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Tokyo-Cinderella-Dolls-EDMThe cast and crew of Tokyo Cinderella Dolls came to town at the start of the new year and here we are to take you through the best moments of the evening.

IMG_4967The exhibition launched to a private reception on 7 Jan and took off where the two dolls from Karin Shikata’s photographic journey in Tokyo “came to life”, re-enacted their time in Tokyo and gave a full theatrical performance, engaging both guests and staff!

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With ex-performers of the Takarazuka Revue Studio and hair and make up stylist Misa Ujii

With ex-performers of the Takarazuka Revue Studio and hair and make up stylist Misa Ujii

Models Mirei Uchida, Yu Ranma and Japanese photographer Karin Shikata were all ex-performers at Takarazuka Revue, a 100 year old all-female musical theatre troupe in Japan.

Karin (with bouquet), with models, make up artist and guests

Karin (with bouquet), with models, make up artist and guests

And the night started off with a cocktail aperitif, Tokyo Breeze, specially concocted by a member of staff.

Tokyo Breeze. A cocktail made with Citizen Pop's Lemon & Thyme Fresh Fruit Soda and Vodka!

Tokyo Breeze. A cocktail made with Citizen Pop’s Lemon & Thyme Fresh Fruit Soda, triple sec & vodka

While we browsed around the exhibition, we discovered a photograph of the dolls eating Takoyaki! A very popular Japanese snack both in Japan and in Singapore.

Eating their way through in Tokyo with something fun and familiar - Takoyaki!

Takoyaki

Chef Joseph and his team at SPRMRKT went along with the Japanese theme to create their own version of a Takoyaki out of fried risotto (otherwise known in Italy as arancini), worcestershire sauce and bonito flakes! This was featured with a Grilled Teriyaki Pork Bao with Coleslaw, Fried Chicken Wrap and Corn & Crab Chawanmushi.

Arancini with Worcestershire Sauce & Bonito Flakes; Grilled Teriyaki Pork Bao with Coleslaw; Fried Chicken Wrap

Arancini with Worcestershire Sauce & Bonito Flakes; Grilled Teriyaki Pork Bao with Coleslaw; Fried Chicken Wrap

Corn & Crab Chawanmushi

Corn & Crab Chawanmushi

Even the dolls couldn’t resist tucking into these! 🙂

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Feeling a little bashful from getting caught by our camera for tucking into some food :)

Feeling a little bashful from getting caught by our camera 🙂

But the evening could not have been more entertaining with the guests who came, ate, drank, talked about Japan, food and art to a curated soundtrack of Japanese electronic house and pop music!

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Gallery owner Stephanie Tham introducing a guest to the exhibition

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Food quickly came and went!

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Models with artist Karin

Models with artist Karin

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And some might say the real highlight of the evening was when one of the dolls started feeding our guests and shocked a few!

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but all was good and guests started to play along 🙂

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Another lucky guest getting fed which caused some excitement 🙂

Finally when the crowd subsided a little, we went to the back of the shop only to discover that Karin was shooting and working on her next exhibition of these dolls and their time spent in Singapore!

IMG_5018We can’t wait to see where her next exhibition of these dolls on the streets of Singapore will take her… though we hear it might be in London or Paris!

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Some of our hardworking staff who wanted to let loose for a while and join in the fun :)

Some of our hardworking staff who wanted to let loose for a while and join in the fun 🙂

IMG_5044Big thanks to Galerie Steph for presenting another fun and remarkable exhibition with us!

With the beautiful and brainy Kamiliah of Galerie Steph! Photo courtesy of Karin Shikata

With the beautiful and brainy Kamiliah of Galerie Steph! Photo courtesy of Karin Shikata

All photographs are for sale and if you were wondering about the photo frames and where you could purchase these, they were all actually put together and lovingly handcrafted by the photographer, Karin, with original origami paper and is part of her artistic expression with these photographs. Here’s a quick glimpse of some of the designs from the show:

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Thank you to all who made it. We had a blast and we hope you did too. For those who missed it, do pop into the bistro to catch the wonderful photographic series of Tokyo Cinderella Dolls before it ends on 8 March.

