Craft Track 2015

Saturday: 11th July 2015

AlJazari Room Rodin Room
Time Workshop Title/ Maker Cost Workshop Title/ Maker Cost
11.15am – 12.00pm Polymer Clay
$10 Fish Bone Sculptures
Bernice Lau
12.15pm – 1.45pm Sewing
$15 Hard Designed Cards
2.00pm – 3.30pm Leather Card Wallet
$25 Tissue Holder
Amy Toh
3.45pm – 5.15pm Flowers from disposable spoons
Alice Choo
$10 Design Thinking
Elda Webb
5.30pm – 7.00pm Paper Quilling
Priyanka Gupta
$15 The Art of Zentangling
David Liew

Sunday – 12th July 2015

  Al Jazari Room   Rodin Room   Michaelangelo room
Time Workshop Title
/ Maker
Cost Workshop Title
Cost Workshop Title
10.30am – 11.15pm Polymer Clay
$10 Leaves with memories – Davy Young $15
11.30pm – 1.00pm Sewing
$15 Paper Quilling
$15 Leaves with memories – Davy Young – Two 45 minute sessions $15/ session
1.15pm – 2.45pm Coin Purse
$30 Hand designed cards
$18 Design Thinking
Elda Webb
3.00pm – 4.30pm Flowers from disposable spoons,
Alice Choo
$10 Tissue Holder
Amy Toh
$25 David Liew
The art of Zentangle

Listen to Makers and be inspired at Maker Faire 2015

Saturday, 11th July 2015

Time Maker Topic
11.30am – David Effendi Chorus Text
12.15pm – 1.15 pm Jeannie Chew Soap Making
1.30 pm – Raymond Luo QwiFab 3D printing
2.15 pm – 3.15 pm Harshwardhan Electronics and Robotics
3.30 pm – 4 pm Ma Chi Hung Internet of Things
4.15 pm – 4.45 pm Bernice Lau Fishbone Sculptures?
5.00pm – 5.30 pm Autodesk Making with Autodesk
5.45 pm – 6.15 pm Gabriel Joachim Electronics made Easy
6.15 pm – 6.45 pm Elda Webb Design Thinking for Makers

Sunday, 12th July

Time Maker Topic
10.30am – 11 am Alice Choo Scottie Crafts
11.15am – 12.15 pm Chris Long Design Thinking to get ideas
12.30 pm – 1 pm Glenn West Over view of 3D printing
1.15 pm – 2.15 pm Nishant Verma My making journey
2.30 pm – 3pm Mazakasu Takasu How to Make Education with Technology and Art
3.15 pm – 3.45 pm Sumanta Bose Posterlah!
4.00pm – 5 pm Intel Enabling Makers with Intel
5.15 pm – 5.45 pm Jeannie Chew Soap Making

Introducing Hangmade by Gladys

Gladys is the creator of Hangmade by Gladys. Before she started Hangmade by Gladys, she used to do cross-stitch for a number of years, and tried out painting while living overseas for close to 6 years. She creates patchwork bags and other hand-sewn articles, primarily stuffed animals, cushions and cushion covers, but lately tote bags and bag accessories as well. Choosing the fabric, creating the pattern, cutting and sewing everything herself, each item that she creates is unique.

Screenshot_2015-05-15-08-03-36For one and a half years she has been selling her crafts, the first items were patchwork bags as a Christmas gift. Gladys attends bazaars and fairs to showcase her crafts for sale; as she does not have a shop, she uses her home as a base for delivering to customers who order from her. At the moment, she is showcasing her work primarily on Facebook HangmadebyGladys. Her own website is under development and will be hopefully up and running early second half of this year. Occasionally she puts items for sale at carousell.

She loves doing patchwork and creating other stuff from fabric as it gives her a lot of creative room to explore; it never follows a template to 100%, the process of creating something nice out of raw materials, something that people like and love. Getting positive feedback about her work is always encouraging and has made her pursue her craft.

As each item is unique, Gladys is often asked for customization of articles. The challenge here is to make sure that what the customer has in mind and what will be created is similar so that both parties end up happy. Sometime it does not work out so she ends up with a customized item in her living room waiting for a new home.

This is her second time participating at the Makers Faire. Gladys’ first experience at Singapore Mini Maker Faire last year was a very nice outing, a good opportunity to showcase her crafts. She met a lot of like-minded people and did good business; overall a very positive experience. For this year, Gladys has gone back to her favorite: owls. There will be mini owl bag charms, paper weights, pin cushions, cushions and patchwork owls in various sizes and patterns.

[Note: This write-up was contributed in full by Gladys herself. Thank you, Gladys. :)  ]


Alice in Crafty-land

Before my interview with Alice, I had checked out her website at and was totally blown away by her plastic spoon roses craftwork. Later on, I learnt that Alice has come up with the idea herself, and I was so impressed!

