Project Plug: The Arctic Series

The designers at Hug a Porcupine always entertain us with their funky brooches. With their new collection, they lure us into winter with a set of seven brooches reflecting the icy cold white and blue hues of the Arctic waters.


Architectural Decoration: Negotiating Symbols Across Time & Place

I don’t think it’d be an exaggeration to claim that I was bowled over when Basheer posted these images on their Facebook page. And when you come across something truly special, it deserves digging a little deeper.

Multidisciplinary designer Jesvin Yeo is responsible for this  beautifully constructed ‘architectural decoration’ which just won her the Red Dot award in the category of Communication Design. Here is Jesvin on her project.

“This special publication is an introductory book to the symbolic images of Hokkien architectural-style temples. This book combines illustrations and incisive write-up about particular symbols with representative images from three century-old temples built from 1800s to 1900s. Each  write-up explains the meaning and mythology behind the symbolic images, as well as the setting and the materials of these symbolic images.

To enhance the value of these cultural images as they display our ancestor’s expectations and pursuits of beautiful things, this book is deliberately made in the format of traditional bamboo scroll, which allows for the depiction of a continuous narrative: the viewing is a progression through time and space.

This book aims to serves as a platform for better understanding of culture material and to stimulate interest of the younger generations. This book uses 225 bamboo strips and is the longest bamboo scroll book in Singapore, measuring 4.35 meter long. Due to the handwork, each book took about 5 days to finish. This bamboo scroll book is a combination of both new technology and old material; where past and present are in continuous dialogue.”

Architectural Decoration: Negotiating Symbols Across Time & Place is available in limited edition, so if you want one you’d best pop by Basheer Graphic Books at once.

Exhibition: KEEPERS

(from the press release)

Singapore’s largest-­ever collective of local designers and artisans gather for five months at the Singapore Designer Collective (KEEPERS) showcase from 12 September 2014 to 15 February 2015.

Housed at a purpose built pop-­up at Orchard Green, the showcase will highlight the work of Singapore designers from across multiple disciplines – from furniture, fashion, and food to architecture, millinery and home-­wares.

KEEPERS will showcase fashion by A.W.O.L, In Good Company, hansel, Dzojchen; accessories by Carrie K., DestiSaint, Heads of State Millinery, Lingwu and Gnome and Bow; home-­wares by Supermama, IEX, perfumes by Code Deco; furniture by Grafunkt and many more.

For more details on the designers and the activities, visit the KEEPERS website.

Pass By by Ng Si Ying

Ng Si Ying is currently studying for a BFA Visual Communication at the Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design & Media. The work she has created under the guidance of TAP Mentor Jerry Goh is about the act of clinging. Here’s her story.

“Despite life’s constant flux, we choose to cling on to its impermanence. The ones that pass by, the things that pass by, the minutes that pass by. There are a total of ten chapters in this book, each constituting to the many things we hold on to. Shadows are an expression of the brief transition of life, of the impermanent things we cling on to. The reader’s shadow indicate temporary presence, as one passes by to hold space. We catch a glimpse of things as one interacts with it—the shadow; it manifests, it warps, it changes, and then it disappears.”

The Noise Apprenticeship Programme (TAP) exhibition runs at SAM at 8Q (8 Queen Street) until 7 September. Admission is free.

Obscura by Tiffany Loy

If you have been searching for an ambient sound and image projector for your iPhone then we definitely suggest the Obscura. Launched on HAYSTAKT, the Obscura is made up of a lens which projects the images on screen, and a sound flap, which directs music to the people behind it.

Designer Tiffany Loy: “There are many good-quality smart phone projectors in the market. They are compact, and portable. So why make another one out of card and magnifying lens? I believe there is something delightful about a completely analog add-on to a techy product – like an obscura for a smart phone. There’s something nice about super low-tech solutions.”

Tiffany was trained in industrial design and prototyping at the National University of Singapore and the Design Incubation Centre. Her approach to design is focused on materials, alternative fabrication methods, and the experience of the physical object. “I believe that the physical form of any object, however small, is very important, because it contributes to our experience when we interact with it. In my projects I love to be involved in the fabrication process, because a big part of the design development happens there. Understanding the way things are constructed leads to greater sensitivity in design details. There’s so much we can learn from manufacturers.”

I suggest you visit Tiffany’s page on HAYSTAKT for more details about her project.

Project Plug: Invisible Stickers by Edmund Wee

Invisible Stickers is my Final Year Project which allows people to express themselves at a certain place. These expressions are called ‘stickers’ and are geo-tagged to a location. Users can ‘paste’ a ‘sticker’ at their current location or discover other ‘stickers’ nearby via the website. The concept of this application comes from the idea that a journey plays an important part in man’s life. Such a journey exists in different forms such as a pilgrimage, exploration, an adventure or even a daily routine to school or work; hence people view the entire life itself as a journey. On a journey, people like to leave marks of presence – such as graffiti, “I was here”, tying padlocks at tourist destinations or writing in a guest book. All these actions mark our presence at a place. Similarly, Invisible Stickers lets you leave your traces everywhere around the world digitally. You can leave behind your footprints, expressions, ideas, posters, tips or even secret messages at a location.” – Edmund Wee.

Edmund is an undergraduate from the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University. He majored in Interactive Media and is passionate about the Internet and Interactive art.

Lokal Heroes, just for one day

Maria Maria, Uncle Jagah, Mr Politico, Karung Guni and Brudder Gopi. These are the Lokal Heroes created by Splash Productions in collaboration with street art collective The Terror Troopers and toymakers Mighty Jaxx in conjunction with Singapore’s 49th National Day celebrations. The  limited edition 3D figurines pay tribute to the all-too-familiar yet largely underrated characters we see around us.

“Like it or not, these people have become an integral part of Singapore fast-changing profile; hardworking people who rarely get acknowledged for their part in keeping Singapore running. Real people from a diverse range of occupations. Men and women who despite being alienated, unappreciated or just plain ignored, have become part of our local landscape.”

The Lokal Heroes will be launched on 8 August from 6:30pm onwards at Lowercase, Lasalle College of the Arts. Besides unveiling the figurines series,  various artists from the industry have been invited to showcase their own interpretations of the Lokal Heroes at the Lokal Heroes Showcase.

Jun Yi Clarence’s Gender F*ck

“I aim to use design to communicate visually and harness the potential impact it may have on society level. I have always tried to use unorthodox methods in achieving the message I wanted to bring across not just with words but with visually powerful imagery.”

Enter the world of Jun Yi Clarence, a graduate from the BA (Hons) Communication Design course at the Glasgow School of Art. For his degree, Clarence created an androgynous child bust using 3D software.

“I used the child bust as a container to hold my perspective on how media have influenced us on gender stereotyping. It is a simple idea that allows me to express my thoughts and fulfill my goal of creating shocking/intriguing imagery. Sometimes we forget that because we live in a world where the media pulls us from the womb, nurses us, and teaches us who we are. “Women being objectified in advertisement”, “Smoke Marlboro to be cool”. Our children are the ones being oppressed and made to suffer the grave consequences … think suicide, low esteem, self-doubt, bullying etc to name a few.

In today’s world, the capitalist predatory influence of media assault the gender notion of children where they are tainted with gender ideologies defined not by choice. Only by challenging the expectation of the society, we could enable people to be more than just emblems of their genitals. The end of binary gender isn’t the abolition of the masculine or feminine. Rather, it is the abolition of the gender tyranny that would divide us into armed camps.”


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