A Taste of the Autumn Affordable Art Fair

As the name suggests, the Affordable Art Fair aims to make art accessible and as welcoming as possible, throwing art elitism out of the window, and ensuring that everyone can fall in love with art. Over the next three days, the Affordable Art Fair will paint Singapore pink for with its Autumn edition. Featuring a wide range of contemporary art by more than 500 new and emerging artists from 70 local, regional and international galleries all priced between $100 and $15,000 with 75% of the art being offered at under $7,500. Highlights of this edition are the new #Spotlight showcase, the expansion of its multi-disciplinary art installations, new media works, and for the first time, a Virtual Reality (VR) experience to raise funds for The John Fawcett Foundation. Here, the Fair's Director, Alan Koh, shares his top picks for affordable limited edition prints to give you a taste of what’s to come.

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1. Art Forum

Yeo Shih Yun
Altitude, 2008
Acrylic and ink on paper
59 x 42 cm

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2. Gallery M

Me Hye Choi
Wait for the wind, 2010
Oil on canvas
91 x 65.2 cm

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3. Tasveer Gallery

Michael Kenna
Lake Bridge, Hongkun, Anhui, China, 2008
Silver Gelatin Print ed of 45
8 x 8 cm

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4. LYNN Fine Art Gallery

JeonYong Hwan
Transforming Cycles-2, 2017
107 x 107 x 15 cm

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5. Mookji Art Collaboration

Fidia Falaschetti
Pink Freaky Mouse, 2017
Aluminium varnished resin, 2 of 5
50 x 80 x 40 cm

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6. Lakeer

Fiona Koh
Fishmonger’s Dream 2017
Acrylic & Oil on Treated Newsprint
58 x 35 cm

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7. Roleco Fine Art

He Junyi
Skull no 3, 2013
Oil on canvas
95 x 95 cm

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8. Artemiss Contemporary

Anne Gabrielle Califf
Raphael, 2017
Mixed Media
100 x 100 cm

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9. TAG Fine Arts

Gonkar Gyatso
Grey Tara, 2017
Mixed media and silkscreen print, Ed of 50
80 x 58.5cm
$1700 Unframed

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10. Spence Gallery

Ross Bonfanti
Bouquet, 2017
Found objects and acrylic
8 x 13 x 5 cm

The Ethiopian Collections, Marilyn Tan

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Singapore-based jewellery designer MARILYN TAN puts travel and colour at the heart of her latest work, The Ethiopian Collections

The ancient civilisation of Ethiopia is probably not high on many bucket lists, but it was certainly on the list of award-winning jewellery designer Marilyn Tan. Marilyn has always had an unquenchable thirst for unique travel and was curious as to why Ethiopia was the only country in Africa that has never been colonised.

Over the last five years, travel has taken a back seat as Marilyn has put all her energy into building her namesake jewellery business. Marilyn promised herself that 2017 was the year she would start adventure travel again, and her long-time travel companion knew this promise so booked an adventure.

In January 2017, Marilyn returned from her trip to Ethiopia with a head full of unforgettable experiences and a wealth of local knowledge. And of course a heart full of inspiration. The Ethiopian’s use of gold is what struck Marilyn. She was determined to use the colours of the sunsets and raw terrain in her future designs, and desperately wanted to experiment with the Ethiopian Opal from the Welo mine.

"A Marilyn Tan piece tells the story of a journey, of paths less travelled. It speaks to the pleasures of discovery, the joy in the unexpected — just because.” Marilyn Tan

Seeking inspiration in the architecture, animals, festivals, religion, food, coffee, and of course the lovely gentle, friendly people, what followed was a full night of work, and the ID Collection was born and completed, based on the brand ID marks she has seen in the National Museum of Ethiopia. The rest of the collection came in the following days. Like all Marilyn Tan collections, this one too tells “the story of a journey, of paths less travelled” and as she explains her creations “speak to the pleasures of discovery, the joy in the unexpected”.

