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LAST UPDATED 8 DECEMBER 2023

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ENTER THE RICH UNIVERSE OF CREATORS INSPIRED BY THE REGION WE LOVE, DOING THINGS SO GOOD WE’RE JEALOUS. A bit like a gallery & a bit like a feed, we’re the place to discover all sorts of creators from Asia.

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KRAF Studio

Indonesia

THIS MADE US GO: Cardboard Couture

The literal brainchild of KRAF Studio is none other than Arismawan’s kids. It all started when he helped them out with a school project where he decided to pursue cardboard as his creative medium. From eagle-shaped helmets to robot masks, Arismawan creations carry more than just an environmental message. It holds a consideration for the economic conditions of its customers, as well as the promotion of Indonesian culture and normalisation of Muslim faces.

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Hong Hong

China

THIS MADE US GO: Wallpaper Whizz

When people think Made in China, no one thinks about paper. No one thinks about the revolutionary material made by punching and drowning tree bark. Hong Hong continues this proud tradition, in abstraction. She labours for hours under the sun, using old-school monastic rituals to create something entirely new.

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Nishiko Hariko

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Bob bob bob

If you’re looking for art that you can actually touch, Yoko Nakanishi’s paper mârché pieces are literally made for poke and play purposes. Born from Yoko’s marvelous sense of humour and her elaborately crafted traditional techniques, these charming characters will get anyone bobbing along with them. Boop!

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Akiyoshi Nakamura

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Spirited Away — A paper sequel

Growing up in a family of craftsmen, it’s probably no surprise to Akiyoshi how he started drawing at an early age. Although thanks to his fascination with Leon Lionni, Eric Carle, Matisse, and Chieko Takamura, he took his drawing skills to the next level. Now, he draws with paper by paper-cutting, pasting, and chigiri-e. Using ultra-thin Japanese paper without brushes or paints, he’s even created his own version of paper colouring that applies tone sharpening. How even!

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THIS MADE US GO: A new species, the paper species

A breath of life on paper, Patrick’s multi-dimensional artworks have a majestic presence to them. They almost feel like an animal kingdom of their own, made from layers of vellum board and watercolour paper. As an independent artist, he strives to experiment and develop new techniques in the age-old art of paper cutting.

Patrick Cabral

Philippines

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THIS MADE US GO: Scissors, paper, flake!

Ashley’s delicately detailed creations might just be the skeleton of unmelted snowflakes — beautifully intricate and a wonder to look at. Known for her meditative drawings and paper sculptures, Ashley grounds her practice in private thoughts and ontological questioning; and revolves her practice around themes of lightness and slowness.

Ashley Yeo

Singapore

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THIS MADE US GO: One-sheet wonder

Using just one piece of paper in a single colour per artwork, Masayo strives to let three-dimensional forms break free from what they’re expected to be. A self-taught master of kirie, she first discovered this Japanese art of paper cutting in high school and hasn’t looked back since.

Masayo Fukuda

Japan

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THIS MADE US GO: Is this where paper planes fly to?

Seeking to warm the world with love by using paper is none other than Yeni — a paper artist, art director and set designer. Her creations usually begin with a drawing or sketch before it gets turned into little whimsical worlds made out of 3D paper models.

Yeni Kim

South Korea

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THIS MADE US GO: Petals doing a strip tease

Made out of on-edge paper strips, Daphne’s stripped flowers might just bring us even more joy than receiving a full bouquet of roses. Apart from beauty and nature, her artworks are also inspired by light and shadow, and architecture and geometry. She’s currently based in Virginia as a paper artist and co-founder of JUDiTH+ROLFE.

Daphne Lee

Singapore

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Tomihiro Kono

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: “Hair is everything” — Fleabag

What’s the line that divides hairstyling and head wear design? For Tomihiro, that boundary is meant to be blurred. Having started his career as a hairdresser, he’s since ventured into becoming a session hair stylist. Not only is he styling hair, he’s making head prop designs and wigs too. Once again, hair is everything.

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Kelly Limerick

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: Corals or crochet

If you think crochet is a granny craft... think again. Or just look at what Kelly has got to show you without saying a word at all. It’s evident how she’s stretched this traditional craft beyond the predictable patterns many think of when they hear the word ‘crochet’. After all, she’s been doing this since she was 7 years old.

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Ng Si Ying

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: Rattan inside

Digging deeper is what keeps Si Ying going. In fact, each of her exploratory works is an ongoing dialogue. All to rediscover both old and new relationships that make rattan a very dear material to Singapore and the wider Southeast Asian region. Not forgetting finding out what rattan’s purpose in our time is.

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Shokki

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Cray clay

This clay is for more than just play. It’s for the everyday. From tableware to flower pots to sculptures, Shokki proudly creates these ceramic creations with seasonal themes — all by hand. Personally, we find the most charm in their imperfectly moulded shapes. Isn’t that what daily life is like anyway?

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Geraldine Lim

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: Legend of the Axolotl

Science fiction, fantasy, and myths was what birthed these supposedly amorphous yet axolotl-looking creatures. Their creator is none other than Geraldine, who works primarily with soft sculpture and drawing. All this to give them life in fragmented narratives that navigate her own processes of introspection.

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J Z Ang

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: Quint-essentials

Tell me you’re Singaporean without telling me you’re Singaporean. That’s exactly what we’re getting from JZ’s works of art. From the everyday things to the not-so-everyday-yet-wildly-familiar stuff, these nonsensical items make a whole lot of sense. That’s probably one of our favourite things about art.

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Kim Todam

South Korea

THIS MADE US GO: Brain farts

We all try our best to remember when we forget. Kim’s works make us feel seen while validating how it’s only human after all. Through intuitive sketches and VR programs, he produces artwork that distort the memory of characters you’ve definitely seen somewhere. To him, it’s all up to interpretation. Life’s more fun when nothing is absolute and everything is perspective.

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Baku Takahashi

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Lego memory

Oh, how we’d love to have Baku’s ability to turn his distant memories into glassware. In his words, each of his works represent “something I might have seen somewhere, yet I cannot recall the context around that thing”. Familiar forms with the memory of antique sculptures, they come in a combination of colours and shapes, reminiscent of brick sets and block games.

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Narongyot Thongyu

Thailand

THIS MADE US GO: When the beach clean up nice

Inspired by his childhood living by the remote coast of Songkhla, Thongyu gathers scraped objects found by the seashore and turns them into something more. From drawings to sculptural objects, each piece reveals his quests of the social power relations between good, human, nature, and the prevailing ideologies in the space of production.

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Fa Wuthigrai

Thailand

THIS MADE US GO: Weave weave weave

Jewel beetle wings, bamboo strips, and yarns are what Fa uses in his attempt to move Thai craft forward while weaving in new design approaches. His works explore ways to rethink and revitalise traditional crafts, while finding a balance between the integrity of tradition and exploratory approach to the practice.

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Osamu Yokoyama

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Bamboozled

The “call of the bamboo” was what turned Osamu from a graphic artist into a master of bamboo artistry. He finds bamboo an ideal material for self-expression. With its bends and curves, ability to be cut, bound and stretched to its limits, it serves as a medium that reflects the experiences of life itself.

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Hangama Amiri

Afghanistan

THIS MADE US GO: Sitch in a stitch

To define, explore, and question, Hangama uses textiles as her medium of choice. Putting different Indian and Afghan fabrics and materials together, she creates immersive compositions that tell a story. All of which she shares her examination of feminism, geopolitics, and gender that impacts the daily lives of women in both Afghanistan and the diaspora.

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Haroshi

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Kueh lapis

Who would have thought that these figures who look like kueh lapis, an iconic Indonesian dessert, are actually made from recycled wooden skateboard decks? Now we’re even more in love! All made by Haroshi, a self-taught artist who blends craftsmanship and pop culture. We love how these adorable characters have colourful layers aka personality!

