Ong Wei Ting’s digital illustrations caught our attention. Little did we know, she actually does everything! From producing to directing, art directing to illustrating. Read about her detailed feature of all that she does!
We saw Siow Jun’s work on Behance and the series of illustrations he did; especially the ones for MoneySmart. They were, well, very smart.
Gideon: I definitely have an interest in designing books and other printed objects. I also see it as a really practical tool, for one to have both the technical and artistic ability in giving form to (one’s) ideas and explorations, on top of its value in other commercial applications. In a way, the works are really just materialised outcomes of my other activities beyond graphic design.
“We want to be just like water. Calm, essential, always nearby giving us rest and richness. It has not the brilliance of liquor, nor does it attract us like perfume.”
Ice cream trucks and vans were a common sight during the 80s to 90s (and even before then), but not as much now. It’s heartening to know that upcoming generations are realizing this. This topic was also listed in the Singapore Memory Project and it’s the absence of these that makes our culture seem like it’s fading away. Jolyn Ong manages to bring light to this with Commonfolk.
The bomber keychain measures at 14 centimetres, tied with a 1.5 metre long emergency paracord with 550 pounds of strength. It has a firestarter flint & steel rod attached on the front and a military-grade carabiner.
Amongst the highly populated works, another work that stood out to us at DECK was one visual that was framed up. It was by Gabe Chen, a fashion photographer who presented Ambivalence. It is based on the Renaissance era, a period that we were also inspired by. Having had worked for a Publishing house ourselves, with photo shoots involved, we understood what went on behind the scenes. The casting of the model, picking the right hair and makeup artist, sourcing of apparels, lighting, venue, and even before then the conceptualization, it all had to be tied in together. It’s not all glamour, though it very much seems that way. Having seen this level of fashion photography on par to industry standards doesn’t happen very often. Thus we caught up with Gabe to find out more about his journey and Ambivalence.
When communication design meets embroidery, the less practiced craft becomes a medium to express an idea. While looking through the works at DECK, we were intrigued to see embroidery being presented amongst the more digitally influenced ones. Khor Serene’s “Let’s All Do A Little Bit More” speaks about the values of craft as a way to disrupt our everyday lives. In which daily routined actions (though mindless) may be seen as more productive by the mass. We caught up with her to find out more about her journey and work.
One of the few works that caught our eye was Abigail’s. Her message to people; to show the beauty of animals, to save them. Her mode of communication was interesting. She actually went around a park to collect remnants of life forms. Rodent bones, feathers, shells etc. We briefly caught up with her to find out more about her work, Extinction.
Miniature creations are seen quite often but not when it comes to local delights. Veavee Ng of Fun With ARtz has not only made her passion into wearables but also offers workshops for keen learners who want to experience the process of making miniature pieces. Her creations include Croissants, Steamboat, Nonya Kueh, Steamed Buns, Wanton Noodles and many more. The level of detail we see in her works are commendable considering the size in which it’s being produced at. We caught up with her to find out more about what she does!
The Girl With A Radio Mind is none other than Lynn. She works as a creative head and expresses herself further by playing around with the Bohemian art. The array of colours and intricate patterns are hand sewn on various products like pillows, waist pouches and passport wallets. Already with over 2,000 admirers with a 5 star rating on her Etsy store, you can be assured about the quality of her products. We also caught up with her and spoke to her a bit more about what she does.
David Ling of Chamber Decals has been around for over 10 years! Many might think decals are just decals, but the work that goes behind it is the same as any creative project – from draft to process to final artwork. Did you also know it’s a better option than wallpapers? David shares with us why, as well as how his friend got him started in this, resulting in numerous projects for Chamber Decals!
Our main priority in choosing a hotel while in Hong Kong was that instead of typical, commercial ones, the hotel has to be in some way unique and well designed. Of course, it had to fit within our budget as well since we would be spending five nights there.
We were also concerned about accessibility, as our itinerary required us to move around very often. We searched for a few hotels that fit our requirements, and finally settled for Inn Hotel Hong Kong. Here’s 5 reasons why!
Mathyr is the Founder of GoSolo SG where he creates custom snapbacks and more. Think (proudly) ‘Made In Singapore’. Yes, something you don’t see very often. Very few makers in Singapore are actually going the extra mile by making products themselves, and Mathyr is one of them. We were very intrigued by his craft of making snapbacks and he generously shared with us how he got into making snapbacks and the process behind these custom snapbacks.
Going by Qin, she doodles every day events and keeps them documented on her Tumblr and Instagram. Her humour and light outlook on life is evident in her illustrations where she titles it, ‘Life of Qin’. What we really wanted to share was how she documents interesting happenings in her life in the form of doodles and shares it with the world. To us, it’s more meaningful than taking snaps of random things and sharing it just to get attention and likes. Moreover, her love for cats goes a long way. She sells merchandises of her illustrations in which an amount of the sale goes to cat organisations. We caught up with her and found out what made her doodle her life.
Yunroo is an illustrator who has won numerous awards including the D&AD Student Awards, and has had her works displayed in various exhibitions. A full showcase of her distinct style across different works can be better seen at her website. She has recently worked on illustrating a book written by Eve Aw, which can be bought at Epigram Books. We caught up with her to find out more about her and the book.
Zack Tan of zackartz is a self taught painter who paints the meaning behind a painting. He believes that the world needs a change in perspective and he wants to use his works to change it. Working mainly with oil paints, they are mostly of nature and scenic depictions as it gives him a sense of peace. For him, every artwork doesn’t come easy as it’s done from the heart, not just the mind.
Brick Artist, Jeffrey Kong of Artisan Bricks works with lego bricks to create various items. From structures like Rochester Park’s Starbucks to Retro playgrounds and even the Star Wars character R2-D2. He has been gaining recognition ever since he was awarded Grand Winner in The Joy of Lego’s mural design competition in 2012. He was also recently commissioned to create a model of the Lifelong Learning Institute building by Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA). The piece consists of 3,000 bricks where WDA staffs helped to put bricks on the facade. We caught up with him and found out more about his other works and how he started.
We found ourselves attracted to meaning and details this year, more so than previous years. Here’s 3 of our favourite pieces at Art Stage, along with some shots of pieces we enjoyed!
I’m Jun Yi from Singapore, my friends call me JY since it’s easier for everyone. I’m 15 and currently studying in Saint Joseph’s International. I took pictures with an iPod touch when I was 12 but never bothered to post any of them online.
We were hopping around on Instagram when we chanced upon Brenton Huang. It’s where we saw guitars being cut open and being used as a form of storage, as a shelf. We knew he was crafty and found out that he also changed old seat covers with a new fabric, and also created a clock with a chopping board and some spare clock parts. He upcycles almost everything but we decided to speak to him more about his Guitar Shelves.
We were baffled (in a good way) by Heizal Jia Xin’s work initially when we saw her images. We couldn’t really make out what it was until we read her explanation and concept. Till now, we’re still bewildered by how she has taken these images and we bet you’ve never seen ice cream interpreted like this before. We spoke to Heizal to find out more about the story behind these images.
Alex Wong, a photographer we stumbled upon at Unsplash and were somehow drawn to his images amongst the many stunning shots others have contributed. We took a liking and searched more of his images. Lo and behold, he’s actually from Singapore. So we got in touch with him as we wanted to share his works with you. He shares with us 10 of his images and how he got into photography. (Fun fact, we’re using his image for our Facebook cover photo!)
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