Project Plug: Art from Junk


“art from junk was started partly because I was searching for more fulfillment in my work life, and for me, that automatically translated into actually creating something.”

We can’t help but admire the way Jing Yi upcycles reclaimed and vintage furniture in exciting and nostalgia-inducing gems. “I love drawing, painting and all things vintage. As such it was a natural transition to start painting vintage and secondhand furniture pieces. Vintage furniture is extremely solid and has plenty of life, so painting the pieces meets the requirements of both functionality and form. I started art from junk  in July. Each piece of furniture has been hand-painted with a unique design created specifically for the piece, and is one-of-a-kind. I draw inspiration from retro patterns, old-school motifs and other vintage designs which have their origin in the vibrant traditions of Singapore and South-east Asia.”

art from junk’s eye-popping pieces are conveniently on display at Nu Artists Gallery. Check it out!

Spotted! Fredrik Yeo

“Multilateral” is a graphical piece of reminder to us as men, to respect a world that holds life other than ourselves. A reminder to us that we are neither omnipotent nor omniscient, but part of an ecosystem that lives and breathes interdependent.” – Fredrik Yeo.

“I created this body of work for NOISE TAP under the guidance of Kelley Cheng,” Fredrik explains. “The construction of this piece is positioned in a way where the final message reveals itself only when read in a specific order. The six posters, when seen individually would make absolutely no sense. They are but part of a paragraph that does not exist when seen as single units. However when the posters are placed together one after the other, the message is unveiled. The posters are done in various graphical styles to create the illusion of 6 different identities uniting to deliver a single voice. Much like how people complete each other’s sentences of another.”

Graphic Designer/Illustrator Fredrik Yeo is a year two Design Communications (BA) at LASALLE, College of the Arts. “I started out with a diploma in Art Management after my secondary school days. As though I’ve always seen myself in design, I knew that I needed more than a mean set of aesthetics. Plus I knew I was too young to make a solid decision. What I really needed was time to explore my options. With that being said, I ventured to take on the weirdest jobs I could find; these included organising the youth olympic games and being a consultant for menswear fashion. I liked how diverse it was, it gave me the character I needed. This experiences turned out to be the foundation I set for myself, for a career in design. I love design for every design tells a different story. Looking at a piece is much like speaking to its creator, and getting to know reasons why certain decisions are made on contrary to others. I am a strong ambassador for intricate line art, and I love coming out with interesting ways to problem solve. The weirder the brief, the more excited I get.”

Project Plug: The Makers’ Journal

The nicely curated makers marketplace HAYSTAKT – an e-destination housing carefully chosen, well-designed, quality goods from independent makers – is now supplemented by a monthly online-only publication – The Makers’ Journal – looking at Making in Asia, with a focus on people, product, and process.

“In our inaugural issue, we set out on a journey to define maker. The task saw us travelling to Japan to bring you an interview about the craft difference with terrarium maker Daisuke Tsumanuma, while learning about the importance of tea drinking. Stopping over in Bangkok, we uncover Talad Rot Fai through our lens, an industrial-themed marketplace (and probably one of the city’s best kept secrets). Back home on our sunny shores, we attend a beautiful exhibition by our friends from The Workshop Gallery, and learn about the art of crafting an online memory experience with the State of Buildings. Last but not least, we take some quiet time off to reflect with designer Melvyn Ong.”

These guys know where the talent is.

Spotted! Calvin Ng

“Sardinapore, is a dystopian state set in the Year 2040, where the citizens are humans of a different breed – they have evolved to become humans with a sardine head – mindless and having total reliance on technology. The country’s statutory board for censorship and surveillance – DIAM (Democratic Institute of Authorization & Mass Censorship) is releasing their latest propaganda paper telling the citizens of their latest censorship, licensing and surveillance plans, including a 5-step self-censorship kit, island wide deployment of surveillance drones and to apply for a license every time you perform an act in public. The list goes on …” 

Calvin NG made the authoritarian acts by countries today into the subject of his NOISE TAP project, Welcome to Sardinapore. “Implementing strict censorship measures, manipulating the media and controlling the masses (surveillance, police-state) …  countries are blatantly performing these acts – to the point of putting up wildly illogical (or even funny) excuses to back up their reason for doing so. The absurdity in my project brings across that point.”