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Republic Nanu

Thailand

THIS MADE US GO: Woods of art

“To be or not to be?” is something we think about, looking at Republic Nanu’s woods of art. Pun intended. Republic Nanu is the brainchild of Pakphum (Nanu) Youttananukorn — an artist, designer & maker. If you’re wondering why we ponder about purpose, it’s because his works investigate the intentions, traditions and mythologies of pre-existing objects and places.

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Kohtaro Abe

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Food play

We’re convinced that playing with food is an underrated activity after we’ve seen Abe’s work. He creates works using his own “paints” that contain ingredients such as black sesame and tapioca powder. Born and raised in a family involved in the aquaculture trade, his process is inspired by the making of fish feed that has evolved in the most unique way.

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Shishido Mazafaka

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Fleshsionable

Anyone looking for a listening ear that truly hears you out without giving unsolicited advice? We’d recommend one of Shishido’s fleshed out ones. Shishido Mazafaka aka Doooo is a Japanese DJ who makes accessories out of (fake) human flesh — small handbags, phone covers, stamps, computer charges. That is when he’s not busy writing or recording new songs.

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Tita Keks

Philippines

THIS MADE US GO: Sign me up

“A labour of love to a new generation” is not just Tita’s life goal but a sign that sometimes what’s considered old is actually gold. Seeking to revive this once thriving craft in the Philippines, Tita puts all her care and attention to every painted letter across her works. Here’s to all that she does to ensure that this cultural symbol continues to live on, one sign at a time.

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Ném Project

Vietnam

THIS MADE US GO: Trashsure

Born from a desire that couldn’t be expressed through photography, Dương Gia Hiếu started Ném Project — his response to consumerism and bad designs. Unlike photography, it involves “non-stop processes of sketching and prototyping”. Along with “taking unwanted thrown away materials from the street to create functional objects and furniture.” Perhaps another man’s trash can also be his treasure.

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Eri Imamura

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Bead me a sleeve

Jagua ink isn’t the only way to have a temporary tattoo. Just look at Eri’s antique kimonos. Although their purpose isn’t for wearing, but to make a statement as most tattoos do. For Eri, it’s to reconcile the material entrapment of urbanism with an animistic desire to reconnect with nature. The result? A mix of mythology, Native American beadwork and tattoo culture in the form of life-sized textile sculptures.

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Baremetalco

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: Steel life

“Deliberately bare, without any extraneous layer of paint” is how Barementalco’s metal craftsman Matthias likes his metal. We might have never really thought about it before, but seeing his works have us immediately sold on naked steel too. After all, that’s what Baremetalco aims to do with their interest in the artistic and aesthetic aspect of metal working.

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Roger&Sons

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: Wood you be mine

This group of brothers behind the carpentry firm give “Made in Singapore” a whole new meaning. As one of them states in an interview, “It’s the idea that our products have been designed by Singaporeans, for Singaporeans, using Singaporean materials.” In case you’re wondering — Yes, this trio makes all sorts of furniture from local trees. Wild.

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Woomin Kim

South Korea

THIS MADE US GO: Eye of the loom

‘Shi Jang’ means market in Korean, and they sell everything from fish to sandals to mops. Woomin Kim uses fabric collages to celebrate these unique spaces, which are both a refuge for immigrant cultures and a fuck you to the boring dystopia of identikit shopping malls.

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Su.Felting

Japan

THIS MADE US GO :All fuzzy inside

The only thing better than one fuzzy wool tempura is a whole family of fuzzy wool tempuras. Su.Felting’s felt konbini characters are the epitome of craft meets cute. If only your regular Family Mart fare looked this good.

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Shiine Shirauo

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Pots and frens

Call it pottery with personality. It’s easy to spot Shiine’s work. The artists’ use of expressive eyes is nothing short of .. eye-catching. These handmade pieces are made using the traditional Japanese porcelain techniques of Arita and Hasami ware, then finished with pairs and trios of googly eyes.

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AKI

Hongkong

THIS MADE US GO: Love is in the hair

Anime characters are well known for their gravity-defying and mind-blowing hairdos. And now that’s possible in real life too! AKI’s wigs add a special touch to the costumes of many a dedicated cosplayer. They are engineered to turn heads and wow cameras, but only if you’re audacious enough to go full Cruella De Vil.

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Leeroy New

Philippines

THIS MADE US GO: We come in peace!

Leeroy’s larger-than-life structures look like they’ve come straight out of an alien movie production. It’s no wonder the multidisciplinary artist credits his first encounter with art to sci-fi, fantasy and horror films. Unlike most kids, young Leeroy was always more fascinated with creatures and monsters than scared of them. Hold up, is that a zombie from The Last of Us?

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Tamiya Raden

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: 'Cause we're living in a material world

Who would have thought fabric could be made from sea shells? That’s now the duty of Tamiya Raden to make this technology into a legit tradition. It all started from a philosophy inspired by a textile craftsman named Katsuichiro Tamiya: “If only fabric could be woven from mother-of-pearl…” Oh, the wonders of imagination. We’re so inspired to daydream right now.

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Nucharin Wangphongsawasd

Thailand

THIS MADE US GO: And stretchhh!

“I am women boss and a cry baby” are words that live on the walls of Nucharin’s studio. We stan the mix of independence and vulnerability. It’s giving girl boss energy. After all, it was man-made structures and nature’s repetition that inspired Nucharin to create a different slant into woodworking. Literally.

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Hukanzen

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Silence of the furbies

Who would have thought these wide-pupil-tiny-eyes-no -mouth furry things are actually imperfect beings? We love them even more now, from their strange stitches to twisted pearl ornaments. A plush toy brand by two artists from Tokyo and London, Hukanzen prides themselves in making plush art for those who love “imperfect”. Stuffed toys have never been this comforting.

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Pei Li

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: Real or not?

Did you second-guess yourself about these being real flowers? That’s exactly what paper artist Pei Li set out to do with her ‘PeiPer’ products. With tender hands and a love for paper, Pei Li creates flowers that look real enough to smell with details down to the leafy veins. The best part? They last forever and give a second life to recyclables like good ol’ toilet rolls.

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Daisuke

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Foodcore

“You are what you eat” isn’t just a phrase. It’s a fashion statement, as demonstrated by Daisuke’s line of itemised ingredients. Bun bags. Ramen boots. Rice crocs with sushi jibbetz… This is how you actually look like a snacc. With a fit like this, you won’t need to take any of those thirst trap pics.

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Makoto Egashira

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Blanket core

Comfort as a style has never looked this cute and might we add, versatile! Just look at that little pink vehicle all snuggled up in flowery. Who would have thought that the artist himself, Makoto, actually hates blankets? Well he once did until he decided to overcome that hatred. In return, he found a new way to express himself mainly through floral blankets. If this isn’t proof that passion has only two extremes, nothing in-between.

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Marcos Kueh

Malaysia

THIS MADE US GO: Mythweaver

“The ancestors of my land encapsulated their dreams, myths and hopes in their textiles” was the sense of familiarity Marcos found while being away from home. For this textile artist from the Island of Borneo, the myth he hopes to weave through his craft is that of self-acceptance, resilience and compassion. Many of his works are explorations and speculations around the traditional meaning of craft in a contemporary context.

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Daisuke Kondo

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Silly styrofoam

Kondo’s styrofoam sculptures fill us with excitement — you know when you’re digging through little styrofoam balls to find the item within the package you just received. Apart from carving out characters of nature like animals and even elements like the sun, Kondo also draws and comes up with poetry too.

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Haruka Yamakawa

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Snacks are our superheroes

Haruka is described to have a “pop, surreal, somewhat nostalgic and moody view of the world”. Well… same here actually. Apart from being an illustrator, she also loves pottery as evident in her items of work that are a complete M-O-O-D.

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Closet Children

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: Fit for battle

Inspired by the bejewelled transformation ornaments of magical girl anime, Rachael creates “hardwear” and “softwear” fantasy armour for one to always be adorned and ready for battle. As a “dollmaker”, her creations explore folktales and oral traditions, femininity, the dark side of human nature and the distortion of the familiar. Looking at these fits just remind us of what Rihanna once said, “She can beat me, but she cannot beat my outfit.” Literally.

