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MMMmmm…I think my wallet is in trouble again

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

After months of anticipation, the Maison Martin Margiela x H&M lookbook is finally unveiled! Here’s a peek from the 140-piece collection which launches 15 November at H&M stores world-wide. Inspiration for the collection came from MMM’s iconic pieces, featuring androgynous tailoring, asymmetry, oversize silhouettes and the maison’s trademark humour.

There’s only one problem with the collection – I can’t find anything I don’t like! I think I’m gonna melt my credit card with this one…oh dear. 15 November – quick come. I’m drooling all over the lookbook already. Follow the collaboration hashtag #MargielawithHM to get the latest updates.

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook

MMM x H&M

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook
Photos from @itsjenniferward and @vistelacalle (bottom right)

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

See you soon MMM x H&M!

All images from H&M unless otherwise indicated.
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Once upon a time…at a beach with peace, love & ice cream

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Look of the Day
Top: Bossini x Smurfs
Blue Bottom: BYSI
Emerald Fedora Hat: H&M
Chain mail Body Harness: Fannie Schiavoni

Once upon a time, there lived an adorable blue creature named Smurfat who lived in Smurf Village. One day, she was craving for ice cream and heard that there was a fair called Ben & Jerry’s Chunkfest by a beach called Siloso at Sentosa where there would be lots and lots of ice cream. So off she went in search of dessert…

To protect herself on the journey, she wore a metal body harness and brought along Hoot her wise owl and a dog. As she could be quite forgetful, she sewed her key into a leather pouch and wore it around her neck.

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Owl Necklace: From chum (muak)
Acrylic Dog Necklace: From MAAD arts market
Leather Key Bound Necklace: House of Chapel

She was greeted by the sun, golden sand, singing and coconut trees when she arrived at the fair…and wasted no time in getting acquainted with the place and the earthlings there.

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Ben & Jerry’s Chunkfest 2012

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Always great to have a map in hand…which area to find cute male earthlings?

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Smurfat got some FairCoins

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Armed with her FairCoins, she skipped & hopped to explore the fair

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Ooh,the earthlings have blue houses like Smurfat’s mushroom house too!

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Smurfat found a curious-looking cow which walked on twos

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Seems that the cows gravitate towards pretty creatures…like Smurfat :)

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

There were games to be played at the fair…Smurfat always loves adventures

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

She saw male earthlings with really droopy boobs going at each other…the sight was so disturbing even the referee had a headache

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

And earthlings with big paws playing ball

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

As well as earthlings who hopped rather than walked with two legs. How very strange creatures.

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Udderly stuffed, udderrerly stufmpted, urrdery stuffud…

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Guess the number of sugar cones and win. Smurfat just wanted to eat the cones.

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Smurfat was happy to see that the fair supported good causes such as Project Happy Feet to raise funds for the education of underprivileged children in Singapore and Cambodia..

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

And then she saw a tiny yellow earthling engrossed with his own hands…

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

And a cute purple little flower fairy

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

After all the adventures, Smurfat got hungry and was ready to feast on ice cream. There were 20 flavours to choose from, with 15 of the flavours specially flown in for ChunkFest 2012…Mmmm, Smurfat’s spoilt for choice!

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

She settled on a Late Night Snack as it sounded as strange as it could get.

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Sundae bowl with Late Night Snack and Ben & Jerry’s latest flavour in Singapore Maple Tree Hugger

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Smurfat was still hungry and went in search for a hot dog. No, not the male earthling…she wanted real food.

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

A hearty hotdog topped with caramelized onions

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Gobble by the Sea

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

She spotted earthlings taking part in a ‘Vermonster’ eating challenge – the fastest to devour 20 scoops of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream wins. 20 scoops?!

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Spoons and personal image were forgotten – they dug into the ice cream with their bare hands and stuffed in into their mouths. Smurfat lost her craving for ice cream.

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Ben & Jerry’ launched their latest flavour by asking people to take photos with their Maple Tree Mascot. Smurfat thinks the young earthling on the left got it wrong – that’s your mum, not a tree!

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Smurfat was happy hugging a coconut tree herself. After a day of adventure, Smurfat went home happy, back to Smurf Village and resumed her diet of mushrooms and no-carb food with Pussy Smurf.
~THE END~
:)


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Gilman Barracks: Asia’s new contemporary arts enclave?

