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Light and Dark

“Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating. We only exist in terms of this conflict, in the zone where black and white clash.” Louis Aragon


Copyright Stephen Abraham Walsh | Models Piyanuch Chanphet (Piya) and Didi | Make-up, concept by Oksana_MakeUp | Hair by Barry Finnegan.

19 Apr 2011

RoboSteel FHM

FHM Malaysia RoboSteel Feature: Reduce, Reuse and Roll-Out

The best thing to do with steel junk is not to melt them, but to summon the RoboSteel Autobots

The recycling fad is nothing new. Hippies and NGOs have been pestering us to properly organise and dispose our rubbish for decades. But it’s only now that it’s become popular because plastic bags costs money and because it’s sofa king hot. Maybe the recycling campaign would’ve got off to a much better start if they used such time-tested, classic mascots: massive robots and hot babes.

RoboSteel is a creative sculpture design and steel construction company based in Ireland. They make everything from Darth Vader to a frog bongo drummer, and they’re all made from recycled cars, trucks, ships, aeroplanes and motorbikes. Today, the RoboSteel team consists of 12 hand-picked steel fabrication engineers, who aren’t just expert steel constructors and designers, but also very creative artists. If they’re building a small sculpture (such as their best-selling frog sculptures), it could take a minimum of two hours or a maximum of a week. If they are building something epic (such as the 2.5-metre Optimus Prime), it could take six to 12 weeks.

If you look around RoboSteel’s website (www.robosteel.com), you’ll notice that quite a lot of its sculptures are from comics and movies. We think they are pretty damn cool, but wouldn’t some people (i.e. pesky intellectual property lawyers) think they are copyright infringements? According to RoboSteel “Although our sculptures can mimic iconic comic and movie characters, they are not exact replicas. “All of our sculptures are hand-made and are not mass- produced. Our use of recycled materials is very green and complements the environmental policies of large companies.” RoboSteel has some very impressive customers including commissions from companies such as ActiVision and Google. In fact, they often ask their more than 70,000 Twitter followers for ideas. So if you’ve been aching for a life- sized steel Doraemon, tweet away.

Model: Piyanuch Chanphet | Photographer: Edina Valentova | Publication FHM Malaysia | Sculpture: RoboSteel

5 Apr 2011

FHM Interview

Piya on bitchy models, outer space and size 32D distractions

The FHM facts
Name: Piyanuch Chanphet (Piya)
From: Thailand; now living in Dublin, Ireland Favourite food: Thai, of course!
Favourite booty-shaker: Sandstorm by Darude

Hi Piya, you don’t have a very Irish name. What does it mean, and where does it come from?

My name is Thai and Piyanuch means “the lovely last one” and Chanphet translates into “the moon that looks like a diamond”.

Exotic! You own a pretty successful business, but you also model. How do you find time for both?

I love my work, and I’m very lucky to have a lot of amazing people around me. The creativity of the team at RoboSteel is such an inspiration. On the modelling side, there are some amazing photographers, including Edina Valentova, that have been very kind to me. I know some fabulous designers who let me borrow their clothes. It can get hectic sometimes, but somehow I manage to find the time to do both.

Are you doubly-intimidating to guys, considering you’re a successful businesswoman and a model?

Yes, sometimes men can find me a little too hot to handle. But once they get to know my personality, most men don’t seem to mind. It’s a lot of fun being the boss!

Which is more fun – photo shoots or crafting steel sculptures?

I love to do both there are a lot of similarities between photo shoots and steel sculptures. To get a photo or a large sculpture perfect, you need to be creative, persistent and work well as part of a team. I get a great buzz when everything comes together and when the ‘wow’ factor is achieved.

In the photos, you’re with the steel sculptures a lot. Do you prefer working with them or actual models?

Working with sculptures is very challenging, because they are not alive and have no personality. It can be a real challenge to make steel sculptures come to life for the photo. When I’m around bitchy models, I don’t let their attitude affect me. I tend to just work harder and focus on my job. If you remain positive with negative people, you will eventually win every time.