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Shoko Mihira

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Burnt buds

Ever heard of “burner work”? It’s a glass culture that started in 1970s America, using borosilicate glass (a tempered glass with many colours)—now a technique that Shoko uses in his practice. In his works, you’ll get to witness a cultivation of his experiences in inquisitiveness, extremeness, spirituality, as well as his many years of BMX riding. As said from the man himself, “The monsters I create are modeled on real-life events, complexes, and people I meet.”

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Hai Ihwa

South Korea

THIS MADE US GO: The Alien Florist

To Hai Ihwa, plants are just like humans that have different expressions, shapes and lines with infinite perspectives for observation and exploration. His alien plants are no different, rooted in his belief for extraterrestrial life. As for the way they look, Hai Ihwa’s emotional archives are what influences his creativity — expressing complex emotions is like having the energy of life recharged.

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Khairullah Rahim

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: Bling empower

Through collaboration and critical thinking, Khairullah unveils the lived experiences of his community with recurring themes of forbidden desire, shame, resistance, ambition and labour. As an interdisciplinary artist, he works across different mediums with research that looks into strategies of resourcefulness for survival in environments under surveillance.

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Shayne Phua

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: Potted pastries

Who knew that culinary tools could make things outside of the kitchen too? Repurposing existing pastry apparatus, Shayne uses them as decorative clay reliefs to make ceramic vessels — a reconfiguration inspired by the functionality of such objects. Fusing traditions amidst cultural homogenisation, Shayne’s work also seeks to reinvent narratives of oral traditions, Chinese folklores and cultural semiotics.

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Sarah Lin

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: Eclectic feel

Unbounded by materiality and execution, Sarah makes eclectic-coloured creations that are poetic and tactile from process to outcome. As for what goes on behind the scenes, her multidisciplinary practice revolves around themes of human conditions and narratives of her personal experiences.

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Aki Hassan

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: Read between the lines

Aki is a trans-disciplinary artist who reinterprets how forms, materialities and objects encounter one another through unexpected details and new narratives. They see this process as a tool to reflect on their support systems — to locate strength, shifts and imbalances in exchange. Found through text, drawing, printed matter and sculpture.

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Jeanette Adrienne Wee

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: A one hand throw

Fluent in Korean, Japanese and Chinese, Jeanette uses her cultural observations to form a melting pot of North-asian art forms. Themed around personal experiences, nature and places, she works broadly with functional ware as well as sculptural pieces. The rich textures, mix of different clays, custom glazes and a one-handed throw pot technique are the main characteristics in her potted creations.

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Berny Tan

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: Existential thread

In an attempt to reframe the ambivalent space between the rational and emotional as generative rather than paralytic, Berny turns to threads. No, not the ones on Reddit. Along with a needle, she threads through the tensions of systems and personal experiences — supported by strategies that reflect a fundamental interest in language as it is read, written and spoken by her.

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Samuel Xun

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: Drippin in dazzle

Through the use of ornamented surfaces, multidisciplinary artist Samuel explores emblems of culture and identity. Often centered around the themes of emotion, cognition and aestheticism, his working process is an expression to convey the humanistic resolutions to social discourse. The end products of the above include sculpture, installations, and textile compositions informed by film, culture and personal narratives.

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Shishi San

Belgium

THIS MADE US GO: Do not touch the tuft

“We don’t walk on my carpets” says it all about Shishi’s intricately fluffy paintings and sculptures that have been imbued with her very own distinctive style. Based in Brussels, she’s a self-taught multidisciplinary artist who enjoys being hands-on with her artworks that that are inspired by both Japanese and Chinese cultures. For Shishi, mixing traditional, tribal, and floral patterns with vivid colours push her artistic abilities and techniques. Talk about tufting it out!

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Hiné Mizushima

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Anatomy on fibre

Experimenting with different tools and materials, Hiné is the master of crafting unexpectedly charming outcomes. As a fibre craft artist based in Vancouver, she creates art through needle felting, weaving, makes miniature collages and embroidered puppet stop-motion animations.

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Studio Kallang

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: Hansel and Gretel on a biscuit diet

“Chic but playful” is how Faezah Shaharuddin, founder of Studio Kallang, would describe her design studio’s aesthetics in furniture, homeware objects and installations. She gravitates towards showing personality by combining unexpected objects of materials & colours — inspired by travelling, art and film. Although, the roots of her interest stem from a fascination with interiors and forms while growing up in a family furniture business.

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Wang Zhijun

China

THIS MADE US GO: Does this soot me?

Who knew that the smog of mass industrialisation in Beijing would fuel Zhijun to create masks from his own sneaker collection? It’s for a good cause though. These sneaker masks are both aesthetic and useful, created to raise awareness about air pollution. Since 2008, Zhijun has been learning traditional crafts and making customised sneakers. Best known for his ‘Chinese Zodiacs’ series, his works are also collected by renowned institutions and celebrities.

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Tac_inomata_sc

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Nomsters Inc.

Tac’s Japanese snacks and side dishes are testament to the common saying: “Food is the way to the heart”. Regardless of age, we’re pretty sure Tac’s food styling captures the hearts of all young or old. With meticulous seaweed cutting and creative sculpting using colours and textures of each ingredient, he gives each dish a playful narrative. Tac playing with food has got him playing with our hearts too, in a yummy way of course… wink wink.

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Kanoko Takaya

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Eyebrows and everything tactile

With a great fascination for the expressive Indonesian masks, Bali-based artist Kanoko’s practice is led by tactility and interactions. Not tied to a single medium, Kanoko’s processes and methods are constantly evolving, from acrylic on canvas to wood carving, costume making, embroidery and tapestries. Often inspired by nature, her creations are a fusion of the Indonesian folk art and her personal experiences.

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Ease Studio

Thailand

THIS MADE US GO: Human-hand-made

Founded by Nichepek Torsutkanok and Wanus Choketaweesak in 2014, Ease is a multidisciplinary studio born from a family-owned embroidery business that weaves in craft, technology and design. From creating interior decoratives to furniture to site-specific art installations, Ease explores and experiments with traditional handcraft techniques with machine-based technology. All this to create new experiences with tactile art and living products.

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Damda

South Korea

THIS MADE US GO: Tuftscaping

If you’re looking for plants that don’t need water to grow, tufting them might be your next best alternative. Just look at these green ones! Mixed-media artist Damda is the creator of these textural landscapes made in oil with yarn. From 2D paintings to 3D art installations, the progression of tactility in her work spans through every tufted island.

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Yoshimasa Tsuchiya

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Dæmons of the wonderworld

The works of Yoshimasa is symbolic in the purest forms, with sculpted emotions taking the shape of fantasy creatures inspired from his dreams and studied postures of animals. How wonderful it is to be invited into his fantasies, and to be in the presence of these 3-dimensional beasts. Just gaze into those glass eyes, read the forms of each carved creature, and be transported to a mythical land of absolute elegance and awe.

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Daisak

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Clay is out to play

Ceramicist Daisak creates “artworks, half & half, goods” — in the form of cavemen, wide-eyed kawaii pineapples, quirky ornaments, conceptual sculptures with labels, illustrated mugs with saucers and you-name-it-unexpected-things. Daisak’s main interest in figurines is also his main source of inspiration. He makes up narratives based on the figurines he comes across and reinterprets them through pottery techniques.

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Pin Saruta

Thailand

THIS MADE US GO: Reduce, reuse, reincarnate!

Growing up in a family-owned steel factory with a Fine Arts degree, Pin’s primary passion is to recycle worthless steel debris into valuables, and to challenge the possibilities of recycling waste materials — rethink and reuse. Her work includes transforming used steels into art objects/installations, functional and decorative items.

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The Archivist

Thailand

THIS MADE US GO: Screen me please

Founded by creative duo Min and Woon, The Archivist is a screen print studio with the purest intentions — to collaborate with people from different fields of art and design, visual and music. They’re also two people who are more than willing to share their knowledge and expertise with anyone curious at their regular workshops. As for their working process, it’s mainly focused on designing methods and procedures for systematic printing that value the importance of the “printing process” and high-quality materials.

