fbpx

Ho Ching brings bronze-coloured version of dino pouch designed by Pathlight student to G20 summit

This time, the pouch is more than three times the price of the original version.

Matthias Ang | December 2, 2018 @ 06:17 pm

Share

Talk about product placement for a global audience.

On Nov. 30, a group photo of the wives of the G20 leaders included Ho Ching with a bronze-and-cream version of the dino pouch.

The photo was taken at the G20 summit in Argentina, where Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was among the leaders participating.

Singapore was invited to the Summit as the 2018 chairman of ASEAN, making it the eighth time Singapore is attending the G20 Leaders’ Summit. 

PM Lee welcomed at Buenos Aires for G20 with Argentine warmth

Here’s the photo, as seen on The Guardian (note that Ho has been mistakenly identified as her husband Lee Hsien Loong):

Screenshot via The Guardian

The pouch was designed by Pathlight student Seetoh Sheng Jie, a lover of prehistoric animals, who did the illustrations on the pouch purely from memory, without using any referencing material.

Seetoh is part of Pathlight’s Artist Development Programme, which was launched in April 2011, with the aim to uncover artistic talents in students and develop their potential. They get to work with professional artists to hone their craft and showcase their work to the public.

First spotted at a visit to the White House

This is not the first time that Ho has brought along the pouch to a high-profile geopolitical event however.

The original blue version of the pouch was first featured by Ho two years ago, when she brought it for the official state visit to the White House.

Singapore was honoured in a state dinner by the White House in 2016, one of the 13 state dinners hosted by President Barack Obama in his 8-year presidency.

Ho Ching brought along a blue pouch to White House designed by Pathlight School student

It also made international headlines for its price tag of S$14.80.

A quick search of the pouch on The Art Faculty’s website — the appointed merchandise & art representative of Pathlight School’s Artist Development Programme — reveals that the price for this pouch has since remained unchanged.

Screenshot from The Art Faculty website

President Halimah also a supporter

Subsequently, upmarket versions of the pouch began making their appearance.

On Oct. 3, President Halimah Yacob was spotted sporting a silver version of the pouch at the 70th anniversary of the Internal Security Department.

President Halimah spotted with clutch by same Pathlight artist who designed Ho Ching’s pouch

This version of the pouch, which is the Silver & Charcoal version, costs S$48, more than three times the price of the original blue pouch.

Screenshot from The Art Faculty website

S$48 is also the price of the current pouch held by Ho at the G20 summit which is the Bronze & Cream version.

Screenshot from the Art Faculty website

Upmarket versions indicate growing recognition

This is a good thing however, given that Pathlight students also receive royalty payment from The Art Faculty whenever an item they create is sold.

As The Art Faculty states in their own words:

For every sale of artwork and product, our differently-abled artists earn royalties to learn the value of work and financial independence.”

Upmarket versions of the artists’ products therefore means that there is growing recognition of the work they do, which in turns contributes to a stronger chance of having a dignified source of income.

The full range of The Art Faculty’s products can be seen online here.

Top image collage photograph by G20 Organisation/EPA and screenshot from The Art Faculty

About Matthias Ang

Matthias is that annoying guy whose laughter overshadows the joke.

Morning Commute

Interesting stories to discuss with your colleagues in office later

Close