Spotted! Jon Tan

Young image-maker Jon Tan is here to bring homage to his childhood with a series of jolly colourful characters. Jon is a recent graduate from Singapore Polytechnic with a diploma in Visual Communication and Media Design.

“I bring the curiosity and enthusiasm from my days as a doodling tot to my current existence as a man-child. My work aims to recreate the joy and wonderment of childhood. In my off hours I do voiceovers and emcee events. I’m a professional amateur/amateur professional. More than anything, I’d love to experience the rush of working in a kick ass startup *hint* before I dedicate two years of my life to, rifle in hand, trudging through endless fields of mud.”

Spotted! Clarence Valerius Wee

“With everything so based on wanting things done fast and efficiently,
a handwritten card slows you down and helps you appreciate the delicate yet uncompromising work of the details on the card.”

We love the human touch in writing, so imagine our delight in coming across the work of Clarence Valerius Wee. His personalised bespoke calligraphy has been picked up by the likes of CHANEL, Mulberry and Raffles Hotel, and you can see why.

“When I was in Poly, I leaned towards an interest in Typography and that kind of stuck. As I progressed out of school, I became more and more hands on with type, trying to understand the form and practicing. And with time, I felt that with all this practice, to really understand Typography would be to go back to the basics which meant, Calligraphy. With that said, I just started to do mock-ups of wedding invites and envelopes and putting them up online. I enjoy doing calligraphy because I believe it’s the thought that counts and having a handwritten work conveys more sincerity.”

Spotted! Jael Koh

Jael Koh is a shiny new grad from Singapore Polytechnic with a Diploma in Visual Communication and Media Design. She is also the Art Director at The Student Agency, a student-run agency where students get to have first-hand experience in industrial practices.

“I’m constantly working on projects that deal with changing social behavior because there is so much we could still improve on in Singapore, in terms of the art and design scene. I like telling stories and I believe that stories are the souls of ideas.”

Spotted! Samuel Woo

The bird’s nest is one of those things in nature which have provided ideas for many design concepts, including Samuel Woo ‘s Nest Stool.

“A bird builds its nest in any environment out of scavenged materials. Hence the structures they build are perfect examples of ‘co-existence’. Playing off the concept of rest and storage, the Nest Stool pretty much functions like an actual bird’s nest. The seat of the stool functions as a storage compartment for little objects or trinkets one may come across in the everyday. The stem of the stool and be removed so the seat may be used as a storage unit.”

Samuel recently completed a diploma course in Experience and Product Design at the Singapore Polytechnic Design School. “Of all the things I wanted to be when I was a kid, I wanted to be a designer the most because I feel that through design, we not only find solutions to problems that we have but also discover opportunities and ideas that change the way we think and the way we act. Also designers get to do pretty cool stuff.”

Culturepush Chats with Sheryo

Singaporean artist Sheryo likes to draw imperfect gnarly characters, particularly on large-scale murals. Around eighteen months ago, she decided to move to the States to pursue her love of painting walls. Since then, she has worked on various murals around New York, spent the last half of 2012 traveling and painting in different cities with her frequent collaborator The Yok and was named by Complex Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Street Artists to Watch in 2013”. We posed a few questions to her when she was back in town recently:

How did you get into street art?
I painted my first mural with a spray can 10 years ago, took a break in between and started painting a lot more again about 3 years ago. I really liked painting walls so I guess it was a natural progression for me.

What made you pick up your bags and move to US? How has living in New York inspired you as an artist? 
There were no walls in Singapore to paint so I left to go to Cambodia. It was like the wild east; I drew and painted a lot while I was there and had so many adventures, then I met The Yok on my travels and he suggested to move to NY. It had always been on my list of places to go so I packed my bags and here I am. But really, if not now, then when? You’ll never get anything done waiting around. NY is great, everyone’s motivated, there is a great vibe and a lot of energy to go out and do stuff.

Where do you get inspiration for your “imperfect gnarly characters”?
Travelling and meeting people, getting into trouble

You were busy painting murals around town during your trip back to Singapore. Where can we find them and can you tell us more about them?
There is a couple around town, 40 Hands cafe in Tiong Bahru, BroadcastHQ on Rowell Road, Butter factory in One Fullerton and Goodstuph studio on Maxwell Road. They’re based on different themes depending on the project but I had the free reign for the Goodstuph studio one so I decided to paint a Merlion hipster dude because they’re a rad local company!


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