These are the roses designed and made by Alice. Do you like them too?

Plastic roses

Joining the Maker Faire

This will be Alice’s first Maker Faire experience, having being introduced by Mr Davy Young who joined us last year and who will also be joining in this year. A warm welcome to Alice!

How she begun

Alice recalled her first craft work to be curtains-making for her mother during her teenage days and making pom-pom ball characters to earn a craft badge during her Girls’ Brigade days.

But her real passion for handicraft started in 2003 when she attended the Perth Royal Show in Australia. She shared with us that it is an annual community event which showcases Western Australia’s agriculture and horticulture, arts and handicrafts, animals, photography, cooking demonstration, performances and competitions. That’s quite a range of activities, isn’t it?


2nd Prize (Cross-Stitch) at Perth Royal Show Creative Craft Competition 2004

Alice took part in the Perth Royal Show Creative Craft Competition in 2004 and 2005 and bagged victories. Her cross-stitched cushion cover featuring Winnie the Pooh and friends won her the 2nd Prize in the first year.

3rd Prize (Parchment card) at Perth Royal Show 2004

3rd Prize (Parchment card) at Perth Royal Show 2004

In the second year, she won 2nd Prize for beading jewellery. She also won 3rd Prize for Parchment Crafts in both years.


Alice told us that the exposure to the wide variety of handicrafts on display at the Perth Royal Show left a deep impression on her and after that, she began to take handicraft lessons and make gifts for family and friends. She even trained in Australia to be a qualified Parchment Teacher, though she only teach for passion and leisure.

Despite having a full-time job as an administrative assistant in the hospitality industry, Alice received full support from her family, boss, colleagues and friends and was often recommended customers. Hence, her weekends are always occupied, either teaching crafts or creating new items. She also shared that it was through crafts that she made many friends in life!

Her craft works

Alice likes to try any crafts which are unique and interesting, and she knows a good variety!

  • parchment
  • cross-stitch
  • beadings
  • greeting cards
  • scrapbooking
  • clay modelling
  • wood painting
  • spoon art
  • upcycling old arts into altered arts (converting desk top calendar into a post-it note pad cover or notebook cover, or cutting wine bottles and turning them into pen or candle holders)

Below were what Alice shared about the two crafts that she will be showcasing at the Maker Faire Singapore in July.

Parchment Craft

“It was at the Perth Royal show that the dolly lace picture frame caught my attention and was told that it was made from vellum paper. With simple tools, it will turn the vellum paper from grey color to white color. Amazed with the fine details on the dolly, I fell in love with parchment crafts. Later on, my teacher – Ms Christine Coppen encouraged me to take part in the Parchment Crafts Competition at the yearly event – Perth Royal Show. With her guidance and coaching, I come in 3rd prize in 2004 and 2005. After that I stop for a long period due to family and work commitments. Only in the recently years I pick up the skills again. I find that Parchment craft is very therapeutic and helps to calm down your mind too. You would not feel tired after working on the card for 2 hrs but a sense of great satisfaction of achievements.”


It is a beautiful art indeed, and Alice will be demonstrating at the booth on one of the days for visitors to try out. I am sure others will be fascinated just like me!

Everlasting Roses made from disposable spoon

“I personally like roses and always wanted to make it with different materials apart from crepe papers, fabric, ribbon, leather, felts.  So I started my journey of searching online and gather ideas. I learnt the skills by myself through trial and error. Recently I make roses with mini dessert spoons and it is almost a year since I start this craft.

 Every now and then when I have new ideas, I will make the items with the consideration in mind that people would use them rather than a display item only. Or I should call it practical items.”

An awesome and creative idea, and I really love it! Alice will be conducting a 90-minute workshop on both days of the Maker Faire Singapore held at 15 Tampines Street 11 on 11 and 12 July. The workshop will be recommended for adults only. Do watch out for more information on

Young Makers 2015

How old do you have to be, to be a Maker? This year, our youngest Maker is six years old. Read on to find out more about what Singapore Youth are making and drop by at Maker Faire to be inspired to start your children on a Maker’s journey

1.  Yee Chern

Yee Chern and his family will be showcasing some simple “weekend projects” that the children or teenagers can do using some common household items and tools mostly made by his children who are 13 and 14 years old. While you are at it, ask Yee Chern to tell you about the drill powered car he is making, and maybe you can ride on it!


2. Wonderful Makers

Anjali Curic and Sophia Curic are sisters aged 8 and 6. The lovely duo who adore Making says:

“We would like to share and teach pottery and book making, as well as some of the other Maker stuff that we do in our home Makerspace. People visiting our booth will learn how to make pottery using clay and a home made pottery wheel, gt some inspiration on how to make their own pottery wheel. They will also learn how to bind and make their own books.”

