Crafty Singapore

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

Happy Father’s Day!

Posted by on Jun 19 2016

Are you a crafting dad or do you know someone who is one? Share this with them. Happy Father’s Day to all Dads out there!