Crafty Singapore

Featured Crafter – Sylph Handmade

Posted by on Nov 18 2017

I have been interested in arts since I was a child. It was always an adventure to recreate and design crafts that I have seen as gifts and out of curiosity. I finally found the inspiration and motivation to open my own business in Singapore in 2015, using my love for arts to spread awareness and interest to others as well as to use my business to raise funds to underprivileged charities.

In 2015, I raised funds for abused girls in Singapore as well as creating awareness on this issue through art.

Sylph is a fairy spirit of the air. I have always love fairies and wanted a name that symbolises something that eventually is an acronym to my name. It also personifies the ability to unleash an endless imagination for limitless creations.

sylph~handmade’s quote is ‘where imagination lives forever’…

I started young from my mother’s influence as she is always creating something artistic, from washi eggs to lace crochet (and for this season, you can actually acquire some of it from my booth, but only a limited selection as she does it to past the time).

I make origami (folding), kirigami (cutting), pop-up books, basically, anything to do with paper.

I am always finding ways to challenge myself, and for this period, it is to fold miniature origami. These origami are usually 75mm x 75mm but can sometimes get as tiny as 18.5mm x 18.55mm (Yes, you read that right, it is in millimetres and not centimetres!). I enjoy making them as a source of motivation to myself that nothing is impossible, plus the fact that I love art.

I have designed from scratch a book for a client of mine (which you can view the full version online on my facebook @sylphhandmade) that is based on their character, personality, and history. It is about two ladies that had a beautiful friendship for 42 years and she wanted to give her a gift that is personalised and one of a kind, one that tells both their stories (which thankfully it did!).

This is still a hobby for me, where I try my best to expand it with the purpose of spreading awareness for hands-on handicraft. At the moment, I am a special needs therapist working with children with autism and it is my other passion. Hopefully, in the near future, I will be able to find a balance and to design a curriculum that allows the introduction of paper handicrafts as a form of therapy as well as education to children with special needs as well as elderly. For now, I try my best to work with under the radar organisations to raise funds and awareness to certain issues in society.

For origami, I follow quite a few artists out there that create origami from scratch, which honestly are superbly amazing! I personally follow various works from Akira Yoshizawa, and Jo Nakashima.

For kirigami, I enjoy works from Aoyama Hina.

For this season of joy, readers that are interested to learn origami or kirigami, they can contact me (@sylphhandmade) and I will conduct private sessions at a flat rate. On top of that, I will design the sessions based on the reader’s level of comfort and speed without extra charges. All materials will be provided for and you will be able to take back your creations.

You can find me on instagram and facebook @sylphhandmade.

I will be at Velocity @ Novena Christmas Pop Up Market for a fortnight from 20th November 2017 until 3rd December 2017, at Level 1, in front of The Body Shop. Looking forward to see you there!

Thank you!

Featured Crafter – Mamasewgoods

Posted by on Nov 16 2017

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Mamasewgoods is founded by Eve Kawashima. She is known as MAMA. WIFEY. LOVER of all things fun and exciting who translate her interest though her special fun and excitement handmade products from Tshirt yarn & Cotton Raffia.
She really wants all mamas & housewives from local or expat, to have a lovely time sharing crafting skills and inspired to each other’s.

Most of all, she wants MamaSewGoods to be a one who serving an excellent in Japanese- style services with Happy Smiley Face as Siam, and promises reasonable prices for its products.

2. How did you come up with your brand name?
Eve Kawashima is Mama of 5 years old girl when she started her own business, she loves sewing, crochet, and handcrafted. This is why it comes with “MAMASEWGOODS”.

