Making It Matter

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The question of purpose and our existence often requires introspection but it's also a discovery that comes with looking, and stepping, out. The beauty of diving into the unknown is knowing that you're not alone in your search and when you find a group of people that share the same heartbeat, suddenly the deep end isn't so deep anymore and you start to feel your feet touch the ground.

Late last year, I spoke to the team at MATTER and asked if we could work together to produce a capsule collection of head wraps motivated by their mission: to inspire consumers to value provenance and process, and pioneer industry change and sustainability for rural textile communities. I was confident they would say yes, and that I would have the opportunity to partner with an amazing team who would guide, support and teach me. What I didn't expect was to gain a family that would remind me that it is possible to reach beyond myself, and in the coming weeks, discover a true sense of purpose. 

MATTER WRAPS is a collection inspired by the Creators, Dreamers and Warriors in our lives and we can't wait to share it with all of you. Co-designed with MATTER and produced by SukkhaCitta's Field to Fabric initiative in the Jlamprang Village of Semarang, the wraps are handcrafted in the ancient art form of batik, with all proceeds going back to the initiative to cover land rental for another three years and build an Indigo Vat and workshop. In the last year, the initiative has provided stable employment for 10 women, of the 150 women in the village which engages mainly in coffee and rice cultivation.

There is so much to share so I will have to do it in parts. In the meantime, you can follow our journey to Jlamprang on all our socials and keep close until the launch. #MakeItMATTER #KampongGlam #AkanDatang.

Photos by Cherlynn Lian

March Must-Dos

It's ironic that the weekend I choose "RELAX" as an activity over anything else, is the same weekend all these great events kickstart around the city. Instead of doing what I usually do and throw out my own plans to make room for these (because #FOMO), I'm going to stick to this relaxing post-anniversary weekend with Kevin and share this list with you while I binge on TV and Krispy Kreme at The Warehouse Hotel.

 The Frontliners in Action showcase at the National Design Centre.

The Frontliners in Action showcase at the National Design Centre.

 

  1. GastroBeats @ iLight Marina Bay - iLight is one of my favourite riverside festivals and it runs from 3-26 March this year. The Bayfront area lights up with a series of light art installations all made from sustainable materials and it's quite a sight! See you at GastroBeats for FOOD + MUSIC + PLAY.
  2. Noise Art Mentorship Showcase: Between Home and Home - There isn't much time left to check this out. The showcase runs till 12 March at Objectifs. Noise Singapore is dedicated to making noise about the creative talent of young people and a movement I love. Discover more art while you're at the Centre too.
  3. Singapore Design Week - Running from 3-12 March, with some showcases that will stay for longer, discover the future and innovation of design with over 100 local and international events and activities. This weekend, the Frontliners in Action showcase is open at the National Design Centre and it looks beautiful. 
  4. Beauty & The Beast - The live action version of Disney's 1991 creation is out on 16 March! Equally exciting is the launch of Carrie K's limited edition collaborative collection for the film. Trust me when I say the collection is very cool (read: very wearable). The collection launches 6 March.

That's it for now! Have an awesome weekend, you guys.

Art is Magic

It’s funny how as little as they are, kids know exactly what they like. Zola Mae reminds me every day that she needs to wear an outfit that allows her to twiiiirl. No pants, no shorts - unless of course it’s paired with a flared top that still keeps that twirl factor high. You wouldn’t believe the effort it takes to convince her that maybe wearing some shorts to the playground would make for a nice change.

And Ari Jon. Play that boy some Barney or Sesame Street and that grumpy little face I’m so fond of… well, it goes nowhere. It’s the rhythm and beat of soul music that keeps his little feet dancing and a smile on his cheeky face. Kevin played him a soul song once, and he’s never looked back.

Up until quite recently, I thought that maybe all their little preferences were things they inherited from us. And then a conversation with Zola made me realize that they didn’t necessarily take to everything that we exposed them to, it was the things that held some magic that they fell in love with. I don’t know how I missed that before because that’s exactly why I fell in love with music when I was growing up. Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Aretha, Etta James – they were all magic to me.

I still get that feeling when I experience the unexpected and that’s why I’m so excited to bring the kids out to an amazing initiative put together by the National Arts Council happening from the 10th – 27th November, Arts in Your Neighbourhood - a programme that takes place in March and November every year that aims to bring enriching arts experiences closer to where we live, work and play, sometimes in places unexpected.

We’ve marked our calendar for these shows.

The Enchanted Flute. A tale of a tranquil Malay Village on a tiny island that is abruptly disrupted by the arrival of huge ships docking at its shores. Sound familiar? Only this time the story will be told through the use of puppets at the iconic West Coast and Pasir Ris Park playgrounds! Show info: 19 November 4pm/6pm at West Coast Park, 26 November 4pm/6pm at Pasir Ris Park.

The Enchanted Flute

 

The Three Belles. Using their unique sway-pole apparatus, Strange Fruit, a Melbourne-based performing arts company that produces and performs a remarkable style of work that fuses theatre, dance and circus. I'm pretty sure Zola's going to want in on that twirl action. Show Info: 12 November 5pm/7pm at Woodlands Civic Centre, 13 November 5/7pm at Our Tampines Hub

The Three Belles

If you’re looking for an alternative activity for the family this month, you know what to do! Here’s where to find out more, and where to download the full programme. For more updates, follow the Arts for All Facebook page and Instagram (@artsforallsg).

These are just 2 out of the more than 40 entertaining, fun and interactive performances and activities which residents in neighbourhoods can enjoy in the November edition of Arts in Your Neighbourhood (AYN), presented by the National Arts Council (NAC). The programme is filled with music, theatre, dance and multi-disciplinary performances, as well as art installations, music, art and photographic tours so do find out what’s happening in your neighbourhood. Some magic could just be at your doorstep.