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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!


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!


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! 🙂


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!


Gallery owner Stephanie Tham introducing a guest to the exhibition


Food quickly came and went!


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!


but all was good and guests started to play along 🙂


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!


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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On top of all the food & drink, we had an amazing time catching up with the artist and getting to know you. Throw in the wonderful playlist by the fabulous crew from Poptrash, this was an event that’s going down memory lane for a very long time 🙂 Catch the action right here!



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The exhibitee, Sharma, with one of her series “Childhood Dreams”.


IMG_1588lores IMG_1564lores IMG_1597lores IMG_1602lores IMG_1580lores IMG_1617loresWe got to meet the talented founders of Makers of Singapore! “An initiative that explores the avenue of craft locally, as well as to dig deeper into the stories of these Makers (people who produce their products in Singapore) and understand why they decided to stay in Singapore.” – Makers of Singapore


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Tyler from The Secret Mermaid introducing his cocktails.

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With the lovely DJ Christina of Poptrash. Her debut set!


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Founder, Ashe, of Poptrash grooving it for a pretty amazing turn out.




Guests trying out Popaganda’s fresh fruit popsicles 🙂




Trying out the Cheng Thng Jelly Shots !




Appreciating art throughout the event!




DJ Christina played a handsome range of music which got us moving from the front of the house to the back!




Relatives of the artist.



Capturing the colour, the art works and the life!





Artist, Sharma, with some of her relatives.




Thank you everyone for coming down and supporting the exhibitee, us and making the event worth more than a thousand words! And a big thank you to our collaborators and sponsors for making the event a success. The atmosphere would not have been the same without you guys on board x



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Head Chef Joseph Yeo and Pastry Chef Furrene Hoh went out of their usual repertoire to create a special menu comprising of local hawker food remixed into handheld nibbles. And they were an instant hit with our guests! (we hope you guys weren’t lying! :))

Biryani Arancini

Biryani Arancini – little fried “risotto” balls using an indian staple.


Dry Laksa

Dry Laksa – coconut and spicy noodles with fried bean curd ski, parsley and calamansi

Dry laksa is a much better alternative for catering at parties as these little cups of coconut and spicy noodles hold throughout the night without you having to worry how to keep the gravy warm or if the noodles are soaking them up.

Cheng Thng Jelly Shots

Cheng Thng Jelly Shots

Pastry Chef Furrene spent a whole month researching how to make the perfect cheng thng for these little but robust shots filled with at least 5 different ingredients. Diced to perfection with the right amount of layers and proportions, these vodka-based jelly shots were very well-received by our customers. Cheers!

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Pastry Chef Furrene with our customers in front of Sharma’s series “Childhood Dreams”.


We would also like to take this opportunity to thank some of our sponsors for food & drink. Popaganda showered us with 4 different flavours of fresh fruit popsicles and most of them disappeared in an hour!

Just 4 of the many wonderful flavours from Popaganda

Just 4 of the many wonderful flavours from Popaganda

Popaganda's Mango Coconut

Popaganda’s Mango Coconut

J&D Burleigh supplied us with a well curated wine list consisting of: Chateau Simian, Chateauneuf du Pape 2009 & Domaine Louis Moreau Chablis 1er Cru Fourneaux 2010

Chateauneuf du Pape 2009

Chateauneuf du Pape 2009 – one of the most famous wine labels from the south of Rhone, France

Sharma with guests

Sharma with guests

And these beautiful wines would not have been consumed without the kind sponsorship of catering equipment company, Steward’s Solution. A one-stop solution provider to all your catering needs.

Simple but elegant wine glasses by Steward's Solution to match the event

Simple but elegant wine glasses by Steward’s Solution to match the event.


Finally, these guys were the big surprise and we loved every bit of their charm from their quick set up yet effective pop up bar to their cocktails in plastic bags. Find out more about Liberty Spirits Asia at their day to night concept space The Secret Mermaid located in the basement of the newly renovated Ocean Financial Centre.

The sweethearts from The Secret Mermaid

The lovely people from The Secret Mermaid

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Moonshine – just one of the many American Craft Spirits they had on show.

