Singapore Heritage Tile Project

Learn more about my international story of beauty, heritage and life


Singapore’s decorative past is elegant, colourful and cross-cultural. Research into my Singaporean roots over the past seven years has led me to look closer at the vintage tiles adorning shophouses, temples and commemorative spaces linked to my ancestors.

My discoveries have been so inspirational that I’ve launched a project to curate a selection over 200 tiles in a unique full-colour book set for publication in late 2019.


Why this project?

This passion project stems from love! Since moving to Singapore in 2012, my desire to uncover the mysteries behind my heritage led me to countless ‘chance’ encounters with delicate vintage tiles from the 1940’s and earlier.

I’ve grown to view these decorative surfaces as a symbol of my own love for Singapore, as love for family both living and deceased, and as love for a timeless beauty beyond borders.

Through my exploration of heritage tiles, I hope to highlight social, cultural and historical value held by these exquisite artefacts as a source of national pride that also defines Singapore’s special place in the world. Get exclusive updates on this project


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Vintage Tiles of Singapore Need Your Help
Join a project about decorative vintage tiles from countries including Belgium, England, France and Japan! Reach out and touch some of Singapore’s gems in a unique ‘tidy-up’ session to prepare tiles for a photo shoot. Learn more

a beautiful Peranakan world

A selection of blogs about my favourite things in Singapore, including articles about Peranakan culture.

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singapore heritage tiles on facebook

If you prefer to use Facebook, I love to share tile tales there too! Follow the project on Facebook

Bukit Brown cemetery

Learn more about Singapore’s history and heritage at Bukit Brown Cemetery - also a wonderful place for tile-spotting!

The Brownies: A volunteer community group hosting tours on a monthly basis when possible. See for details

Jane’s Tours: Singapore based and award-winning tour and travel company. See for details

Photo courtesy of Bianca Polak

Photo courtesy of Bianca Polak

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Messages From my supporters

Hi Jennifer - good on you for embarking on this new project of yours. You are giving back to your family and to SG in such a beautiful and loving way.
— E.W