Author: Harng Foong

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CABBAGE LAND

Director Matteo Zamagni – also known as øøøø – created landscapes of imagined planets by manipulating photographs of cabbage, plastic bags and broccoli in his video for TSVI’s song Malfunction. Zamagni’s video for Italian artist TSVI is based on a narrative about a group of planets decaying in the wake of a passing asteroid breaking apart and […]

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MAGIC IN A FISHBOWL

I can’t help but feel intrigued and more intrigued by this amazing music video by musician and director Kamiel Rongen. Mixing different liquids together in a fishbowl, Rongen created a psychedelic, fantastical landscapes for the music video. He created the trippy playful visuals by mixing different oily liquids and water in the bowl, flipping the footage upside down and […]

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UNCOMFORTABLE SILENCE CAN BE SO LOUD

Yes its part of a larger lyrics by one of Madonna’s Song but this was what first came into my mind when I first got in touch with Swiss artist Romain Crelier’s La Mise en Abîme. Installed on the floor of the Bellelay Abbey Church in Switzerland back in 2013, this mesmerising installation consists of two shallow pools of recycled […]

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BLACK

Sorry for the disappearance. Here in Singapore, we have just lost our founding father Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, leaving Singapore shrouded in grief and darkness. Seeing the colour black almost everywhere from retail stores, social media, the news, no doubt it’s kinda depressing. But at the same time, black is appropriate. It provides information, depth […]

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SNOWFLAKES OF SEX

*NSFW Rebecca Cooper creates kaleidoscopic arrangements of pornographic images, abstracted and spiraling in mandalas of lust, pleasure and hedonism. The infinite circle of skin is then put on display as huge wall installations, like a celebration of love. Given such unusual material to work with, especially one with so much skin and exposure, Cooper’s work could […]

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ELABORATE LANDSCAPES BY TAKAHIRO IWASAKI

Takahiro Iwasaki a master of his own craft, but most importantly a creator of his own imagination. Using only cloth fibres, dust and human hair, Iwasaki creates elaborate yet intriguing landscapes of towers, ferris wheels and cranes etc sprouting on undulating layers of Japanese kimonos. Geologically complex and dream-like, these once minuscule and seemingly insignificant materials […]

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THE CRYSTALLIZED BOOKS

After repeatedly finding boxes of discarded books in and around her urban environment, San francisco-based artist Alexis Arnold became fascinated by the idea of finding ways in which to immortalize forsaken publications. The shutting of newspaper and magazine shops coupled with the onslaught of electronic reading leaves the paperback in a uncertain state. Arnold has artfully […]

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GARETH PUGH F/W 2015

Returning to London after 7 years of showing elsewhere, Gareth Pugh‘s recent F/W 2015 collection screams a little revolutionary to me. Dark, dramatic, warrior-like, the show was again very Gareth Pugh but in his own words, it was optimistic. But best thing of all has to be the looks made from black drinking straws, that […]

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MARY KATRANTZOU F/W 2015

Hey I’m back from the Chinese New Year holidays and yes I do feel a little chubby from all the feasting. But nonetheless, I’m still trying to catch up on the backlog of fashion shows that has been happening during the New Year holidays and thank god for some amazing finds! Mary Katrantzou kick-started her […]

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HOSE ME DOWN

Cover Image: Image © 2014 READS Singapore is slowly getting a little too warm for my liking recently. Most of the time, I just wished I could soak myself in a tub for most of the day like a hippo (not that I’m fat). But when I saw this on the web, I felt an immediate connection […]

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PRINTED WITH SQUID INK

I love my squid ink pasta, that slight powdery texture that mixes with the sweet yet salty aftertaste. I love it. The downside to this deliciousness is that I looked like I had teeth that hasn’t been cleaned for centuries. Moving on, Netherlands studio Today Designers has created a book of nautical tales that smells like the sea […]

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MAISON MARGIELA ARTISANAL SPRING 2015

Maison Margiela is back once more with its artisanal collection. This time round, with John Galliano as its new creative director. No doubt, there were jitters and suspicion on whether the ex-Dior designer could deliver but he did. And he did it exceptionally well. Martin Margiela‘s ability to infuse new life into the overlooked, the […]

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BLOND & BIEBER’S ALGAE DYES

Titled ‘Algaemy‘, Essi Johanna Glomb and Rasa Weber of Berlin studio Blond and Bieber explain how algae can be used to create completely non-toxic textile dyes. Blond and Bieber’s Algaemy project was also chosen to be the winner of the Make Me! competition at Poland’s Lodz Design Festival.  The duo created an analogue textile-printer that produces its own dye […]

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GRAHAM FAN

One of the 8 finalists for the H&M Design Award 2015, Graham Fan recently presented his graduate fashion collection in hopes of winning the grand prize at the awards. However, it was Ximon Lee (previously) and his collection titled ‘Children of Leningradsky’ who took home the grand prize and will be presenting a collection with H&M. Despite not […]

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SADIE WILLIAMS

Wetsuits often reminded me of deep sea adventures, tight fits, dark colours and often not that flattering if your body isn’t looking like Gisele Bundchen. But with some innovation and creativity, the neoprene fabric of wetsuits can turn into something stunning. Fashion designer Sadie Williams heat-pressed neoprene to create this collection of metallic sci-fi garments that […]

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MAKE MUSIC, NOT WAR

Cover Image: Peter Macdiarmid (GETTY) Mexican artist Pedro Reyes often work with a political agenda in his mind. Partly due to the level of crime in his homeland, where drug mules rule the streets, it’s not hard to see violence and bloodshed. With that, Reyes created ‘Palas por Pistolas‘ (2008), where he worked with local authorities in […]

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DUST. ANYBODY? NO? DUST.

