What I didn’t expect when I volunteered my services to Mizah and Jan earlier this year when I first chanced upon the work they do in the Macpherson community was the extent of which my heart would be touched when I embarked upon The Upcycle Project.
Participate !n Design works with the purpose of bringing an accessibility to art and design closer to communities in Singapore, with Upcycling being the chosen form of engagement with people through various events and activities. It was at the Upcycle Village that I first was introduced to Maggie – a stool upcycled from magazines donated by a publisher, and the rest as they say, is history.
With The Upcycle Project, they reached out to a number of local designers to gift five families within the MacPherson neighbourhood pieces of upcycled furniture designed according to their specific needs, some right in time for Hari Raya celebrations. But the furniture, though impressively done up, was not the real hero to me, but the connections and stories gained through the home visits of each family. For me, it was like an opening of horizons, when I realised that photography stretches beyond the aesthetics and I discover ways I can possibly aid people in giving them a voice.
It was beyond honour as well when I was invited to speak at their sharing session during the opening of the exhibition at the Civic Museum (opened by The Thought Collective). This is the last weekend you’d be able to catch the exhibition if you haven’t done so!
Thank you Jan, Mizah and the entire P!D team and designers. Please LIKE their facebook page and keep track with all the work they are doing. I had been thoroughly invigorated through the entire experience and can’t wait for more projects I may sling under my proverbial belt.
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The last you heard of me, it was Christmas. Now we’ve sailed past the new year, found ourselves midway through January and I’ve been enjoying my little time off, maybe a little bit too much seeing that I’ve been reluctant to get back on the horse and into a fierce gallop.
I had a pretty good breather in Bali last week, hence the silence. A girl needs silence as much as she needs to be silent at times, you know? But I would like to report that I enjoyed myself, although most of the first day was spent getting over cold and fatigue. The exciting thing is that, as with most of my vacations, I brought my film camera along and I shot quite a few things and I’m pretty excited to see what comes out of it. There’s nothing quite like getting developed rolls back and seeing what you end up with!
Here are some sneaks while we’re waiting. You may have seen the Mad Men inspired shot on my facebook page if you follow me. The other is from the wedding of Shaun and Wenai. Both may have been different in styles in shooting and editing, but both equally satisfying in outcomes!
Hope all of you are having a great year so far, I do want to talk about things I have planned for 2013 but that will come in another blog entry! Hang in there y’all!!!
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Yes! Basically is already holding our 3rd official session this Friday, 22 June, at Broun.
Needless to say, I’d be there photographing the event. So if you’re free you should definitely drop by. We have quite a good line-up for this quarter with most of our guest speakers focusing on social work. We also have invited photographer Samuel He to talk about his latest project so if you like work that has strong roots in photojournalism, he is one speaker to catch.
To further entice you (if you need it), a couple of us are whipping a variety of delicious sweet treats for everyone who is dropping by.
The event is free and open to all, so bring yourself, bring a friend, bring open minds, be prepared to get social, and I will see YOU there!
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