Say Hello to Noodles the Panda

Our favourite Panda was honoured in a resin toy designed by Visual Development artist and Toy Designer Sarah Isabel Tan . Noodles the Panda is Sarah’s first designer toy and we caught a glimpse of this lovable edition at the STGCC.

“Noodles the Panda loves to eat noodles and is always seen with a red bowl of ramen sitting atop his head. This hungry panda is made of polystone resin and measures about 4″ tall and 3.5″ wide.”

 

PLAYFREELY 2015 + Giveaway

(from the press release)

WE HAVE A WINNER. THE CONTEST IS CLOSED!

Originally inspired by the programming of New York experimental music venue The Stone, Playfreely started out as a fortnightly initiative to foster regular sessions amongst musicians to create and play without inhibition. No fixed notions of what’s appropriate or appealing, no complicated concepts, no genre fixations, and most importantly, no judgement.

This two-day programme will feature two parts. Part 1, on 28 January, features the first ever concert in Singapore by experimental music quartet Far East Network (FEN), scoring live to previously unreleased short films by visual artist Charles Lim. Part 2 of Playfreely 2015 will feature an exciting new component, The Playfreely Ensemble, led by renowned Japanese composer and multi-instrumentalist, Otomo Yoshihide. Made up of musicians from as far off as France, regionally and Singapore, The Playfreely Ensemble musicians will work and explore ideas together for 2 days. Through open exchange of approaches, exploration and reworking of ideas, Playfreely encourages free expression and risk taking. Nothing is out of bounds. The final outcome is a live performance on 30 January, featuring a roster of wonderfully diverse musicians listed below.

Otomo Yoshihide (Japan)
Kok Siew Wai (Malaysia)
Dennis Tan (Singapore)
Heddy Boubaker (France)
Yui-Saowakhon Muangkruan (Thailand)
Sachiko M (Japan)
Yan Jun (China)
George Chua (Singapore)
Aya Sekine (Japan)
Cheryl Ong (Singapore)
DJ Sniff (Japan)
Hankil Ryu (South Korea)
Leslie Low (Singapore)
Jase Sng (Singapore)
Tadashi Yonago (Japan)

Day 1: 28 Jan 2015, Wednesday, 7.30pm – FAR EAST NETWORK
FENLive scoring to short films by Charles Lim
Day 2: 30 Jan 2015, Friday, 7.30pm
OTOMO YOSHIHIDE & THE PLAYFREELY ENSEMBLE

Venue: The Projector, 6001 Beach Road #05-00 Golden Mile Tower
Ticket Prices: Double Show Pass (Early-Bird) $25 (Door $30), Single Show Pass (Early-Bird) $15 (Door $18).

We are giving away one two-day pass to be collected at the venue. Email michele@culturepush.com.

Spotted! Donna Fonx

The fantastically weird and wonderful work of Indonesia-born illustrator Donna Fonx lends itself perfectly for ending the week. The LASALLE graduate with a major in Image and Communication has an eye for the absurd, often juxtaposing unlikely elements, conjuring up humorous and slightly surreal images.

“Although I spend a lot of time in front of a computer, I am a great believer in traditional and the handmade approach. My favorite mediums to work with include pen and ink, collage, printmaking and crafts. My projects range from prints, hand lettering, murals, comics, stickers and T-shirt design.”

Two Worlds; One Fantasy by Jaxton Su

“Through my works, I hope to create a visual utopia that transcends reality and results in a psychological impact in the audience, such as sparking an imagination or encouraging them to think about a particular issue.”

The works of visual artist Jaxton Su are saturated with fantasy world references and hyper coloured oil. In terms of narrative, Jaxton likes to play around and incorporate strange elements and daily objects into his work, inviting us into landscapes where pigs can fly, rabbits hop mooncakes and an elephant stirs up a storm in a teacup jacuzzi.

Opening this Saturday at Blue Lotus Fine Art is his first solo show, Two Worlds; One Fantasy.

Jaxton: “Everyone has the capacity to build castles in the air. In fact, a bit of daydreaming can actually enhance wellness, happiness and pave the way for creativity to flourish in our fast-moving technological era. Two Worlds; One Fantasy therefore invites the audience to view life through a visual utopia and in the process, encouraging them to take a short break from their daily routine to start fantasizing about what-ifs, as they did in their younger days.

The exhibition latches on the preliminary idea of having a child explore her imagination through various pieces of artwork, while the adult artist tries to re-imagine them and in the process, injecting his own fantasies into his rendition of the artworks. Through the exhibition, viewers will be able to fuel their imagination as they are taken on a wondrous journey through the contrasting fantasy worlds of both young and old.”

Back-To-School Collection 2015 by Juliana Tan

Nostalgic about her schooldays, Juliana Tan puts the spotlight on school uniforms in her Back-to-School project, presenting them in a way we don’t normally see them, removed from the school environment.

