Sep 12, 2016

Thank you and thank you

Photo by Edward Teo

Update 12 Sept 2016: Sorry folks, the very few hankies we have left are only retailing at the stores below. Get'em before they're sold out! Best give the stores a call before you go, limited designs are left 

Friends, super thanks for dropping by the Good Sweat launch on 4 December, sharing your company and love, and supporting the project!

Our thanks to Edwin Low, founder of Supermama, for adopting all 440kg of gravel we loaded into his shop (it would have cost us to get someone to remove it!).

Our gratitude also to all the contributors of the Good Sweat inspirations: Theseus of Work, Kenny of BooksActually, Edwin of Supermama, Tan Pin Pin, and Carrie of The Freshman. They generously donated their honorarium to the Chen Su Lan Methodist Children's Home, together with the project's donation from the proceeds of the sale.

The display continues until 18 Dec at The Supermama Store at the Singapore Art Museum (71 Bras Brasah Road), 10am-7pm everyday (extended till 9pm on Fridays).

Each hankie continues to be retailed at S$42, including a Good Sweat 2016 calendar poster in the package at:

  • Supermama Store at Singapore Art Museum sold out
  • Supermama at Esplanade Theatres on the Bay (Level 2) sold out
  • Select Bookstore Pop Up at The Arts House Pop up over
  • BooksActually sold out
  • *latest* Gallery & Co. at the National Gallery Singapore
  • *latest* K+ Design Gallery at Scotts Square

Feb 7, 2016

A Tropical Spring

In marking the start of spring in tropical Singapore, the Chinese New Year tradition is to buy from nurseries pots of imported kumquats, phoenix tail flowers, chrysanthemums, peonies and cherry blossoms. But look around your hood and you will find other improvised gardens. 

Nov 28, 2015

Good Sweat 2015 Show

Friends, join us at Supermama (71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore Art Museum) on the 4 December, Friday, 7pm to 10pm for a little gathering and launch of the Good Sweat project!

A couple of the folks involved in this will be there to say hi. We'll be serving our special own cold-brewed Alishan Oolong autumn tea. So drop by to relax, chitchat, and pick up your Good Sweat hankie.

Together with the featured creatives who donated their honorarium, we have made a donation from the proceeds of this project to the Chen Su Lan Methodist children's home. 

Nov 20, 2015

A walk in a Taipei hood

Good Sweat 3 from ampulets on Vimeo.

We were in a village and artists' hood miles away in Taipei, yet the weather was just as hot. But a hand to hold, the occasional breeze, the slow dance of leaves... it was a lovely day.

Nov 18, 2015

Practise the everyday

James says "Some years ago in a crowded train in Taipei, my wife and I overheard a granddad asking his granddaughter to give up her seat to an elderly lady. When the little girl refused, he chided her gently: "這樣是不對的。你沒有練習禮貌啊”("This is not right. You didn’t practise courtesy.") I remember this encounter vividly. I was struck by his use of the words練習 (to practise and drill). He reminded me that courtesy is not just an ideal or aspiration but is about practice. Like courtesy, many things in life, whether big or small, starts with this deceptively simple練習 – deceptive because simple is often the hardest. It is the practice of everyday living that makes us the person we want to be." 

Nov 17, 2015

Cherish each teardrop

Carrie says "This phrase (不要浪費每滴眼淚, trans: Cherish every single tear drop) is a line from a song that I wrote with Diya - 眼鏡矇矇的. The song is about getting lost in the struggles of life and losing sight of where we are headed to. There are always tears and sweat in life, life can't be a bed of roses. Well, even on a bed of roses, there are thorns. I have also come to realise that I secretly enjoy the “emo” moments. They just make life fuller. So this phrase is a reminder that we should cherish and learn from every tear and every drop of sweat, and not waste the lesson or experience. I guess in a way it's also a reminder that we can turn every negative emotion into positive energy towards something good."

Nov 15, 2015

To love is to commit

Edwin says: "The phrase 一见钟情 (Love at first sight) is like the perfect love story. It speaks of the first encounters between lovers in which time stood still. It is passionate, romantic, momentary yet eternal. However, while we enjoy entertaining such ideas, 一见钟情 is not always realistic. I replaced the character 钟 with the similar sounding 忠 (loyal), to remind ourselves of the commitment and sacrifices required to keep love alive. To love is to commit."

Nov 13, 2015

Letting go

Pin Pin says: "拿得起, 放得下 (As easily as one attaches, one can detach) is a phrase I find wise to remind myself often. A friend once told me this while trying to console himself after a breakup. I find this epithet applies to most things, not just to breakups or spring-cleaning, but to art making too. I am currently in the throes of editing a documentary I had spent two years collecting footage for. Some of the footage I shot is spectacular, I love it, but it is also spectacularly out of focus so the footage cannot be used. It has to be tossed. It is too painful. But detach and move on I must. If there is a bright side, ditching footage gets easier with time, like a muscle that gets better with use. Meanwhile, the film is formed by whatever is left behind. Art-making is a process of coming to terms with the remnants of one's initial vision.

Nov 12, 2015

Fear not a long journey.

Theseus says: "I have learnt that it is important to adapt and work well with any given situation, especially when it is not to your expectation or in your favor. This will push you to use the circumstances to find other ways that will not be taken if not for the limitations or changes that have been imposed. This change can be for the better, I discovered. So when we are faced with problems, the question to ask ourselves is not how tough or long the road has become, but do we really possess the ambition to push on or will we simply give up?"

Nov 10, 2015

Without you I am nothing

Kenny says: "This is inspired by my mother and father. Like a typical family, we have our fair share of ups & downs, but I know that without them, there will be no "me". Their teaching, scolding, tears, laughter, and especially their work ethic are my guiding beacon. Pa was a taxi driver and ma was a stay-home seamstress. Pa would drive his taxi 364 days a year, resting only on Christmas day, and Ma sewed everyday. She was paid per completed piece, and the more she completed the more she earned. I know they did this not because they wanted to be rich, but for their children to have a better standard of living. So yes, my hardworking parents in their humble jobs gave me a "road" & "foundation" upon which I have built my dreams. And I know my dreams can only be achieved through hard work such as theirs.

"沒有你哪有我 is also from both my ma and my favourite song "酒干倘卖无" by Su Rui, of which the most poignant part is "没有天哪有地没有地哪有家没有家哪有你没有你哪有我(Trans: Without heaven there is no earth, without earth there is no home, without home there is no “you”, and without you there is no “me”)."