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French painter Henri Matisse once said that “a certain blue penetrates your soul; a certain red affects your blood pressure.” Red, the colour of our blood, the colour of fire, and the colour of the rising sun, represents a fiery passion, a burning desire both of love and of war.  In Chinese culture, red symbolises fortune and joy. The Chinese use the colour red very liberally on festive occasions and weddings, as it is customary to put up bright red decorations and be dressed in the colour red...

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Friday, 27 January, 2017
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We spoke to 5 inspiring local makers to discover if it was really possible to combine craft and commerce in a place like Singapore, and what challenges laid before them. By sharing this, we hope that it inspires potential artists to start their own journey, because craft matters.Joanne Lim, founder and artist behind The Letter J Supply, shares about her journey from graphic design to starting her own business in hand lettering and calligraphy.  I know you were in graphic design for about a decade before The Letter J Supply came about...

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Friday, 20 January, 2017
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Jamdani, literally meaning “flower-pot,” is an ancient artisan weaving technique bearing its origin in the Central Asian culture, and was brought to India by the Mughals during their rule. Considered the most artistic and finest of Bengali craftsmanship, each thread is hand woven into the finest muslin.  Two weavers sit alongside each other at the loom passing small shuttles of threads through the weft. Each discontinuous supplementary weft motif is added separately by hand, interlacing the supplementary weft threads into the warp with fine bamboo sticks in a zigzag manner using individual spools of thread...

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Friday, 13 January, 2017
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Born in Nainital – a picturesque town in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas – Preetika feels a magical connection with the mountains. Brought up in a family of artists, mountaineers and photographers, she was always well-connected to the mountains and the thick oak forest that surrounded her backyard. She started painting at a very early age, evoked by the desire to capture all the beauty that surrounded her.   WHAT IS PROJECT AIPAN, AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?When I think of my childhood spent in the hills, I am reminded of the pleasant mornings, the distant chatter of people, trees filled with red rhododendron blossoms, and the cold red clay my mother mixed with water to create a canvas, and the rice paste she used to draw in the intricate geometric patterns...

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Thursday, 05 January, 2017
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Singapore may have just celebrated its fiftieth year of merdeka (independence) in 2015, but most of its architectural history really dates back to 1819, the year Sir Stamford Raffles founded the thriving British port at the mouth of Singapore River. Most of these heritage buildings have since been converted to museums, where the history of Singapore is showcased not only in exhibits, but also in architecture. Old Ford FactoryFord Motor Company’s first automobile assembly plant in South East Asia was completed in 1941, with a distinctively Art Deco finish visible in its bevelled doorways and the flagpole rising from the building...

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Friday, 23 December, 2016
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We believe that the value of an item lies in its process and provenance, and that every purchase is a vote in the direction of the future you envision. An elegant look which is at the same time sustainable is not impossible. Conscious consumerism does not have to be a compromise on your wallet nor on style. These six slow fashion brands offer timeless pieces for any budget.      Twin WithinTwin Within is an online brand based in Singapore by Icelandic designer Kristin Mariella. All necklaces are hand-crafted, fair-trade and made by single mothers with the help of a peace organization in the hills of Tagaytay, Philippines...

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Friday, 16 December, 2016
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From lawyer to full time designer. Jaime Lee creates one of a kind stationery that brightens up everyone's day.The Paper Bunny was a natural extension of something Jaime had always been passionate about. The allure of The Paper Bunny’s signature look is the flat lay photos with intricate and elegant format frames. Being a lawyer and designer opened up the opportunity for Jaime to think differently and meet a range of people in her two fields. Both law and design were unplanned for Jaime. Being a lawyer gives her the edge towards specificity and the letter of the law, whereas being a business owner opened up her mind towards commercial considerations that go beyond the words on a contract...

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Friday, 02 December, 2016
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Ikat is a heritage craft that can be found all over the world, from Guatemala to Okinawa. The yarns are resist dyed to achieve the final textile pattern in weaving, only when the yarns are woven together does the final pattern emerge in a tapestry of meaning.   This art of textile weaving is one that has been practiced for centuries, passed down from generations to generations. There is something very beautiful about the fact that people all around the world across various cultures practice this craft, and approach it with different designs and motifs to tell their own story...

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Friday, 25 November, 2016
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From local indie concerts to drinking hole, Carmen has been in the centre of the arts and music scene in Singapore. As the co-founder of Getai Group, Lepark, and Afterglow, she wants to spark a change in the appreciation of the Singapore culture and raise more support for the local artists.The creative community in Singapore is small but mighty. Carmen believes deeply in something she likes to call a ‘kampung’ spirit, that a culture of community and collegiality can manifest and flourish in Singapore when there is the support of people, cultural roots, and a community spirit to fall back on...

