Featured Artist: beadbadwolf / Cheryl Tan

Heya lovelies!

We're proud to present our March Featured Artist of the Month, Cheryl, or @beadbadwolf. Cheryl is an embroidery artist with the funkiest, eye-popping designs! Let's get to know her!

Hello! Please introduce yourself.
Hi, I'm Cheryl, a NAFA fashion design graduate, Visual Display Artist by day and also a mom-of-two!

How did you get into embroidery and sewing?
For me, craft is a passion sparked at 6 by my grandma and can be traced back to my great grandmother’s Peranakan roots! Through my grandma, I came to love knitting, crocheting, sewing clothes and doing craft projects. Sewing was something I practically majored in during my diploma and degree years. Embroidery was a natural shift as I had to experiment with many textures and mediums during my school days.

A piece of Singapore's Dragon Playground, embroidered completely in beads for the distinct Peranakan feel.

Some of Cheryl's tools of trade - beads, thread in psychedelic colours, a sewing hoop, scissors and more. 
Could you tell us a bit more about the Merlion Series?
The Merlion series is comically called "The Off-Duty Merlion" as it is sparked by a random idea of mine on what the Merlion does during her off days. The Merlion definitely works hard at her station, and on off days she dreams of going to Hawaii for a holiday, crashing birthday parties and becoming a mermaid.

The Merlion off on a well-deserved tropical holiday.

The Merlion crashing a birthday party. Put on your party hat!

The Merlion being a gorgeous mermaid.
Your art has been showcased in Japan. How did this come about and what was your experience?
I was represented by Premium Pages, who saw my embroidery works on IG and reached out to me. I am definitely very delighted for the opportunity to have my works showcased on international platforms like the Art Fair Fukuoka 2018 and also the recent Art Gwangju in Korea.

Which of your works or projects is your favourite? Could you tell us the story behind it?
My favourite would be "The Space Series", as it is my first embroidery series sparked by a month-long of space songs on repeat, thanks to my kids. And it sets the whole style of what beadbadwolf would be like.

Your embroidery pieces are bright and fabulous. What inspires you?
Colours! I have a huge love for colours ever since my diploma years where my FYP runway pieces were bright and colourful. And that love for colours will never change! :)

Embroidered Alien bag and shoes!

What type of workshops do you hold?

I hold a variety of craft workshops from embroidery to weaving, floral lettering and also soap-making. Most workshops are held at Naiise retail outlets!

Couture Embroidery Workshop coming up on March 30!

A piece from Cheryl's Floral Typography Workshop

Are there any new projects you are working on? What would you like to make next, or who would you like to collaborate with?

I am working on embroidery commissions right now, and also expanding the Merlion series with other crazy themes! I have a whole list of products I would like to make and would hopefully launch them soon after setting up the website for beadbadwolf!

Embroidered portrait of Cheryl's family

Collaboration-wise, I love collaborating with fellow local artists and brands, as that is how we grow Singapore's art scene together!

What is one thing you would like others to know about being an artist?

Being an artist is just an occupational term like any other, but like every career choice, passion is the only fuel that makes you who you are and where you go.

Do you have any advice for artists such as yourself in Singapore?
For me, I believe that Singapore is a growing arts hub and though the road to becoming a full fledged artist is tough, perseverance is key as our SG arts scene is getting more exciting year after year!

Don't miss Cheryl's workshops at Naiise this March! Follow her on Instagram to get the latest news and updates :)

Cheryl Tan / beadbadwolf
Instagram: @beadbadwolf