We’ve been losing too much lately… What’s your favourite kind of photo shoot?

I love to do anything that is inspirational, but my personal favourites are glamour and FHM-style. It can be cold in Ireland, so wearing skimpy glamour outfits, lingerie and bikinis can be challenging.

Do you get (and like) all of the attention from the nerds and the fans?

Yes sometimes, but to be honest, I am a bit of a nerd myself. I love technology and gadgets, and I find clever people a real turn-on.

There goes us then but how can a guy get your attention?

I am usually very interested in a man who shows no interest in me. I am used to getting a lot of attention, and when I don’t get it, I want to know why. It’s more of a challenge if the man plays hard to get.

Where should he take you on your dream first date?

Anywhere where we can see the stars clearly, the closer we get to outer space, the better.

What would totally destroy that first date?

If he asks too many personal questions, and if he smokes 🙂

Time to butt out. What’s your number one guilty pleasure?

I love to buy expensive lingerie and bikinis. Wearing Agent Provocateur makes me feel so sexy, and going shopping with the girls is great fun.

You’re in Ireland, we’re in Malaysia. Are you okay with long-distance relationships?

Technology has made the world a smaller place, and I travel to Asia at least twice a year. If you want to contact me, you can send me a tweet or leave a message on my Facebook wall. So far no one has invited me to visit them in Malaysia, so I am open to offers!

Woohoo! Finally, if someone made a sculpture of you, what are the features you’d ask them to change?

I’d like a twin. Could you please make both of our boobs smaller? I am a 32D, and most of the time, my boobs get all the attention…

30 Mar 2011

Queen of fantasy

Claire Garvey — queen of fantasy, costume-like fashion, always to be relied upon to create extraordinary, one-off garments and capsule ready-to-wear collections of a soft, romantic, slightly medieval nature — has changed.

Welcome, then, Mistress Garvey, designer of audacious garb for vampy-fairy, 21st-birthday chicks who look as if they have stepped out of the world of manga. If Lord of the Rings had seen Claire’s dresses, I bet the elves would have been dressed differently and Liv Tyler could have smouldered her way through Mordor, instead of being all fey and virginal, and as inspiring as a wet sheet.

It was attending a debs’ show last year and meeting a whole new generation of exciting, unbound clients that brought about the change in Claire. Since then, commissions have rolled in from gorgeous young things, mainly for 21st-birthday parties. Now Claire finds herself having the most fun she has ever had in her design career.

“I never even thought I was fed up with fashion until I did these commissions! Since I started this, it is the most excited I have been,” she said. “Dealing with people who are still interested in fashion . . . You have more life in you when you embrace modernity. A lot of people I know are dwelling on the recession, but young people aren’t. They are still full of enthusiasm, and they make you feel that way,” Claire told me, her voice brimming with excitement.

“They are an interesting group of people to design for. Most of them are in college, or working. They want one-offs and difference. They might ask to be a tree, or a butterfly, or for a ballet dress in leather, but they are interested in the couture end of things. They are informed about fashion, and they’re into modernity, and designers such as Alexander McQueen. So it has been a different angle,” she explained. “It is like the 21st has replaced the wedding as a rite of passage. I mean, the dress does cost nearly as much as a bridal dress.

I think also it is from MTV’s My Super Sweet 16 — they go all-out and hire nightclubs and have all kinds of themes and things. And I think a lot of it is Cheryl Cole, too. I think my sexiness is back!”

Has it made her feel younger? “About a hundred million per cent!” was Claire’s prompt reply. “I still like the romantic, but I prefer modernity. It is a completely different swing. I don’t think I could go back. I don’t know what it is about ageing, but you either love or hate youth. I realise I was working so hard I wasn’t seeing. My eyes are open again,” she told me And how. Go, Claire!

PHOTOGRAPHY BY EDINA VALENTOVA

MODEL PIYANUCH CHANPHET

STYLED BY JEMMA CONNOLLY

FASHION EDITED BY CONSTANCE HARRIS

Make-up and hair by Beata Ryba

Published Life Magazine 2010

30 Mar 2011
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