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The Clothespeg Project : Volume 4
February 21, 2011, 1:09 PM
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Exhibition extended to February 25th!!!

SURFACE 1°22 partnered with Onetrickpony to bring Clothespeg : Volume 4 to Singapore

Visit ICAS Gallery Project Space @ LASALLE College of the Arts

Tuesday – Saturday from midday to 6pm.

“The Clothespeg Project launched in Perth WA in 2007, the concept is based  around these simple instructions…submit any style of work, about any theme  you like, with whatever content you want – there is no limitation other than size. Previous volumes have included work from graphic designers, illustrators,  photographers, tattoo artists, textile artists, painters, street artists and  sculptors.”





This is my new project, and perhaps an excuse for falling off the blogging sphere…?

SURFACE 1°22 is a collective featuring individuals from diversely trained backgrounds working in Singapore’s creative industries from Fine Artists to Interior, Textile and Fashion Designers. The opening of SURFACE 1°22 (the exhibition) showcased a variety of textile manipulations and surface applications exploring themes of compatibility and crossover between processes and techniques to create pieces that can be both seen and touched.

The first SURFACE 1°22 exhibition was held in November @ ICAS Project Space. The focus of this exhibition was on textile manipulations and surface applications. Contributors included Deborah McKellar, Maria Walf, Michy Witchy, Tang Wai Wah, Susie Rees, Mike Tay, Sarah Johnson, Goh Ling Ling and Emily Wills.

Plushism; Handmade Products of Favor
September 1, 2009, 11:33 AM
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Hand made products hold special meaning and value, to the end buyer but also their creator. For Plushism artist Nico, the experience of loving what she does and doing what she loves ring true. Her range of cute customised cameras have recently expanded to include intricately detailed felt i-phones. “Inspirations are mostly from my daydreaming and daily life encounters. I started making handmade plushies many years ago and then moved on to more functional art.”

HANDMADE Products Of Favor

Singapore through the lens: Part I
April 13, 2009, 2:01 PM
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Here are some Sing Style snapshots of Singapore…

Origamic Architecture
April 1, 2009, 10:24 AM
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The Eastern art of cutting and folding paper to produce 3-dimensional pop-up cards is referred to by it’s devotees as Origamic Architecture. The enchantment of paper cut outs is that they bring a two dimensional image to life through the seemingly simple action of opening and closing.



Singapore’s very own origamic architect Gal in Black finds that Japanese design has a big impact on her own work, and cites the master of Origamic Architecture, Masahiro Chatani as someone she would wish to be for a day, if only to “borrow some of his ideas!” Gal in Black finds inspiration in the everyday – “Every day things and craft books inspire me for my designs. I went to Japan recently and the first place I went was Kinokuniya to buy their craft books!”






Gal in Black has been creating her custom cut-out cards for more than 10 years but only decided to start a small business out of her papery pastime when she chanced upon an online marketplace that sold all things handmade last year. Gal in Black took the pledge “my cards are 100% handmade” and hasn’t looked back.




Adding to the mystery of her craft, Gal in Black’s cut out concepts are carried to life in the late evenings when “the magic of crafting begins.”


You can see more Gal in Black goodness at her online shop



Buttons, Buttons, Buttons….
March 26, 2009, 1:22 PM
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Okay, so Janell had to point out that we call them badges, but damn… her badges are cute as a button!

During the last month of her summer holidays Janell – a self professed doodler – began making and selling an array of select items including hand punched buttons from collected and hand drawn images.


Janell says her personal style reflects her geeky personality which include “simple patterned vector graphics, doodley free-style images of skyscrapers and small-town-feel girl on bicycle, urban settings all using a thin (0.4 to be precise) black pen.”


She also enjoys stencil art, screen prints, letter pressing, typography and quirky things observed through films, tv, travelling, music and her rabbit.

I asked Janell if she could walk in someone else’s shoes for a day whose shoes would she choose? Her reply was French director Michel Gondry whose quirky style combines handmade elements to depict the space between reality and dreams. His movies which include Be Kind Rewind, The Science of Sleep and Eternal Sunshine illustrate Janell’s friendship with imagination and the handmade.


Juggling her hobbyist adventure with study sees Janell getting out of bed bright and early to peruse emails, then pack and post orders before school starts.


Her approach to being a creative in Singapore is to not expect anything and leave your ego at home. “I do what I like and put my wares out there for the world to see, and the rest is up to them! I don’t expect people to pay special attention.” This inclusiveness is at the heart of Janell’s ethos as she proclaims that “anyone can wear a badge!”

“I’ve had magnet-collectors to comic-lovers to teenagers-who-buy-for-their-friends and badge-collectors contact me.”


People who are similarly tuned into Janell’s channel are invited to visit the following websites to track down this day-dreaming designer.


Noise Festival Showcase
March 23, 2009, 1:59 PM
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 Listen to the Noise made by over 2000 of Singapore’s creatives!


Head to Far East Plaza for the final week of the Noise Festival Showcase to catch music, photography, art and design featured by some of the most creative up-and-coming young artists, designers, musicians and photographers Singapore has to offer.

Open everyday from 11am, this is one free event not to be missed!

Sing Style hearts Anjo Bolarda





and ReallyfreshRiceball…



Get online and support your favourite artists by leaving gushing comments!