YEE-ES! The weekend is here! It’s a double treat for Apprentice and I as two main events we were waiting for were exploding with excitement on the same day: Designer’s Weekend & Fuyoh Art Bazaar @ Publika.
Designer’s Weekend kicked off on Friday, July 27 with Solo Art Exhibitions by upcoming artists in the current design scene. Exhibitors included:
Design Heart (from Japan)/ Naho Ogawa/ The Yellow Dino/ Breanz
I Love Doodle/ Action Tintoy/ Driv Loo/ Lisa Lee/ Pocotee
Sheiko/ Kelseyz/ Doodolls/ Abs Lee/ D.U.R.A./ Vay Fern/ Monographiz
Chinthye Law/ Wanton Doodle/ Urban Cr3atures/ Seamus
Dennis Koh/ Room99/ MAWS/ Floyd/ Apoh Paurine/ Phantasma/ Woodprint
It wasn’t purely a showcase of creative genius, but it was also a platform for discussions on Digital Design & Management Design as well as Sharing about Sustainable products design in Japan. There was even Monster Parade Live! where cosplayers, designers and art enthusiasts can connect and expand their network (by invitation only… sigh).
We had only an hour or so at Publika that weekend, and we had LOTS of ground to cover. A handful of artist’s quirky POV caught my attention (their humor was beaming out of their creations 🙂 ), so hope you enjoy them as much as my Apprentice and I did. Let the mini show begin:
This was one place where both Apprentice and I spent quite some time digging into the Jar of Buttons, picking the unique designs that we could not help but smile and grin and occasionally break out into a “AWWW SO CUUU-UUTTEE!!”
Mas, the designer from Singapore, was rushing back to the Republic for an appointment with a client later that night. The price he pays for living his Dream.
It was a pleasure to meet you and I enjoyed our very short chat.
Keep up the great work, Mas! FIGHTING! 🙂
Another booth that definitely made me smile was I Love Doodle. Hope you see why we couldn’t stop grinning:
My friend Take Huat was also involved in this exhibition. His collaboration with ActionTintoy gave birth to a unique design that was exquisitely (and painstakingly) done:
These action figures gave a breath of fresh air into the art of Wayang Kulit or Shadow Play. Wayang Kulit is a traditional theatre art form using puppets and shadow play technique to tell the epic tales of ancient classical Hindu legends, Mahabharata and Ramayana. Traditionally, puppets are made of buffalo hide and mounted on bamboo sticks.
After a good one hour inside the White Box, it was time for us to surface for fresh air and the excitement @ Fuyoh Art Bazaar. However, a wonderful eye-opener greeted us at the West Entrance. Holy Copernicus! How in heck did they install this behemoth?!
The usual suspects were not at the bazaar that day due to constrained space on the fringes (thanks to the on-going festive sale set-up in the concourse area). Luckily, didn’t have to spazz and spend on stationery and what-nots, BUT to my surprise, I bumped into my friend who FINALLY managed to open shop!
CB and Iss are the creative ladies behind Terompah. The aforementioned is essentially affordable wooden clogs worn by local folks in the 70s. They are anti-slippery on wet surfaces, unlike rubber slippers. This iconic footwear is believed to be brought into Melaka by the Dutch.
“Clog making is fast becoming a rarity due to the intricate and manual processes involved. The wood used for the terompah base is usually senduk (Endorspermum Malaccese)… while the top cover can be made of plastic or canvas” – melakatravel.com
The ladies customize terompahs, and the red clogs are lovely as funky footwear or home decorations (however, one wears them at home, not all over shopping malls – you’d get weird looks! LOL). Congrats Teh Panas & Iss! YAY!!