Art Name & Concept:
Macalister’s Charm
(Fabric & lace collage of Macalister Mansion, set on acid free board)

Lee Meiling, Singapore

Room 3

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Looking at the visuals of the façade of the colonial building with its nostalgic details, I saw a unique beauty in it. I was briefed on Colin’s vision to conserve and revamp of the built heritage into a modern and immaculate architecture without compromising its integrity and character.

Together with the visual of the old and the forward-looking of the new, I navigated the two and found my own space to interpret the façade of Macalister with fabrics in my style.

Fabrics with prints and embossment, as well as laces, were indented directly from France and Switzerland for this commission. There were many challenges in the creation of the artwork, as with pieces that are fully handcrafted. The façade were fabricated in many parts to form the whole, hence, precision was called for in every step of the execution process. The most challenging part of the project was, however, to stitch through one or sometimes three layers of acid-free backing-boards wrapped with fabric. Yet, it is also the most rewarding as the stitches playfully outline and define the details of the features of the Macalister façade.

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