Monday, June 27, 2011

          Izdihar & Surya

          This is our last update before the wedding expo. I had known that the preparation could be a gigantic task for a tiny business entity like ours. But it is fun too! Especially the design-our-booth part and oh! the shoppings. 

          Ok. let's skip that. 

          Surya & Izs asked for a combination of this and this. I went for a simple look and came up with this set. 

          Wedding invitation
          folded 180mm x 110mm
          230gsm ivory white card

          Their thank you tag had special touch. Sue ordered a few handmade stamps from Mango of, who's also a Facebook friend of mine. Oh, what an artist she is! And I admire her handiwork so much! After acquiring the permission to use the original artwork from Mango, the owner of, I continued working on the tag. 
          90mm x 54mm

          I was given a draft with specific instructions on how her buntings should look like. With a twist, here and there, we ended up with these.
          2' x 6'

          Free A3-size signages for orders with full upgrades, with fluorescent-colour arrow stickers.

          My heartiest congratulation goes to the newlyweds. Selamat Pengantin Baru Izs & Sue!

          Wednesday, June 15, 2011

          Once upon a time in land not so far away...

          She sent a friend request and I accepted. That was quite some time ago. I knew she was a graphic designer who's also offering wedding card printing services, but I didn't mind because I regarded her a fellow businesswomen & designer. A few days ago, to my surprise I saw an artwork which is similar to one of my buntings, posted on her wall. Then I found out, there are three more.

          I was frustrated, dissatisfied and let it all out on my personal wall.

          But, in order to clear the air, I left messages on her photo walls to inform her about the similarity and also the link to my blog. She responded a few minutes later. A typical respond which was expected earlier (refer to the above)

          I left the same remark on each artwork. Note the 'copyright' claim, one for each artwork.

          A few minutes later, I could no longer view the artworks and also her entire Facebook profile. I was removed as a friend. But unfortunately it did not end there...

          As the saying goes, walls have ears. A few amusing questions raised when I was given an opportunity to view her wall comments later. 

          1) All my earlier comments on the buntings similarity were removed, together with her "kebetulan" & "tak mungkin meniru" comments.

          2) Did she make a 180deg turn from saying it was all 'kebetulan' and "tak mungkin meniru" to admitting copying my work? She justifiied her act by claiming that copying is an art form, but what she did was not just copying, it's close imitation of the original.

          3) I do understand that we are 'inspired by' or to create new ideas from observations and research. Being creative & innovative is something, but making an exact copy and then claiming a copyright, that is something else. And if that was what her lecturer taught her, I am appalled. 

          4) The industry of wedding invitation card is evolving. The designs are more personal & revolutionized. Our b2b's and g2b's are now more creative with all sorts of ideas for their special cards of the special day. Customers are wiser and more aware of getting the best money can buy. Those with limited budget should not be left behind. That is what artchetak all about. We are trying to give new and fresh ideas which are affordable to everyone.

          5) How does she expect me to "bising" on her wall if I was no longer her facebook friend. YOU REMOVED ME, REMEMBER? 

          What is she babbling about? Of course lah you did the editing yourself. But there's difference between coming up with a totally new artwork which is inspired by another artwork; and making ("editing") an exact copy.


          Eh! I thought you said it was all your ideas, why did your friend said it was your customer's? So, which is it?

          Ok, last but not least, this is exactly what I mean, "inspired by an idea/concept" versus "copycat" (or some say "good editing"). I spent less than 15 minutes for "good editing" artwork. But it took me 4 days and several emails with customer to get the final artwork of "inspired by original". 
          Even I couldn't propose something with the likes of the "good editing" artwork to customer, tak sanggup beb!

          Monday, June 13, 2011

          Seeing double, or more?

          Please tell me I'm not seeing doubles. On the far right is my bunting artwork, for original post, you may click here. Will blog more about this later, works are waiting. My customers are far more important than this parasite.

          Sunday, June 12, 2011

          Shareeza & Burhan

          She is a girl who loves the colour red. So her invitation card had to be in red, too. Happily I obliged. 

          The original design is here, and the other versions of this theme are herehere and here.

          Selamat Pengantin Baru, Puan Shareeza.

          Monday, June 6, 2011

          Fatin Shafina & Ahmad Zuhairi

          The layout of this card is similar to Aina & Al-Fawies invitation. The design however, is the total opposite with bold colours & modern floral elements. I love the actual card. It's matte laminated thus the colours look superb. Well, have I mentioned green is my favourite colour?

          Wedding invitation card
          folded 90mm x 166mm
          260gsm artcard with matte lamination

          Thank you tag
          54mm x 60mm
          260gsm artcard

          Thank you Fatin. Wishing you a marriage filled with love & joy!

          Sunday, June 5, 2011

          It's our seventh, Alhamdulillah

          An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow. 

          I was searching for wedding quotes for this entry and instead of the lovey-dovey, romantic words, I want to share some of the more quirky & funny ones. Please don't take them seriously...

          Marrying a man is like buying something you've been admiring for a long time in a shop window. You may love it when you get it home, but it doesn't always go with everything in the house. 
          - Jean Kerr

          I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. 
          - Rita Rudner

          By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher. 
          - Socrates

          My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met. 
          - Rodney Dangerfield

          I take my wife everywhere, but she keeps finding her way back. 
          - Henny Youngman

          A man in love is incomplete until he is married. Then he's finished.
          - Zsa Zsa Gabor

          "If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?"
          - unknown

          In my house I'm the boss, my wife is just the decision maker. 
          - Woody Allen

          Infatuation is when you think he's as sexy as Robert Redford, as smart as Henry Kissinger, as noble as Ralph Nader, as funny as Woody Allen, and as athletic as Jimmy Connors. Love is when you realize that he's as sexy as Woody Allen, as funny as Ralph Nader, as athletic as Henry Kissinger and nothing like Robert Redford – but you'll take him anyway.
          - Judith Viorst

          The invitation card, the wedding ring box, the 'mas kahwin' treasure box, and my handmade 'hantaran' flower. After seven years, they are still in my safe-keeping and hopefully someday I could pass these on to my daughters.

          Saturday, June 4, 2011

          Rose Melainei & Hasbullah

          An urgent order from Rose, a set of one 3' x 8' banner & two 2' x 6' bunting. 

          3' x 8' banner

          2' x 6' bunting
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