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THIS MADE US GO: Miniature minimart memories

Inspired by her childhood memories while paying close attention to realism, Pui Wan strives to evoke a sense of nostalgia through her miniature sculptures. The self-taught artist behind Picoworm believes that miniature isn’t merely small as it also brings life to us.

Picoworm

Malaysia

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THIS MADE US GO: Under the sea on ecstasy

Mulyana’s colourful crocheted worlds of fun inspired by the television shows of his youth makes us want to dive right in. It’s crazy how he’s created these large-scale installations through the age-old technique of knitting, but we’re all for it. Oh, and he’s also got an alter-ego called Mogues, an octopus who can be found in his underwater-themed exhibitions. Bloop bloop.

Mulyana

Indonesia

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THIS MADE US GO: The only stitch I’d willingly be in

Irene initially used pencils, watercolours and digital tools to create her work until the day she stumbled upon her mother’s leftover threads and hoop. Since then, she’s been using thread and fabric to stitch her own original illustrations into lovely embroidered pieces.

Irene Saputra

Indonesia

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THIS MADE US GO: Mother-of-pearl comes of its shell

Helmed by craftmaster Lee Young-ok, Jinjooshell is a family business that specialises in the modernisation of mother-of-pearl. Through R&D of this particular material, they create various designs and artworks that can live in other forms apart from jewellery such as architecture, interior design and so on.

Jinjooshell

South Korea

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THIS MADE US GO: Barbie’s weekend getaway

Rustic respite can sometimes feel so close yet so far, but that’s what it’s all about for Nachi and Muoi. As the founders of miniature model studio Lucid Dream, they create their works to be filled with the material of “reality” but also full of dreams.

Lucid Dream

Vietnam

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THIS MADE US GO: Mother Earth’s stamp of approval

Specialising in the fine art of hand block printing on delicate fabrics and dyeing in vegetable colours, Pracheen is a workshop that prides itself in its eco-friendly process — and we’re all for it. Natural dyes have always been a part of India’s ancient heritage, and Pracheen believes that they are not an innovation but a revival of a rich and prudent tradition.

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THIS MADE US GO: Pho-real?

An Ha Nguyen’s iconic collection of miniature Vietnamese dishes make us want to pinch food that we can’t actually eat. An architecture graduate turned miniature artist and entrepreneur, she’s now the founder of Veene Studio that specialises in dolls and miniature models. All it took was a self-carved bride-and-groom cake topper that pushed her to fully pursue her love for the craft.

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Vietnam

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THIS MADE US GO: Dildoll, blowbots and children’s books

How fun would it be, if things could speak? Blending storytelling and art together, this contemporary art studio fuses fascinating personalities into their sculptures, collectable toys, children’s books, installations, and other immersive objects.

Kumkum Fernando

Vietnam

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THIS MADE US GO: Moulded for mindfulness

As its name suggests, stillness is an inherent quality in their wares. A creative collaboration between Kaleb Loh and Tyco Tat, this duo is fueled by a desire to invent new ways for people to experience and interact with one of the world’s oldest mediums — ceramics.

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Singapore

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THIS MADE US GO: XLB — Xiao long baby

Some describe her work as “pop-surrealistic” and “creepy-cute”, but Qimmyshimmy really leaves that up to one to decide. She’s just here to create tension between two worlds — the real and the imagined. So, do these mini organs and body parts make you scream in fright or squeal in delight?

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Singapore

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THIS MADE US GO: Not-so-alien invasion

Don’t worry earthlings, these guys come in peace. Aspiring to bring back the past and build a better future using technology, Taketo aspires to show how combinations of creation can triumph destruction. 3D printing aside, he also specialises in materialising digital artwork, dissolving boundaries between what’s virtual and real.

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Singapore

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THIS MADE US GO: Literal eye candy

Cynthia loves snacks, just like all of us, or at least most of us. So much so that she immortalised the Asian snacks she grew up with, like yakult and white rabbit sweets, into elaborate rugs. As the child of Chinese emigrants, these rugs offer her a deep sense of nostalgia — an afterschool snack she turned to time and time again during her childhood.

Cynthia Chen

USA

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THIS MADE US GO: A common thread for humanity

For Aze, fiber is her weapon that can stitch connections and heal inner wounds. Grounding her creative process with intuition and spontaneity, she seeks to explore the different possibilities of fiber as a medium such as the history, culture, and her ecology around it.

Aze Ong

Philippines

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THIS MADE US GO: No one mould for femininity

With mountains-as-breasts being a recurring theme in her works, Kara draws parallels between feminie and earth forms. An ode to how natural beauty comes in all forms, colours, shapes and sizes.

Kara de Dios

Philippines

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THIS MADE US GO: A crochet rebellion. Thread lightly

Inspired by her own great grandmother’s badass attitude, Daphne Chao created Ilyang Ilyang to revolt against the notion of crocheting being a grandmother’s craft — in “hardcore handmade crochet” style. A warning that’s somehow kinda heartwarming.

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Philippines

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THIS MADE US GO: Through the looking-glass… of glass

When Tomoko creates her art, she’s fueled by an anticipation for how such ordinary materials can transform into a never-seen-before scenery. The end product? Little glass “rooms” or “houses” with various materials like wire netting, wood, rock, and sometimes other random things.

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Japan

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THIS MADE US GO: Ooh… Ahh… Ooh la la…

The perpetual looks of amusement on Aman’s Claymen figures are probably how we all look like when no one’s watching. In fact, these creations emerged from a careful observation of the common man and his dilemmas. Aman’s other sources of inspiration come from the experiences that unfold from the medium he uses — clay.

Aman Khanna

India

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THIS MADE US GO: Fabric of human existence

Textile therapy, anyone? Situating her practice at the convergence of art and design, Isha seeks to create emotive and engaging textile environments.

Isha Pimpalkhare

India

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THIS MADE US GO: To the zen den!

No nails. No screws. Just age-old traditional tools and joinery techniques is all Mokkō Studio needs. Founded by lead craftsman Alvan Koh, this woodcraft studio grounds itself in the Japanese philosophy of woodworking to create heirloom furniture from wood.

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Singapore

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Jer Dee

Philippines

THIS MADE US GO: Let me see your body talk

Welcome to a new dance dance revolution. Includes balletic warrior wielding an ancient sword — one of Jer’s groovy characters who are all inspired by a “sense of dynamism, movement, and dance music”. Previously a DJ, his work embodies his experiences in the queer nightlife scene. The party isn’t ending just yet!

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Minji Moon

South Korea

THIS MADE US GO: Portrait perfect

Minji’s visual philosophy is a good reminder to the rest of us — when you tell a story, the most concise, simplest route often works best. Dispensing with extraneity, each line of her bold graphics is not only purposeful, but somehow also playfully elegant. Her deft touch shines the brightest in her portrait and character work.

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Henn Kim

South Korea

THIS MADE US GO: Sinking in my feelings

Henn Kim is known for her black and white illustrations, which she describes as “beautiful dark twisted fantasies”. An intoxicating mix of familiarity and surreality, her artworks offer a poignant commentary on the emotions that affect us all.

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Yuo Ning Chien

Taiwan

THIS MADE US GO: Grab life by the eyeballs

Currently based in NYC, the graphic design-trained�Yuo Ning takes inspiration from daily life, skewing it with a distinctive does of whimsy and spontaneity. Her distinctive eyeballs, colourful geometry, and playful loops make for eye-catching art. Literally.

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Jiaqi Wang

China

THIS MADE US GO: zero eyes, 100% vibes

Jiaqi’s distinctively eyeless illustrated folk break the myth that the eyes are the most expressive feature of the human face. Based in LA, her use of such quirky characters and moving images add more to any story.

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Jing Wei

China

THIS MADE US GO: Hey there gentle giants

NYC-based Jing Wei’s printmaking background comes through in the simple and clean shapes as the basis of her illustrations. She also takes the opportunity to fuse her personality into the characters she draws — quiet and weird, soft and proud.

