This marquage artist works with luxury brands to customise their items by painting on them.
<b>Name</b>: Cherin Sim <b>Age</b>: 30 <b>Job</b>: Marquage Artist <b>Connect with Cherin</b> @simcherin
How did you get started on painting on leather goods?
While pursuing Fine Art at Goldsmiths University of London, I received a postgraduate scholarship, which gave me the opportunity to pursue leatherworking at Scuola del Cuoio, one of the world’s most iconic leather schools in Florence, Italy. After that, I went to Japan and picked up a different type of leatherworking skill from a master craftsman, which focuses on maintaining the longevity of the material. I then started making leather goods and painting on them. I no longer make leather items today, and focus on providing exclusive marquage (painting) services on luxury goods and personal items.
What inspires your work?
I’m inspired by pop art and Andy Warhol, my favourite artist. I love how true he is to himself, and how honestly superficial he is about the entire art business. I’m also inspired by my clientele and their stories.
What has been your most challenging project?
The most challenging aspect as an artist is to have a voice of my own. When I just started offering marquage services, I merely handpainted what my client wanted, which usually is a direct copy of a certain image. But now, I give my own input into the finished artwork, and find my clients trusting me more. They even make sure I sign the pieces now!
Get to know Cherin
Five things that make her happy
“Travelling, sashimi, body massages, limited edition things and the priceless reactions when my clients receive their items.”
She’s got expensive taste
“I collect Bao Bao Issey Miyake bags and Bearbricks. I’m also a sneakers girl.”
Her favourite country is Japan
“I have Hokusai’s Great Wave off Kanagawa inked on me. And I love animation by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli. I love his art, his storytelling skill and the recurring themes in his works.”
Text Compiled By Adora Wong.