The Firelight Collection by SSEK JEWELRY

The Blue Pansy

The Plain Nawab

The Redspot Sawtooth

Tammy Ye has a diploma, a major, dabbled in marketing and is the drummer of hip hop rock band, WhileTheKidsAreSurreal. But Tammy is above all a self-taught accessory designer, and little by little she realized she wanted to make a living from her craft. “I soon realised that creating jewelry offers a sense of honest expression that is hard to find. It is akin to creating music—when the world around is distilled within a person and recast into medleys of sounds, textures, colours and emotions.”

In 2014 Tammy decides to start her own brand, SSEK JEWELRY. “For practical reasons, it was created to inject vibrant layers into society’s fashion— to pull together outfits suitable for our climate with a pop of colour, texture, and art. It also served as an outlet to express and translate nature’s canvases into something wearable. To bridge the gap between nature’s colour palette and the latest trends.”

About The Firelight Collection: “This season, we chose the subject of butterflies as they have inspired a plethora of folktales and stories through countless generations and lands. The butterfly has endured through time as an emblem of the soul and of unconscious attraction towards light. The late Dr Elizabeth Caspari noted in her research that “its fluttering motion suggested the flicker of firelight. We selected three South East Asian butterflies for this collection: The Blue Pansy, The Plain Nawab and The Redspot Sawtooth and every piece of jewelry was inspired by the complementary colour palettes of these butterflies—translated into semi precious stones, delicate coloured beads and structures, mimicking the flutter of a butterfly.”

Hop over to the SSEK website to view the rest of the collection.

Spotted! Six Rolling Wheels

Before Six Rolling Wheels, cyclists had a raw deal when it came to cool caps. And then Frenchescar Lim came along, found a gap in the market, started her own label and made a lot of her cycling buddies very happy in the process.

Made from a lightweight fast drying cotton, the SRW cap stays true to the original design but they’ve added a few extra touches. The fabric is windproof and breathable, has modern, bold lines and sweet prints, and fits easily underneath your helmet.

“The label was born out of a desire to create my own cycling caps – mainly because the ones I used to buy online were so pricey. Cycling caps have always been an integral part of my riding gear. It’s the one accessory that’s functional (my fellow avid cyclists would surely agree!), and has the potential to be fashionable. In 2013, after completing a sewing course, I took the plunge and kicked off SRW as a pet project. When friends began requesting for caps for themselves (and their kids), and were willing to pay for them, I realised that I could fill the gap in this niche market.”

Spotted! Koh Chaik Hong

from The Distant Land series (2015)

from The Distant Land series (2015)

from the Serene series (2014)

from the Serene series (2014)

Koh Chaik Hong is a year 3 photography student at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art. His passion for photography came from his dad who gave him the drive to pursue his ambition. “My earlier works were all  about street photography, abandoned spaces, people and religion and culture in black and white. When my interest in photography deepened, I changed my perspective and style focusing more on landscape, nature and architecture with more conceptual thoughts.”

Koh started taking part in competitions when he was in secondary school and made it as finalist in the 2011 NUDE dignity from within photography competition and exhibition. He also received the Singapore Youth Festival Gold Award in Arts & Crafts Exhibition in 2012 and the Singapore Young Photographer Award 1st in Architecture Category in 2012 and 2014.

About The Distanced Land series

“In the name of progress, the ideology of modernization demands and justifies the domination of nature to benefit humankind alone. In this photography series, I photograph and observe places that are or going to be used for urban development in Singapore. These are mainly in areas of, Punggol, Sengkang, Tampines and other new towns. My question is that, is it worth to sacrifice the aesthetic experience of nature for urban development. Nature to me is a place for escape, beauty and inspiration. Yet nature has it’s danger, rough terrains and dangerous wild animals. Having accustomed to the comfort of living in an urban environment I felt more secured surrounded by human’s infrastructure. Ironically yet at the same time I feel deeply attached to nature. By taking a more neutral role as an observer in looking at development, I photograph my subjects from a distance. Showing more of the surrounding but at the same time giving less information too. I believe that an image should give a sense of imagination and curiosity to the viewer instead of being too direct.

Inspired by photographers such as Stephen Shore, Joel Sternfeld, Andrea Gursky and Alec Soth, they all have influenced the way I approach and compose my subjects. Hopefully through this series I will spark a thought in the viewer’s mind about the dilemma between the conservation of nature and urban development.”