Just some background on this unusual spirit for the curious:
1. Dark Corner Distillery out of South Carolina
2. No real definition of moonshine, but essentially it’s un-aged whiskey
3. Mash is corn, red wheat and barley
4. Gold Medal at the 2014 Beverage Testing Institute Spirits Competition, Double Gold Medal at the 2013 New York World Spirits Competition

Sharma & Guest sipping through one of Liberty Asia Spirit's fun local cocktails. Milo Peng with some vodka anyone? :)

Sharma & guest sipping through one of The Secret Mermaid’s local & innovative cocktails. “Milo Peng” with some vodka anyone? 🙂


Please go on to our “Events & Photos with Guests & Friends” page where you can capture more of the life and spirit from the launch!

John Berger, English art critic, once said, “Never again will a single story be told as though it were the only one.” In accordance, Arundhati Roy wrote, “There can never be a single story. There are only ways of seeing. So when I tell a story, I tell it not as an ideologue who wants to pit one absolutist ideology against another, but as a story-teller who wants to share her way of seeing.”

This exhibition features three collections by Shaumyika Sharma. Three themes with three different artistic modes of production, Sharma’s influences range from modern and contemporary art to architecture and design. Sharma’s mother was also a great influence during her developing years and she gives much tribute to her for teaching Sharma about art.

At the front of the space, our viewer is presented with The Seasons – a mixed media series of four collages exploring the theme of change. Towards the middle wall, a twin set series of past and present explores the notion of memories and is depicted through a series of photos taken when she was a young girl, entitled Childhood Dreams. The third series, facing the back of the space, two strikingly blue images made up of smaller individual ones explores quite a popular theme in Singapore – food and our interactions with it.



From a new series launching this April!

Artist’s statement: Architecture can seem permanent and static, yet the seasons impact it visually, transforming its appearance over time, and technically, affecting materials and inhabitation. The seasons represent change and are a reminder that architecture can’t be conceived of as purely static.

Seasons IV is a mixed media series of four collages depicting the changes Sharma’s felt during her time spent in New York. The idea sprung from a series of drawings she had from childhood and was later influenced by Cy Twombly’s The Four Seasons, where Sharma was inspired to create new work to express the language between space and time in her professional and city life.

Here’s a quick glimpse into some of her childhood drawings which we absolutely adore:

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And in case some of you were wondering about Cy Twombly’s The Four Seasons, here’s what they look like:

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Executed with an eye for composition and detail, Sharma will be using watercolours, acrylics with paintbrushes and found objects such as magazines and discarded materials such as corrugated card and foil from her studio to compose a new and lively series that is reminiscent of her previous work, influences and in a lot of ways, cubist art.


Artist’s statement: In the timeline of a design project, photos are more or less the first and last step. As a child I took these black and white photos at a school and developed the film in a dark room, soon after which I decided to study architecture. Revisiting the site last year, I captured the same locations in full colour with a digital camera. Recalling pre-digital photographic processes, both sets of photos are presented as enlarged negatives.

This series came about when Sharma presented her portfolio, which included photos from when she was a child. Why she had them in there, she wasn’t quite sure but they were first seen at the Highline Open Studios, a bi-annual event in New York City allowing artists of the West Chelsea district to open their studios to the public. It sparked a conversation between us about memories and what it would feel like to go back to the exact spot and take the same picture.

Going back there was a revelation as I remembered being really happy, feeling like I was somewhere where I could be free to explore ideas, creativity, without feeling embarrassed about being studious.”


The black and white images were originally processed as slides and are the photos she took when she was still a young girl. They are processed as a negative image today to inform our viewer that “we never remember things exactly as they were…” And perhaps that is why the images that she took today when she revisited the same spot last December have the same subject matter but are not duplicates/replicas of the images taken over 20 years ago. Our memories are never 100% accurate, the wider the gap between past and present.




Artist’s statement: Cyanotype, the photographic process used to make blueprints, intrigues me as a way of studying light and shadow. In this series, the raw ingredients from two dishes-laksa and biryani-are composed to form imagined landscapes, using skills similar to those used in model-making. The pieces are intended to explore the disconnect between agricultural processes and city-dwellers in relation to food.

