’cause it’s Christmas with Chubby Chubby’s SantaOwls

“May this Owliday season leave you with precious memories, a Christmas filled with happiness, love and joy all around! Hope your Owliday season’s a Hoot!” 

Hoot Hoot Hoot! The Chubby Chubby elves made these mega cute SantaOwls for you to purchase at once! We just bought this one and we are giving it away to the first Singapore-based reader to email michele@culturepush.com. Contest closes 30 November. .… and we have a winner!

Hoot luck!


Verve 2013 – The Art of Play

(from the press release)

In its third year running, Verve is a fully student-run arts festival organised by the 2nd year students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Diploma in Arts Business Management.

This year, Verve 2013 builds up from the previous theme of “Crossroads” and explores the intimate conversations and self-exploratory theme of “the Art of Play”. The festival aims to examine art as a form of play and an act of interaction. Through recreating intimate encounters between individuals, the festival hopes to promote art as a medium for discovery between artists and audience.

Through music, dance, theatre and the visual arts, the festival aims to let its audience gain insights on how the art allows them to play through a myriad of engaging activities.

Some of the festival highlights include two separate collaborations between Leslie Tan from T’ang Quartet with These Brittle Bones and Tang I-Shyan. Also part of the music programme is The Glad Stones, Flame of the Forest and ANECHOIS. From the visual arts, Joel Yuen and Daryl Goh would be presenting a site-specific installation alongside artists such as Ruben Pang, Bradley James Foisset, Tristan Lim, Eunice Lim and Kitt Santos. Theatre and dance presents workshops by Jody Marshall Dance Company (tap dance) and local actor cum playwright Peter Sau, as well as performances by several various groups and companies.

14 December, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at The Arts House, The Old Parliament House. A festival pass can be purchased at the Verve website. All proceeds from the festival will go to The Business Times Budding Artist Fund to fund formal training of financially disadvantaged children that display great talent and interest in the arts.


The Last Gift by Raymond Hon

“A gift that reminds. A gift that takes away loneliness. A gift of acceptance and closure. A gift that offers a fleeting moment of familiarity yet at the same time informs the fact that some things are ephemeral and are lost forever no matter how hard one tries to hang on to.”

2050 designers from 96 different countries participated in this year’s Design for Death competition organized by designboom, in collaboration with the LIEN FOUNDATION and ACM FOUNDATION. Among the shortlisted entries we found a project by Raymond Hon, a 3D printed from the cremated remains of the departed, the last gift for the living …

Raymond: “As cremation becomes an increasingly common practice, many still find it awkward to display an urn of cremated remains in their house but at the same time, find it a pity to just leave what’s left of their loved ones in a columbarium, only to be forgotten over time. With advancement in technology, many things deemed impossible have become a reality. By creating a wind chime with components produced from the cremated remains of their loved ones, it is possible to aid in gaining acceptance and closure during the grieving process, and then serving as a reminder to the living of his/her existence. An abstracted image of the departed is obtained by inputting a portrait into an algorithm in Grasshopper, a generative design plugin for Rhinoceros (a 3D visualization software). The abstracted images are then printed as negative spaces in each piece of the wind chime. As the pieces align, the onlooker would be able to catch a glimpse of the image of the departed for a fleeting moment. At the same time, during the grieving process, one would try to align the pieces manually, only to realise that some things are ephemeral, and no matter how hard you try to hang on to it, it is lost forever.”

Raymond is a final year undergraduate at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Division of Industrial Design.


The Upcycle Exhib: Snapshots of A Community

(from the press release)

The Upcycle Project aims to facilitate meaningful exchanges of stories and objects amongst various stakeholders of the MacPherson community. Through a series of engagements with MacPherson residents, designers and creative individuals have transformed unused furniture and everyday objects from the neighbourhood into relevant items for new owners.

This exhibition will showcase snippets and snapshots of the relationships that were formed around each object, and the lives that it has touched. Together, these images and stories form a larger narrative of the collective capacity of residents and designers to contribute to the neighbourhood, using the resources and skills that they hold.

Exhibition Dates: 23 Nov – 22 Dec 2013. Sharing Session and the Exhibition Launch: Fri 22 Nov, 7 – 9pm. Click here for details.


’cause it’s Christmas with The Fingersmith Letterpress

The Fingersmith Letterpress recruited eleven artists, mostly from a close knitted group of students and recent graduates from LASALLE College of the Arts, faculty of Design Communication, to custom design their 2014 calendar. Artists include Lin Looi, Sumaya Mahadevan, Ella Zheng, Alicia Wee, Huzaifa Kamal, Raj, Kelyn Lau and Rino Aiigo. “A call-to-entry invitation posted on the Fingersmith Letterpress’s Facebook page also saw a number of talented artists coming forward which we eventually recruited Djohan Hanapi, Dawn Ang and Visual Inconsideration to complete the line-up.”

“The theme chosen was ‘Dance like no one is watching’ where each artist interpreted it their own way. The array of designs received was the underlying reason why the Fingersmith initiated this collaboration. It was a celebration of creative expression, a reminder that everyone should dance to their own tune and that life is too short to worry about what other people think. Besides, this project was a way to showcase the multitude of illustration talents on this puny island. It was a platform for people to come together to do stuff and just have fun. Only 100 pieces of calendars were letterpressed with Klaus, our 54-year-old Heidelberg Windmill, producing a tactile feel to all the designs. The calendar will be given out to artists and guests at the Fingersmith Letterpress’s private Christmas party to ring in the good tidings.”

One piece will be up for grabs early December, so keep your eyes on our Facebook page.



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