MAAD Pyjamas (12 August 2011)

Tak­ing place once a month on Fri­day evenings in Red Dot Design Muse­um, the Mar­ket of Artist And Design­ers (known as MAAD in short) is a con­gre­ga­tion of the Sin­ga­pore­an cre­ative, art and design scene. Not to be mis­tak­en for your run-of-the-mill flea mar­ket, MAAD show­cas­es a wide spec­trum of works by local tal­ents, such as poets, painters, visu­al artists, jew­el­ry crafters, prod­uct design­ers and many more. Start­ed since July 2006 as a cam­paign to “save, sup­port and sus­tain Singapore’s cre­ative souls”, MAAD has expand­ed rapid­ly through the years in scale and now even boasts exhi­bi­tion oppor­tu­ni­ties.

The Redis­cov­er crew went down to the recent MAAD on 12th August 2011 and found the expe­ri­ence to be thor­ough­ly enjoy­able! Upon entry into Red Dot Design Muse­um, a paja­mas-don­ning pair armed with a curi­ous-look­ing type­writer greet­ed us. We soon found out that they were from the Pro­le­tari­at Poet­ry Fac­to­ry and were writ­ing poems based on any sin­gle word pro­vid­ed by par­tic­i­pants. These par­tic­i­pants were then told to return an hour lat­er to col­lect their per­son­al­ized poems for no charge at all! Jere­my jumped at the oppor­tu­ni­ty and asked for a poem to be writ­ten for him, based on the word ‘sum­mer’.

And here’s what Jere­my got! (Hmmm… cryp­tic…)

Some­thing else that caught our eye was the Orga­ni­za­tion of Illus­tra­tors Council’s (OIC) Por­traits After Dark. Here, vis­i­tors can go up on stage to pose and the army of illus­tra­tors from OIC will have exact­ly 20 min­utes to get down to work and fin­ish their por­traits. When the 20 min­utes were up, the illus­tra­tors would hang up their art­works and vis­i­tors would then be able to buy the por­traits at $10 each.

(Por­traits of Dr Tony Tan, who graced the event that evening!)

Numer­ous oth­er booths were spread all through­out the area, sell­ing one-of-a-kind items like hand­made jew­el­ry, crafts, and prints against a back­drop of live music played by local acts. We took the lib­er­ty to talk to a few of these inspir­ing peo­ple to get a sense of what moti­vates them to fight the good fight, espe­cial­ly in a prag­mat­ic soci­ety such as our own.

(Hair tat­toos, how cool can?)

To sum it up, just being at MAAD is an awe­some expe­ri­ence, even if it’s just to soak in the visu­al and aur­al expe­ri­ence of the local cre­ative scene and remind your­self, proud­ly, that it is very much alive and well. MAAD is an event that we would def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend check­ing out every month. Remem­ber to vis­it the MAAD site or Face­book page for more infor­ma­tion about upcom­ing events!


  • Flora

    August 22, 2011

    I’ve been out of town or all booked up for the past few MAAD, but I hope to make it to the next one. This is a great post about it.

    (btw the link to the MAAD site you post­ed doesn’t work)

  • Claudia

    August 22, 2011

    I miss going to MAAD! Must make time to do it soon! Christ­mas shop­ping per­haps!

  • derek

    August 22, 2011

    @Flora: thanks for the note, we’ve since edit­ed it so it links to the prop­er site now. 😀

    I believe the next MAAD’s run­ning on 9th Sep­tem­ber 2011. Mark your cal­en­dars!


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