JJ’s Bits&Bitez

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JJ graduated from Temasek Polytechnic, School of Design with a diploma in Visual Communication. More known for his work in Branding Design, JJ started Bits&Bitez as a need to create for pleasure.

“As I am a playful person by heart, my illustrations aim to inject quirky personalities to seemingly ordinary things in everyday life making them “extra” ordinary,” says JJ of his work. “Right now, it seems that food is the subject of choice because it holds a special place in everyone’s heart. It is certainly joyful to see people break into a smile when they discover something like food can become something weird and whimsical.

I still have yet to settle on a personal style, simply because there are just so many art styles to explore. Even more so with the availability of traditional and digital mediums. The possibilities are endless and it is too soon to limit yourself to one style.

At the end of the day, I strive to make the most of my free time, pushing my boundaries in design. As scary as it is, it also makes the adventure thrilling!”

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Dreaming in Black and White with Ling Nah

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(from the press release)

Singapore Artist Tang Ling Nah celebrates her 15th Year in the arts with an exhibition and her first documentary, Dreaming in Black and White 《幻境黑白》

Known for her charcoal drawings and charcoal-based site- specific installations, Ling Nah explores urban conditions and the city’s human relationships through shades of black, grey and voids of white. Is it any wonder then that her dreams—whether they are the images conjured up during sleep, her state of mind or the vision of her future—are in black and white?

From 1 to 17 Dec 2017, at Gallery I, The Arts House, Ling Nah will celebrate her 15th year in the arts by Dreaming in Black and White, a multi-component visual arts project comprising a solo exhibition and a documentary film. Through these components, she revisits her work and ex- plores its potential through new multidisciplinary collaborations with a filmmaker, animation artists and two dancers.

In her exhibition, the artist will present selected past charcoal drawings, paintings, sketches, photo- and video-documentations of her site-specific performances, and a new dance film.

The title Dreaming in Black and White is also inspired by an installation of the same name that the artist made during her artist residency at Vermont Studio Centre, U.S.A.

The artist will also debut her 100-minute documentary, titled Dreaming in Black and White: Portrait of a Singapore Artist Tang Ling Nah. Directed by Singapore filmmaker Lei Yuan Bin, the film is a cinematic story woven from Ling Nah’s artworks, artistic journey and daily life. Straddling fact and fiction through interviews, gathering with friends, dance and animation segments, the film attempts to blur the boundaries between the audience, Ling Nah’s art and her deepest being by taking its audience to real spaces—the artist’s studio and her favourite places—as well as the illu- sionary worlds of her drawings. She shares about her memories and relationships with people. She reveals her concerns about the ever-changing city and the impermanence of life. She muses aloud about charcoal, her major drawing medium. And she invites the viewer to take a peek at her work processes. The film ultimately celebrates the importance of having a dream, the courage to make our dreams come true and to keep dreams alive.

Click here for tickets.

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Michael Sng’s Schnauzer Armoured Walker

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Michael Sng, owner of Machination Studio and creator of the Codename Colossus, just launched a kickstarter campaign for his newest  mechanized dieselpunk walking tank scale model, the Pzkpfl.I Schnauzer Armoured Walker.

After a successful launch of the British Empire’s Mk.I Cyclops Colossus last December, this light armoured walker is the first Colossus from the Imperial German faction.

(from the kickstarter page)

Standing at 8¼ inches (21 cm) tall, the tank comes fully assembled, and professionally hand painted and weathered. Besides looking great, it features a realistic walking motion, a spinning gatling gun, and a cannon motion through a series of mechanical gears and cams, powered by a single motor and 4x AA sized batteries. A little technology to bring the model to life.

The tank is available in two colours; Green in the Grenzjäger (Border Patrol) markings, and Grey in the Kaisergarde (Imperial Bodyguard) markings.

The project is a collab with the team at Mighty Jaxx.

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Banner Shuffle! Josef Lee

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The image in the banner is extracted from my 16th story – “The Loudest Whisper In The Universe“, a short, picture-story of a Girl who sang a song that no one can hear. Until she started listening …” – Josef Lee.

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Joanna Lim’s SS18 BASADUNG Collection

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Earlier this week, the six finalists of the Harper’s Bazaar Asia New Gen Fashion Award 2017 sent their collections down the catwalk at Singapore Fashion Week SS18.

LASALLE graduate Joanna Lim presented a ready-to-wear collection around the theme of identity.

“I studied a specific minor ethnic group in Hainan, China – the Li Basadung Tribe. Women in Li Tribe tattoo their face with geometric lines in reference to Hoopoe bird, which have stripes on their feathers. Many cultures around the world practice body modification, as a form of identity, in the form of personal or a culture group. Body modification appears to have integrated into our personal identity. The face is arguably the most significant part of the body across all cultures. We wear our identity upfront through the modifications to our skin. and tell the people who we are through visual aspects. Instead of clothing, these modifications are our first skin. Tattoo is not only a painful process, but also a bloody grotesque procedure. However, you will see the workmanship and the intricacy of each tattoo design in the aftermath. Tattooing on facial features allows them to differentiate themselves from other tribes and at the same time, creating a unique identity for themselves.

The collection uses various combinations of textile manipulations that merge the uniqueness of an identity with elements of the future. Laser cutting techniques combined with digital printings and Swarovski crystals embellishments were used to achieve the textures of the collection. Each dotted lines resulted of the tattoo motif reflects an individual’s lifestyle and behaviour. This concept aims to remind individuals who we really are. It is the idea of embracing our identity. After all, our face is the most significant part of an identity.”

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