3. What got you into crafting?
I love all handmade bags and anything related to SG batik. At the time I wanted to create something unique and only me carry. So, I started to handcraft my Crochet bag by Cotton Raffia and using Batik with SG airline pattern to create my very own bag.
4. What do you make and why do you make them?
I create my crochet bags, accessories and some home décor using Tshirt yarn and Cotton Raffia.
5. Do you have a favorite item that you have created? Is it sold or still available for purchase?
Yes, my favorite one is my signature Cotton Raffia Bag, it’s sold and continue producing.
6. Are you a full time artist or crafter? If not, would you like to be one?
Yes, I am a fulltime.
7. Do you have any favorite blogs or resources that you can share to our readers?
Not at this moment
8. Do you have any discount codes or promotions that you can offer our readers?
Not at this moment
9. Please provide me all the links to your social media accounts and shops.
FB: https://www.facebook.com/mamasewgoods/
Website: http://www.mamasewgoods.com/
IG : mamasewgoods_official
10. When will you be selling at the Velocity @Novena Christmas Pop Up Market and where is your booth location?
13th-19th November

Featured Crafter – HandMade by Gwendolyn

Posted by on Feb 18 2017

1.Can you tell us about yourself?

Hi, I’m Gwendolyn and I’m a 50+ desperate housewife who makes cards in Germany. I recently became the proud owner of a small Etsy shop called HandMade by Gwendolyn where I sell my shadow box cards and normal 2D greeting cards.

 

2.How did you come up with your brand name?

It was the next option because I couldn’t use my real brand name which is Desperatehousewifecraft! The reason why I chose that name is because that was who I was when I first arrived in Germany 4 years ago as an expat wife. Taking care of our 2 kids fulltime, running the PTA, lunching with the ladies and throwing myself into all sorts of arts and crafts to keep me busy.

 

3.What got you into crafting?

I have never thought of myself as artsy or even creative, but having quit the corporate world to help my family settle here, I suddenly had a lot of time to discover new passions. After trying crochet, soy candles, abstract painting, scrapbooking…I stumbled into card-making and now I can’t get enough of it! This month I’m celebrating my first year in the card-making and blogging world.

4.What do you make and why do you make them?

I design and make 2 types of greeting cards. Shadow Box cards which are illuminated by a led light and normal 2D greeting cards. I make shadow box cards because they are different from the normal flat cards and they will stay on as a decoration in your homes long after the festivities are over. I continue making 2D cards with inks, stamps and die cuts, because that allows me to learn new techniques which I love, like this marbling technique with nail polish!

All my cards are hand decorated and I don’t use any designer paper to decorate my cards. In general, I love working with paper because in this hyper tech world we live in, it is so nice to spend a few hours creating something with our hands and I am so happy when my teenage kids pull themselves away from their screens and come over to craft with me. They are also my number 1 fans, critiques and inspiration.

5.Do you have a favorite item that you have created? Is it sold or still available for purchase?

They are my Roses and Heart Shadow Box cards because they were the very first designs I created. It took me a week to design the individual images and then decide how best to assemble them! All my cards are made to order and I will give a 10% discount to your members.

6.Are you a full-time artist or crafter?

I have just become a full-time card maker, because I could spend 10h a day making and designing cards and still not get enough of it! I registered my business in Germany and so legitimised my need for buying loads of craft supplies! LoL!

 

7.Do you have any favorite blogs or resources that you can share to our readers?

I owe everything I know about card making to other bloggers so I have quite a few, but my favorites would be:

Jennifer McGuire – THE guru in hand made cards

Therese Calvird from Lost in Paper – her colouring skills are amazing

Rebecca Luminarias at Thurstonpost – I love the way she photographs her products

And my latest discovery

Simon Hurley at Inklipse who is a 14 year old boy who has amazing technique and upbeat youtube videos

All the links to my social media and shops:

I would love your members to follow me on all my social media accounts and I am giving away a great craft prize to one lucky winner this month who does just that!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/HandMadeByGwendolyn

https://desperatehousewifecraft.com/2017/02/04/1st-year-anniversary-giveaway/

https://www.instagram.com/desperatehousewife_craft/

https://www.facebook.com/desperatehousewifecraft/

Featured Crafter – Amore Creations

Posted by on Feb 12 2017

Questions:

1.Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Volunteered at Singapore Association of Mental Health. Teaching Clay Sculpting to youth recovering from Mental Illnesses.

