Rediscover Brunei Darussalam through the eyes of the People
I met Bernie at TEDxKL. I recall noticing her working away during one of the networking breaks. I thought to myself, "What is she doing?" One by one, her sketches filled the foyer. I then read up about Sketch Post Studio and got in touch with her. She's graciously agreed to share her story here. Personally, this feature is a reminder about being a good steward with existing skill sets and talents. Be inspired.
I'd like to start with a game - word association - just respond to the following with the first thing(s) that come to mind. E.g. I say 'music' and you say 'dancing'.
- Cooking, There’s always time for food.
- White, Chocolate
- Love, Singapore
- Malaysia, Family
- Money, Infinite
What do you do?
I’m a graphic recorder. I basically draw a lot.
Describe yourself in a few words.
Always happy to be around pens.
Tell us about the genesis of Sketch Post Studio. Did you stumble upon the idea? A long time hobby? Borne out of necessity?
Illustration has always come naturally to me as a child. I found my skills to be most valuable as I attended conferences and began illustrating notes as talks and discussions went on in my notebook. Used illustration as a tool to support my learning and understanding of a topic. It was an instant capture of key points and interesting quotes. Organisers, guests and speakers loved them and it was a beautiful way to celebrate the content and exchange of ideas. The professional term used to describe this is graphic recording.
After a few years of practicing graphic recording as an interest, I became confident in my work and decided to turn it into a profession by starting Sketch Post Studio.
Many have asked if my passion is illustration and my answer is no. My real interest is continuous learning. And Illustration or graphic recording is a tool that helps me learn about many different things while creating value for people around me.
Quite simply, graphic recording is about making ideas stick. By creating live large-scale graphic recordings at events and discussions, it’s a performance that supports the content being discussed. Many who witness it for the first time sit up and wonder, “Hey! What’s going on over there?” It draws attention to interesting ideas and quotes that may be missed or forgotten post-event.
Also, graphic recordings boost social media engagement, as they are ready for guests to photograph to post, tweet and share immediately. With beautiful summaries of the sessions, guests can instantly use them as references for discussions.
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Meet Jae. Jae handles marketing and promotions at a local financial institution, and he's the owner of Chaps & Rebels. It is an e-business selling quality hair styling products. Jae also offers slick haircuts with homage to retro. Follow the Chaps & Rebels journey on Instagram and Facebook.
Describe yourself in a few words.
Always a dreamer and I’m stuck in the 80’s. Hombre to his two boys.
Success is an accumulation of everyday small successes. I call it a success if I make a guy smile after my cut or from getting pomade from me. You know - every day small things that people tend to overlook.
Tell us about Chaps & Rebels. The beginnings, the inspiration behind it, where is it at now, and the response so far.
Chaps & Rebels brings hard to find gentlemen products, especially pomades. No one is selling pomades in Brunei so we bring it. Still a humble beginning; I hope to hit the big time one day when there’s enough capital to invest in a proper barbershop. Now it's a DIY barber operating from home. It has always been a dream to have a barbershop at the back of my head since ages ago but I’d never thought that I was going to go pick-up a scissor and do it myself. We cut hair ourselves back then at the school hostel in our teens so the inspiration must have come from there. Response has been good and so far and the schedule is full every weekend.
What does a 'Chap & Rebel' look like?
They look like the normal Joe, like you and me, Lovers, Ravers and Rockers. We all have two sides - the good chaps and the inner rebels in ourselves. So no matter if a chap is working in the office or riding his motorcycle on the street we all have one thing in common - we care about how we look. Good hair is a good start.
Tell us about your products. Who would use them?
At the moment we have a good selection of pomades from grease base to water base. Uppercut deluxe, Suavecito, Imperial, Layrite, JS Sloane are the best sellers. Soon we will add shave cream, moisturizer and shampoo to the list. Our customers range from teenage boys to gentlemen to ladies even.
Where do you see Chaps & Rebels in one to three years?
A proper barbershop.
"Chaps & Rebels - Pomades & Haircut for Lovers, Rockers and Ravers"
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