“My project features some of Singapore’s most loved and not-so-loved school uniforms, capturing the peculiarities of each outfit. Re-imagining the uniforms as this season’s fashion lookbook, I manage to capture the peculiarities of the uniforms that thousands of students wear everyday.”

Click here to find your look.

Teresa Lim’s Sew Wanderlust Project

Teresa Lim took to thread and needle again, capturing her travels and memories with beautiful pieces of embroidery art. Read her story ….

“I started the project late 2014 after I realised that with today’s state of the art technology, taking pictures becomes so easy. I wanted something more from my travels, to be able to take back a part of that place with me. One thing I realised is that when you take a photo of a place, you don’t actually pick up as much detail as when you actually sit down and draw or sew it. When I’m done with a piece, I actually feel like I KNOW that place, and that gives me a huge sense of satisfaction that I think just taking a photo wouldn’t give.”

ampere, a Wireless Charging Phone Sleeve

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Industrial Designer Delane Foo was pursuing a degree at NUS Industrial Design, when she decided to take leave of absence and co-found Novelsys. Her first product, the ampere wireless charging phone sleeve launches today at 8.10 pm on Kickstarter. Wireless is one way of describing Delane’s first product; another way is ‘just-drop-and-charge-works-every-time’. The sleeve is made for Android and iPhone, comes in a petite or plus size and is available in blackest black, blushberry, brogue and -my choice colour- midnight black.

Here’s Delane, getting all technical on us: “ampere’s easily-accessible USB ports enable you to recharge the sleeve, charge an additional device, or to fast-charge your smartphone when you urgently need more power. Charging is four times faster than a normal USB. Designed with the highest build quality, ampere has a battery slimmer than a pencil, encased in unbending aluminium to dissipate heat, wrapped in premium, durable fabric that can weather the pressures of daily use. ampere includes a battery and wireless charger so you can keep your smartphone going all day. You can control when charging begins, monitor ampere’s battery levels in minutes and hours, use your phone to find ampere when you’ve misplaced it, and password-protect ampere.”

 

TRANSMISSION: Visions & Memories

(from the press release)

An experimental incubatory platform organized by PHUNK for young creatives, the latest edition of TRANSMISSION comprises of eight young apprentices from varying creative disciplines and backgrounds, under the mentorship of PHUNK over the period of eight months.

Focused on the apprentices’ work development and showcase, TRANSMISSION: Visions & Memories collectively explores the idea of visions and it’s universal basis of memories. Intangible with the likes of human kind, it has long lived through fables and fiction; All whilst lining the pockets of history and psychoanalysis. Intimate imprints unique to each human being, they are ever changing within the depth of the brain. Enter it’s complex unmapped chaos, documented in a showcase of design, illustration, installation, sculpture and video art.

In the early stages, the eight apprentices were brought together to experience the process of art making, through assisting with the production of works by PHUNK for their substation exhibition, Daydreams & Nightmares. The process of art making bonded them, their hours spent over the pieces helping them find common points that they shared in their present lives, a predilection that helped gave birth to their own exhibition thematics.

“TRANSMISSION is an opportunity for PHUNK to share our experiences and knowledge to the young creative talents, to help nurture and foster their personal growth as an artist.” Jackson, one of the founders of Phunk shared. Aside from assisting the apprentices with their creative development, the program has also exposed the apprentices to real in-industry situations, with PHUNK providing professional knowledge and guiding them and giving them on the process of handling their exhibition’s execution, planning, funding and curation.

Their responsibilities are divided and managed carefully whilst still functioning as a team, all this being in conjunction with the handling their own individual works. “It is something very much built from the ground up,” said Ben when asked to summarize his learning experience. “The process is something that most of us have never done or have little experience in, we’ve benefited a lot from the learning experience.” Izzy, another young apprentice, mused in agreement.

The learning process has been extremely enjoyable for the apprentices. “Aside from getting to meet and learn directly from the mentors, we are able to get a myriad of valuable feedback and advice from different perspectives” Yingxian shared, “Something that not just any collective banding can provide.”

This year, Transmission sets itself apart differently from it’s predecessors, with it’s eight aspiring young talents banding together to share their passion for visual narration and image making. Their individual takes on the transcending topic forming an intense amalgamation of visual styles and mediums waiting to be experienced.

Featured Apprentices & Collaborators are : Ang Ying Xian, Benjamin Tan Zhe, Hao Donna Fonx, Izzy Tan, Jonathan Lim, Odelia Tang, Saraphina Ching and Tan Chun Yong.

The exhibition opens January 16 (7:30pm to 11:00pm) and runs through January 22 at PHUNK, 118-8 Tanjong Katong Rd. Opening hours: Weekdays (Tuesday to Friday) 2:00pm to 8:00pm. Weekends (Saturday & Sunday) 1:00pm to 8:00pm.

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