Fine furniture, food and art! I was honoured to present some key pieces from my new Singapore Heritage Tile Art Collection at the recent opening of the new W. Atelier showroom on Henderson Road. Interior design and architecture are a passion of mine since working in the industry in Australia. So it feels like I’ve come full circle to be running around with a tape measure and tool box in Singapore!
My new artworks are a visual exploration of my ancestral connection to a number of shophouses, temples and landmarks in Singapore. Each work is based on research into my cross-cultural heritage and ties to the past. I hope people can relate to a common migrant story of travel, tradition and time, and its relevance to our present.
I was also invited to conduct a workshop on creating Peranakan tile inspired postcards. Both international and local industry representatives seemed to have a relaxing time creating their own patterns in cheerful 'nyonyaware' colours. The stamps come from my hand-carved ‘library’ used in my art workshops. I loved seeing the different designs created by participants as they let their hair down for a while!
Creative people generally love food and I don't mind a bit of beetroot risotto on the job! I was very pleased to enjoy some wonderful food by Michelin Star Chef and restaurant owner Emmanuel Stroobant of Saint Pierre. I was interested to learn from Emmanuel that he is a Baba by marriage - it's a small Peranakan world! The festive mood was really set by the great live band Ash & Pipes and a dash of champagne.
This gorgeous showroom has so many nice things and I particularly liked the 12-seater dining table. I’m going to have a talk to my neighbour next time to see if we can knock down our joint wall so I can fit one in for printing and eating purposes!
Artworks from the Singapore Heritage Tile Art collection are on display at W. Atelier until late September. I’ll be holding some sessions where you can come along and chat with me about my creative journey! Please drop me an email if you’d like to arrange a time to meet.
201 Henderson Road #01-01 and #03-01, Singapore 159545
Tel: +65 6270 8828, Operating Hours: MON – SAT : 10:00 to 18:00