Cover Image (L to R): Dust #03 Bed Articles Store, Dust #68 Fine Art Photo Gallery Yeap, that’s the infamous phrase by one of the characters in Little Britain, a comedy series in UK. Dust isn’t always grey like we often see. There are varieties and is this array of colours and content that inspired photographer Klaus […]

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GUILLERMO MORA

A spanish artist who recently showed at the Art Basel Miami 2014, Guillermo Mora is no stranger to his choice of medium, acrylic paint. A medium where most artists and students have used before and are rather familiar with it. Mora uses acrylic paint in a rather unusual and refreshing way. His process is almost surreal, […]

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MUSIC TO MY BONES

Cover Image Source: thisiscolossal.com There were hipsters in Russia during the 1950s, they are just not wearing skinny jeans or growing a mustache. Instead, they were obsessed with the Western culture—in particular, with jazz, boogie woogie, and rock ‘n’ roll. They were called stilyagi. But in the 1950s, unless you had a radio near the border, there was no way […]

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MONSTER STOOL

Covered in a skin-tight coating of black rubber and formed using silicone moulds cast from raw cauliflowers, this stool looked like it came out from the set of a horror movie. Knobbly and looking kinda badass, Berlin-based Studio Pasternak made the ‘Dematerialise‘ stool as part of a research project. The aim was to generate an object […]

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Takashi Suzuki was intrigued by a very unique material. Something that I don’t even see as having any potential of becoming something worthwhile (and I consider myself seeing the beauty in unconventional). Dishwashing sponges is what Suzuki is intrigued by. He explains that this is because of the texture, colour and variety of form and kind that inspire […]

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LEGO HEAD

London Fashion Week and London Collection Mens’ never fail to impress me. There is always a constant growth in British designers and sprouting new designers with interesting visions and techniques. Every season there’s something different and great to share. Known for their colourful prints and updating of tailored menswear, Agi & Sam is one of my […]

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CHRISTOPHER SHANNON F/W 2015 MENSWEAR

“This plastic bag is a not a toy. Keep away from children.” But to Christopher Shannon, It’s a fashion accessory. It’s a mask, its a corsage, its a statement. At the recent London Mens’ Fashion Week, Christopher Shannon presented a rather dystopic undertone collection. Models are featured wearing plastic bag over their heads some what signify […]

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HUMAN PLAID

At a glance, one might think the plaid tapestries of Zhang Bojun is just another textile art but upon further inspection, its rather surprising to see spots of human existence. In fact, for the past seven years, Zhang has been photographing passer-bys on his daily walks. Over time, he digitally edited these photos, weaving them into […]

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STICKER SPAM

Chinese artist Ye Hongxing is one hella of a compulsive artist one might say. Using only decorative stickers and glass sticker beads, she creates these hardcore pointillism-esque collage works that borders on kitsch but reveals a whole lot more issues that she experiences in China. Interested in the rapid social, religious and technological progress in China, […]

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RED ALL OVER

Hint Fashion Magazine recently published a fashion editorial on their site featuring a model with a face painted cardinal red wearing various paper fashion. Very stunning lighting as well to bring depth to the matte finishing of the black paper. Very reminiscent of Viktor & Rolf’s A/W 2011 show as well. Photography: Lena Kholkina Design: Venera […]

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BULLETIN

It’s pretty obvious why I’m posting this. No doubts about it. I enjoyed very much how the newspaper is manipulated into many different textures that worked for editorial. From layering to crushing or even a simple letting it all hang, it created many dimensions for the photos to come alive, despite the lack of accessories […]

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HOUSE OF CARD

  I randomly found a copy of Wylde magazine lying around my bookshelf and was just browsing it as usual for random inspirations when I saw this amazing editorial photographed by Hannah Richards, with art direction and cardboard dresses made by Miguel Lledo. I was pleasantly surprised by it. As you guys know, Wylde magazine […]

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RE-IMAGINING SCI-FI FOOTWEAR

Everyone imagines what their future will be like. What will the future hold and how it will all turn out. We have no control of it but we certainly have the ability to imagine it. Building our own future, our own world. Mandy Roos was inspired by old school sci-fi films and their imaginary visions […]

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CONFETTI STACK

The title suggests a rather tantalizing deliciousness coming up like some kind of dessert. Instead, you literally get confetti in a stack. *tsk I hope you guys had fun counting down to the new year and basking in that moment where the clock strikes midnight with everyone singing auld lang syne and confetti everywhere. I […]