Book Spot & Giveaway! CAVE

CAVE is a self-published book co-edited and written by Elena Cheong, Nadirah Abdul Razak, Melvin Tan and Jiahui Tan. They sat down with fourteen local creatives at the top of their game, and sought out their ideas, epiphanies and opinions …

“We enlisted fourteen voices that reflect the current times from different creative fields through the context of their craft. We relate everyday issues ranging from money and politics to notions of the media and the city, helping anybody who reads this come to terms with these things through perspective. Through the interviews, this publication acts as a reiteration of a reflexive Singapore Creative Industry. From the people we have spoken with, we found that approaches have shifted away from a didactic, overbearing voice to a more material, spatial sensory experience that either tricks or respects the viewer’s ability to discover. Preconceived notions of Singapore art and heritage are ignored by these young creatives and we observe that by consensus, nostalgia is becoming passé. There is an interest beyond our direct history but rather, we see our unique city scape adopt a sensibility that is intriguingly indulgent and diverse.Focusing on their approach, we uncover insights surrounding their creative endeavor describing an energetic, daring and trailblazing creative industry in Singapore.”

CAVE is available for online purchase and will be stocked in bookstores soon. We are giving away a copy of CAVE to one of our Singapore-based readers. Email michele@culturepush.com before 30 June. We have a winner! Giveaway is closed!

Happy reading!

Spotted! Hazel Yu

Haze Yu , also known as xoxoyuyuu, is a fresh graduate from Singapore Polytechnic, with a Diploma in Visual Communication and Media Design.

Having shuttled between Singapore and Taiwan while growing up, her sense of aesthetics is honed through wide-eyed observations of her surroundings, and a keen appreciation of life and people she meets. “Everyone and everything has a story, and I’d like to infuse that story into my work to inspire others and get people to look at things from a fresh angle.”

Spotted! Panayo

Creating Panayo is an idea conceived by a YY Liew and Ryan Lee – a couple leveraging on each other’s competencies and abilities to create beautiful fashion apparel.

Ryan Lee: “Moreover, it is also a dream to work together to meet a more deeply rooted common goal. The designs wouldn’t have come to form without the skillful hands of YY, a rebel of a character, a fashion school grad who lives and breathes fashion. YY’s design inspirations cull from legendary designers like Yohji Yamamoto, Alexander McQ etc. She strives towards original creations and aims to translate her ideals and design creativity into physical pieces of clothes.Though skillful, she never knew how to put her skills to better use.”

“That’s where Ryan comes into the picture, ” YY continues. “A post-graduate in Strategic business, he wouldn’t in a million years let my talent go to waste. Hence, he came up with a business plan to harmonize doing business and start Panayo.”

Dark Allure is the label’s latest collection revolving around the occult and the color black. “Our main idea is to create a dark collection that can seduce the senses and one that is very attractive and appealing to the customer. Dark doesn’t always mean fearful. The design construct revolves around the ideals on versatility and drapery to achieve the dark, alluring look. We want to make multiple forms from just one design, allowing the wearer maximum choices to choose from. We also added the element of flow to our design through the use of drapes.”

Book Spot! Home Club Portraiture Project

“This portraiture project is my personal homage to the local music scene that revolves around DJs/VJs and other performers, a personal documentation of the people I have met in the course of this project.” – Olivia Sari-goerlach.

(from the press release)

A collaborative project between photographer Olivia Sari-Goerlach and Home Club, The Home Club Portraiture Project documents, catalogs and reminisces a year of musical talent featured on site.

Presented in an embossed 8.5” x 11” hardback, the book pays homage to the characters that have performed, inspired, and entertained through the duration of 2012. Captured through the eye of Olivia Sari-Goerlach and with an unprecedented level of intimacy, the portraits reveal the personality, sentiment and presence of both the club’s international guests and local artists.

The book launch will be held at Home Club on 29 June, 8pm-10pm, featuring selected prints from the Project on exhibit and a mass book signing, among other activities. Music provided by Tom Shellsuit of Pushin’ On. Admission is free.

WYWF EP by Perk Pietrek

(from the press release)

Perk Pietrek is a Singapore born DJ & Music Producer, former six times DJ Battle Champion, the Singapore DMC Vice-Champion 2010 and he is also actively part of BubbleHeads, a tropical bass duo from Singapore and Canada.

Introducing tropical bass to Singapore, Perk Pietrek have done it just right, combining fillers and killers into one EP that deserves to be well balanced. Carrying big influences from his BubbleHeads vibes yet not giving up his signature style of having strong rhythms and unique melodies, this EP is the example of a mix between how Tropical Bass can be implanted into an crowd favorite record yet still sound unique and different.

The EP consists of four tracks – Waiting, Younkers, Workflow and Fool’s Anthem – and is released on the Internet Based Record Label, Fresh Bloc Records as it’s 1st release which is now available for free download!

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