Tokyo Art Book Fair 2012

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Last weekend we participated in the Tokyo Art Book Fair 2012 and launched our new ‘Polkaros Lifestyle Zine’. We also showcased Berlin-based French artist Bonjour Johanna‘s works at our booth. Here are some pictures of the event and how our booth turned out.

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Right opposite our booth was Hello Sandwich with her new book and handmade zines!
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You can see more pictures of the book fair in our latest guest post on Poppytalk.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Polkaros Lifestyle Zine

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We launched our very first brand book- ‘Polkaros Lifestyle Zine’ at the Tokyo Art Book Fair 2012 last weekend.

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Our new Zine!

This zine takes a look at Polkaros items past and present, concepts and realizations, hand crafted works and products produced for the mass market. It offers a glimpse into the world of Polkaros through illustrations, photography and craft. It also comes with a Polkaros tote bag that you can decorate and have fun with! If you’d like a copy, it is currently available in our online store here.

First stop Singapore

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My summer trip started in Singapore, the country where I was born. Every time I visit, I’m always amazed by the number of new buildings and establishments. It is constantly evolving and renewing itself. However, I prefer to visit areas that remind me of nostalgic Singapore, away from all the tall high-rise buildings. Here are some of the places that I really enjoyed…

1. Joo Chiat area
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When I told my brother I wanted to see something ‘Singaporean’, he brought me to Joo Chiat to check out this beautiful stretch of Paranakan houses and we visited ‘Kim Choo‘, a Peranakan shop that carries Peranakan crafts and handmade goodies. They also provide courses for traditional Peranakan beaded work that is such an amazing craft!

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2. Tiong Bahru area
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Many years ago, my family had a pottery studio in Tiong Bahru and I remember spending a lot of time there after school. It is one of the few neighborhoods that still retains the charisma of old Singapore. When I revisited this time, I was surprised to see all the new shops and cafes in the area.

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3. Ann Siang Hill area
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I used to work part-time in a fine dining restaurant at Ann Siang Hill as a student. This area has transformed a lot over the years and is now lined with with lots of shops and restaurants. One of the cutest shops in Singapore is also located here – The Little Dröm Store, carrying some of the cutest zakka from local and overseas artists. After shopping at The Little Dröm Store, it’s always nice to take a break at K ki and enjoy a delicious piece of carefully handcrafted cake.

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I hope you enjoyed this post on Singapore!
♥ ros

Back in Town

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Greetings peeps!

Sorry for the long gap without any new posts. After many weeks away I’m finally back in Tokyo.

I was lucky enough to take some much needed time off to visit friends and family in Singapore, and do a little traveling in Europe. After being enchanted by Paris I headed to the always lovely Copenhagen, and ended the trip in beautiful Berlin.

Few things inspire, enlighten or rouse new curiosities more than travel. By transporting yourself to a new environment you learn to appreciate things you took for granted at home, while simultaneously developing a deeper understanding of the world around you and challenging your notions of “the way things are.” By opening ourselves to new experiences and exposing eyes and ears to fresh sights and sounds we are rewarded with invigorating bursts of new inspiration that allow us to reset, rethink and recreate.

So stay tuned, over the next few weeks I’ll be writing a series of posts recounting my travels and introducing some of the wonderful spots I visited.



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