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Erin Dwi Azmi

Indonesia

THIS MADE US GO: Perfectly angled disproportions

Erin’s gaze boldly throws shapes out of proportion in a brilliantly organic and harmonious way. Skewed perspectives and a retro-leaning colour palette add more to her fantastically striking visual world.

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Reza Hasni

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: Trance Trance Revolution

Bright colours and hypnotic patterns are the core of Berlin-based Reza’s work, and in moving form, it’s mesmerising. Smileys and faceless beings; cult symbols and geometric columns; and floral and fauna in endless space tumble together as we jump from one dimension to another in an alien loop.

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Ardhira Putra

Indonesia

THIS MADE US GO: Club Tropicana, drinks are free

Singapore-based Ardhira’s influences come by way of video games, vintage and Asian pop ads, and Japanese cartoons from his childhood. The result? A whirl of 80s/90s graphic design and poppy colour palettes.

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Ella Zheng

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: Rhapsodies and rainbows

Ella’s other hat as a designer brings a bold sense of composition, texture and colour to her illustrations. Unapologetically bright colours and unexpected notes in each piece of work simply spell P.E.R.S.O.N.A.L.I.T.Y. Trigger warning: happiness.

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Van Lim

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: Eye spy happy meals

Van’s tasty tribe of anthropomorphic fruit (and other objects) are joyful and not just cute, but cool to boot. Googly eyes and nuanced palette of contrasting tones keep out appetites whetted for more. As evident in her colourful artworks, the thing that grounds her practice is none other than a good sense of humour.

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Lucia Pham

Vietnam

THIS MADE US GO: K-pop in a k-hole

From singing flowers to green faced goddesses, Lucia pulls from a wide array of Eastern iconography — spanning K-pop to traditional symbols and religious art — merging them into a singular worldview of flamboyant colours and sharp, succinct lines.

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Tunlaya Dunn

Thailand

THIS MADE US GO: Before the midday crisis hits

Tunlaya’s sense of restraint lends a slight sense of surrealism to the cosy and familiar. In recent works, she experiments more with shapes and playing with the form of comic art.

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Bloody Hell Big Head

Thailand

THIS MADE US GO: Sci-fi art-toons

Thanawat Sakdawisarak, who goes by the artist moniker Bloody Hell Big Head, finds his distinctive voice by mixing modern and vintage graphic elements through an outwardly, futuristic lens. Anthropomorphic critters reside alongside humans in Escher-esque settings, or in retro homes on an alternate planet. Anything and everything goes… together.

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Nimura Daisuke

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Naughty naughty

Nimura brilliantly captures the emotional essence of his characters through body language. His intimate portraits reveal and revel in the extraordinary drama that underlies much of our so-called mundane lives.

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Yune

Thailand

THIS MADE US GO: It’s, oh, so quiet shhh shhhh

Payoon Worachananan aka Yune is a Thai illustrator based in Tokyo. Focusing on 2D shapes to depict architecture and landscape, her work is beautifully crisp, detailed, and full of imagery. Not forgetting her dusk-informed palette that grasps the peacefulness and poetry of these unoccupied spaces.

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Noritake

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Daria’s boyfriend

Known for the strange faces and minimal scenes in his works, Noritake draws from the classic Japanese comic tradition while pushing it to the edge of contemporary cool. Also, not to forget — his ability to distill emotions and actions into wonderfully crafted one-liners.

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Asuka Watanabe

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Windows to the abstract soul

The Japanese affinity for French Art Nouveau and later, Art Deco goes way back to the start of the 20th century. Asuka picks up these threads through her work in patterning, interpreting them with a looser hand and graphic sensibility that’s definitely of our digital age.

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Yu Nagaba

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Fido Dido’s art class

The worlds Fido and Matisse collide quite singularly in Yu Nagaba’s line work. A preoccupation with pop and celebrity culture, expression through reduction, a willful naivete and a fine art sensibility explain our enduring fascination with his perspective.

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Srihari Tote

India

THIS MADE US GO: Looking God

Vivid colours, different poses, amazing angles — Srihari’s illustrations are what we imagine from the POV of a goddess’ IG boyfriend. An aspiring art historian and artist focusing on Indian themes, it’s evident how he knows each and every character along with all their life deets.

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Ram Han

South Korea

THIS MADE US GO: Deja vu says who

Grounded in the belief that the “nature of memory is the ambiguity between virtual and real life”, Ram Han’s works seek to own the memory of a place of experience that viewers have never had. It’s almost like deja vu but not really. Using digital painting as her main medium, Ram Han is interested in experimental fantasy that is injected into old and new pop/subculture and media.

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Motohiro Hayakawa

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: The clawww

If only the Little Green Men could encounter Motohiro’s lurid monsters, clanking robots and sci-fi heroes in sporting kitsch outfits… we’d like to see that in a Toy Story scene. Having grown up with lots of science fiction and cartoons, Motohiro’s illustrations are action-packed and a world to get immersed in with all it’s poppy colours and quirky characters. We love!

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Nalta

Indonesia

THIS MADE US GO: Asian Disney horror

Ah we saw what you did there with MicKey, Nalta. A visual artist with a digital illustration he describes as ‘Nusantara’, the ancient Javanese term for the Indonesian Archipelago, his style is inspired by Indonesia’s culture. Although his works don’t represent any specific stories, you’ll find deities and recognisable characters weaved into canvases with aged textures.

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Sadiq Mansor

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: If only Adam and Eve didn’t eat those apples

“A place beyond right and wrong, for people to meet in peace” is Sadiq’s intention (or might we add, the only moral code) in his visual gardens. A cinematographer, editor, part-time poet, self-taught illustrator and visual artist, Sadiq creates visuals of mindscapes — “a product of my (his) restless mind.” We feel ya.

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Choi Haeryung

South Korea

THIS MADE US GO: Head full of happenings

If everyday life was a scene out of Choi’s fantastical reality, you’ll find us dazing off to everything we see. Oh, if only our thoughts were characters we could meet. An artist and illustrator, Choi transforms the daily into daydreams with a calming yet playful touch. Pervaded by melancholy and even ironic images, you won’t be crazy to think that this fantasy world actually feels a little too familiar.

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Wataru Kimura

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Draw me an oopsie daisy

Self-proclaimed clumsiness and acknowledged imperfections of what “being human” is—the key motivation to Wataru’s daily drawings. It’s what has motivated him to turn what he once thought of as mistakes into perfectly expressed characters and narratives. A reminder that imperfection is human perfection, and that anyone can draw!

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Qowomo

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: Kidnap me aliens

A recent graduate turned highly sought-after tattoo artist, Qowomo’s works are distinctively otherworldly and mind-blowing. She’s well known for her stylized b&w organically generative “barbwire” tattoo art, and her passion is evident in her creations. We’re pretty much in love with them too. Definitely one to look out for!

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Nori Okawa

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Boing boing boomshaklaka

Filled with expressions and momentum, it’s intriguing how Nori’s illustrations are composed from the most minimal uses of lines and shapes. Of simplified figures, contrasting vibrant colours, textures, animated scenes and repeated patterns found in traditional woodblock prints. Inspired by the techniques of Ukiyo-e and its purpose to be made for the “common people”, Nori hopes to take a similar approach in her work too.

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Degeha

Indonesia

THIS MADE US GO: Sky daddy’s mythical side

Pop culture meets tradition in Degeha’s god-like works, inspired from Balinese mythologies of sacred ceremonies and deities to Japanese ukiyo-e and anime. Fusing the two opposites into a current day visual language, Degeha’s body of work is constantly evolving and each scene we see is indeed an adventurous trip. All aboard!

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June Jirapart

Thailand

THIS MADE US GO: Tropical intervention

The phrase “A Jack of all trades is a master of none” has got nothing on June, the co-founder of Carbet Moon Studio. Led by his curiosity while striving for experimentations in new processes, his biggest tool is his distinct illustrative style in engraving drawing techniques. He’s translated that into other works of art like mural paintings, typographic hand-lettering, and rebranding projects.