Much has been written about food in Singapore. No other subject is better suited to smartphone camera shots than food. Whether these shots are for the purpose of keeping a personal record of great places one has patronised, or for the instagramification of social life, more people are snapping photos of their favourite dishes than ever before.

Blue Topoi explores food culture in Singapore and consists of discrete and disparate images of: Laksa and Biryani, two of the most commonly found dishes at public housing food shops and hawker centres, places indigenous to Singapore’s food and urban landscape. In this series, Sharma deliberately considered every ingredient that makes up the essence of each dish’s recipe and gives us a new perspective of how food can look when framed. By rearranging each ingredient to create a surrealistic landscape, Sharma’s images look entirely different from a typical laksa or biryani. Each image can be taken apart and appreciated on its own but the images are more inviting together.

An excerpt from the collection of 8 images.

Using one of the earliest forms of photography, Cyanotype, otherwise known to some as a Photogram, the medium seems to counter the speed at which photos of food are being taken and posted onto social media platforms, quite simply for the instant gratification of getting “liked”. Little goes into truly appreciating the skills and processes that go into making that dish.

By looking at this series, we’re lead to think about what an ingredient actually looks like, the ingredients that go into each recipe, the colours and the flavours of that dish, which have been stripped down to their basic shapes and form.

Anchalee Temphairojana, also known as Kai

Anchalee Temphairojana, also known as Kai

A Singaporean, originally from Thailand, Kai works in operations as a blender in the oil industry. She knew from an early age that art would always be a part of her life but going to art school was not an option then. Nonetheless, she has continued to pursue her artistic dreams, quietly and meticulously building her portfolio after work. We did get a chance to spend some time with the lovely Kai and now you can find out more about her right here.

I think quite a few of us are intrigued about your work and how you got started from never having been to art school to keeping a portfolio with a diverse body of work. What can you say about your first exhibition and what are some of your earliest memories of drawing?

My first memory of drawing was in Thailand where my Primary school teacher would tell us what to draw and I was terrible at it! I remembered constantly asking my dad to finish my art homework for me as he’d get better marks.

My second memory of drawing was when I started school at New International School of Thailand (NIST) in Year 6. Mr. Zermani would make us draw a book introducing ourselves (I still have it!) and I would get really stressed out about it (flashbacks to first memory and bad grades.) But with his encouragement and later on a great art teacher, Ms. Krishna, both of them have instilled a passion for art in me which I can’t let rest.

I was set on pursuing an art education but due to various turns in events ended up doing a business degree. Nonetheless, I continued to take art enrichment courses such as pottery, photography, watercolour, charcoal drawing, oil painting and draw whenever time permits.

I feel so blessed to have my first exhibition in collaboration with SPRMRKT. I’ve started pushing my work to the public early this year and have been so lucky to meet Sue Shan and have the opportunity to work on this exhibition. There was quite a lot of doubt at first and a lot of hard work was involved but it is one of my proudest moments to date.

You do have a remarkable range of illustrations in your portfolio. What subject matter do you feel most connected to and who or what has been your sources of inspiration?

I started developing context in my work last year while spending time with my late grandfather in China. Prior to that, my works didn’t fit into a single theme. My favourite series is “Mr. Animal” which was sparked initially by the desire to improve my drawing skills. To my pleasant surprise – after illustrating the faces of these animals, I discovered that they each have personalities of their own! So I dress them according to the personality they convey to me.

Mr. Corporation was conceived a little differently where we discussed about some of the evil characters one sees in the office and thought it would be a good idea to use common local slang to  identify these animal portraits while giving them a humourous twist! After these characters were crafted, I had such a blast creating all 10 of them!

Work in progress: my next series will continue to be focused on “Mr. Animal” but will be drawing inspirations from my faith featuring topics like 7 Deadly Sins.

It’s quite timely that your first showcase here at SPRMRKT is launching around the same time Home & Décor magazine commissioned you to design a poster for their interior design and decoration fair. Tell us more about it.

