Launching the festival will be a show of works from visual artists Xin Xiaochang, Lina Adam and Kelly Lim, a storyboard of projects by social group Daughters of Tomorrow, a live web feed of London-based musician Asha Edmund singing material from her new album, and performance art by Eve Tan.
The public will get a chance to hand-print festival artwork to take home or display in the space. There will also be a selection of crafted products by local makers to introduce Weekend Studios, where That Spare Room hosts artisans to work in-house, display their wares and run workshops.
Daughters of Tomorrow
Working with over 5000 women through local NGOs in Nepal and rural India to sew products retailed by DOT. These partners also counsel women on their basic rights, and issues of hygiene, health and nutrition in these third-world communities.
In Singapore DOT works with the family service centres to identify women in low-income or troubled family situations to provide skills training and employment opportunities. The Fabulous Baker Boy has adopted Daughters of Tomorrow as its supported cause and retail products made by DOT beneficiaries, to enable more women to attain financial self-sufficiency.
Xin Xiaochang has an interdisciplinary approach to her work that often melds art, design, craft and technology. Her artistic practice engages with humour and play, using tradition, history and nostalgia Singapore.
Motherland was inspired by the 2011 Singapore General Elections, and highlights how we internalise family values as children by dutifully listening to the constant messages passed down from our mothers. With maturity comes the need to express ourselves while bound by rules, and questioning what has been taught, culminating in asserting our voice and taking an independent path to find ourselves.
Asha Edmund is an award-winning soul singer from Singapore with a masterful delivery, an ability to hit impossible notes with fluid ease, and dulcet tones that has charmed audiences everywhere.
Her first international single 'Oblivion' with Swedish-duo SUMO was released in 2009 under Farplane Records. Her second international single 'Carry Me Over' under Italian label Gotta Keep Faith Records dropped the same year, and 'What's The Figure' followed the year after. She recently released a fourth single 'Fast Forward', with French Dj/Producer Greg Gauthier under Qalomota Records, as a warm-up to her upcoming EP and LP.
Lina Adam, is an artist working in various mediums such as performance art, printmaking and art installation. She co-founded Fetterfield, a site specific performance art festival in 2006; alternative art space Your Mother Gallery in 2004, in Little India; and has been a member of The Artists Village since 1999.
She is interested in the idea of exploring structures in the existing frame of social reality. In this series of new prints, she explores and experiments with the printmaking technique of lift ground aquatint, inspired by images of microscopic biology cells. She is intrigued by the parallels she finds in daily human life and the behavior of organic cells, and also how they need to be magnified to be observed, much like our society and environment.
Kelly Lim creates works in knit and crochet under the pseudonym kelly limerick (kllylmrck). Trained in fashion design and experienced in advertising, branding and graphic design, Kelly has been knitting and crocheting since the age of seven. She is fascinated by the texture, feel and variations of crochet and knits.
Her quirky and technicolour pieces toe the line between garment and objet d’art. She has created a sub-line of crazier and louder items for daily use named Hanana. Inspired by monsters and creatures of all shapes and sizes, they add a spark to the mundanity of life. The series of one-off pieces challenges the notion that adulthood equates dullness, or that cuteness clashes with sophistication!
Eve Tan is an experienced art curator who has worked on local television productions for local channels and theatre. In Eve’s Apron, a woman takes on many roles in her life – from mother, daughter and wife, to fixer- upper, breadwinner, teacher, and best friend to many in her life. A woman is the queen of her household revving at top gear at every waking moment caring for others, and spends her nights sleepless; stressing over all that needs to be done.
For this performance, Eve will be playing the many roles of women using an apron she made. The performance will draw comparisons between the protective, domestic and symbolic roles of women and aprons. It is both a celebratory tribute to, and also a critique of, being a woman.