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20 artists and designers sell their works from their own creative canopies
THEY looked like they pitched their tents-albeit on a concrete floor-but for the 20-odd artists and designers, it was all about being different.

The group, comprising artists and designers of different ages and from different backgrounds, and practising various genres, are participants of the Secret Tent project, and "home" is hidden behind the Modesto's restaurant at CapSquare Kuala Lumpur.

Although it might be a little more difficult to introduce and sell their art from their tents, many of the participants agreed that the concept made them special.

"Our visitors are always curious about what each tent has to offer, but the only way they will know is to find out for themselves," said Urban Creatures crgative director Lim Chun Woei, who personally designs and the figuri.nes, toys and collectibles he sells.

Lim, who came from Penang to participate in the week-long event that is being held in conjunction with the Kuala Lumpur Design Week (KLDW) 2009, felt that by using this concept rather than the conventional canopies, the organiser had given each designer their personal space.

Duraton Hannani Amir, 27, who paints as well as designs T-shirts and bags, said she enjoyed operating her stall, The Fashion Forest, I even though it could be uncomfortable sitting in a tent.
The interior design graduate said the space, however, made each designer and artist special in their own ways.

"Our visitors here get to understand us better; they know we are all independent artists hoping to make a living out of selling our work," said Duraton, who has made sure that all her products are affordable to the public.

Meanwhile, final year art students of Dasein Academy of Art, who took a spot they call Fresh mute, are showcasing 27 individually designed bags with messages they wish to convey.
One Secret Tent that is colourfully painted is run by a Japanese couple who are in the country for a holiday.

Sadaoka Sekiguchi, 30, and his wife Shunsuke Keiko, 20, took two days to paint their "home", which they named Lucky 14, to depict their travels around the world over the past two years.

"We both enjoy travelling and we don't have a specific date to fly in or out of a country, which is why i decided to paint my tent to depict the way we both had been living." Sekiguchi said. The couple are selling bracelets, necklaces and homemade cookies at their space to fund their travels.

Children who are into painting should visit the Si Kebaya tent, which is run by a group of cheerful ladies.
Located at the entrance of the creative space are art pieces by Bennylita Nasuty Ramlee, Sabariah Hitam, Jaja Yusof and Arbaayah Zain.

They also hope to give children, as well as other visitors, am experience in painting.

The four also do face painting and give a sneak peek into pottery art at their tent.

Besides art, the tent by Delectable sells designer cupcakes and biscuits in a garden-like setting, complete with letter-box and pebbles around the tent.

The secret Tent creative space is open from 10am to 10pm daily until April 5.

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