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Friday, 18 November, 2016
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The Singapore you know of is a buzzing city with canopy greens, and home to affordable local delights. Although all this is true, there's more to Singapore than what meets the tourist eye. Here's our curated list of places in Singapore that you haven't already been to: a hole in the wall shop that bridges tradition and modernity, an inconspicuous rooftop bar where you can listen to local indie bands play, and boutique hotels that encourage a pause from the city.  BITTERS & LOVE Cafe by day and bar by night...

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Friday, 11 November, 2016
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At MATTER we aim to embody the history and stories of our Artisan partners, and with it being co-founded by Ren Yung Ho, we can’t help but put a little of her Singaporean Chinese history and heritage back into the pants. A signature stitch of two parallel red threads can be found in every pair of MATTER pants; a small detail noticeable only by those who wear them. With the red threads, come a story rooted in Chinese legend. There’s an old adage that says an invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstances...

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Friday, 04 November, 2016
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On November 4th-5th, Singapore will be hosting a two-day shopping extravaganza with over 150 brands spread across apparel and accessories to home and decor goods. Boutique Fairs Singapore spotlight businesses that are centred on being socially-conscious, celebrating some of the best local designers around the area. November’s event is themed around ‘The Gifting Edition’, showcasing new collections and exclusive product launches from the brands involved. Here are some independent labels that will be showcased at the Boutique Fairs:THE GREY HOUSE - A collection of furniture and soft furnishings that give you even more of an incentive to stay at home and lounge around...

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Friday, 28 October, 2016
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On one of MATTER’s trips to connect with new artisan partners, we ventured along the colourful streets of Jaipur and had the pleasure of meeting Khushiram, a fourth generation block printer. We were amazed by the humility and passion Kushiram and his family have for the age old craft of block printing. Recognized for the excellence in his efforts to revive the old traditional technique, Kushiram’s father has won a couple of awards for his unique and intricately designed pieces. The technique of block printing dates back to as far as the fifth century BC, and has seen variations in techniques through time...

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Wednesday, 14 September, 2016
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If you’re a consumer, you’ve probably heard of how many industries are taking steps to be more eco-conscious. The initiatives extend to the Fashion industry as well, which is slowly taking steps to change the negative perception of its impact in the world we live in. This is also partly because of the growing group of conscious consumers worldwide. Some fashion brands, like H&M for example, have initiated its ‘Conscious’ label to incorporate organically produced and recycled fabric materials...

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Monday, 29 August, 2016
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 Multidisciplinary artisan Joanna Kambourian, draws inspiration from her Armenian Dutch background and works on different medium such as print, illustration, graphics and even textile. Joanna has her own design studio in Singapore, brilliantly named Ms Browns Lounge after a nostalgic throwback of when she was an exchange student at Pratt Institute. While living in Brooklyn, she would spend time exploring the area with her fellow classmate. Each of them from a different places, a different cultural identity and many stories to tell about the place they called home...

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Tuesday, 23 August, 2016
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Ever wondered where your favourite silk blouse was made or how many people tirelessly worked on it? We’re living in a world where information is easily accessible and highly valued. So it comes as no surprise that we are increasingly curious with wanting to know more about what we love. It’s no different for the founder of MATTER Prints, Ho Ren Yung, who strongly believes in valuing provenance - the where and why something was made and who made it. Intricately weaving this idea into the brand’s philosophy and inspiring countless to value a product’s history and place of origin, Ren is on a journey to pioneer change in the world of sustainability, through design interpretation and textile artisanship...

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Tuesday, 02 August, 2016
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Singapore, dotingly called the little red dot, is home to an ever growing design scene with brands that are inspired by the cultural diversity of the region. Being a small cosmopolitan city, you’d be surprised to know that among the plethora of well-known international labels, is a list of aspiring local brands that offer unique products that we feel you should look out for the next time you’re surfing the 'net or laying over in Singapore. Sunday PunchBesides serving a punch with every cocktail,  the founders of Sunday Punch, ever passionate Yap Hwee Jen and Mark Tay, offer a range of carefully concocted cocktails making having a drink and a great conversation, more than just easy...

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Thursday, 28 July, 2016
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We live in a community where fast fashion is the norm and our closets are emptied and furnished according to the changing trends and seasons. There is, however, a small but growing community of enthusiasts who have found value in slow living, in celebrating slow fashion and the belief that sometimes less is more. We are one of them.MATTER is a socially motivated business focused on every-day wear with the spirit of travel for modern globetrotters. Centred on affordable luxury, thoughtful design, and provenance, we believe, it is about connecting artisans with designers; heritage with modern design to create wear with rich, cultural stories to tell...

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Thursday, 21 July, 2016
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Biographical Info:    Matter is a Singapore-based, socially motivated label - story-driven, community based, built on di­rect relationships and a commitment to re­specting provenance.

We focus on combining affordable luxury, thoughtful design and provenance to create travel wear with stories to tell. Working with rural textile artisans in Asia, we seek out her­itage fabric techniques and strive to connect them to modern day relevance in beautiful ways. On Style by Asia we will share creatives and creativity from Singapore and beyond.
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