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Jocelyn Tsaih

Taiwan

THIS MADE US GO: If you’re a blob, I’m a blob

Amidst the (welcome) rise of specificity and diversity in representational art, Taiwan-born, Shanghai-raised and Oakland-based Jocelyn dwells on the shared human experiences that unite us all. Featuring an amorphous figure meant to embody the universal spirit of human beings, she has an uncanny way of distilling abstract, philosophical questions with Zen-like clarity.

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Nuttapong Daovichitr

Thailand

THIS MADE US GO: Things taking shape

Nuttapong digs a lot deeper, tuning in to his innermost feelings or some daily states of being as the main subjects in his work. With his refined style and accomplished hand, he elevates everyday human stories through relatable scenarios.

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Page Tsou

Taiwan

THIS MADE US GO: Steampunk fairy tales

Page looks to a mix of eastern and western cultural influences for inspiration, from traditional chinese ink paintings to steampunk. The aptly-named illustrator’s art retains a distinctively painterly quality, yielding works that feel like they’ve been taken straight from the pages of a most fantastic storybook.

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Ellie Suh

South Korea

THIS MADE US GO: Sun-daubed bodies

Hong Kong-based Ellie balances playfulness with purpose to create vibrant illustrations that depict the life of individuals in bold tints and unconventional geometric shapes. Her inspirations include: her multicultural upbringing, femininity, the people around her, nature, and the sun.

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Croter Hung

Taiwan

THIS MADE US GO:Meow

Watercolour or pen, colour or monochrome, Croter can seemingly do it all at an incredible level of finesse. A satirical worldview combined with a meticulous eye for detail makes him a very special talent. Plus, we are suckers for cats, too.

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Seo Young

South Korea

THIS MADE US GO: Hey Alexa, play lofi beats

Surreal, fluorescent compositions and companions transport us to Seo Young’s alternative parallel dimension of 1980s Earth. Ghosting through dreams of a different planet, life there seems chaotic but peaceful at the same time.

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Mutong Duan

China

THIS MADE US GO:Blistering barnacles!” — Captain H

Is there something Captain Haddock-esque about Mutong’s bearded protagonist? Just us, then? Apart from digital illustration, Mutong also works in pencil and watercolour.

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Vikki Zhang

China

THIS MADE US GO: Pass me that magnifying glass

Currently based in NYC, Vikki picked up traditional Chinese painting when she was a mere tot of five years old, which doesn’t necessarily translate into artistic genius, but in her case it does. Revealing a fusion of Eastern and Western influences, the delicate details of her art draw us endlessly in for closer inspection.

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Michelle Sherchle

Indonesia

THIS MADE US GO: Very serious about silly

Life is too short to be serious all the time. The weird-cute, dark-funny work of Michelle has us in full agreement with that axiom. Visual puns, unexpected twists, and a dash of the macabre first make you go “What?” Then, after, laughter.

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Jinhwa Jang

South Korea

THIS MADE US GO: Synthesized Moebius

Welcome to Jinhwa’s vision of a dystopian future, made from a reinterpretation of the visual codes of Japanese manga and games. Be it in black or white or neon, the ensuing carefully constructed chaos is bold, hypnotic, and mind-blowing.

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Feifei Ruan

China

THIS MADE US GO: A mythical ink-ling

There’s a telltale trace of classic Chinese ink painting in NYC-based Feifei’s linework, but it’s interpreted with a very contemporary eye. The balance of the two make for very visually engaging works, and she especially excels at adding atmospheric details of cloud, wave, flame, mist, and shadow.

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Qiu Dandan

China

THIS MADE US GO: Searching for Laura Palmer

Dandan’s surreal vistas of ink, pencil and oil on paper are largely black and white, but never bleak. Richly textured, wildly imaginative, her recent works have broken through to include vivid bursts of colour, expanding the scope of her fantastical world further.

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Martcellia Liunic

Indonesia

THIS MADE US GO: Prescription (happy) pills

Mundane situations and objects are playfully interpreted into bursts of colours and abstract shapes by Martcellia. Turning a self therapeutic process which becomes a gift to her viewers with the joy that echos in the work. Side note: she also runs a clothing label “Liunic on Things”, taking happiness to the streets.

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Ykha Amelz

Indonesia

THIS MADE US GO: Tradition or trendition

Ranging from meticulously detailed texturing to splashy block colouring, self taught Ykha has a portfolio with an array of style treatments. Be it a theme fusing traditions with pop culture or street cultural trends, she grasps the essence of each genre ingeniously.

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Ise Ananphada

Thailand

THIS MADE US GO: Single poster synopsis

It is essential to read between the lines as we scan through Ise’s delicately detailed illustrations. Within the complex rendering and expansive colour palette, lies layers of symbolism which she describes as “visions, illusions, madness, artistry and poetry”.

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Kanith

Thailand

THIS MADE US GO: Stranger things

Through the medium of digital painting, Kanith explores behaviours, attitudes and inner lives of characters traversing boundaries and identities. The sense of awkwardness and uneasiness are felt through her simple methods of storytelling — inspired by Edward Hopper. Yeah, poetry isn’t always about roses and lines.

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Toma Nguyen

Vietnam

THIS MADE US GO: Fear dark forces

Whether she is painting traditionally or by digital means, Toma’s openness to explore and experiment with juxtaposing unconventional subjects lead to the least expected outcomes. The potentiality of fusing traditional and modern with gore and glamour, flowers and serpent, beauty and the alien has manifested in Toma’s art.

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Seo Inji

South Korea

THIS MADE US GO: Big baddie’s home

The only rule is to break all rules as evident in Inji’s method — mix and clash. She seeks to put things that don’t usually go together on the same page, and BOOM. Say hello to neo-pop voluptuous bods and luscious lips, pushing the spectrum of East and West, technology and sensuality.

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Daye Kim

South Korea

THIS MADE US GO: Awkward as life is

Pinhead people with pinhole eyes is Daye’s trademark that comes in different style treatments. The intentional abstraction of organic forms to geometric shapes is balanced and harmonized by her colour palette. Well, these arms look just fine dear!

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Seenaeme

South Korea

THIS MADE US GO: One too many Chubby Bunny

The intent is “just for laughs” but Shin He-mi has given us more than that. Irregardless of where she takes her plus-size figures, they fit perfectly on any street wall or canvas. He-mi’s re-interpretations of Disney and film characters is aesthetically distinctive and chubbly charismatic.

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Howie Kim

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S

Prolific in various mediums, Howie is fascinated by all things kitsch and bizarre. Disrupting the line between reality and fantasy, he pushes the boundaries to create a whole new realm of surrealism garnering a style unique of his own. His self-portraits shows the world who he is and this, is unquestionably admirable and inspiring!

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Barbarian Flower

Malaysia

THIS MADE US GO: What’s today’s special?

Singapore-based Szeyan draws inspiration from traditional and vintage art forms from Japan and Hong Kong. With a distinctive 80s aesthetics and digitally drawn, her works emulates effects of colour pencil and airbrush painting. Szeyan’s growing interest in still life and portraits are evident in her recent work.

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Kristal Melson

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: That female gaze

There’s something alluring about the characters present in Kristal’s work. Along with her experimental compositions, we can’t help but to be drawn in to these vibrant and witty illustrations. Apart from the features of her charming characters, the breeze in the flow of her linework is also something that can’t possibly be ignored.

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Anngee Neo

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: Riddle me this, rattle me that

Spanning across a wide spectrum of styles, Anngee’s “rattles-in-her-head” are enduring and engaging. From kid-friendly to satirical, they ain’t just an outlet for her but a kind reminder for us about the things we might have overlooked. She knows how to serve hard truths, in the most nurturing way — light yet informative.

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Beverley Ng

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: High five to the low-fi

Heavy influences from D.I.Y ethics of punk subcultures can be seen in Beverley’s work through a combination of illustration and collaging. Her style of drawing is distinctive, detailed and expressive. Equipped with a background in Graphic Design, she creates art books, zines and websites.