13th August Did a Clay Sculpting workshop at Singapore Anglican Community Service. About 12 Participants joined the Workshop and created sea creatures. It was a fun session and participants found it very relaxing

15th September did a Batik Station for an event by Achieve Group. There were about 80 guests in a dinner event who experimented with some basic batik techniques.

9th December conducted a sharing Session on Batik art for c3a where about 25 seniors experimented with Batik technique. The session was very successful and c3a has acknowledged to start a 6 session Batik workshop in February.

2. How did you come up with your brand name?

Amore means Passion, Love, Fondness in Italian!  Amore also has first two letters of my name Amita!!

3. What got you into crafting?

It was my passion since childhood and nobody forced me into it. From an age when I didn’t even know the meaning of an Artist or the word Art I was always inclined to do it. My Art teacher was extremely good at drawing and coloring and I used to sit next to her observing how she drew and colored for hours.

4. What do you make and why do you make them?

Make Bright and colorful Batik Paintings.

Know Clay Art and have created lots of Colorful figurines and Projects like Aquarium, Mini Zoo and mini Flower Basket.

Have basic knowledge of Plaster cast sculpting specially Leaves.

Have been doing Oil Paintings for many many years with breaks in between. Recently completed Oil Painting II and III from Lasalle School of Arts.

Have mastered about 20 different styles of hand Embroidery. In this workshop participants learn to make beautiful wall pieces, cushion covers or other pieces of Embroidery with needlework. The styles include stem stich, chain stich, button Hole stich, Net Button Hole, Satin stich, Cut Work, Kashmiri stich, Lazy Daisey, French Knot and many more.

Have created a three-Dimensional Chariot with four horses, cut, carved and decorated out of Styrofoam.

Have knowledge of Adobe software including premier Pro, can do Graphic Designing and basic editing. Have finished 2Yr full time Diploma in 3D Character Animation and know 3D Studio Max and Maya 2013 to 2014. Detailed CV of technical skills can be produced if required.

I do it because I am Mad about Art and Craft

5. Do you have a favorite item that you have created? Is it sold or still available for purchase?

Available for Purchase with a good discount!

6. Are you a full time artist or crafter? If not, would you like to be one?

I would love to be a full-time Artist and Crafter.

7. Do you have any favorite blogs or resources that you can share to our readers?

I learn a lot from internet video tutorials specially YouTube!!

8. Do you have any discount codes or promotions that you can offer our readers?

Yes I would give 10% discount to the readers

9. Please provide me all the links to your social media accounts and shops.

https://www.facebook.com/amorecreations

http://amitaa63.wix.com/artist-portfoli

  http://vimeo.com/user7366378

I am also on Linkedin

Featured Crafter – Wattson Rat & The Social Animals

Posted by on Feb 11 2017

Questions :

1.Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Lynn, and my shop features Wattson the Rat and the Social Animals. I’m a full-time salaried employee but works on Wattson and other smaller crafts in my free time.

2. How did you come up with your brand name?

I’ve been doodling for as long as I can remember, but Wattson Rat came about slightly before I turned 30. Being a rat (zodiac-wise, not character-wise), Wattson was me reflecting on my almost three decades of living and sharing some life lessons I had picked up thus far. This personal project eventually became “30 things I learned before I turn 30” – a collection of drawings later compiled into a printed book.

I crowdsourced his name via Twitter for a “very English and gentlemanly sounding name suitable for a pet rat.”

3. What got you into crafting?

The first Wattson toy was crafted out of socks from Daiso and other material sourced from various craft shops.  I’ve always had a fondness for Sock Monkeys and at one time was a huge fan of No3No4 sock dolls. So it seemed like a natural indulgence to bring my character, Wattson, to life with his rendition of a sock doll.

4. What do you make and why do you make them?

There are two versions of Wattson Rat Rock Sock Toy right now – one is the original sock version and another that contains catnip. This recent edition was designed especially for Cat Welfare Singapore, and part of sales proceeds go to the group’s efforts to save and protect our local kitties.