Although the ID Collection may be considered a significant departure from Marilyn’s typical style and work, it still displays the bold, unconventional, adventurous, and edgy traits of her work, and is undeniably inspired by the raw and rugged nature and architecture of diverse and vibrant Ethiopia.

This collection is made up of six sub-collections making it suited to any woman who is comfortable in her own skin, and she who is confident in her way of life.

The Ethiopian Collections are available at TANGS and the Marilyn Tan showroom.

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Boutiques at the Pit Building Gifting Guide

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For those who love boutique shopping, there’s nothing better than Singapore’s iconic shopping event BOUTIQUES AT THE PIT BUILDING. It’s the nation’s largest shopping fair that enables independent, design-led and mostly socially responsible labels to create individual shop-fronts at the F1 Pit Building, turning the space into a boutique shopping adventure like no other.

This gift-centric November edition will span three days — from 10-12 November (Friday-Sunday) — giving shoppers more time to shop over 200 labels on levels 2 and 3 of the building. Boutiques Edit on level 3 is an expanded space focusing on Singapore design, while Boutiques Social on level 3 is an F&B-focused lounge with more independent designers and even an art exhibition to peruse. Relax in vintage Scandi-style furniture by MÖBLER as you tuck into hearty Peranakan fare from Violet Oon Singapore or sweets by Sunday Folks.

If the shopping does not lure you down, perhaps the plethora of workshops, activities, the children’s play area, or the philanthropic nature of the event will. In this Boutiques at the Pit Building Gifting Guide, you can find a rundown of what to expect and just some of the labels to keep an eye out for.

Tip: many of these brands are launching exclusive collections at Boutiques, so pop by if you want to be the first to shop the drop.

Gifts for girlfriends and parents

As Luly Yang once said, “Accessories are like finishing strokes of the painter’s brush. They highlight, define and complete her masterpiece.” Want to treat your girlfriends to a little sparkle? Keep an eye out for newcomers Haywire or EDEN+ELIE, a local line that will be launching an exclusive collection of hand-beaded bangles. The new Greek-inspired jewellery collection by Darsala (pictured) will satisfy the magpies who appreciate a statement piece. Know someone who travels often? Pick up an oversized pashmina shawl from Ayesha Cashmere or treat them to a pair of handmade shoes by Palola, which can be customized for their feet.

Gifts for the men

Old favourite, Gnome & Bow, will launch a new collection of bags and wallets. Also check out Ashenfeld for casual men’s tees that won’t break the bank, Plain Supplies for minimalist, unisex watches, and Rever Goods for sleek, handmade leather goods.

Tip: Boutiques is a perfect place to bring the boys too — drop them off at EC Proof on level 2 where they can sample spirits and even attend a class or two.

Gifts for the ethically-minded

Meet the brains behind the brands that are socially responsible such as MATTER (pictured), which practises no-waste pattern making and works with artisans and a fair factory to produce its popular, sustainably-made unisex clothing. While the brand will launch a new line of silk tops, you can also learn some of the practices at their block printing workshops. Covenant Jewellery will launch their customizable birthstones ring collection — a nifty gift idea for those who like fuss-free, customisable presents. Covenant works with Cambodian artisans to provide fair pay, healthcare, and a positive work environment. The majority of the brands showcasing at Boutique Fairs are socially responsible, so you are bound to hear some inspiring stories.

Gifts for the style slickers

Celebrate Singapore style: tropical chic, Asian urban, power dressing or indie style maker. Expect everything from 50s inspired fashion by Jo Kilda, affordable swimwear by PINKSALT (pictured), African wax print fabrics by Olive Ankara, cut-out dresses and modern cheongsams by The Missing Piece, minimalist aesthetics by Elohim by Sabrina Goh, and bohemian wears from The Wit and The Will.

Gifts for colleagues and work friends

Don’t neglect the power of the written word. We love the typewritten notes and calligraphy cards from The Novel Encounter, which also offers ready-wrapped books for readers who appreciate some mystery. Brighten up your deskbound colleague’s workspace with curated lifestyle products designed in France, the Netherlands, South Korea, Spain and Turkey by Salt & Sweeter (pictured), or get them organised with 2018 diary organisers from The Paper Bunny.