Tokyo Cinderella Dolls at SPRMRKT, 2 McCallum Street. From 8 Jan - 8 Mar 2014

Photo credits and information on Tokyo Cinderella Dolls !

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To live free and fearlessly, to be comfortable in your own skin, to brazenly express your personal style. The inception of CAVALIER is rooted in these philosophies to bring visually stimulating, conceptual designs that are distinct and ever evolving.

For the first time, SPRMRKT hosted a CAVALIER pop up shop at their multi-concept bistro on 2 McCallum Street for a weekend. During which, a special charity dish with Scrambled eggs, Caviar and Champagne was offered and the dining room, typically amassed with hungry customers, was converted into a mini runway!

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Now, bringing you from right behind the scenes and into A Cavalier Weekend at SPRMRKT in the next few minutes, we thank those who have been waiting to see the highlights and the lovely kids who rehearsed and modeled their clothes in spunky fashion.

Rehearsal Day

 

Finding the right kids to match their style, we had Kyra, Vera (Kyra’s younger sister), Jasper, Vera (Jasper’s cousin), Luke (the kid that inspired one of Cavalier’s Charity Capsule designs!), Angel (SPRMRKT’s Chef Joseph Yeo’s daughter!) and Singapore’s youngest award-winning creatives Renn & Aira of holycrap.sg !

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But it wasn’t just about the kids, thought admittedly they were too cute to miss, some space planning was also required to give SPRMRKT a more textural feel and fashion appeal where handmade local jewellery brands such as Chalk Concrete and STACK by A.K.A Wayward fitted right in with the theme that SPRMRKT represents; sourcing and establishing only the best made in Singapore products, whilst vintage eyewear from JPG was in truth an odd but stylish mix!

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What does JPG and Ori Beenut Butter have in common? Honestly, absolutely nothing but we’d like to hint at something familiar called taste.

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STACK by A.K.A Wayward

STACK by A.K.A Wayward & FALCON Enamelware

IMG_3330IMG_3329Finally, the set up for the weekend could not have been complete without CAVALIER’s signature skateboard and steel clothing rack, entirely made by the Angela & Perry themselves!

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And where the design duo cleverly hung some outfits by our wall lamps to give a different identity and added dimension to space and the walls featuring Philip Hemnell’s art pieces at that time. We loved it!

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Photo courtesy of CAVALIER

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Photo courtesy of CAVALIER

If you were there, you might have had a chance to taste these wonderful cookies, baked in-house by our brilliant and affable Pastry Chef! A little token to thank those who made it, even though the weather wasn’t the best, these cookies did seem to cheer some up 🙂

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Photo courtesy of CAVALIER

To the parents, kids and last but not least the brains behind CAVALIER, Angela & Perry, thank you for making A Cavalier Weekend at SPRMRKT a memorable blast of fun before the year ended!

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Reprints can be purchased in the following formats:

  1. A3 canvas print. Stretched canvas approx. 460mm x 300mm – S$300 per print
  2. A3 photo print. Smooth matte paper mounted on 3mm Dilite (an aluminium composite) mount – S$200 per print

Please write to us at contactus@sprmrkt.com.sg with your orders or enquiries and remember to quote the print title number that you’re interested in. Other prints from Akai’s online portfolio are available upon request.

Reprints will take about 3 to 5 working days and can be collected at SPRMRKT, 2McCallum Street, Singapore 069043

All images & text are provided and copyrighted by Akai Chew Hung Kai.

 

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Graduating with a Diploma in Architecture, Akai Chew currently works at The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore (“URA”). Pursuing both what he accomplished at school and his passion for photography, SPRMRKT is proud to present his first ever solo show in this series of photographs that captures his eye for detail towards the built environment and in fashion.

