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5 Creative Questions with… Jocelyn Ng

Jocelyn Ng is a fashion designer and painter behind the brand JOCCELYN. I met Jocelyn the person at a Wet Paint Collective group show this year, where we were both exhibiting paintings. Her work has gone from the walls of the Balmain Watch House (in Sydney, Australia) to the runways of New York Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week. There's something quite magical about seeing my favourite painting of hers - that would be the one with the Grecian style bust - turn into a floor-skimming couture gown. Plus, her fashion week presentations are up on Getty Images - which to me is a big metric of success.

Jocelyn Ng. Photo supplied

Jocelyn Ng is the tenth in my series of creatives to take five questions.

When my creative process is stuck, I reach for… my pink and black comfortable walking shoes so I can take a stroll in nature and draw inspiration from the beauty of mother earth (as I did with the Groundedness Dress).

The Groundedness Dress was inspired by rocks on the riverbank. Photos: supplied

I also like a visit to museums to look at other creative things people have done before me as I find inspiration and comfort in their journeys and life stories. Finally, I seek quiet time with myself to connect with my soul, spirituality, and heart.

The weirdest thing about being a creative human is… that inspiration can hit you anytime. I could be listening to a song, cleaning, falling asleep, or having a conversation with a friend and an idea for a dress will come to my head.

The most unusual object in my house is... my happy banana. It was a dreary day in Paris so I drew a happy face onto the banana in my pantry; brightens the mood on a dreary day! I will have eaten it once you publish this interview!

I celebrate my achievements by... having a good meal. At my most recent fashion week showing in Paris, I celebrated the end of my show with hamburger and fries. They are my favourite food after a long day of work and brings me so much comfort!

Something in the world that already exists that I wish I had created is... for some reason, nothing is coming to mind! I mean, I love the Alexander McQueen oyster dress, but I don't know if I wish I had created it. I think what I would really like is to create something new myself with my art and fashion.

JOCCELYN can be contacted for runway or bespoke pieces.

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