boandfriends

Be Happy. Be Childlike. Be Ridiculous.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia · 1091 Sales

boandfriends

Be Happy. Be Childlike. Be Ridiculous.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1091 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Note from shop owner Hi, I'm on vacation now, you can email me and I will try to get back to you whenever is possible, cheers!

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Last updated on Jun 14, 2018

Hi, I'm on vacation now, you can email me and I will try to get back to you whenever is possible, cheers!

Kamwei Fong

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(123)
Oleg

Oleg on Jun 19, 2018

1 out of 5 stars

Never received the item. Very disappointed.

Alex Ball

Alex Ball on Jun 18, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Perfect! This is my Chloe kitten to the life! Shipping was a little lengthy, but so worth it.

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About

Bo&Friends by Kamwei Fong

ABOUT THE ARTIST, KAMWEI
Kamwei's animal-themed art centres on a goldfish named Bo, and a series of furry animal illustrations known as The Furry Thing. His work carries a sense of playfulness and an optimistic outlook on everyday life, with "Be Happy. Be Childlike. Be Ridiculous" as the core spirit of his creations. The philosophy has resonated amongst fans, buyers and collectors, who happily display his art in their homes across Asia, Europe, and the US. Kamwei's work has also appeared in collaborations with local and international brands and art collectives. His creations are often described as poetic, humourous, imaginative, playful and dream-like.

Since founding Bo&Friends in 2010, Kamwei has been invited to exhibit at an array of events, including Kuala Lumpur Design Week and George Town Festival. In 2017, he held his first solo exhibition in Malaysia, followed by a second solo exhibition in Paris. Kamwei was also the first Malaysian artist to be invited to hold a solo exhibition at Isetan The Japan Store’s Free Art Space in Kuala Lumpur. An installation of his Paper Bo artwork is on permanent display at KLPAC (Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre) and was also installed at Colorplan’s official launch in Malaysia. Currently, his art prints and ceramic sculptures can be found in Galerie Club Sensible in Paris.

Links to Kamwei’s work:
Instagram: kamweiatwork
Facebook: boandfriends
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THE CREATION OF BO&FRIENDS
Working in the high-pressure world of advertising, Kamwei and Bo ‘met’ each other one evening in 2003. Home from yet another long day at work, he was zoned out and staring at the goldfish in his aquarium. As the odd little fish bobbed about their glass-walled liquid world, Kamwei had an epiphany.

“Goldfish are thought to have a three-second memory” recalls Kamwei. “They lead happy lives, eating, sleeping and playing with their friends. They are simple and live in harmony, in the moment, I suddenly knew I wanted to live like a goldfish because with their three-second memory, they forget about stress easily and become happy again.”

Beginning with sketches and drawings, Kamwei slowly brought Bo to life. During a sabbatical in 2007, he signed up for a ceramics-making course with an expert in Kuala Lumpur, where he discovered he was more adept at making clay Bos than pots and vases. By 2010, thanks to interest from his colleagues, he created and began retailing, the Bo&Friends Collection online and in specialist stores.

“I chose to name my goldfish ‘Bo’ because in Cantonese ‘bo’ means wide, broad or versatile. It also sounds like something round.” he explains.

Through the minimalist and peace-evoking character of Bo, Kamwei’s project aims to encourage and uplift people to become more optimistic about life. Bo only remembers the good things in life, like family, friends, nice weather and good times. Shouldn’t more people be like that? “The goldfish live in a small tank and they choose to be happy.” Kamwei reflects. “I’m not a super positive person so Bo reminds me to be happy and positive – it’s a good reminder for people.”

Today, in the retail world, you’ll find Bo in ceramics, posters, art prints, paintings, paper sculptures, t-shirts, tote bags and plush toys. After sitting down and chatting with Kamwei, you’ll soon recognize that there’s a bit of Bo in everyone.

(Text extracted from an interview)

Shop members

  • Kamwei Fong

    Owner, Artist

    Kamwei works mainly on the animal world, his creations are often described as poetic, humourous, imaginative, playful and dream-like.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 4, 2018
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Packaging and Shipping:
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Damaged and lost items:
Please send me a photographic proof if the item you received is damaged and I'll replace the damaged item with no cost to the buyer.

If your item lost in transit or haven't received the item in more than two months time, please inform me for a replacement, with no cost to the buyer.

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Shipping:
I ship worldwide except Israel due to local post office's policy. Upgrade to FedEx express mail will solve that problem.

All items will be shipped via local post office's registered post which takes at least 2-3 weeks to reach. It could take up to 4-8 weeks or longer due to different processing time at different post offices in different countries. If you need it quicker please request for an upgrade to express shipping with higher fee. Pos Malaysia ships to all countries except Israel. Please contact me for International Express Mail (FedEx, which takes 3-5 days to reach) if necessary.

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Returned Shipments:
I'm not responsible for returned parcels due to unclaimed situation caused by the buyer, delivery failure by the shipping authorities in buyer's country. All the reshipment and additional cost will be charged to the buyer. If the item is damaged or lost in return transit, 30% of the item price will be charged for print production and full shipping and handling fee will be charged to the buyer.

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