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Local Artist Lands Collaboration Project With Uniqlo For Cat Themed T-shirt Collection

Local Artist Lands Collaboration Project With Uniqlo For Cat Themed T-shirt Collection

Tasneem Nazari

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A Malaysian artist has recently been recognised for his cute cat art by landing a collaboration with popular Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo.

Speaking to Malay Mail, Kamwei Fong says that he considers this achievement to be one of the best in his career as an artist.

This collaboration is considered another great achievement added to my career as an artist. I’m Malaysian but I’m not really active in the local art scene.

Kamwei Fong via Malay Mail
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Hi peeps, my collaboration with @uniqlo is finally launched! "Cats are Purrfect!" is a UT collection full of love for cats drawn by cat lovers! Two Kitties tees of mine will be made available at Uniqlo selected stores across the globe 🌏🌎🌍 Starting with Japan 🇯🇵, the US 🇺🇸 and other countries in April 2020: . Japan 🇯🇵 . US 🇺🇸 . Following by Malaysia 🇲🇾 in May! Do check out your respective country Uniqlo websites for information on the launch dates. Maybe there will be delays in certain locations due to the current situation, in that case, you can also check it out online. Stay home and stay safe everyone ♥️😊🙏🏻⚡️ . . About the artist: . Malaysian artist, Kamwei Fong works mainly on the animal world, his creations are often described as poetic, humourous and imaginative. The Furry Thing is a series of furry animal illustrations created since early 2009. Using only fine line pen, Kamwei creates each fluffy creature with innumerable hairlines in a contextual isolation form and minimalist style. . . There are also other awesome tees from @izuruaminaka_illustration @masillustra @tiffanycooper_ which are part of this collection 👏🏻⚡️ . . Updates: Uniqlo UT “Cats are Purrfect!” is now in Japan 🇯🇵, Malaysia 🇲🇾, Canada 🇨🇦, UK 🇬🇧, France 🇫🇷, Russia 🇷🇺, Taiwan 🇹🇼, Hong Kong 🇭🇰, South Korea 🇰🇷, Spain 🇪🇸, Germany 🇩🇪, Italy 🇮🇹, Denmark 🇩🇰, Sweden 🇸🇪, Vietnam 🇻🇳 and more to come! . . . #tshirt #uniqlo #collaboration #artistlovescat #kamweifong #kamweiatwork #catsarepurrfect #staysafe

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Kamwei joins three other illustrators — Parisian author Tiffany Cooper, Japanese artist Izuru Aminaka, and Stockholm-based graphic designer Marie Ahfeldt on Uniqlo’s feline-themed T-shirt collection, aptly named “Cats are Purrfect”.

The collection was launched in June here in Malaysia and is already available in numerous countries across the globe, including Japan, Canada, the United Kingdon, France, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Vietnam, Russia, Germany, and many more.

Kamwei’s work mainly consists of cute minimalist drawings of animals whose amazing personalities are brought to life through the lines created by a fine line pen.

Speaking about the personalities of his cat characters, Kamwei told Malay Mail that his felines are often described as poetic, humorous, imaginative, playful, and dream-like.

His most famous creation is arguably a series called The Furry Thing, which consist of these irresistible illustrations of extremely fluffy kitties.

All the kitties in The Furry Thing series have the same DNA, they’re quirky, funny, mysterious, sometimes angry and ridiculous.

Kamwei Fong via Malay Mail

One of the felines in this series, Kitty No. 25, is included in Uniqlo’s collection.

According to Kamwei, The Furry Thing came about accidentally back in 2009 and the process of creating the characters felt like meditation which helped him stay focused.

Cats are cool, mysterious creatures with strong characteristics, and my minimalist style cat drawings which often go without mouth, paws, nose, whiskers are my interpretation and imagination of them.

Kamwei Fong via Malay Mail

Admitting that he does love all things round and chubby, Kamwei shared that sometimes he draws skinny cats and other animals too.

In the past, Kamwei’s work has been exhibited at the Salon des Beaux Arts in Paris, France, as well as at the Art Expo in Malaysia. Currently, his original art pieces, prints, and ceramic sculptures can be found at the Galerie Club Sensible in Paris.

Kamwei worked as a creative in the advertising, design, and branding industries in Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur for almost 20 years before he became a fulltime artist in 2017.

To see more of Kamwei’s cute and fluffy kitties, check out his Instagram page.

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