Marcus Pek Jun Hao also known by Marcus Bái is a creative practitioner based in Singapore. They evoke the freedom of creative expression by reflecting, rethinking, and recontextualising various craft techniques and applying design principles to explore parallel concepts with a multidisciplinary approach.
Their pillar practices of celebrating culture and craftsmanship set a pretext for a visual discourse to attest to the essence of craft and creativity to express contemporary concepts as they continue to engage in renewed purpose, power, origin, and identity.
Intention to demonstrate the nuance of craft and the time invested that engages the wearer with material and cultural sustainability concepts in everyday life.
Nearly Portrayed intends to be an exploration of Singapore's visual and material culture by appreciating and celebrating it through the lens of everyday fabulousness; a creative expression of personal autonomy.
The collection approaches the language of design and craft by using various textile techniques to re-contextualise everyday found objects and materials to stitch garments and create textiles with layers of Singaporean imageries and iconographies. It hopes to engage in conversations about social equality, cultural and material sustainability among people.
The project is therefore is not just an eccentric act of self-expression, but a political gesture against the hostile system to practice self-love, reclaim space, reimagine conversations and open up opportunities for people to celebrate their own fabulousness.