Sunday, 24 August 2014

Day 410- Sarees And The City



I had planned this for a while, making a box vignette for Winni on her birthday the way I did for Uncle Vasu's 80th  just a few months back.


I wanted to make a box that is essentially her, someone who wears the most outrageously mini dresses but would occasionally don a traditional saree for her boyfriend (she a Catholic, he from a family of a devout Hindu); a beer guzzler who loves to dance but whom I have never seen drunk; immaculate hair except in the rain; a fierce foe but also a loyal and devoted partner.

One side of the box reads: I am not a sari kind of girl but sometimes for love, I kind of am.

I completed the vignette in an afternoon.


She wears a saree of course but it is one of glitter and suede with a veil in the boldest print and brightest blue. Like a leading lady in a Bollywood movie, she dances under a tree but her tree blooms in a burst of untamed hues and she has wild flowers in her hand and hair

 and yet.....I felt something missing.


Until I found this bottle of Tiger beer 


 and finally, I think I have made a box that is essentially her.



Sarees & The City

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Sans!

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Celebrating National Day

Mass rapid transit train (metro) running in front of a block of flats

We celebrate National Day today. 

Exactly 49 years ago, Singapore gained independence from Malaysia after a rather unceremonious expulsion from the Federation due to racial tension.


Flat with playground featuring Dragon slide

Since then, this country celebrates the 9th of August, rejoicing in how through the very difficult early years, we have built a nation where people of different races now call home.

Flat with clothes hanging out- a typical sight

Typically, in the days leading up to our National Day, many events with themes revolving around the country's achievements are organised. 


Of special interest to me this year is the Recycled Project organised by Yeo's, a  Singapore company that pioneered the use of tetra pak .


Hundreds of kindergarten children came together to build miniature blocks of  HDB flats (our public housing) using Yeo's tetra pak drinks packaging.


90% of Singaporeans live or have at one point in their life, lived in such a flat. Today, more than 80% of us still do. 


Looking at how creative the little ones were with these recycled packaging truly inspired and amazed me. All the attention to details made me want to build one too.

Vertical gardens are more and more common in our high rise these days

Most of the material used was the packaging of course but there was also paper, plastic, straws and strings.


The children even used little cut-outs of themselves to illustrate how myriad the households in a flat can be.


Many of the flats were of course decorated with flags and string pennants to commemorate the National Day.


What I especially love though are the playgrounds, so many of them reminiscent of my own childhood.

Playground with Dragon Slide


Park made entirely with paper


"Water Tanks" and "Pipes"

Walking through rows of these miniature structures, I was brought back immediately to all of my childhood homes, the last of which I left for good only after I turned 26. 




So kudos to all the little children and their teachers and thank you for the special memories. You are all creative geniuses.

HAPPY 49TH!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Days 412-416-From Candle Light To Wood Fire


I still can't believe sometimes how long it has been since I first chanced upon the Abandoned House. It is of course hardly abandoned now but naming it thus reminds me of how it once was before life was brought back to what is now a sanctuary. 




From a place doomed for destruction to a space for creation, my personal belongings now mingle companionably with the Old Man's tools, books and effects. 


Candles burnt down to decorate old bottles, 


the kettle is almost always on the boil. 


It is now a home, constantly warmed with wood fire from makeshift hearths.


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I used battery operated candles for all my lights here.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Day 415- Painting Nature


When Nature fades, 
is there really no stopping the perish?


Can we not pick up our brushes, 
dip them in the most vivid of colours


and paint it back to life?


 No, not just life
But Immutable!
 Immortal! 
Immemorial life!

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Painting Nature was made this afternoon. This mini sculpture was done in about 2 hours. With a splitting headache from a terrible toothache, I knew I had to get my brushes out again so I could forget the pain.


Will you believe that the bouquet is in fact THE Bouquet , one of the blooming tea leaves from the flowering tea bundles? I hope your flower tea leaves will also inspire you to create something for your minis. If it does, I will really love it if you can show me?

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Day 414 - Of Friendships, Gratitude and Blossoms In A Pot


Flowers really speak to me. In the language of beauty, they conjure up stories, evoke memories,convey feelings.  Silently and in a single stalk, we can say I am sorry, I love you or I am really happy for you.


So I picked flowers again for my very belated anniversary presents (in December when I fell off the edge of blog-land)Balls of blossoms in a pot with names like Bliss, Bouquet, Eve and Angels.They were selected for you based on the history we shared, the significance in the name or the state I think you are in. 


When I was in Bangkok last week, I began to receive email from some of you telling me that you have already received my little bundles. 


I hope you have a glass jar or pot or any kind of transparent drinking vessel. You will want to watch the story unfold, trust me. Carefully place the ball of leaves in there before you pour hot water about 30-60 seconds after boiling. Then just put your chin on the table, let the tea steep and watch...


and you will start to hear my feelings, maybe even to a tune.

For the times you were here when I was not,
 for the times you shared when I was, 
for the times you thought of me, 



I thank you.


All over the world, dear friends, we are drinking our teas and thinking of each other, conversing without speaking. What is your flower tea saying today? Will you tell me? 

By the way, don't throw the tea leaves out so soon. Re-brew the tea leaving some water in the pot by adding fresh hot water, 2-3 more times. You can drink it all afternoon as you work on your minis. And of course, you can think of me that while longer. 

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