Calvin Ng is studying at the NTU School of Art, Design & Media, making his way through a Visual Communications degree. “I had a love for Graphic Design since young – unknowingly – while mingling around with the then Macromedia Fireworks MX for posters and tried to emulate everything pretty – including Channel U’s logo (the orb and the slanted U) and a lot of other motion graphics on TV. I found myself deeply interested in the design aspect of things while studying for a Diploma in IT. I am influenced by Japanese and Taiwanese Graphic Design, loving the works of Aaron Nieh especially.”


This Friday, multi-label e-store YESAH will tie up with Shentonista for the launch of their in-house designed multi coloured metallic YES TOTE bags.

The designer behind the fantastic totes is 23-year-old fashionista, DJ and model, Linda Hao Li Yuan. Having studied fashion in school, she used her skills and knowledge to set up her own mini fashion world, YESAH.

The YES TOTES will first be introduced to women on the streets of Shenton Way  where six ladies will be handpicked by both lifestyle brands and featured on Shentonista’s website. They’re also offering you the chance to flaunt one of those babies. Just look out for a series of contests organized by Shentonista on facebook and twitter.


Spotted! Paige Lee

Paige Lee graduated from NIE/NTU (Visual Arts) in 2004, and went on to teach for a couple of years before she ventured into marketing communication. “I’ve dabbled with various art forms, genres, mediums and styles. Art to me is fun, expressive and always having ‘that’ element of deeper exploration and surprise.”

Infusing childhood dreams of becoming a fashion designer and her passion for the arts, Paige decided to start Thirty Versions. “It started off with neck pieces that resembles ‘miniature-like sculptures‘. Gradually, I explored a wider range of materials and techniques and began creating neck bibs. These have since became Thirty Versions’ signature collection.”

The last design is from Paige’s Braille Collection, an exciting project she has worked on in support of the visually handicapped.

Spotted! Ryn Tang

Ryn Tang is a jewelry artist who designs and hand makes unique jewelry using traditional jewelry making tools and techniques. Formally schooled in design at Temasek Polytechnic and business at San Francisco State University, Ryn is mostly self-taught when it comes to jewelry design, driven by her passion for the ancient craft and a persistent inner voice.”As a result, my work defers from conventional commercial and emerges in organic forms and hand-forged textures and finishes, taking inspiration from nature and culture. Each piece is born from a little idea, story or wish to inspire and help the wearer reconnect to simple joys and live well.”

Her latest collection promises plenty of space which she creates using a strip piece of metal. “The results are sculptural pieces that do not follow the body contours – but create space between the jewellery and the body. Because of unconventional form, each piece can be worn in different ways, inviting the wearer to play with it to create different looks, while exuding a distinct nonchalant vibe.”

Available at Threadbare & Squirrel, Supermama and online at My Vintage JewelBox.

ONIKAGI: Wallets for Humanity

Designer Jackson Aw has already earned a reputation for creating designer film cameras and designer art figures. He now teams up with Ken, a fellow designer and specialist in leather camera cases, to channel his creativity into the making of a 100% socially responsible modular leather wallet.

Jackson: “Ken and I had the chance to work on some projects together. One day, I was sharing with him a book that I just read, “Start Something that Matters” by TOMS shoes founder, Blake Mycoskie. I was really influenced by it. That’s when Ken suggeste I tag along on one of his visits to the leather craftsmen in Bandung, Indonesia. I was introduced to Ohim, a leather craftsman. We stayed with him for a night, understanding his work as a craftsman. We also got an insight into his daily problems: health problems due to air pollution, water contamination, spreading of diseases, being unable to pay for medical help, dangerous housing, food shortages. When we returned from the trip, we decided to put our skills to good use. After 6 months of dedication, ONIKAGI - wallets for Humanity, was born.”

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