Buoy Up with Airs & Graces at Millenia Walk

Defying the conventional expectations of private art exhibitions, Art Stage Singapore transforms Millenia Walk into an instant contemporary public art museum, offering a unique shopping experience to buoy up the much-awaited holiday and shopping season.

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Last Thursday, I attended the VIP reception of the Airs and Graces exhibition at Millenia Walk. This special art exhibition, which runs from 1 June to 7 July, is co-presented by Art Stage Singapore and Millenia Walk, featuring an impressive cast of renowned international and regional artists, including Singapore artist Sai Hua Kua.

Graced by Dick Lee as the guest-of-honour, attendees at the cocktail reception were treated to ‘live’ art exhibition, sand art performance and lots of ‘bubbles’.

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“We are delighted to partner the Art Stage Singapore in the ‘Airs & Graces’ exhibition. This engaging exhibition demonstrates our continued support towards developing a vibrant contemporary art scene here in Singapore. We certainly look forward to sharing and celebrating the inspiring experience with all our visitors at Millenia Walk,” said Mr Tan Boon Tuck, Senior Vice-President of Millenia Private Limited.

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“Designed by Pritzker Architectural Prize Laureate Philip Johnson, the inviting and spacious interior of Millenia Walk is ideal for a wide range of creative interactions and installations. This enables us to create a truly enriching experience for our visitors to enhance the premier lifestyle experience as opposed to just another sales promotion,” added Ms Esther Teo, Vice-President, Advertising and Promotions of Millenia Private Limited.

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“It is our great pleasure to work with Millenia Walk to deliver an art project which can extend our reach to the local audience and transform the space into an instant museum for fun and discovery,” commented Mr Lorenzo Rudol, Fair Director of Art Stage Singapore.

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Sai Hua Kuan’s Going Somewhere 01, Yavuz Fine Art Singapore

Sai Hua Kuan works in a diverse range of media, including installation, sculpture, film, photography and performance. He graduated from Slade School of Fine Art, University College London in 2007, and has participated in numerous group exhibitions internationally, including in the UK, Canada, Germany, France and Singapore. He lives and works in Singapore and the UK.

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Max Streicher’s Floating Giants, Gallery Maskara Mumbai

Max Streicher is a sculptor and installation artist from Alberta, Canada. SInce 1989 he has worked extensively with inflatable technology in kinetic sculptures and installation works. He is known for his large and imposing inflatable sculptures which have been described as being distressing and enchanting, disruptive and playful. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

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Sri Astari’s Armors for the Soul #2/3

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Sri Astari’s Love-Fear Bag #2/3 and Lochan Upadhyay’s Wedding Chair, Art Plural Gallery Singapore

Sri Astari is a painter, sculptor and installation artist. She studied painting at the University of Minnesota, USA and at the Royal College of Art, UK. Her work explores traditional Javanese values and social norms and how they relate to the status of women and gender roles in modern Indonesian society. Sri Astari lives and works in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Lochan Upadhyay graduated from the M.S University of Baroda where he is presently reading for this MFA. Influenced by various mediums, his work playfully blends tradition with modernity. He is known for using pieces of sari fabric given to him by the women of a rural village for his large wedding chairs, like a symbolic dowry. Upadhyay has showcased his work across India, New York and Paris. He lives and works in Baroda, India.

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Navin Rawanchaikul’s Mission Navinland, Yavuz Fine Art Singapore

Navin Rawanchaikul is best known for dynamic art pieces that involve direct public interventions, social commentary, and eccentric fictional tales featuring recurring characters. His oeuvre has grown to encompass a broad array of media including performances, billboards, films, comics, games, and cocktails. He has been exhibited widely across Asia, Europe and the USA. Navin Rawanchaikul lives and works in Fukuoka, Japan and Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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Entang Wiharso’s Feast Table: Undeclared Perceptions, Arndt Berlin/Singapore

Entang Wiharso majored in painting at the Insitut Seni Indonesia Yogyakarta and is considered one of the Indonesia’s foremost contemporary artist. He is known for his unique and hyper-detailed style inspired by Indonesian mytholog, contemporary global culture, public memory and personal experience. Entang juxtaposes the past with the present, and the absurd with the real, to cast a critical eye on the state of the world. He lives and works in Rhode Island, USA and Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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Chen Wen Ling’s Humanities Landscape, Linda Gallery Singapore

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Chen Wen Ling’s Illusory Realm, Linda Gallery Singapore

Chen Wen Ling graduated from Xiamen Academy of Art and Design in 1991. He is known for his provoking and interesting sculptural works that often invoke metaphors and symbols related to Chinese culture. He has been exhibited widely around the world. Chen Wen Ling lives and works in Beijing, China.

