Friday, May 30

About the Arts Festival Exhibition - Part 2

Superheroes by The Cookie Cutter

I have yet to introduce you to some of the other artists who were participating to the Arts Festival by Yellowren that took place at the Design Festa Gallery in Harajuku at the beginning of May. 
Almost everyone had a link with Singapore - after all even though I am currently based in Tokyo, I have lived for nearly 5 years and even got married there. Two of my arts & crafts buddies were part of the exhibition and it was a real treat to meet up with Sandy of The Cookie Cutter again after 2 years. Sandy makes the quirkiest plushies and her new line of Superheroes (picture above) won my heart rather fast (especially Superman and Batman)! 

/// Katrina Alana - Craft Artist - Animals & Cheesy Puns
A series of animals and cheesy puns designs handmade using a burning tool on wooden bowls. Dedicated to my husband who loves animals. Lettering and corny jokes. The cheesy puns add an humorous spin to the anthropomorphism of the animals. The choice of using pyrography on wood was made to remind us of how humans are affecting the environment.

/// Phua Boon Wah - Photographer - Dancing with Jacks
A photography narratives that invites us to consider our interaction with each other and our environment. The influences may be subtle or significant. Harmful or helpful. Fleeting or forever. In the dances we partake with each other, consider that the choreography can be beautiful or otherwise.

Note: I shall add that the beautiful photographies featured below were taken at a diving spot in Bali where a school of fishes can be found. Phua Boon Wah took these photos over the course of several months/ years. Same spot.

/// Sandy Ng, The Cookie Cutter - Craft Artist - Superheroes
As kids, many of us wanted to be superheroes. Childhood pals is a representation of the imaginary world we escaped into.

Now tell me, which one is your favorite?

/// Kanako Furukawa - Visual Artist - Kokoro
" As a face is reflected in water, so the hearts reflects the person." Proverbs 27:19

/// Chu Wei - Illustrator - Surroundings, nature, childhood fun
The artworks revolve around a strong belief in the elusive yet innocent dimension of arts from the perspective of children presented on a cartooned manner. It represents the artist's desire to harmonise art with its community and their environment.

/// Pang - Visual Artist - The presence of absence
A selection of abstract shapes made from a common material reinterprets the relationship and narrative between environment, people and the objects that surrounds them.

Note: This was one of the most inspiring project for me. Pang used white vinyl tape that he rolled and assembled to form these rather organic,  lively shapes. Although the whole process took hours to be completed, the end result was well wort it, stunning!

/// Chiho Sakamoto - Paper artist

2014 © Chiho Sakamoto

/// Nalu Miyamoto - paper Cutting Artist
Miyamoto-san is the first paper artist in the world to use a Japanese katana (or samurai sword), mad-to-mesure for her by a Japanese craftsman, to create her paper art.

Note: watch the artist at work here.

2014 © Nalu Miyamoto

/// Polkadot + Moonbeam - Jazz Musicians
When Polkadot + Moonbeam play their original compositions and their favourite jazz and latin standards. The warm strums and playful tinkling of te solo ukulele is in itself lovely, unpretentious an still. The panic or melodica -a passionate unabashed suitor then weaves about a song of courtship. Sometimes a quiet intimacy. Sometimes a hearty conversation. And at other times. A light-hearted teasing banter. But always together, ceaselessly enjoying their beautiful friendship and love at this festival. They will present two segments of unplugged, instrumental music. 

Note: I missed their performances unfortunately but you can listen to a piece of their music here.

2014 © Polkadot + Moonbeam

I hope you have enjoyed this write-up about the Arts Festival in Tokyo and that it has inspired you in your own creative pursuits.

Mark up your calendar to see the Singapore edition of the Arts Festival:

Location @ Singapore

Lower Seletar Reservoir

Intersection of Yishun Ave 1 and Lentor Ave

29 – 31 August 2014 . Friday – Sunday

click here for details

© All photographs by Marie Maglaque unless otherwise stated


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