Lady Gaga in blood red or Kate Moss in hot pink? Pick your favourite celebrity and shade of lipstick, and local multimedia artist May Sum will carve out an exquisite mini sculpture for you. Calling herself Asia's first lipstick sculptor, Sum says her aim is to push the boundaries between art, fashion and make-up.
Sum uses lipsticks by Chanel, Nars, MAC, Estée Lauder, YSL and Max Factor and her subjects range from fashion icons to items of haute couture to the occasional cat. Last year, an exhibition, titled "Woman Power", was held at Hysan Place, in Causeway Bay, and showcased Sum's sculptures of Coco Chanel, Madonna, Princess Diana, Lady Gaga, Kate Moss, Vivienne Westwood and Anna Wintour, to name a few.
For those who fancy immortalising themselves in their favourite shade of lipstick, busts can be made to order. But, Sum cautions, the sculptures are extremely fragile and must be kept dry and at between 17 and 25 degrees Celsius.
A graduate of City University's creative media department, Sum started her career as a beauty reporter on Friday magazine. After a brief stint as a make-up artist, she founded creative label Wahahafactory, which offers a range of products such as jewellery, contemporary art and home decor items.