Gilman Barracks

Gilman Barracks

I recently popped by the opening of Gilman Barracks in mid-Sep, Singapore’s latest art and lifestyle enclave housed in refurbished buildings set amongst tropical greenery that were formerly British military barracks dating back to the 1930s and most recently Gilman Village, a F&B cluster popular for its tranquil ambience and colonial feel.

The S$10 million 6.4 hectre development is envisioned as a one-stop destination for quality contemporary art from across Asia, and will provide about 4,200 sqm for art galleries when completed, along with another 4,800 sqm of space dedicated to arts-related activities such as artist studios, an art research center (Centre for Contemporary Art led by Nanyang Technological University) which will focus on artist residencies, research and exhibitions in addition to dining establishments. Gillman Barracks is jointly developed by Singapore government agencies in a bid to enhance Singapore’s standing as an Asian contemporary arts hub.

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Opening Night

The art galleries pulled out all the stops for their opening shows, and among the luminaries who were at the opening night were Japanese pop artists Yoshitomo Nara and Hiroshi Sugito, Chinese painter Zhang Enli, Filipino installation artists Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan flown in by their representing galleries. Among the most expensive pieces seen were Painter & Model by Pablo Picasso priced at 4.2 million euros (S$6.7million) at Partners & Mucciaccia gallery; Miss Highland by cult artist Yoshitomo Nara (price undisclosed) at Tomio Koyama Gallery; and paintings and sculptures by Yayoi Kusama priced between US$285,000 and US$345,000 (S$348,000 and S$421,000) at Ota Fine Arts.

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Brotherhood of Man by Tang Da Wu at FOST Gallery

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Love her feathered sling bag & bright smile!

Gilman Barracks Singapore

FOST Gallery

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Video Installation by Joo Choon Lin

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Photos by Joo Choon Lin

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Titled in homage to the late Cuban-American artist Félix González-Torres (who named all of his works ‘Untitled’, followed by a parenthetical subtitle), as well as referencing Singapore’s ranking on 2012’s Happy Planet Index, visitors are invited to take a happy badge home.

Gilman Barracks Singapore

My friend’s restaurant. There are two other dining spots there – The Naked Finn and Timbre@Gilman.

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Masons

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Gilman Barracks Singapore

The location is definitely beautiful, but my friends and I felt that the galleries were a bit too spread out, so one may lose the feel of art shopping after a while. A useful tip when visiting – wear comfortable shoes (I brought home two blisters as souvenirs). It’s a nice, tranquil place to chill out though, that you may lose sense of being in Singapore. I can imagine coming here with my date or simply chilling over drinks with my girlfriends.

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Love the building

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Michael Janssen Gallery, one of the more interesting and colourful galleries

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Art is not always high-brow. It can be accessible and hilarious.

Gilman Barracks Singapore

The former British colonial army barracks have cavernous rooms and high ceilings, making the buildings ideal for displaying art. I had a sudden urge to get my ceilings painted too.

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Special commission by Heman Chong. As part of its opening exhibition (now till 30 Nov 2012), various spots at Gilman Barracks have been adorned with artworks by 16 local and international artists such as Heman Chong, Vertical Submarine, Donna Ong, Yayoi Kusama (Japan), Jang Min-Seung & Jung Jaeil (Korea), Yu Ji (China), etc. that highlight its unique environment.Weekend Walking Tour of Gilman Barrack – Chronicling the Contemporary & Historical
Now – 11 November 2012; Free for public
TOUR A: 11.00am till 12.30pm; TOUR B: 4.00pm till 5.30pm
Meeting Point: Entrance of Block 1
Weekday tours available on an ad hoc basis (minimum 10 persons required).
Register for tours: +65 6873 9505 | enquiries@artoutreachprogram.org
Tours provide a comprehensive introduction to Gillman Barracks as a premier contemporary art destination. Tour participants will visit a selection of galleries where art pieces that best articulate key themes and issues on contemporary art will be presented and discussed. The tour will also introduce various art disciplines and practices at Gillman Barracks: creation, curation, exhibition and study. The history, architecture and cultural value of the Gillman Barracks site will also be presented during the tour.

Gilman Barracks Singapore

These are pretty interesting – they are carved from steel

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Yo, what’s up Gandhi? *wink*

With Art Stage, Affordable Art Fair and now, Gilman Barracks established, it would be interesting to see how the art world responds to Singapore as Asia’s contemporary arts hub. It’s great to see how the government is beginning to take a serious stance towards the arts and livening up the Singapore arts scene with many art-related events such as the Night Festival, Children’s Season, Museum Open House, etc. as well as interesting public art. So even if you are not an art buyer, there’s always an arty-farty in all of us who will enjoy the (free) art around.