5. Do you have a favorite item that you have created? Is it sold or still available for purchase?

Besides the book? The sock toy of course! I hope to eventually create one for each of Watton’s Social Animals crew, but that will take some time and properly planning.

6. Are you a full time artist or crafter? If not, would you like to be one?

I am unfortunately not a full time artist or crafter.  That is an eventual goal and something that definitely motivates me to get out of bed each day.

7. Do you have any favorite blogs or resources that you can share to our readers?

I instagram stalk several popular artists including: @kirakiradoodles @gemmacorrell @poorlydrawnlines @no3no4sockdoll @iainwhocantsleep to name a few.

8. Do you have any discount codes or promotions that you can offer our readers?

Not at the moment, but I’m hoping to bring back the CWS collaboration this year with more stocks for them. Please stay tuned.

9. Please provide me all the links to your social media accounts and shops.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/WattsonRat?ref=hdr_shop_menu

http://wattsonratsocialanimals.bigcartel.com/product/30-things-i-learned-before-i-turn-30

https://www.facebook.com/wattsonrat/

https://www.instagram.com/wattsonrat/

Featured Crafter – Tiny Rabbit Hole

Posted by on Nov 04 2016

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Questions:
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
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Hello, we’re a team of 2 building the amigurumi scene in Singapore. Angie is our crochetartist who has an extremely soft spot for cute characters, whereas, Yew Tong is our idea generator and tech producer who helps to push our brand a notch higher every time. Angie is a UI/UX Designer and she is also a teacher with Saturday Kids. To her, life is about having fun and being creative! Angie met Yew Tong at work and with a similar interest in games, characters and plushies, we decided to work together to spread the joy of making amigurumi in Singapore!

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2. How did you come up with your brand name?

I guessed I was always mesmerised by the thought of Alice in Wonderland and how magical things happen when Alice tumbled down the rabbit hole. Thus, the name sprang into mind.

3. What got you into crafting?

Angie has started delving into the amigurumi scene when she was in Brisbane, Australia last year. Having stayed there for 4 years working and studying, basking in the weekly weekend markets, monthly craft affairs and other annual art events, Angie just thought that she should start moving her hands and make something she likes! Her short little adventure into crochet when she was just 10 at a neighbouring craft store gave her an awesome head start. With the basic skills and lots of persistence and perseverance, she decided to transform that into something creative!

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4. What do you make and why do you make them?

We make anything that’s cute! We started with a chibi Pikachu and our orders for more Pokemon characters started flooding in. We make other animals too. As long as the design is cute enough to make you cringe, that’s what we will make!

5. Do you have a favorite item that you have created? Is it sold or still available for purchase?

Our favourite item is the legendary dog, Suicune. It was a custom order made by one of our loyal clients! Frankly speaking, that was our first encounter with this Pokemon character and we were at a loss how to create the head. It turned out to be something funny that we couldn’t help laughing! Luckily enough, we managed to rethink how to do it and it turned out so cute that we can’t resist not to sell it away. Our items are all made-to-order. As good crafted items takes time, our waiting time is usually around 5 days to 7 days.

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6. Are you a full time artist or crafter? If not, would you like to be one?

I have always yearned to be a full time crafter, and so here I am. And I’m glad to have found a like-minded friend to brave through the unexpected journey together!

7. Do you have any favorite blogs or resources that you can share to our readers?

I subscribe to Frankie Magazine and Hooray Magazine from Australia as they have tons of creative works to keep my brain alive. I also browse Etsy and Pinterest to see other lovely works by other amigurumi artists.

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8. Do you have any discount codes or promotions that you can offer our readers?

Not at the current moment but we are organizing workshop and discount is coming pretty soon.

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9. Please provide me all the links to your social media accounts and shops.
www.tinyrabbithole.com
www.carousell.com/tinyrabbithole
www.facebook.com/tinyrabbithole
www.twitter.com/tinyrabbithole
www.instagram.com/tinyrabbithole