Painterly Aspirations


It takes a certain courage, to say “let’s print this.” My watercolours are an amateur’s work, and it seems the other one has a gauge of them that is likely incommensurate to their value.

But once the persuasion worked and the decision was made, things moved quickly. Quotes were obtained from printers, high resolution scans were made, and the images edited and plumped into a layout for a printer.

Of course, there was driving to collect them (I was excited!) and buying plastic sleeves to house them, and then the darned task of pricing them.

But we had them ready for their intended debut at the July installation of Public Garden, which happened to be back at the lovely National Museum of Singapore again. We placed the watercolour prints for sale at our stall, and having adopted a don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy at our stall (we worry that people didn’t like to be sold to), we didn’t specially explain them. But, people touched them, held them up and bought them. I was very humbled!

Okay. They are 10 cm by 15 cm open edition giclee prints of original ink and watercolour pieces, scanned and printed on archival fine art watercolour paper. They are signed on the front.

The prints are on sale at our shop at Peninsula Shopping Centre (not Peninsula Plaza, not Excelsior Shopping Centre, hee).

PS. This series of 3 works are titled “Places I Want To See With You”. I have travelled to some places without my favourite person, and I hope we can go there one day. [Naoshima is not here, because it is hard to capture, and in any case I had no doubt we would go there rather soon. This, we did.]

Small And Able Goes To Public Garden

We have been working on various things, gearing up towards Public Garden. It is happening this weekend, from 1 to 7 pm at National Museum of Singapore. By the time it is over, July would, for all intents and purposes, be over. (We will probably snooze the rest of July away.)

We are going as Small And Able, which is the name of our little shop tucked away in Peninsula Shopping Centre. For those of you who haven’t been to our shop, perhaps this weekend’s Public Garden is a good time for you to browse a selection of our wares, in a pretty setting amid other local designers/ craftsmen/ retailers/ bakers.

We are also introducing, at Public Garden, a new product – Our Good Vibe Flag 好運旗!


The prototype bore these words: You Just Wait And See! Fake-angry, it is actually a reminder to ourselves to wait it out. Since then, we have gone on to make more of it, and added another phrase to the family. We hope they can decorate your home or office, and provide some motivation or good vibe.

PS. As it is with our Lightning Buddy and Cloud Puff series, the flags are hand painted individually. The lettering is silkscreened.

We hope our handmade HEY KUMO products and the other items we have selected to bring from Small And Able will live up to their name – mood-lifting wares for the earnest!

So, if you have time, or are in the area for the HeritageFest, we will be at the outdoor area (in an air-conditioned tent, haha), which is accessible via the second floor of the building.