About the Serene series

“In a consumer society like Singapore, people often spent their weekends in the city and malls, whereas some people venture into places to get away from the fast urban life in this country. In this series I photographed people who spent their weekend away from the fast urban city in Singapore. People inside were mostly foreigners and some local, they spent their weekends camping inside, fishing and foraging spending their times quietly with their surrounding. And the locals played with their speedboats and planes. Portraying them with their natural environment to show how amicable and calm. I also photographs the relationship between humans and nature mostly their surrounding that affect the surrounding. In which how humans adapt and sometimes how human behavior affect the environment in a negative and positive ways.”

Banner Shuffle: Black Mongrels

“Our roots entwined. A quest sublime. We seek to find, what many sought. Beauty of the truest kind.” – Black Mongrels.

The Singlish Office Buddy by Tee-Saurus

Using every day Singlish status updates, the Office Buddy designed by Tee-Saurus, is bound to get the attention of those looking for a cheeky sketchbook. The buddies, which are embellished in a minimalist way, have quirky statements written on them, including Very Beesy, On MC, Smoke break and Leservist. The inside is filled with 40 sheets of blank pages, perfect to scribble down the office gossip.

Lawrens: “The Office Buddy is created to make the entire workplace less stressful and more fun to be in. These status updates are a good tool to let people know where you are and would lead to less assumption of ‘politics’. Created in the Singlish context, they make you giggle every time you flip the status.”

Listen! Whimsy by Jean Reiki

(from the press release)

Following her ethno MindPort EP, Jean Reiki returns with her latest 4 track collection. ‘Whimsy’ sees her further melding personal field recordings with 3D Binaural sound collection while adapting nostalgia and futurism into an amorphous form.

Although ‘Whimsy’ largely drew its inspiration from Jean’s participation in the sonic work challenge of Marc Weidenbaum’s Disquiet Junto, they were still largely in the formative stage and took some time to polish up. Her first offering ‘We have Experiments’ is a sneaky ode to one of those late-night Live International Space Station (ISS) transmission on U-stream channel. It maps out a hypnotic rhythm with the audio conversations between the crew and Mission Control as they conduct experiments. This is followed by ‘Switch In and Out’, a track that builds up incrementally with the sounds of Water Heater, Hand Vacuum and Water Kettle switches being turned on and off. ‘Iceland in My Fridge’ provides a vivid dip into the headphone trip, with organic soundscapes of ice cubes swirling in all directions before taking the listeners into the techy terrain. Lastly, ‘Somebody Up There’ rounds off the release by taking things down a notch. The track begins with fork-tuning, helicopter hovering, homeless man rambling on the street of New York while the beats and melodies transport you to mix of melancholia and elation of travelling solo.

A bonus remix track is hidden in Bandcamp as a giveaway to reward those who download the whole EP.

We Used To by Tan Wei Keong

We Used To is project by Tan Wei Keong, an animation artist living between Singapore and San Francisco. Heartbroken by the many discarded Christmas trees found dumped on sidewalks, Wei Kong decided to wander around the streets of San Francisco with his camera and shoot.

“I take their portraits, as my goodbyes to them, and think of why our feelings change; and on another level, why people stop loving each other.”

Visit his website for more portraits of discarded Christmas trees.


The Nomadic Collection by Stelliyah

Launched in 2012, Stelliyah is a subtly narrative jewellery brand fusing founders Daryl and Stella’s combined years of experience in the disciplines of design, metalsmith and fashion photography. Intricate and gorgeously constructed, the collections reflect designer Stella’s ancient metalsmith techniques which she picked up at the Jewelry Arts Institute in New York City.

For the Nomadic Collection, the duo takes cues from the Nomadic tribes, particularly from the Northern region of Africa.

“The collection takes its form and structure from the constantly shifting and evolving nature of the Nomads. In spite of their ever shifting nature, the traveling tribes have always upheld certain elements or beliefs that are essential to the survival of their livelihood as well as their culture. Every piece in the collection is made with the tribal belief that the embellishment of jewelry serves more than just an aesthetic purpose, but is also a call to empowerment as symbols of societal honor and strength. The collection is handcrafted entirely in solid sterling silver by skilled artisans using age-old metalsmith techniques to ensure the highest of quality in each piece.”

The Nomadic Collection is  available in the web store and at the Stelliyah showroom, 237C Joo Chiat Road.

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