Gifts for the sanctuary seekers

From unforgettable scents to decorative accent pieces and statement art, we like our home to be a space of self-expression. Spoil the homebodies in your life with a unique house gift, such as a hand-poured soy candle from A Dose of Something Good (pictured), silk-screened goods from Talking Textiles, original artwork by Louise Hill Design, and signature home accessories by Supermama.

Gifts for the kids

Kids also deserve to be spoiled — Christmas is around the corner after all. For wee tots, look to Leia + Lauren (0-4 years) or the organic cotton threads of Sea Apple (pictured). Feel free to drop the kids off in the dedicated play area sponsored by The Children’s Showcase where they will be kept busy with toys and new friends. Face-painting, balloon-sculpting and storytelling sessions will also be a hit on the weekend.

Explore more about Boutiques at the Pit Building: The Gifting Edition 2017

10 November (Friday), 9am-8pm
11 November (Saturday), 10am-6pm
12 November (Sunday), 10am-4pm

F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975

Glamorous Giving’s Style Report

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September is all about fresh starts, a new season, and of course the latest in style - fashion, accessories and homewares - making it the perfect time of the year for the eighth edition of Singapore’s clearance sale GLAMOROUS GIVING. End of line, end of season and sample stock do not mean ‘out’ of style. Instead think of them as timeless, classic pieces purchased in support of the Singapore Committee for UN Women. With 2 full days to shop more than 55 of Singapore's top independent local brands, designers and boutiques at UP TO 80% off, you won't want to miss out! In this Glamorous Giving Style Report you can find a run down of what styles to expect and just some of the brands to keep an eye out for.

Aussie Fashion

Celebrate Australian fashion no matter your vibe: perennial holiday luxury, urban chic, business as usual or indie trendsetter. The latest curated collections from the likes of The Well Dressed Society (pictured) and The Wyld Shop will cater to all your needs. Expect everything from exaggerated wide legged pants, lace asymmetrical dresses, must-have mirrored sunnies, slogan tees and day-to-night rompers, all of which are sure to become your future closet classics.

Long & Layered

The long and layered skirt may come and go, but this season designers have restructured this returning wardrobe favourite to be more fluid, feminine and elegant. Expect midis to be a hit, tiers to make a comeback and a modest maxi to be worn by all ages. Turn to Apparella (pictured) for a selection of off-duty dresses and skirts with a touch of utilitarianism as well as event newcomers Shopping at Tiffany’s and Simone Irani.

Print on Print

Prints are a classic and they always will be “in” style. Be it graphic, retro, floral, or a mix. Head to toe print does not have to be daunting. Keep the colour palette fresh and tonal so that the print is not overbearing, and add classic accessories. Some brands to keep in mind for a statement print are Indii Breeze, Attaby and Aquariva (pictured).

Activewear is here to stay

The fact that activewear or ‘athleisure’ has been defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “casual clothing meant to be worn both for exercising and for general use” tells us that it is here to stay. If you are late to the party, or in need of few new outfits, be sure to stop by the lovely ladies at Inzone5, Base Athletica and Haute Mango.

The Power of Beads

As Iris Apfel says “More is more and less is a bore”, this life mantra should also extend to accessorising. Some of the world’s most stylish share the same philosophy, so why can’t you. A statement necklace adds punch to a soft neckline or a splash of colour to an otherwise monochrome outfit. Shop this power piece at Stones the Rock (pictured), Lil Jewellery, Envy Jewellery, Woonhung and more.

The IT Bag

The latest IT bag must go to the Prene bag. Made from perforated neoprene (basically, a wetsuit), these versatile bags are a must in every colour. Currently sold out by Love-Style-Fashion (pictured) we are secretly hoping they make the line up at Glamorous Giving. While you are browsing for bags you’ll need to meet Just Gaya‘s, Louise Boutique and House of Sheens as well as Desti Saint Handbags for their beautiful collections of one off clutches and purses.