Gillman Barracks
9 Lock Rd
Singapore 108937
Website: www.gillmanbarracks.com
Opening Hours:
Mon & Public Holidays: Closed
Tues to Sat: 11:00AM to 8:00PM
Sun: 10:00AM to 6:00PM

How to get there
Nearest Train: Labrador Park
Nearest Bus Stop: Opposite Alexandra Point (Buses 51, 57, 61, 93, 97, 97e, 100, 166, 175, 408, 963 or 963e)
By car: Turn in via Malan Road


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Chinese School Lessons: The Day I went back to School

Chinese School Lessons by Green Zeng

Me and artist/Filmmaker Green Zeng
When I heard the gallery will be converted into a temporary classroom, I couldn’t pass up the chance to come as a schoolgirl and be part of the exhibits. LOL

In his latest solo show, Singaporean artist & filmmaker Green Zeng continues his examination of the construction and manipulation of history through a series of artworks inspired by Chinese school student activism of pre-and post-Independent Singapore and the educational reforms affecting Chinese schools.

Presenting a series of blackboards covered with silk-screened images of Chinese school uniforms, painted flags and texts in English, Chinese, and Malay, Zeng transforms the gallery into a temporary classroom and invites the viewer to join in a lesson discussing the changes in Chinese education and the struggle to retain one’s cultural and historical roots amidst the building of a new nation.

Chinese School Lessons
Solo exhibition by Green Zeng
27th September to 18th October 2012
Chan Hampe Galleries
Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade #01-20/21
328 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188719
Tel: +65 6338 1962
Open daily 11:00AM – 7:00PM


About Green Zeng

Born in 1972 in Singapore and educated at LASALLE College of the Arts, Green Zeng is a multi-disciplinary artist whose works encompass visual arts, theatre and film. Zeng’s practice revolves principally around Singaporean life, as well as issues that relate to history and society. He was a member of the experimental company Metabolic Theatre Laboratory, performing with the group in Singapore and Japan. He is currently the creative director of Singapore film production company Mirtillo Films, which he co-founded. He has directed many short films, some of which have been selected for international festivals including the Cannes Film Festival. His film Passenger was awarded the Encouragement Prize at the Akira Kurosawa Memorial Short Film Competition in Tokyo in 2006.

Chinese School Lessons by Green Zeng

Chinese school education was characterized by the teaching of ideals and ideology through school mottos, slogans, anthems, and idioms.

Chinese School Lessons by Green Zeng

Chinese idiom “近朱者赤|近墨者黑”
Literal translation – one who nears vermilion becomes red and one who nears ink becomes black
Meaning – One takes on the color of one’s company

Chinese School Lessons by Green Zeng

The use of three languages (English, Chinese & Malay) points to the important role that language plays in forming cultural and national identity.

Chinese School Lessons by Green Zeng

The exhibition catalogue came in the form of an exercise book.

Chinese School Lessons by Green Zeng

I think I can still pass off as a student huh…maybe Elementary/Primary 20 :D

Chinese School Lessons by Green Zeng

Student movement in postwar Singapore was a sensitive issue because of its political implications. Those who took part of protests during the 1950s and early 1960s were mainly Chinese middle school students and supporters in Chinese education circles who resisted the British colonial rule and the emphasis placed on the English language. This eventually led to the National Service Riots on 13 May 1954 led by the Chinese Middle School students.

Chinese School Lessons by Green Zeng

The uniform depicted here is Chung Cheng High School, which was the main site of the riot in 1954.

Chinese School Lessons by Green Zeng

自强不息,李求上进 – To thrive in adversity, to strive and improve oneself constantly

Chinese School Lessons by Green Zeng

Green, me & Ben
Playful Ben was quite happy with my cameo appearance, while I thought Green was a bit astonished by my ‘costume’, haha

Chinese School Lessons by Green Zeng

Shoes – Feiyue
White Shirt – Ralph Lauren
Blue Silk Skirt – Mum’s vintage Cacharel
Blue/green tartan ribbon pin – From a flea market

Chinese School Lessons by Green Zeng

温故知新 – To gain new knowledge by reviewing old; to understand the present by reviewing the past.

Chinese School Lessons by Green Zeng

Chinese School Lessons by Green Zeng

Chinese School Lessons by Green Zeng

That’s the big question – the search for identity

Chinese School Lessons by Green Zeng

Chinese School Lessons by Green Zeng

Chinese School Lessons by Green Zeng

Fajar – the glorious dawn in Malay