Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sympathy terry towel banners.

I don't know the origins of this practice, but messages of sympathy on blankets and towels are a common sight at funerals here in SG. The banners would be hung up at the wake and then distributed amongst family members after wards for daily use. This long banner is made up of thin striped terry towels tacked together side by side. In fact, this banner got so long it had to be hung on the row of trees in the carpark next to the wake located at a HDB block's void deck.

You can even order these traditional funeral blankets online! This one has a GREAT tag line:
Funeral Blankets - Get your loved ones covered.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

Accidental duo-purpose design.

My friend's bangle doubles up as the perfect personalised iPhone holder when she goes out dining!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Mint Museum continued continued.

Just 3 more snaps from Mint Museum of Toys.

Rather unusual tin mice musicians - naturally, I was drawn to their black and whiteness.

I had to snap this one - I remember using the politically incorrect Darkie toothpaste as a kid.

Last but not least I really liked these very simple printed plastic hand puppets from Argentina. Gives me some ideas on how to jazz up my kitchen mitts.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Guerilla Restaurant with Ayako Suwa on top of TripleOne Somerset.

Last night I attended a very unusual and interesting dining experience on a temporary restaurant set on the rooftop of TripleOne Somerset. Japanese food artist Ayako Suwa created a 8-course tasting "dinner" that explored all the senses of eating. Each course were given descriptions of emotions in place of ingredients and the waiters were so dramatic I believed we were served by Lady Gaga's dance troupe.

Oh this is a herb plus an olive plus a cashew nut. I christened it the "olishew"

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mint Museum of Toys continued...

All these were seen in the Mint Museum of Toys. These were some of the other toys that caught my eye.

I thought this was rather an unusual theme for a toy - a preppy secretary doll complete with her own typing desk, typewriter, telephone and even a stand to prop up her documents for easy reading! And her name? MISS FRIDAY. Wow. Was it meant for little girls who yearned to work in the office typing up documents all day hmmm?

I LOVE these two-dimensional cloth dolls of two members of The Beatles - can't figure out if they're meant to be Paul, Ringo, George or John though.

A seductive lingerie-clad doll with a cigarette dangling from her mouth! Fantastically politically incorrect!

I have always LOVED this shark-shaped (or is it a killer whale?) submarine - great to see it in 3D form.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Monday morning mail surpise.

Came into super early into my studio today and found this in the mail - the latest issue of Fashion News from Tokyo! It was very thoughtful of the Japanese journalist to have ensured that a copy of the magazine was sent to us - a great start to the week!

Sunday, June 19, 2011


Wow I accidentally came across PES's animation work on YouTube and I am blown away by his creativity. I can't believe I haven't come across his work before! Shame on me!

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Dan Dare!

Whoa! What a name! You know someone with a name like that will definitely have balls of steel! Hee hee hee! :-)

A British comic hero from the 1950s, the artwork on Dan Dare's merchandise are wonderfully 2D with flat, solid, contrasting areas of colours bouncing off each other! The artwork is absolutely mesmerizing and inspiring! Hmmm.... I see ideas for the next collection coming up....

All these were seen in The Mint Museum of Toys.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Messy Msxi & Mint Museum of Toys.

The talented Messy Msxi strikes again! No stranger to hansel (here's previous post on her work for hansel), Messy Msxi (otherwise known as Zi Xi) created these highly detailed hand-drawn settings for vintage Penny Toys at the Mint Museum of Toys. I have always wanted to visit the museum but her work gave me another reason to do so over the weekend. The show's on till the end of this month, on 30 June, so pop by to see it up close!

I snapped pics of lots of other interesting things at the museum too! I'll post them up over the next few days.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Seventeen magazine photoshoot.

Got new mug shots taken at the SPH photo studio for Seventeen magazine Singapore the other day. I'm wondering if it's time to chop my hair or let it grow grow grow... Hmm...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Artful warning sign.

Most warning signs display highly stylized images. Not this one.
The realistic jellyfish is translucent and plump (almost like the fluffy clouds in the sky).