Promising Book Illustrator awarded 2006 Takashimaya-NAC Scholarship
Takashimaya-NAC Scholarship Award Ceremony
Date: Monday, 26 February 2007
Time: 10.30am -12.00pm
Venue: Drama Centre (Function Room 2), National Library Building
Twenty-three-year-old Chang Mei Yi, a young budding graphic designer and book illustrator will receive the prestigious 2006 Takashimaya-National Arts Council (NAC) Scholarship at a presentation ceremony held at the Drama Centre.
A recipient of the NAFA Scholarship (Diploma Studies) from 2004 to 2006, Chang recently completed her Diploma in Visual Communication (Graphic & Advertising Design) at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and was awarded a distinction upon graduation. An outstanding student with an inquisitive mind, her long-term goal is to pursue a career in publication (book) design as books are her first love. “It can be managing a publishing company, designing and writing books, basically anything as long as it is related to designing books,” says Chang.
Her final year project at NAFA, a book titled mad girl's love song, recently received the Silver Award (illustration) and the Viewers' Choice Award (Design) at the 2006 Crowbar Award, organised by the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Singapore. It was also a finalist in the Editorial Publication category. She used various elements in her book, such as first-hand accounts, quotes, poetry, song lyrics and hand drawn illustrations, to help increase the awareness and understanding of psychosis, a mental disorder. Another of her works, In Praise of Dream, was a finalist in the Illustration category of the Award. Chang was previously awarded the 3rd Prize (Graphic Design) and Merit Award (Visual Studies) at the 2005 NAFA Icon Awards.
Open to Singapore citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents between 18 and 30 years old, theScholarship supports outstanding talents in the pursuit of Diploma studies in the applied or media arts disciplines in Japan. These include product design, interior design, jewellery or fashion design, multimedia studies, broadcasting and audio-visual studies, and fine arts. The scholarship, which will be awarded for three years of study in Japan, is worth about $100,000. Sponsored by Takashimaya, it covers the total cost of a one-year Japanese language course and a two-year full-time Diploma programme in Japan.
The Scholarship was launched in 1993 and administered by the Economic Development Board. Since April 2002, the NAC has been administering the Scholarship, given the Council’s strong focus in the arts and interest in the creative industries. To date, 18 Singaporeans have received the scholarship.
Chang is also the first scholar to serve under the revised scholarship bond, which was reduced in 2006 from a four-year service commitment immediately after studies, to a two-year service commitment within a five-year period. This revision gives scholars the flexibility of working or furthering their education in Japan or other countries overseas before returning to complete their service commitment in Singapore.
Chang says: “Japan is a country of great technology and creativity enriched by rich cultural heritage. I believe it is a place where I can really learn, not only skill and theory-wise, but also in other fields, like technology and even work ethics. My current experience and knowledge of the arts will be enhanced because of the new skills I will pick up, the innovations in design technology that I will be exposed to as well as methods of traditional Japanese art that will enrich my fine arts knowledge and skills.”