We’ve reached 1,000 likes on Polkaros Facebook Page! Thank you all for your support and accompanying us through our creative process! Every ‘like’ encourages us to work harder. Thank you once again for all your support! You are a group of very special peeps ♥ ♥ ♥
Only Free Paper is a very cute shop in Shibuya filled with free promotional materials such as postcards, zines, brochures and leaflets. It is always enjoyable to visit as they have lots of information on upcoming events and guides to galleries and museums in Tokyo. Not to mention, the designs of the free papers are usually very cute and the paper quality is lovely too!
Besides free paper, they also have a small section of zines for sale. They started carrying our Polkaros lifestyle zine a few months ago and it has recently been restocked! Do drop by if you are in Shibuya and would like a copy!
Only Free Paper
Address: Udagawacho, 15-1 Shibuya Parco Part 1, Shibuya Tokyo
dröm sessions is a platform created by the amazing peeps from the little dröm store to showcase and interview some of their favorite overseas and local artists. I am very honored that they have decided to feature Polkaros on dröm sessions this month. Read our full interview here.
The little dröm store is the cutest gallery shop in Singapore. Be sure to check it out if you are visiting!
7 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069791
★ The little dröm store website
A few months ago, I was invited to contribute some DIY gift ideas for an upcoming Frankie magazine holiday spread. The theme was to create an easy to make gift with recycled materials that you can give to a friend during the holiday season. This was what I created – African basket inspired mini vases made with PET bottles and paper twines.
The spread turned out really lovely and I was very thrilled to have my project shot by amazing photographer Hilary Walker. I am so honored to be involved in this beautiful issue! If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, you can get yours from Frankie Press online store.
Awhile ago we were invited to participate in photographer John Clang’s ‘Being Together’ project. John Clang is an acclaimed New york-based Singaporean photographer and visual artist. This project draws from John’s personal experience of being separated from his family, and addresses the predicament that is being faced by many Singaporeans who have moved out of Singapore. Together with his team, he visited families in Singapore and abroad, in cities such as London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo to photograph a Family portrait for them with the help of modern technology – Skype.
John visited me at my tiny Tokyo apartment and projected my ‘family’ on my wall while we did a video chat on Skype. It was very surreal to have a mini family gathering in my living room in Tokyo when they were not physically there. My sister happened to be visiting Tokyo during that time so she was with me during the photo shoot. I am glad she was there to lighten the mood and make the photo shoot more fun than emotional. John suggested that we include my works in the portrait and I like how it reveals a part of my life in Tokyo. All in all, it was a very unique and precious experience for us especially since I’ve lived away from my family for about 8 years now. I really appreciate the opportunity to have a family portrait taken together even when we are not in the same country.
‘Being Together: Family & Portraits – Photographing with John Clang’ exhibition starts tomorrow at the National Museum of Singapore. Do drop by this meaningful exhibition if you are in Singapore! You can find more information about the exhibition here.
This project was also featured in the New York Times. You can see the online article here.
P.S. we are on page 3!
Here are some ‘behind the scenes’ pictures from our family portrait photo shoot.
John Clang’s official website: http://www.johnclang.com/
Happy New Year everyone! May this be a great year for all of us!
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our readers for your kind support. 2012 has been amazing and we can already feel that 2013 is only going to be better!