MUSE: Airs & Graces Art Exhibition runs from 1 June to 7 July 2013 at Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039596

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In conjunction with the art exhibition, Millenia Walk is having the following promotions:

Buoy Up The Finer Side Rewards (1 to 30 June 2013)

Spend $300* and enjoy a Patisserie G’s special-edition art-palette artisan cookie. Top up the spending to $500 and receive an additional jar of gourmet homemade Apricot Confiture with Fresh Thyme from The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore and an art jamming session with Gallery 798. Other spending perks include complimentary 1st hour parking on weekdays and 3 hours on weekends and complimentary gift wrapping with a minimum spending of $50 from the outlets.

*maximum 3 same-day receipts from Millenia Walk. Other conditions apply.

A Life Inspired – Shop, Dine & Revel in the Finer Side (1 to 30 June 2013)

Indulge in guilt-free shopping and dining experience this Great Sale Season at Millenia Walk, select from masterfully crafted timepieces to bespoke tailoring, designer fashion and eclectic cuisines, everyone will surely find something to suit the sartorial bent and excite the palate.

Audi Star Creation Capsule Collection 2013

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From left: Winners of last year’s Audi Star Creation, Soravit Kaewkamon, 24 (Thailand),  Roderic Wong, 28 (China), and  Ko Youngji, 32 (South Korea) have been busy developing their collections under the mentorship of Douglas and Odile Benjamin of leading fashion house F J Benjamin.  The capsule collection by the three 2012 winners debuts during Audi Fashion Festival at the Tent@Marina Promenade on 17 May 2013.

Thai designer, Kaewkamon presents the Beauty of Hornbill, the women’s wear complement to her competition collection last year, featuring defined cuts and strong structure on woven fabric and leather, but with shapes that are more feminine, bolder digital prints and more intricate laser-cut details.

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Soravit Kaewkamon, 24, is a graduate of Silpakorn University with a degree in Decorative Arts. She has participated in and won several fashion design competitions in Thailand, including two awards at the Saha Group Bangkok Young Designers Awards 2010 and her winning menswear collection at SINGHA LIFE 2011. She is currently halfway through her internship with F J Benjamin, where she contributes in both menswear and womenswear design teams. 

South Korean designer, Ko Youngji presents her new collection, La Porte, drawing inspiration from the time she spent in France while studying at the I’Ecole Superieure des Arts et techniques de la Mode (ESMOD). Using primarily pink, violet and ivory, she incorporates the beauty and mystery that centuries-old Parisian doors hold into this collection.

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Ko Youngji, 32, whose grandmother was a hanbok designer, cultivated an interest in fashion through watching her grandmother work, Recently graduated from I’Ecole Superieure des Arts et techniques de la Mode (ESMOD) with a degree in fashion design and tailoring, Ko has dedicated over a decade of her life to fashion, starting from her fashion design major in high school back in South Korea. Her creations have been retailing at Korean multi-label shops like ALAND and Lab 5 since 2010. Ko plans to launch Deuxy, a womenswear label, in South Korea later this year.

Winner of last year’s Audi Young Designer Award, Roderic Wong presents Inspiration featuring material manipulation, but in black, violet and navy, contrasting with his 2012 competition collection  which was predominantly white. This collection uses thick and heavy fabrics such as wool and pashmina to complement lighter, more elegant fabrics such as silk, and features more intricate details.

