Past Events :: Singapore
BABA NYONYA HIS & HER: BATIK INSPIRATIONS SEMINAR (Singapore Arts Festival) at Asian Civilisation Museum, 10 - 11 June 2006
This is the second collaboration with the Peranakan community. As batik is closely related to the Peranakans, we gave a talk on the history of batik and how it relates closely to the community. There was a segment dedicated too to show that although times have changed, however, batik is still relevant and am able to suit the modern times - especially when batik is applied in fashion.
THE ART IN BATIK INSPIRATIONS (WORKSHOP) at AsiaWorks, 13 May 2006
In this event, we presented a workshop on why we call the Batik Inspirations book an artpiece. Our talk started off with a background on the vibrance, bold and beautiful Batik Malaysia - which to us is a piece of art itself, especially so when made into fashion. We then talked on the photographs of the book - from its composition to background and how we maximize the 22 megapixel camera's potential. Finally, we discussed on the layout idea, which is uniquely different from the other books. Starting off as a passion for coffee-table books, we are happy to share ideas on this book that has been approved and praised by people from all walks of life - from designers, artistes, fashion houses, photographers and VIPs.
Batik goes New Age:
SINGAPORE BOOK LAUNCH & FASHION SHOW at Millenia Walk, 19 Nov 2005
In conjunction with the Peranakan Festival 2005, a showcase of six top internationally renowned Malaysian batik designers and award winners were featured. We presented an unusual fashion show, with modern and contemporary batik - giving batik a new perception of vibrance, colour, and excitement. Featured designs include haute couture, casual-wear, evening-wear, and bridal gowns. And instead of the usual catwalk, the models paraded the creations in a lifestyle setting, in line with the aim in promoting batik in everyday life.
The highlight of the event was to introduce the author, Quachee, and photographer, eM.K., in their first collaborative effort promoting local heritage. They spoked on the ideas behind their coffee-table book, which was done in a short span of only 3 months, and the idea behind the lens too. We are proud that in a way, we have re-introduced batik to Singapore, and thus creating awareness of it... our feedback has been very encouraging ,with most people saying that they didn't know that batik can be so beautiful...! This is truly an encouragement, and we hope that this would be a small step for batik in Singapore.
PERANAKAN FESTIVAL 2005 at Millenia Walk, 18 - 26 November 2005
This was our first collaboration with the Peranakan community - the Peranakan Association of Singapore. And it was here that we realised how close this book were to them. Apart from the batik, we had many customers who purchased the book because of the photographs that were shot in the Peranakan homes, which although ancient, but has been well preserved. The famous first page - the one with the grand staircase was a big hit among them.
BATIK INSPIRATIONS - BATIK MAKING at Select Bookstore, Tanglin Shopping Centre
In our first exposure of Batik Inspirations, we had a recorded batik demonstration preview by a top Malaysian batik motif and fashion designer, using the ‘canting’ method. We also showcased the demonstration of the ‘chop’ method. Our aim was to give insights on how the batik process is done, thus giving a better appreciation of the fabric, and its fashion. This event was the start of the Batik Inspirations Tour.