Book & Calendar Combo

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Book & Calendar Combo

60.00

Enjoy reading about Singapore heritage tiles & seeing them on your wall!

Heritage Tile Calendar & Book Combo

Heritage Tile Calendar

Enjoy a changing collection of beautiful tiles throughout the year in your home. This delightful eyelet wall calendar with wire spine will keep you organised and inspired by the past. I’ve opted for the 28-page version, which will mean you will enjoy a generous A4 size photo at the top of each page, and a smaller photo on the left-hand size of the date page. A great gift for family and friends.

Features: 

  • Over 12 exquisite examples of tiles from the Arts & Crafts Movement, and Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods

  • A showcase of heritage tiles from Japan, England and Belgium

  • Hanging eyelet style with wire spine enables pages to be easily turned

Please note that the design of the calendar and the images shown are indicative of the final design. 

Order deadline: Please place your order by 1st November 2019 so it can be shipped approximately 20 days later to local and international destinations.

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Book: Singapore Heritage Tiles

If you’re an art lover, design enthusiast or travel buff, you’re sure to be captivated by the ceramic gems of Singapore Heritage Tiles: A Decorative Legacy of Love. Enjoy over 200 exquisite examples from the Arts & Crafts Movement, and Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods in a showcase of beauty, heritage and culture. Australian-Singaporean artist Jennifer Lim takes you on a journey to the patterned past of shophouses, clan houses and commemorative spaces of personal and collective importance.

Be amazed by dragons, dandelions and Shinto shrines captured forever in these ceramic gems and learn more about a surprising mosaic of traditional Chinese customs, foreign influences and local trends. Locally known as ‘Peranakan tiles’, these grand dames were imported from countries such as England, Belgium, Germany and Japan up until the 1940s.

Discover an international story of beauty, heritage and life.

Early Bird Special: $60 (limited to order combinations placed before 1st November 2019).

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Welcome to the Singapore Heritage Tile Project

My name is Jennifer Lim and I’m an Australian artist based in Singapore.

The Singapore Heritage Tile Project is inspired by decorative vintage tiles uncovered in my father’s homeland. My journey to trace my heritage has been marked by the strong presence of what many locals call ‘Peranakan tiles'. Since 2012, I’ve come across these ceramic gems so often that it has often felt like they are calling out to me! While I first simply admired them for their timeless beauty, I now also view them as a symbol of Singapore’s cross-cultural DNA and trade links between many countries.

My family tree research has led me to shophouses, clan houses and commemorative spaces of personal and collective importance.

Bukit Brown Cemetery is the focus of my project due to its rich and unusual collection of tiles reflecting Chinese customs, foreign influences and local trends. It’s also a place of rest for several of my family members including my great-great-grandfather from China and my Chinese Peranakan great-grandparents.

Since January 2019, the project has supported by over 100 volunteers since April 2019. Amid tropical jungle conditions, an international group of Singapore residents and visitors alike have formed friendships through the challenging process of cleaning hundreds of antique tiles ahead of professional photoshoots by architectural photographer, Finbarr Fallon.

These beauties of the past deserve further study and greater attention. It’s my hope that this project can contribute to international awareness of antique tiles and promote their protection.

Join me in helping to promote heritage!

Heritage Tile Tidy Session: Community volunteers in the tropical heat helping to clean up tiles and tombs

Heritage Tile Tidy Session: Community volunteers in the tropical heat helping to clean up tiles and tombs


WHAT’S IN THE BOOK?

Take a sneak peek at some of the chapters inside the book!

Chapter 8: Motifs - Flora

  • Flowers & Plants (English, Other & Japanese floral types)

  • Stylised Flowers (geometric Japanese types)

  • Fruits & Vegetables (peaches, pomegranates, finger citron, pumpkins)

Chapter 9: Motifs - Real & Imaginary Creatures

  • Real & Imaginary Birds (peacocks, swallows, cranes, cockatoo)

  • Real & Imaginary Creatures (pigs, cows, dragons)

Chapter 10: Motifs - Landscapes, Figures, Objects & Symbols

  • Landscapes (Chinese, Japanese, European)

  • Religious Figures, Objects & Symbols (Chinese gods, Buddhist swastika)

  • Others (Fairies, figures)

One of the most beautiful majolica tile tombs at the Great Bukit Brown Cemetery complex.

One of the most beautiful majolica tile tombs at the Great Bukit Brown Cemetery complex.