Your first solo show! How and when did you discover your love for photography?

My dad had an old compact film camera and I loved the press of a button and hearing the film whirl. As for cityscape photography, it started from my aunt’s house actually. She stayed in this old shophouse which was adorned with many colourful ornaments. She had a motor showroom and workshop downstairs, and she lived upstairs. The whole place was full of character. Soon I began to notice that there were actually many houses like hers. That was how I started noticing architecture.

I picked up a book on design in secondary school which showed a really colourful house with lots of walls and greenery. It got me in love with architecture and photography. I’m amazed at how something so simple can look so breathtaking. Later I learnt that the house was designed by architect Luis Barragan and it was photographed by Rene Burri.

You have a diverse body of work from landscape art to fashion. Which artists or photographers have inspired you the most?

I am inspired more by architecture, which to me is like a three-dimensional photograph. I like to observe how light enters a building and reacts in a spatial environment. I love the works of Luis Barragan, Tadao Ando and lately, Peter Zumthor and Stephen Holl and their theories of phenomenology.

As for fashion photography, I am inspired by Nick Knight, Solve Sundsbo and local photographers Chuando & Frey.

Name us one of your personal favourite photos or series and tell us why.

That would be my Bane of Urbanism series. It was one of my more well-received earlier works. I received a few online messages on it, and through those, I met many like-minded people who became my closest friends.

I had visited Pearlbank Apartment through an open invitation by architect Ed Poole who works from one of the penthouses. During that time, the apartment was pending an en-bloc sale. I was struck by the monumentality of the whole place and how dense it actually was. Despite that, it felt really comfortable inside, and rather well-designed.

There seems to be a correlation in what you do at URA and your eye for detail for the built environment, as seen in your images in Pyramidus and Persistence / Deliberation. Has your discipline nurtured or inspired your art as a photographer in any way?

Definitely. It taught me to see beyond the cosmetic look of the building and consider factors like why it is designed this way, what the driving idea behind the design is, and how this certain design influences people in more ways than they expect. It also drives me to question the function of architecture and the built environment in society, and how it affects our perceptions and our lives.

Any thoughts on taking photography up full time?

Perhaps one day in the future!

Boundaries you wish to push with your art?

I am currently conceptualising an interaction of elements with architecture photography, and a blend of architecture and painting perhaps?

One of your fashion shots appeared in Harper’s Bazaar in 2012. What other publications would you dream about seeing your images in?

Artistic magazines like i-D and Dazed & Confused.

Any plans for after this show?

Sell some prints and take it from there!

A series of landscape art photography taken by Akai, inspired by SPRMRKT.

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For a complete view of Akai’s work, please visit his online portfolio here or visit us at 2 McCallum Street from 6th April 2013.

Martin YeohFounder, MLC Productions

Martin Yeoh
Founder, MLC Productions

1. Being an entrepreneur has been at the tip of the nation’s tongue in the past couple of years. What made you decide to come out on your own in 2010 and what’s the one experience you would like to share with others who are striving to do the same?

Well, back in the end of 2009, I was in-between projects in Southern Star, I felt the need to shake up my life a little. I felt I was getting a little too lazy and complacent. Don’t get me wrong, Southern Star is a great company to work in and I had a great time there. I guess I reached a point in life whereby I needed something to call my own, I needed a new challenge, something that could hold my short attention span. So one thing led to another and MLC was started. I guess the one thing which I learnt from running this business is (that) money isn’t everything: when you start a business, your product is everything. So focus all your attention on your product and money/clients would come by as a result.

2. You’re constantly working with new and various teams of people put together either by you or your clients. Afiq Omar worked with you as the assigned photographer for The Westin Gurgaon, New Delhi’s Event. How important is it to form the right team before starting a project? What happens if the best person or people you have in mind for the job can’t take on the project? 

It is essential to work with the right people. Different photographers and camera operators have different strengths, as a production company it is important for us to know what each individual crew’s strengths are and designate the right jobs to the right people. Well, if the person is not available, then we would have to call on our second choice.

