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Vertolk: Leather, business & challenging norms.

Posted on June 26, 2016

Hong Jiun, Entrepreneur (Singapore)

Hong Jiun, Entrepreneur (Singapore)

Hong Jiun, SINGAPORE

Entrepreneur, VERTOLK

Why leather?

It is probably one of the more organic and fascinating materials out there. To know that a piece of hide you’re touching comes directly from animals after being tanned is rather intriguing. In a way, it is reusing every good part of what occurs naturally, where the skin of an animal is reused to make functional products.

Durability of a well-tanned skin is another key factor. I would say that for makers, we are concerned with how well something we make works for the client. Not just being aesthetically pleasing but also that it can serve its function continually for years to come.

On a personal level, I have always liked leather goods and am always on a lookout for unique and well-made products. This might be why I went to leather and not wood or ceramics or textiles.

Making process 2 by Vertolk

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State of the Art

Posted on April 3, 2016

Great news for enthusiasts, purveyors, and collectors that love art. There is an increase in online art auctions and platforms around the world making the medium more accessible for everyone via technology.

Online art sales had reached US$3.6 billion in 2014, about 6% of all worldwide sales, according to The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF). This figure represents an increase from US$2.8 billion in the previous year (5% of global sales). These figures match TEFAF growth estimates of online sales at a minimum rate of 25% per annum.

In the global art market report released by TEFAF in 2013, the report states that “the price level at which people are comfortable to purchase online is slowly moving up, as new generations of collectors become involved.” Founders of online art platforms from Asia agree.

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J.MYERS: The Leather Goods Craftsman

Posted on June 18, 2013

This interview was first published on the Project Passion 365 website and was told through visuals. Lilian was kind enough to let us republish and remix it a little. All photos and text provided by the author. The editor first met Jeremiah in a dusty block on the fringes of Chinatown. Upon entering his workshop, his front lobby had a kind of European rustic charm: what catches the eye was a vintage leather sofa and a stylish messenger bike complementing the decor.
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JEREMIAH ANG, SINGAPORE

Commercial Photographer and Leather Goods Craftsman at J.MYERS COMPANY

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.

I am a father, a husband and an only son. Made in Singapore by my father, an artist and my mother, a retired seamstress. I went to film school and majored in audio engineering but photography was my biggest interest. However, there wasn’t a photography major that I could enroll for. Which I attribute to the fact that those were still film days and it probably wasn’t as cool to sling a camera over your shoulder.

While I was assisting photographers, I picked up the hobby of leather crafting which eventually turned a little too serious and POOF! It became The J.Myers Company.
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What is your passion in life?

No matter what I do, I can never stop daydreaming and making things. Usually I daydream about making things. So yeah my passion is making stuff, it could be making a beautiful photograph or just trying to bake bread. As long as I can turn raw materials and ideas into a finished item, I am happy.

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ARTSYFACT: Creative Karungunis Keeping Memories Alive

Posted on June 11, 2013

This interview was first published on the Project Passion 365 website and was told through visuals. Lilian was kind enough to let us republish and remix it a little. All photos and text provided by the author. The Karung Gunis are rag and bone men in Singapore who visit residences door-to-door to collect unwanted items and newspapers.
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AARON KOH/CASEY LOH/LEON LAI, SINGAPORE

Art Director/Copywriter/Producer at ARTSYFACT

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.

Aaron: An Art Director and a skate enthusiast.
Aaron believes in the insight behind every idea / design.
Casey: A Copywriter and a movie buff.
Casey believes that having a compelling story is vital in getting the message across.
Leon: A Suit / Producer and a coffee connoisseur.
Leon believes that focus and staying true is key to success.

What is your passion in life?

Keeping memories alive and if we can help the environment along the way, even better.

Why is passion so important in life?

Without passion, everything will be done half-heartedly and passion makes all the sacrifices we make along the way worth it.

Do you have Monday Blues (or Sunday Evening Sorrows)?

Never. Most probably because we’re off on Mondays but more importantly, we look forward to every day and every new challenge with eager anticipation.

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When did you have the ‘Fuck this, I’m going to do this now’ moment?

When we realized that we couldn’t stomach another lie.

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The negotiation with pirates. Illustrations by Ng Weng Chi

How My Dad Fought Pirates

Posted on June 5, 2013

 

Illustrations by Ng Weng Chi

 

I want to tell you a story. One of courage, compassion, fear and cowardice.

It is about how my dad fought pirates.

My father would relate this story often to my friends. Making the same exclamations and the same hand gestures for dramatic effect. He wouldn’t miss a beat on the story because it happened during a significant time for him—a time of great struggle. This period had taught him many great things and telling this story was his way of passing his own life morals to others.

In a nutshell, my father is in the shipping business. Buying and selling boats, he is a person made of suits, glasses, old-Chinese-cinema honour and old-fashioned perceptions of integrity. He would come across almost like a stereotyped Asian father. Protective, firm, proud of his work, and most of all, endearing in unexpected ways. But like any long-time entrepreneur, his stories and life experiences run deep.

It was a tough year for anyone. Economy was down and business was just not going well for anyone. But my dad finally got a buyer. The ship was ready to be moved from the origin of production down to the determined destination. It would take about four months and a few days for the whole journey. The trip was smooth sailing and everything seemed to work out perfectly.

But on the last day of travel, my father got a call. The ship, and its crew, were caught by pirates.

My dad lifted his hand and smacked it on his forehead. “Oh shit. What do we do now?”

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