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Rommel Arumugam

Art Director, Collective Global in Colombo

Maalu Paan & Plain Tea

PRESENTED ON FEB 22, 2015
IN COLOMBO @ VOL 4

Rommel Arumugam uses the ironies in his life, sarcasm and awkward humor to develop a (hopefully) unique series of artworks that are the results of his passion projects.

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My Life in Drawing

BY JAKE LOCKETT
@ VOL 2 ON JUN 05, 2014

Talented illustrator Jake Lockett takes us through his life in drawing through a chronological romp through his stetch books, from year 2 to year 24. See some of the incredible sketches Jake has done throughout the years and how far he has come since his toddler days. 

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Let's Fall In Love With Tea

BY RATNA SOMANTRI
@ VOL 18 ON JUN 24, 2014

Ratna Somantri's first encounter with tea was from her mother, who always serve tea to the family. During her time at Le Cordon Bleu, Sydney, she continues to learn about tea from all over the world. She established Tea Lovers Community with some other fellow tea lovers in Indonesia. Currently, she is also the Chairman of the Tea Board of Promotion of Indonesia for 2014-2017. Ratna often invited as a speaker in various tea-related events and enjoyed teaching classes through tea at Tea Institute. In her presentations, Ratna shared her knowledge about tea history in the world and in Indonesia in particular. Indonesia is one of the largest tea producing country, but the awareness for the tea culture itself is still low. Through her community, Ratna believes that Indonesian teas should be more appreciated in our own country. Her dream is that our best teas should be available and enjoyed in every Indonesian home and that their growing popularity will prosper local tea producers. 

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Drawing is easy

BY DMITRY BOIKO
@ VOL 1 ON FEB 27, 2017

How to enjoy drawing? How to learn drawing and do we really need to learn? Dmitry Boiko will tell how to make drawing an integral part of your life.

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The Complete Guide to Drawing

BY ADRIAN HOGAN
@ VOL 148 ON JUN 22, 2017

Some draw or paint to make a social statement, others want to express their love or commitment to a theme, and still others seek subjects that are whimsical and fun. Illustrator Adrian Hogan simply loves to draw. This thursday night, he goes into depth on why he thinks you too should draw and how you can start.

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Back to the Drawing Board

BY CATHIE BLECK
@ VOL 28 ON JUN 24, 2016

Artist Cathie Bleck talks over her work about how experiences and context shape one's world view. In her short six minutes on the stage she talks about how war, poverty, life, beauty, ancient ways and the condition of being an artist influences your work if you let it. 

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The Art of Tea Mixology

BY MIKE TURNER
@ VOL 28 ON NOV 08, 2017

"We are tea mixologists, so we do more than just create the blends." 

In The Art of Tea Mixology from PechaKucha Night Brighton Vol. 28Mike Turner shares the journey that he and his wife, Krisi, took from Canada to Brighton and from a passion to career with the art of tea mixology.  

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Tales from the Tea Trail

BY ELIZABETH KNIGHT
@ VOL 5 ON MAR 10, 2018

Learn about multi-cultural tea traditions old and new from tea sommelier, Elizabeth Knight. Tea more than a drink, is revered as a sacred plant, a medicine, a beverage, a meal, an expression of hospitality, and an essential component of celebrations around the world. 

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Hidden in plain view

BY NEIL MOORE
@ VOL 4 ON JUN 05, 2019

Neil Moore, using painting as a metaphor, asks whether we should trust the evidence of our own eyes.    

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Drawing to Document

BY CHARIS LOKE
@ VOL 10 ON JUL 27, 2019

The act of drawing is imbued with power: we draw to see, to record, to understand, to shape the world. Reflecting on her experiences documenting street protests, election rallies, and gatherings through on-site sketching, Charis Loke speaks about the importance of drawing - for anyone, everyone - as a way to bear witness and be in the world. 

Charis Loke is an illustrator and educator based in Penang. Drawing upon literature and visual culture, she evokes wonder and curiosity through stories. She's also Comics + Illustrations Editor at New Naratif where she commissions and works with Southeast Asian artists.

A former resident artist at Rimbun Dahan, Charis also makes illustrated microfiction inspired by SEA when she's not working on publishing or nonprofit projects. She designs geeky baju, sketched the 14th General Elections, and explained asexuality by way of sambal. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles and shown at Light Grey Art Lab as well as other galleries around the world.