3. There’s less wonder when a videographer picks up and starts shooting with a 35mm camera but conveying different images and mood by that same person switching between mediums, that’s art. How do you know when to use what? Have there been times when you wished you had captured a video on photo instead?

Both mediums have their strengths, a well taken photo can just be as effective as any video, they are both different mediums but yet employ very similar skill sets to capture the right moments. When I’m not working I don’t necessarily choose whether to shoot photos or videos, I just go with the moment. This choice is a lot easier now over the last 2 years with DSLRs from all the big brands that have great video shooting capabilities. and in 2013 onwards we will start seeing video cameras that can shoot videos with 4k – 6k resolution. So essentially we can make screen grabs from those video footage and use them for print.

4. Through this latest showcase of street photographs and portraits, you and Afiq have captured an essence of another culture that some are only fleetingly familiar with. What would define a street photograph or portrait of Singapore for you? 

Singapore’s really diverse, I guess a good Singapore portrait would show that diversity but in a contrasting manner. For example, contrast between old and new, rich and poor, the difference races that live here. As for a good street Singapore photograph, anything goes I guess, you just have to be at the right moment at the right time.

5. I don’t think “street videography” could work as well as an artistic genre and concept but someone could prove me wrong. Any thoughts or feelings about working with this idea? 

I don’t think there is a genre called street videography. but people have been doing similar things since video started in the form of indie documentaries, mood travel videos, street time lapses etc. you can find a whole lot of them on vimeo.

6. A good portion of your work are in music and fashion, frequently associated with club culture, and not easily recognisable in these photographs. What inspires you?

Everything inspires me, I feel a lot of people spend their lives waiting for inspiration to land on their lap, but that doesn’t happen all the time. Inspiration is found, not given and its everywhere!

7. We’re launching the third edition of our daily menu along with your showcase. Is there any dish you hope will stay on the menu? With whom do you find yourself enjoying a meal or who would you want to have a meal with? 

I haven’t had a chance to taste the (whole) menu yet! But I must say so far your soups are just fantastic, every time I step into the store, I’ll make sure I order some soup cos it warms my heart and belly. I would bring my parents there next time *hah*

A video specially commissioned by Martin and in collaboration with the launch of our new daily menu this January 2013. Enjoy!

Photography by MLC Productions

A video production house based out of Singapore and focusing on music, fashion and lifestyle videos, MLC Productions was founded in 2010 by Martin Yeoh. Graduating from the Vancouver Film School in 2003, Martin launched his career as a Compositor at Southern Star Entertainment and subsequently led projects as Associate Producer.

The section presents a selection of photographic works taken during breaks on location shoots by Martin and the talents he outsources. To view complete client-assigned video works by MLC Productions, do take some time to visit their website.

A PORTRAIT OF INDIA by Afiq Omar

A Portrait of India by Afiq Omar

A Portrait of India by Afiq Omar

A Portrait of India by Afiq Omar

A Portrait of India by Afiq Omar

A PORTRAIT OF INDONESIA by Martin Yeoh

A Portrait of Indonesia by Martin Yeoh

A Portrait of Indonesia by Martin Yeoh

The Streets of Indonesia by Martin Yeoh

The Streets of Indonesia by Martin Yeoh

Illustration by Shannon Lee

Graduating with a first class honours degree from the Raffles Design Institute, Singapore in 2008, Shannon was sought after to design a slew of runway shows that got him recognised and hired by established fashion labels such as alldressedup, Benjamin Barker and AL&ALICIA. Now at SPRMRKT, this marks his first public showcase of personal art work.

Taken from Shannon’s portfolio of apparel design, we highlight a few drawings that make us question whether these can be more than sketches of his thought processes and be presented as finished works of art.

To see a full portfolio of Shannon’s works, please visit our shop at 2 McCallum Street, Singapore 069043. Showcase is on from now till January 2013.