Shoe of the Season

They say shoes make the outfit, and this season is no different. From the elevated espadrille to the strappy sandal, we like our shoes to be comfortable. You may think of the espadrille as a humble staple for the summer, reserved for picnics and beach days, but the casual go-to is the perfect companion from dawn to dusk. If you prefer a classic ballet flat or strappy sandal, don’t fret, you will find them too. Keep it timeless, versatile and adaptable with brands such as Ria Menorca SEA, Sole 2 Sole, House of Sheens and Cote and Badt (pictured).


Pretty Porcelain

The first signs of, what later became know as, “chinoiserie” in the west date back to the 17th century. Ever since, Western designers have been incorporating the look into their own designs. These days you’re likely to spot ginger jars, garden stools or lacquered tables even in modern homes. If you looking to infuse a bit of Eastern-inspired flair in you home, make sure you visit China Collection, Fairprice Antique, Red Brush Art (pictured) and Hacienda Blue.

Little Loves

Kids also deserve threads help them express their unique personality and identify. What’s more is that there their ‘style directors’ are becoming increasingly keen on straying from the cookie cut looks of high street brands. For the cutest #kidsfashion on the island look no further than new brand Copenhagen Delights , as well as old favourites Emma Laue Children (pictured), Apple Tree Children’s Wear, Little Friends by Lamasso, and Roses & Rhinos.

Colours of the Season

The new season calls for a rich colour palette of navy, olive green and burgundy. Feel the coziness of fall by adding hints of blush pink, oatmeal and cream to pare down the intensity of these new hues. Call into Jasper Living (pictured) for a cool kaftan that is so versatile is won’t matter what season you are in. Add textured layers on cooler days and throw it over a body con full piece for a balmy night.

If you only buy one thing...

This season’s must have is a pair of vintage-inspired silk pyjamas in a refined colour palette from MAISONZHOU. Cut from the brand’s signature luxurious fabrics – stretch-silk – for a super-flattering fit, these pyjamas are of the utmost quality. Think modern yet grownup, comfortable yet feminine, sensual yet appropriate, and of course beautiful. Get to know the brand at Glamorous Giving.

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Orchard Parade Hotel
1 Tanglin Road
Singapore 247905

Friday 8 Sep 2017
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 9 Sep 2017
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Attaby Collective, Haji Lane

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We interrupt your everyday routine to bring you some celebratory news. Singapore-based womenswear label, Attaby will be hosting a collaborative pop-up throughout the month of May (7th May – 4th June 2016) and it’s going to be one hell of a retail therapy party. Bringing on a strong independent lineup, The Attaby Collective aims to unite an intimate gathering of design-centric businesses to deliver a punchy alternative to mainstream retail. These include homegrown Singapore brands such as Attaby and Maison by Amanda Dyer and multi-label outfits such as Maissone and Madie Moo that curate a niche selection of international indie labels.

Founder and Creative Director of Attaby, Claire Chahill is the brains behind this new venture. “Having run my own standalone pop-up events, I wanted to share this success and my audience with likeminded, design-focused independents that really have something excellent to share,” she says.

Collectively, they present a quintessentially indie-minded approach to retail, where shoppers can meet with designers and retailers and spark conversations about their work. The excitement of a pop-up coupled with the intimate setting of a boutique concept provides a unique shopping experience fuelled by a warm-hearted sense of community. The pop-up’s location on Haji lane also sets it snug in the belly of Singapore’s arts and cultural enclave — the perfect spot from which to enjoy a few pleasure-filled hours of shopping.

Armed with over 10 years in global retail experience within megalithic luxury corporations, fashion and retail is one of the areas in which Claire appears to be possessed of the Midas touch.

“I am passionate about pairing people with brands that make them happy to shop and embellish their lives. I also love to work with brands and designers who go the extra mile to ensure their sourcing is fair and partner well with producers,” says Claire.