While I was working on SPRMRKT’s project, I was commissioned by Home & Décor to do a piece featuring the word “Home” for their Home & Décor Fair (4-6 Oct 2013.) I was one of the 8 local artists to have their art featured on the October issue and our works will be featured at Marina Square Central Atrium during the fair. There will also be an opportunity for their lucky readers to bring these prints home! Here’s a peek –

Posters will be available at the Singapore Home & Decor Fair 2013

Posters will be available at the Singapore Home & Decor Fair 2013!

Great owl on SPRMRKT’s window by the way! Having never done an illustration on this scale before, you single-mindedly took up the challenge and it’s been a hit. Any reason why you chose the design you did? And have you ever thought about designing or becoming an artist as a full time profession?

When brainstorming for this piece, I was looking at designs that would look good in black and white lines. I eventually chose the owl as my subject as it has mysterious eyes and beautiful detail in its feathers that can be crafted into black line patterns.

Since young I’ve always dreamt of going to art school (I even know which school I want to go to!) and recently I’ve been looking for ways to create more awareness for my artworks. This year has been extremely rewarding and full of surprises. I’m happy with where things are now, being able to balance my time (and wallet!) with my full time job and my weekend art pursuit.

Owl illustration on SPRMRKT's shop window

Owl illustration on SPRMRKT’s shop window

Coffee Shop Street Talk was another commission you did in collaboration with SPRMRKT and we love it! What are your top three local dishes you can’t live without?

Hotpot, Prawn Mee, Ngoh Hiang

In the third and final commissioned series, Mr Corporation, a collection of 10 animal portraits characterised with local slang were created and named to fit the environs. We love how you’ve managed to portray such familiar characters at work more winsomely. Whose other portraits have you done or will you want to do?

Work in progress: 7 Deadly Sins (Animal portraits portraying a sin)

I’ve done a portrait series of my family members and am planning to do more human illustrations as these are skills I would like more practise in.

We can’t wait to see your next series 🙂

This is the 4th installation of “Never again shall a single story be told as though it were the only one”. A space dedicated to anyone with an artistic sensibility and a creative instinct, this show features photographer Sue Anne Tay. Exhibiting for the first time in Singapore, Tay’s images are divided into two themes: landscape and documentary photography. The main thrust of this exhibition lies in her documentation of the trade bazaars and landscapes in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia.

Tay’s landscape prints capture a secret sense of serenity and surrealism in a provincial but no less beautiful countryside. Taken with a DSLR, these were about as close as the images got to being “digitally manipulated”. Reprints are available for purchase at S$275 nett each. Please write to us at for purchasing methods and delivery details.

A statue of a headless goat stands atop a boulder along the Southern Corridor highway that leads to the Irkeshtam Border Pass with China. The headless goat carcass is used in a game of polo in Central Asia, called buzkashi.

A statue of a headless goat stands atop a boulder along the Southern Corridor highway that leads to the Irkeshtam Border Pass with China. The headless goat carcass is used in a game of polo in Central Asia, called buzkashi.

Cows graze in pastures near Toktogul, located along the Bishkek-Osh highway.

Cows graze in pastures near Toktogul, located along the Bishkek-Osh highway.


Moving on to a photographic spreadsheet of Tay’s encounters with everyday Kyrgyz life, this series details the country’s food types, economic activities and social behaviours, bringing us closer to authentic Kyrgyz culture and its inhabitants. This is just an extract of Tay’s work, where she is also contributing photographer for, an ongoing research project charting China’s growing influence in the Central Asia region.


On a different side of trade and industry, and as part of her commission exchange for SPRMRKT, Tay explored café culture in cosmopolitan Shanghai while we followed her through this process and featured a live feed on Instagram (#tayexhibits), over two weeks before the launch of this exhibition. Now at SPRMRKT, we’ve used our retail shelves to create an installation of these images, like window frames where we peer in to a different life of spaces in other places, or is it?

This gallery contains 14 photos.

Sue Anne Tay is a Singaporean photographer based in Shanghai. When not armed with a camera, Tay dons a suit as Senior VP and strategist at HSBC. Her widely read blog focuses on Shanghai’s urbanization trends and attempts to preserve its heritage architecture. Tay is also the contributing photographer for, an ongoing research project charting …

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