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Shian

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: How many versions of me are we?

Taking us through a Miyazaki or a rom-com or dune to present, Shian continues to unravel her artist voice with an eclectic mix of styles and techniques. Her distinctive work is complex and detailed, in texturing and the narratives told within.

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Kezia Gabriella

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: Everybody clap your hands

The quirk of multifaceted Kezia is THE energy in her art. Recognisable by the bold distortions and vibrancy, the intentional chaos and wacky characters are the outcome of her artistic explorations on human connections and liberation.

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Marina A

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: Hello darkness, my old friend…

Undoubtedly manifestations of dreams, Marina takes us on cryptic rainbow trips. Drawing inspiration from astrophysics and symbolism between serpents and females, which are the recurring subjects in her work, Marina describes her art as Cosmic Surrealism. This is her Utopia, what’s yours?

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Ivee Pendo

Philippines

THIS MADE US GO: Meticulous manga marvels

Can a person be both creative and logical? Well those who beg to differ just haven’t met Ivee yet. A data administrator and an illustrator, Ivee’s drawings are skillfully and ingeniously executed. Reminiscence of an era passed, or a vision in a manga dreamscape, her juxtaposition of duality is a style she totally owns.

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Kerby Rosanes

Philippines

THIS MADE US GO: Strokes of trance

Emanating a hypnotic effect, Kerby’s rhythmic B&W lineworks are hand-drawn with ink and markers followed by a digital render. With a foundation in Graphic Design and stellar illustration techniques, Kerby’s work is recognized and published widely across the world.

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Owi Liunic

Indonesia

THIS MADE US GO: From universe to metaverse

Labeled as a multi-hyphenate creative, Owi’s process is hip and trendy. Her illustrations translate in both 2D and 3D, static and motion, traditional to digital. With an energetic and experimental attitude, her creations are always refreshing and unexpected. She also runs Press Pause Studio, an art collective selling art rugs and home deco; taking digital to tangible.

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Emi Ozaki

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Prickles that tickle

Gently comical and beautifully weird, Emi’s paintings are as bold as she is. She’s one who takes the lead in turning passion into “business”, having given up a job in advertising and making self-expression the key to success. We dig it.

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Pen So

Hong Kong

THIS MADE US GO:Life is in color, but black and white is more realistic” – Samuel Fuller

Working only in black & white, Pen So’s architectural “sketches” of Hong Kong are immensely mesmerising and expressive. His hyper realistic renders possess both the voice of the artist and the characteristics of a hectic Hong Kong city.

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Dadu Shin

USA

THIS MADE US GO: Lonely, I’m Mr Lonely

“The world can be pretty, beautiful, and wholesome, but the world is also most definitely unsettling and weird”. We couldn’t agree more with Dadu’s said point of view. To Dadu, the eerie and melancholic touches to his works are a reminder to him that those feelings exist. Art is indeed therapy, whether you’re sad, happy, or even restless.

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Trang Dang

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: Oriental daydreams

“Whimsical Japan-esque slice-of-life with a touch of surrealism” is how Trang Dang, a Vietnamese illustrator based in Singapore, describes her style. We couldn’t agree more! In fact, we wish we could just sleep and dream our way into her works of creation. If not, we’d just love to have that bonsai plant with faces all around. Plant parenting 101, anyone?

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Junwoo Park

South Korea

THIS MADE US GO: My last two brain cells

“What I must do in life” is more than just a statement but a motto for Junwoo. It’s his motivation as an artist. Sketchy, energetic and disorderly, Junwoo’s illustrations are unhinged — what we all are but never admit to be. He often explores “disorderly or funny forms” which have led him to pave an unpredictable yet enjoyable visual journey for viewers like you and me.

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Beya Panicha

Thailand

THIS MADE US GO: When feels take the wheel

“Lively and full of positive energy” is what Beya aims to emote through her digital paintings. It’s all about the ~feels~ as evident in how she doesn’t ascribe to only one specific style. We relate 100% especially when it comes to following your heart and not your head. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad for that!

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Khôi Bảo Phạm

Vietnam

THIS MADE US GO: Museum of Molten Art

Khoi Bao Pham discovered photoshop during his bored high school years and never looked back. His unorthodox landscapes and surreal still life paintings are inspired by the natural colours and faces of his native San Jose.

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Haein Kim

South Korea

THIS MADE US GO: Coming of Asian

Growing up as a woman colour in Sydney, Haein’s tongue-in-cheek creations are a celebration of individuality. An animation director and illustrator, we absolutely love how she embraces self-love through abstract expressions of facial features and exaggerated proportions in bright colours.

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Saiman Chow

Hong Kong

THIS MADE US GO: “The rats don’t run this city. We do!”

There’s something calming about the chaos present in Saiman’s works. After all, he gets inspiration from his home city — Hong Kong — a buzzing and visually chaotic and vibrant metropolis. Yes, we’re evidently city people. An illustrator, designer, artist, director and animator, Saiman describes his style as “pop, surrealist and psychedelic”. Although, he isn’t afraid to stray away from that and constantly tries to do so. We stan.

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Rakhmat Jaka Perkasa

Indonesia

THIS MADE US GO: Let the good times roll

Wanting to share his valuable insight into Indonesia’s vivid graphic history with the world, South Borneo-based graphic designer and illustrator Rakhmat Jaka founded Grafis Nusantara—a digital archive of vintage Indonesian stickers and labels from the ‘70s to ‘90s. His illustration works are distinctively nostalgic in style, with his eye for candy colours and kitschy aesthetics flourishing in his creations.

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Ichiraku Studio

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: The Misadventures of Tintin

Is it just us or does Ryota Okamura’s comic character remind us of Tintin in an alternative universe? Aka a city boy gone wild to paint the town red. Having graduated from Osaka Designer College, Ryota’s illustrative style is distinctively detailed in an American comic-like retro and vintage way that amplifies his timeless narratives.

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Chia-Chi Yu

Taiwan

THIS MADE US GO: Grass is greener on the textured side

Chia-Chi’s textural works transport us into a sensory, textured world, but one that is often refreshingly raw, spare, and un-romanticised. (But if you’re looking for whimsy, she can do that too.)

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Chen Wu

Taiwan

THIS MADE US GO: Lyrical gradients

The subtle and poetic beauty of Chen Wu’s visual language invites all to embrace their imagination and interpretations. Given the versatility of his role as a creative, Chen Wu sure knows how to cleverly utilise minimal graphics for maximum effect.

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An Chen

Taiwan

THIS MADE US GO: Italics for president

Graphical cubism with a typographical slant, literally, has garnered An Chen an idiosyncratic and instantly recognizable illustration style. Geometrically charming, her art is influenced by matchbox designs from the 50s/60s which gives us that ~nostalgic~ feeling.

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Thailand

THIS MADE US GO: Oh he’s a jelly good fellow

Titiporn Klintachote’s design process follows 1 rule — always look cute. With an evolving portfolio, her recent works are cohesive and en route to discovering her very own artistic language. Just look at those booty-head sausage-lip characters, out of the ordinary and modern. Googly-eyeing every object unique to her own style is very welcomed.

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Lili Tae

Thailand

THIS MADE US GO: When nature feels sheen

Made from the stuff of eccentric imaginations and peculiar dreams, Lili tells intriguing tales alongside her proficient techniques. Owning a consistently polished and evolving body of work, her linework and colouring are meticulously crafted.

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Shuhua Liz Xiong

China

THIS MADE US GO: Shim shimmery, shim shimmery, shim shim sheroo

If you’re wondering what happens when you combine a photography background and an anime-infused childhood, this is it — the iridescent wonders created by Liz. Having mastered the airbrush effect, an “indulgent” tool as she calls it, has allowed her to draw how she feels and not what she sees. Brushes of pure bliss.