With labels such as Maissone, Frankitas, Cote and Badt and Maison by Amanda Dyer, expect to shop a curated selection of threads, accessories and home goods that ease and accentuate life in the tropics. “Everything has been chosen to compliment the demands and needs of the tropical climate that will also inject a sense of style to what we wear and choose to surround ourselves with,” says Claire. And to show you just what we mean by a one-stop shopping experience, we’ve picked out just some of the many choice pieces you’ll find at the pop-up. To be sure, homemakers, tourists, corporates and eco warriors alike will find something to delight over at The Attaby Collective.


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  1. Mesh Panel Jersey Shift | Attaby

  2. Sabeena Clutch | Frankitas

  3. Lotus 5 | Cote + Badt

  4. Coco & Ginger Daphnee Dress | Madie Moo

  5. Medina Hurricane Votive | Maissone

  6. Mermaid Stardust Part II | Floral Kokoro

  7. Chevron Spa Silk Fouta in fuchsia | Bo-Ya Creation


The Attaby Collective

The Pop Up has closed, however TheAc can be permanently found at:

420 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427641

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Affordable Art Fair Singapore

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Art doesn’t have to be highbrow… the Affordable Art Fair Singapore (22-24 April 2016) offers a friendly and fun-filled art experience for everyone from the novice buyer to the seasoned collector.

Returning for its seventh year, Affordable Art Fair Singapore stands out for its unique disposition as a highly accessible art fair, offering contemporary artwork priced between S$100 to S$10,000, with 75 per cent of art works priced below $7,500.

Art fairs are gaining popularity with new and experienced art-buyers worldwide for their wide selection and diverse classification of artworks offered within a single location. The Affordable Art Fair Spring Edition sets such an example with over 40 new and returning galleries across four continents showcasing an amazing range of contemporary works, from prints and paintings to sculpture and photography.

Bringing art closer to the people, Affordable Art Fair opens the art market to a wider audience through a series of education and grassroots initiatives. These include public art installations, educational and hands-on workshops, art tours and other features powered by charity partners and the Affordable Art Fair team.

A much-anticipated fixture of the fair, the Charity Feature Wall will feature 40 multi media works by selected artists in support of the Woodbridge Hospital Charity Fund. Titled ‘Let Art Speak’, all of the featured art works are priced at S$500, the proceeds of which are shared evenly between the artists and the Woodbridge Hospital Charity Fund.

Fuel up on creative inspiration with the fair’s Art Education lineup, which includes a plethora of interactive workshops and art tours which expose fairgoers to a range of art disciplines, from silkscreen printing to professional art-buying. Meanwhile, the Children’s Art Studio, hosted by Little Artists Art Studio will keep the little ones engaged with a series of immersive fine art workshops covering topics such as printmaking, painting and charcoal drawing.

For the Instagram-obssessed crowd, there’s the added draw of ‘The Great Egg-Venture’, a public art installation that’s also a cleverly designed treasure hunt for 60 giant hand-painted eggs. Held from 10 March to 17 April, 25 artists were selected via AAF’s open call to design individual eggs depicting their vision for Singapore’s future. Each egg discovery could lead to a prize, so you’d best get (ahem) cracking!



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Affordable Art Fair Spring Edition

Friday, April 22, 2016 | 12 – 6pm
Saturday, April 23, 2016 | 11am – 8pm
Sunday, April 24, 2016 | 11am – 6pm

Where: F1 Pit Building, No.1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975

Admission: S$15 for early bird tickets & S$18 at the door. Concession tickets are priced at S$10. Children under 16 years obtain free entry.

Payment method: VISA, Mastercard, AMEX & NETS

Parking: Free




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Affordable Art Fair Singapore | What's New | Travelshopa

Affordable Art Fair Singapore | What's New | Travelshopa

Affordable Art Fair Singapore | What's New | Travelshopa

Affordable Art Fair Singapore | What's New | Travelshopa

Affordable Art Fair Singapore | What's New | Travelshopa

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