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ADIL ABDUL GHANI

Since graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Design from Malaysia’s renowned MARA University of Technology in 2002, Adil Abdul Ghani has gained a reputation for his ceramic artistry. He has single-handedly developed his passion into a business selling ceramic tableware, sculptures, home décor, gifts and souvenirs, whilst also offering ceramic and pottery-making courses and demos. His elegant handiwork has generated considerable interest from overseas buyers at international exhibitions. Adil is particularly known for his artistic interpretation of the Japanese ‘raku’ pottery technique which has become his signature pieces.

KHADIJAH YONG

Khadijah Yong is a Malaysian who, after a career of almost a quarter century as an educator, left the world of learning and academia to start anew in the art of traditional palm frond hand weaving. Driven by a passion to keep this mostly rural tradition alive in a fast-paced urbanized part of Asia, she set up her own workshop to produce an array of handicraft by harnessing the under-utilised skills of rural womenfolk. Khadijah spent many years abroad and through her combined artistic and entrepreneurial flair, she gained not only worldwide recognition for a tradition that Asians tend to take for granted, but also contributed to the general prosperity of rural communities and local artisans. She expresses fondly how local handicrafts are more welcomed and appreciated in foreign land which prompted her to broaden her horizons in her mission to spread the goodness of the local artisans.

JESINTA MATANDA

As a young girl growing up in the Rungus ethnic community of northern Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, Jesinta learnt very quickly to appreciate the natural environment of her rural surroundings. From a young age, her father taught her to weave leaves, so unsurprisingly she was just 9 years old when she began weaving creations of her own, and by the age of 10 she was taught the “Rinogo” weaving technique. Learning such skills was not just for aesthetic reasons, but for supplementing the family’s modest income. Now a young woman she would walk deep into the nearby jungle to pick “ribu-ribu” leaves (Lygodium leaves) to weave into artful objects sought after by adventure-seeking travelers. Ordinary jungle leaves transform as if by magic into extraordinary collectible items for daily use or decoration through the miraculous skills of Jesinta Matanda.   

 

MOHAMAD ALI YUSOP

Fondly known as Prof. Ali among friends and family, is a retired interior design professional who was a lecturer, consultant and entrepreneur over the course of his varied and illustrious career in Malaysia. He has been pursuing his passion in visual arts through painting since 1975.  Using acrylic, oils, water-colour Prof. Ali’s artworks are mainly abstract and contemporary in style depicted through bold strokes and colours. Prof Ali, eccentric in nature is a dotted grandfather, wonderful family man and philosopher. Flamboyance in personality and style, Prof Ali has great penchant for uniqueness. He is always in search for new inspiring ideas.  His philosophy is to paint fearlessly. In that way his compositions are expressed without pre-conceived notions because in his words: “thinking too much is the great enemy to creativity”.

 

ROS IZWAN ABDULLAH

While still in secondary school Ros Izwan Abdullah developed a keen interest in the arts and in particular the art of hand-drawn batik. This eventually led him to pursue a diploma in that field and now specialises in the batik “canting” style. The “canting” is a pen-like tool used to apply hot wax in the batik-making process. Hailing from Kedah in Malaysia Ros Izwan is proud to keep the batik heritage alive and vibrant by doing what he loves. His partner Nurul Syafiqah binti Norlambak has been instrumental in keeping his childhood dream alive. Through his meticulous and imaginative creative process, he translates his passion into one-of-a-kind batik pieces that are beautiful to behold.  Many of his admirers find his works alluringly irresistible. Roomaku offers the chance for many to feel the same way about him.

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