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Lutfi Aufar

Indonesia

THIS MADE US GO: Esher meets Dali meets Metalica meets Jordan

Nostalgic flashbacks. Futuristic dreamscapes. Lutfi sure knows how to take it retro. His body of work swings between 2 distinctive illustrative styles, airbrushed with a film grain and pen-drawn with clashing neon colours.

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JooHee Yoon

South Korea

THIS MADE US GO: Paleo patterns and prints

What looks like the work of printmaking techniques is in fact JooHee’s digital colour experimentations with overlapping layers. Treating each image like a puzzle, regardless of any limitations, she aims to utilize tactility as one of her tools for telling narratives.

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Jee-ook Choi

South Korea

THIS MADE US GO: Feelings of a lava lamp

Who knew that “unorganised mumblings” could become so mesmerising? According to Jee-ook, it’s about adopting a “process of discovery” of note-taking where her collection of words can consistently allow for unique visual narratives and outcomes.

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Xinmei Liu

China

THIS MADE US GO: Propaganda has a bad name

Beyond the nostalgic propaganda-ish aesthetics, New York-based Xinmei interjects visual gags and satirical elements in her beautifully detailed, delicately executed illustrations. Mainly focusing on her childhood and cultural background, she aims to use humor and sarcasm to provoke thoughts and raise questions about the conventional ideas of a society.

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Minet Kim

South Korea

THIS MADE US GO: Dispositions in compositions

What would be Freud’s analysis looking at Minet’s work? From a layman’s perspective, it is pure pleasure to decipher these stories and wonders related to the significance of the dreaming mind, made up of abstract forms and strange creatures.

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Dani Choi

South Korea

THIS MADE US GO: Codex Seraphinianus 2.0 for web 3.0

Inspired by Korean folktales and mythologies, New York-based Dan takes us to her vividly colourful enigmatic world filled with symbols and hidden meanings. Despite varying illustration styles, her portfolio of work is consistently detailed and charmingly bizarre; and her recent works are contemporary and infused with an eastern essence.

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Radhiah Anis

Singapore

THIS MADE US GO: #ThrowbackThursday on Wednesday

Reminiscent of the style in the ‘70s, Radhiah’s background and passion for interior design is evident in her personal works. They are coherent as a whole in colouring and textural treatment. In her creations, she aims for subtlety and free reign interpretations over the obvious and literal.

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Kouzou Sakai

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Hue-topia

Do you feel a sense of calm emanating across Kouzou’s work? We know we do. With a background in Animal Science & Biotechnology and design production, Kouzou’s now a prolific illustrator with an expanding portfolio. Unquestionably, a good deal of experience comes varying styles which will evolve through the years given more refinements and detailings.

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Zan

South Korea

THIS MADE US GO: Hello TMZ

Looking for celebrities in unlikely situations? Zan’s got great potential to start some rumours with his almost lifelike illustrations. Although, he’s honestly just turning his love for things into works of art. That’s what he did with hip-hop, leading him to be connected with ASAP Rocky and creating an artwork for Internet Money.

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Minjee Kang

South Korea

THIS MADE US GO: Mama silk

Watching how Minjee creates her works of art feels like therapy. Every silk piece is hand painted with love. We love how the characters found within embody not only the traditional but the modern too. Just look at the little hints of capitalism in symbols, accessories, and fits. Paint us like one of your silk gals, anybody?

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Kang Seo-hyun

South Korea

THIS MADE US GO: No Dumb-dumbs & Dragons

Welcome to the land of mythical battles, that deal with with socially macho and masculine images. It’s about time! As a woman, Seo-hyun acknowledges the gender exclusion from such areas and creates something greater. Where else can you find battlefields that break boundaries and make everyone the main character?

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Kentaro Okawara

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Cavemen on crack

“A cocktail of humans, creatures, & personified objects interact with each other in intimate and bizarre ways to create a world that can be endearingly engaged by all”. Cheers to that! Through his works, Kentaro encourages all to reconnect to our shared humanity using art as an expression of love and means for connection.

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Tyang Karyel

Philippines

THIS MADE US GO: Funky mom-and-pop

Who says daily essentials have to be boring? Tyang makes it feel brand new, vibrant, and glittery. Growing up in the Philippines, she was always fascinated by erratic prints of street snack packaging which was often overlooked by its functionality. Goodbye utilitarian appearances. Hello candy-coloured palettes!

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Hiromi

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Censorial

Can the cyber world and nature co-exist? For Hiromi, that’s where she blurs the line. In fact, she’s known for it along with her co-aesthetic characteristics. To be more specific, it’s her ability to adapt the aesthetics according to the Japanese way of seeing nature to operate within the cyber context or にじげん (nijigen).

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Claudia Chanhoi

Hong Kong

THIS MADE US GO: Send noods

Boobs or floats? Nipples or frisbees? Don’t worry, their purpose is 0% existential and 100% cheeky. Through these quirky illustrations, Claudia seeks to challenge the taboo on women’s sexuality and their role in society. Plus, she’s evidently excellent at dodging Instagram’s censorship rules. Take that!

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Stevie Shao

USA

THIS MADE US GO: Earth, wind & no fire

Mystical experiences aren’t only found in dreams. Stevie believes they’re found on earth too. Through his works, he captures all that with characters engulfed in pattern, colour, and symbolism. Their origins? The Star Forest where beings are from the earth, water, and heavens. Guess we’ll have to come down to visit.

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Ryota Daimon

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Illumi-graffiti

Psychedelic street is what we’re getting from Ryota’s illustrations. Known for his pop style, you’d be pleased to know that he makes full use of airbrush, brushes, and markers to achieve that look. Apart from creating art on apparel, he also works in gallery exhibitions and live painting at music events. Next time he’s got a gig at a festival or a club, we’d love to be there please!

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Hye Jin

South Korea

THIS MADE US GO: Happy kitty, sleepy kitty, purr purr purr!

Who are these cats? Are they fiction? Are they fake? Are they us? The answer is no, no, and no. They’re Hye Jin’s cats—all six of them! If that isn’t the most precious thing, we don’t know what is. We also love how he focuses on portraying his pets in the style of the Korean Joseon Dynasty’s folk art. What a tribute to culture, and of course his cats.

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Arwin Hidayat

Indonesia

THIS MADE US GO: What the part

The birds, serpents, and distorted human forms in Arwin’s art world feel familiar yet unfamiliar at the same time. His works juxtapose everyday parts with the explicit, like buildings alongside phalluses. Say what? Oh, how we love the most absurd possibilities of art. For Arwin, a contemporary narrative starts with drawing on mythology, spirituality, and history.

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Shisamu Iwase

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Shibuya meltdown

If your modern day salaryman took a trip back to the Edo period, we think it’ll take place in the illustrated world of Shisamu — a place where Ukiyo-e classical calligraphy elements meet manga and contemporary art. His most representative work? A series of paintings that uses Ukiyo-e as a lens to contrast the Japanese salaryman with their cultural roots.

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Subannakrit Krikum

Thailand

THIS MADE US GO: Earth, wind & fire

Rocks, minerals, shells, plants, and the earth are what you’ll find in Subannakrit’s miniature paintings. It’s literally made from these elements, using a traditional Thai painting technique that extracts them as powder colours. In each of his paintings, be ready to encounter faith, universal human values, literature, historical, and current events combined in every detail.

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Maya Fuji

Japan

THIS MADE US GO: Who is that girl I see

Multiculturalism, multiracialism and multinationalism are what inspires the multifaceted works of Maya. Born in Japan and raised in the California Bay Area, Maya has felt an otherness throughout her life that she narrates and investigates through art. To us, she truly illuminates the journey of self-discovery with her emotively vibrant characters and the environments they’re in.

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Poom Pechavanish

Thailand

THIS MADE US GO: Societal minions

Poom Pechavanish aka Sauce loves to draw his subconscious mind. His unspoken thoughts paint more than a thousand words about the reality of creating an identity in society. Just like how pop culture is a part of a mechanism that fuels that. So if you’re wondering why some figures look like gods and superheroes but not really, think again as you dig a little deeper.

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Daieny Chin

South Korean

THIS MADE US GO: Who run the world