and to experience the wonders of the creative process. But first, what is the ‘creative process’? It’s essentially the...
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