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Meet the Creative Studio Artists: Tiffany Loy

ByEva Liu
Meet the Creative Studio Artists: Tiffany Loy

Lines in Space II - Tiffany Loy. Embroidery in collaboration with BERNINA, 2021. Image courtesy of Tiffany Loy and photographer Fabian Ong.

A month after launching the Creative Studio, a four-month residency program at Straits Clan, the Artling chats with four artists on their inspirations, practices, and residency experience. Today, we talked to artist Tiffany Loy to better understand her choice of working with textiles and how she incorporates her own design into the age-old tradition. 

What excites you the most about this opportunity?

Working in a studio shared with other artists, who are working in different domains. So far I’ve enjoyed my exchanges with them, about materials, techniques, and experiences navigating their artistic careers.

How can the residency support your art practice?

It provides me with more working space as well as a platform for showing my work in a physical context at the end.

Can you give us a little hint on what you will be working on during this period? 

Studies on colour and materiality. Can’t disclose more than that!


The Weaverly Way - Tiffany Loy. A site-specific installation at citizenM Bankside, London, created in collaboration with 118 year-old silk mill Gainsborough Weaving. Image courtesy of Tiffany Loy. 

How do you feel about Singapore’s art scene? How do you navigate it?

I’m still very new to it, but I’ll probably get a clearer view after this residency.

Who are your biggest artistic influences? What is it about their work that influences you? Is there a theme/philosophy/social issue that is constantly explored in your work?

I love Dóra Maurer – her work and her attitude. I admire her enthusiasm in working across a range of media, while expressing ideas along the same thread. 

What does a day-in-the-studio typically look like? Do you bounce ideas off of the others’ ideas or is it more of a solitary process? 

There is no typical day – some days I focus on my work and am completely alone, other days we share our experiences and lessons learnt through our projects.

Can you tell me one fun fact about yourself? 
I was in Robotics Club back in secondary school. 

What motivated you to specialize in woven textiles?

Woven textiles have existed for over 3000 years, yet its fundamental principles have not changed. We’ve got more sophisticated tools and materials now, but the very act of hand weaving remains the same. When I learnt how to weave I felt like I was inheriting thousands of years of knowhow refined with every generation. That felt great!

Treasure chest made for wallpaper - Tiffany Loy. Handmade in collaboration with Alma Leather, 2019. Image courtesy of Tiffany Loy and DesignSingapore Council. 

You mentioned that you “reference traditional techniques and re-framing them in the contemporary context” - can I ask what inspired you to take this unique approach? Are you inspired by any specific culture’s method of weaving?

What’s fascinating about weaving is that different communities around the world had invented very similar techniques, even though there had been no evidence of interaction between them. Weaving in itself is a culture, though there are nuances in execution from different communities. When I weave, I am not only applying age old weaving techniques, I am also using my contemporary design skills to modify parts of the process, and presenting the final piece in the context of a contemporary space.

We hope you enjoyed getting more insight into Tiffany's practice. Find out more about the creative studio here
Too excited to wait for Tiffany to finish her residency? Click here to browse more of her works right now! 

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