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Roderic Wong, 28, spent most of his childhood in Shanghai but eventually moved to New Zealand to study computing, After receiving his diploma and spending a short period doing odd jobs, Wong realized that fashion was his calling. He then returned to China and completed a two-year course in fashion design at Donghua University before graduating from Raffles Design Institute (Shanghai) in 2012. Wong was crowned a winner of the Audi Star Creation 2012 competition and also earned the Audi Young Desinger Award title for his innovative womenswear collection, Tissue of Being.

A note for budding fashion designers: 

The Singapore Designer Attachment Programme (SDAP) aims to develop fashion design talents in Singapore by providing a platform for designers to gain industry experience under the guidance of knowledgeable and experienced supervisors in established Singapore fashion companies. Selected designers will be placed under work attachments with fashion enterprises for a period of 12 months. This programme is managed by Textile and Fashion Federation (TaFf) Singapore and supported b SPRING Singapore.

SDAP is open to Audi Star Creation finalists and participants, as well as graduating designers from the Fashion Design Incubator (FDI) programme of PARCO next NEXT and graduates from local fashion schools such as Lasalle College of the Arts, Raffles Design Institute, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Temasek Polytechnic.

For more information, please refer to TaFf’s website http://www.taff.org.sg/

Special thanks to Christina Chung from Huney’Z World for the beautiful runway photographs. See her blog post at this link: http://huneyzworld.blogspot.sg/2013/05/audi-fashion-festival-2013-audi-star.html

Singapore Shines at Audi Star Creation 2013

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Audi Star Creation, a regional fashion design competition, identifies and nurtures emerging Asian fashion designers. First held in 2010, it’s an event of the annual Asia Fashion Exhange (AFX); the competition is open to aspiring designers between 16 and 35 years who are Asian citizens. Audi Star Creation is spearheaded by the Textile and Fashion Federation Singapore (TaFf) and sponsored by Audi Singapore and supported by fashion house, F J Benjamin.

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From left: Haziq Putra (Singapore), Sun Yi Jin (China), Odile Benjamin (RAOUL), Vu Ta Linh (Vietnam)

Temasek Polytechnic student from Apparel Design and Merchandising, Haziq Putra‘s “Pursuit to Freedom” took one of the competition’s three top spots. In addition, the 21-year-old also won the Audi Young Designer Award (AYDA), which is given to the winner whose creation best embodies the Audi design spirit of innovation, technology and progression.

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Haziq’s menwear collection featured hand-dyed batik, from which he created a digital print. He also incorporated two distinct Kelantan icons – the Wau Bulan, a giant kite , and the ikan pari, or stingray.

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“I thought the collection was very original and I like the fact you could see his design concept of the stingray flow right through. He was creative but not too over the top with progressive design, much like Audi. At the same time, the collection is very well made and seems to be market-ready. I can even see myself in some of his pieces!” commented Jeff Mannering, Audi Singapore’s Managing Director on Haziq’s design.

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26-year-old Vietnamese, Vu Ta Linh won the judges over with “The Contour”, a womenwear collection inspired by the Vietnamese rice terraces Ruong Bac Thang in Sapa. Linh graduated from Hanoi London College of Fashion Studies in July 2012, and uses stitching, weaving and embroidery to capture the curves and waves of the Vietnamese heritage.

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Bagging the third and final spot was 24-year-old Sun Yi Jin from China, whose womenwear collection drew on the Chinese costumes and handicraft techniques of the 56 ethnic groups in China.

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Commenting on her win, judge David Wang, the Vice President of the Textile and Fashion Federation Singapore, said, “What impressed us most was the fact that the collection draws so strongly on history yet manages to come across as modern. That is exactly what we were looking for with this year’s InspirAsian theme – a designer who was able to dig deep into his/her own culture but emerge with something that would fit right in on the streets of New York or Tokyo.”

Each of the three winners will get $10,000 in cash from Audi Singapore, an internship with leading fashion retailer F J Benjamin and the chance to launch a capsule collection at Audi Star Creation 2014.

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I met my friend, Joel Xiang (in the centre) who is a fashion stylist. To engage him, email him at shangdeshang@gmail.com

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Many thanks to Christian from huneyzworld.blogspot.com for all the lovely photos you have seen here.