The Rox & Paper Brooches

Boy oh boy, check out this super nice collection of retro style brooches. Call me a sentimental geek, but the featured series most definitely sparks a wave of nostalgia.

Rox & Paper brooches are limited in quantity and laser-cut from quality acrylic. Each piece is an original artwork which is then made into a unique, fun and highly wearable pin. The colorful designs make a happy statement to your outfit and inject that element of youthful joy to your day.”

Roxanne’s brooches will be on sale at The Local People ‪#‎T8DECK‬ Art Market. You can go down on the 30th of May to schmooz around and to bring back your favourite(s).

Spotted! Shannon Lim

Nice work from Temasek Polytechnic graduate Shannon Lim, a (dixit) “non-award winning designer” skilled in the art of Visual Communication.

How much do we know about Shannon? Not much, but we suggest to navigate your way around his website and take in the rest of his wonderful work.

Somewhere Else x GU Capsule Collection



Dharma Bums


Design Studio Somewhere Else‘s range of graphic t-shirts for Japanese retailer GU is out, and the designs are fantastic.

(from the press release)

“Each graphic is distinct and separate from the others, but the cohesive applied colours tie the collection together. The photos used on the shirts are snippets of  founder Yong’s travel photos, chosen to complement the typography, but ultimately left to the shoppers to interpret. Each chosen word and design captures a different facet of the Somewhere Else design studio, and reflects their constant yearning to push forward.”

Further captures Somewhere Else’s attitude about always wanting to move further and beyond the status quo. Raconteur sums up what the studio wishes to be able to do when they’ve arrived somewhere else. Dharma Bums is in reference to Jack Kerouac’s novel about seeking balance in life, which the studio aims to do. Tomorrows is in relation to Somewhere Else’s modus operandi — “anywhere but here and now”.

The unisex t-shirts come in 3 different colour ways and are available online at Nice!

Spotted! Erikartoon

A couple of days back we came across Erika Tay’s #eyeballin Sticker Pack on and we were drawn in by her weird and wonderful, candy-coloured style. Having graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2013 Erika aka Erikartoon now freelances, creating surreal worlds populated with one-eyed creatures, sashimi ice cream and robotic school girls ….

“Ever since my first drawing of a Sailor Moon at age 7, drawing has become an outlet for me to self discovery and short holiday trips to various imaginary worlds. I am inspired by Asian sub cultures, films and cartoons. Most of the time I allow the process of my works to evolve intuitively, not knowing what the end result will be.”


Spotted! Cheryl Chong

Cheryl Chong designed three publications in which she pairs poetry with photography, historic facts and articles to create a visual dialogue exploring traces of time within architectural spaces and objects of significance in Singapore. Equal parts style, concept and substance, the result is an excellent final year project.

Time-Space-People is an attempt to connect time, space and people, an experimental exploration into poetic expression of space within places, based upon spatial experience through photography, video and various mediums. In hopes that through the process, these places and objects can take on new meanings; and that the collective memory of our nation could extend beyond our generation.”

Cheryl likes to explore areas that lie between art and design. To her, design should be a combination of aesthetics and framing an experience for the viewer; simple yet multi-dimensional, allowing layers of meanings and thoughts to be threaded within. “The designer does not merely create a piece of design, but breathes life into his/her work. Only then will people be able to truly feel and connect with the creation.”

Spotted! Keith Chong

Today we give a peek at the final year project of ADM Visual Communication grad Keith Chong.

“Simple things around me inspire me, even a crumpled trash bag could be appreciated by its form and texture. I see the world differently and I enjoy sharing it by translating them into my works, using visuals that are both thought-provoking and communicates at unconventional angles.”

Now get that portfolio up and running so that we can discover more great work!

Exhib: Singapore, very old tree

The wonderfully talented Robert Zhao Renhui is back. This time with a showing of a terrific new series, Singapore, very old tree, named after a mysterious 1904 postcard from the national archives featuring a tall tree.

For his new project, Robert in collab with Adeline Chia (Editor and writer), Joyce Teo and Ng Jinxi (Research) records and reveals people’s stories and personal fascination with trees.

“Singapore is often known as a Garden City, but this is an impersonal image of anonymous trees and gardeners. Our project aims to boil this generic image down to specifics by exploring the concrete, personal connections that Singaporeans have made with trees. After all, what is loving nature without loving the individual plant?

Through our interviews, we found that people relate to plants in touching and occasionally surprising ways. For example, a group of Buddhists have been circling a rubber tree for an hour a day, for the past few years, as a form of walking meditation and to absorb the tree’s “energy”.  A mangosteen tree has been sheltering a man for 20 years, since he saved it from the bulldozers. Another woman cries when her trees don’t fruit.

Besides featuring in individual stories, trees are living, breathing markers of history. The trees in our collection are of different ages. Some are old native species from pre-colonial times, when Singapore was mostly a freshwater swamp forest; others are younger trees that their owners planted from seeds.

The images on show are influenced by vintage hand-tinted Singapore postcards. In fact, Singapore, very old tree is named after the title of one of the oldest postcards in the National Archive, a 1904 picture of an unspecified tree.”

(Design by Roots. Hand Tinting by Sokkuan Tye)

Stories and photographs of the trees are shown in an exhibition on Level 10 – Promenade in the National Library Building. The exhibition runs through 28 May. Don’t miss it!

Submit your books to THEBOOKSHOW

(from the press release)

THEBOOKSHOW is a Singapore-based initiative that began in 2014. It aims to act as a platform for aspiring artists to showcase books conceived out of passion. Through the use of the book, a basic and familiar medium, THEBOOKSHOW advances towards being a mediator between the art world and the general public. Our hope is to bring a renewed perspective upon our eyes.We believe very much in challenging the medium – moving away from the conventional form that the book takes. In time, we hope to build a substantial database advocating that the book form is an art in and of itself.

THEBOOKSHOW will be holding our third pop-up book show event from 25-26 July 2015 and this time, they want your books!

If you have always been interested in photography and have been making your own self-published photo-books, this will be a great opportunity for you to have your book exhibited and sold in the show! Your book will be exhibited alongside established local and international artists like Robert Zhao, John Clang and Zhang Xiao.

Submission package must include:
• A hard copy of your self-published photo-book
• Artist information and contact details
• Artist statement and title of the work

Upon submission, the books will be reviewed by a panel of judges: Ang Song Nian — Artist and Co-founder of THEBOOKSHOW, Robert Zhao — Artist, Pann Lim — Creative director of Kinetic and 1/4 of art collective, Gwen Lee — Co-founder and director of SIPF and 2902 Gallery.

Selected entrants will be notified by 30 June 2015. If selected, you will be asked to produce more copies of the book and contribute an administrative fee of $20 that will go into the realization of this event.

Submit your books by 31 May 2015 to DECK, 120A Prinsep Street, Singapore 188665. Submission can be done either via mail or hand delivery (Book-drop hours: 12-5pm daily, closed on Mondays and Public Holidays).

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