3. Commonwealth Secondary School

Commonwealth Secondary has embarked on Maker education as part of its curriculum. Besides 3D printed products from our Bits and Atoms students, our Secondary 1 Normal (Technical) students also designed and created soft toys which combines sewing with electronics. Students will present their works and what they have learnt in the process.

4. Nishant Verma

Nishant will be doing a hands-on with the learn electronics kit that he designed by himself. The E-blocks kit was designed by Nishant when he was 17.

Read about how Nishant’s journey started as a Maker:

“I would say it all started when I was six. I had this balsa wood airplane powered by a rubber propeller. It came with an electric winder to wind the propeller – a simple motor with a counter. Most unfortunately, the plane got crushed by the ginormous foot of an unidentified giant. So all I was left with was the winder. My father must have seen me distraught. He sat down with me and we took the winder apart with a saw and screwdriver. We then rewired it and soldered it, turning it into a table fan with the plane’s propeller as the fan blade. Since then I have been taking part every electronic device I could get my hands on. Television, microwaves, air-conditioning systems, telephones, and printers… nothing has been spared!”


5. Marsiling Secondary School

Arduino Timer Plug ,Tetra-Umbrella

6. Temasek Secondary school

Exciting projects through Learning in Fun & Engaging ways done by staff, students & even parents!

7. ITE College East

Displays of student projects

8. Singapore Polytecnic

The Singapore Polytechnic students – are exhibiting a variety of different activities such as LED Cube, Teddy alarm, Fewcloud automated 3d print service with cloud computing, Arduino Bluetooth smartwatchP.E.T (Personal bluetooth Transporter).

Muhammad Firasfidin Bin Razali LED Cube
Teddy alarm
Tsu Wei Quan Fewcloud automated 3d print service with cloud computing
Muhammad Hassanul Ihsan Arduino Bluetooth smartwatchP.E.T (Personal bluetooth Transporter) (if possible to bring there)

9. Sudharshan

Sudharshan is a  student from NUS High School. He says:

“My booth will feature all of NUS High School’s engineering projects. On of the projects features are the ORB-3d gaming mouse. This project is documented on my Hackaday page-( This is a 3D mouse that allows for more immersion while playing computer games like TF2. The second project is a TF2 sentry life scale model with autonomous targeting and shooting. It also comes with a semi-auto nerf gun which allows for it to shoot nerf darts at the target by activation the gun with a servo.”



10. SUTD Makers

Two 3D printers will be displayed, built by Shi En and Samantha from SUTD

11. Gabriel Joachim Perumal

A Electronics Workshop teaching kids the beauty and marvels of electronics and the secrets behind our evolving technology in the world.



Making as a family

1. The Nah family

Wee Yang and his family will be showcasing some simple “weekend projects” that the children or teenagers can do using some common household items and tools mostly made by his children who are 13 and 14 years old.


2. The Curic family

Anjali, Sophia and  their parents Make as a family. They have been introduced to making since they were 4 years old. The girls are curating their own booth this time around.

The girls say : ““We would like to share and teach pottery and book making, as well as some of the other Maker stuff that we do in our home Makerspace. People visiting our booth will learn how to make pottery using clay and a home made pottery wheel, gt some inspiration on how to make their own pottery wheel. They will also learn how to bind and make their own books.”

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3. Elda 

Elda and her son Make together to bring Jurek’s ideas and imgination come true. As for her workshop:
Visitors will be able to start their Maker journey by making a simple craft.
They will be able to explore the materials available and the tools at their disposal. After which they will be able to start making something right there and then.
They can personalize a notebook, a mirror, or a treasure box.
The purpose of the boot is to get everybody that passes by the possibility to be a maker.


4. The Know What’s OK (KWOK) Family
Members of the Kwok family will be showcasing and sharing their DIY projects on Art & Craft, Arduino, Robotics, Quad-copters and 3D-printing. Discover how you and your family members can have fun by learning and tinkering together.

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5. Makers of Temasek
Exciting projects through Learning in Fun & Engaging ways done by staff, students & even parents!

6. Singapore Homeschoolers group

Homeschoolers exhibit their science projects. Science craft bags also available for purchase of $2 each, with funds raised towards the Queenstown Library Community Garden.



Come with your family and learn together at Maker Faire Singapore!

Maker Faire Singapore offers a plethora of opportunities for families to work and learn together. Here are a few of these experiences:

1. Play with paper circuits
How can electronic components be combined with conductive tape to add an additional dimensionality to your works of art – join this exciting combination of art, craft and engineering to find out more.

Paper 1

2. Shrinky Plastic – Design your own keychains
What happens to plastics when you heat them? Well, different things really, depending on the type of plastics. make jewellery and ornaments with plastics and maybe learn a  bit about recycling while you are at it.


3. Fun with Soldering
Learn to solder: Whether you are making metal sculptures or making amplifiers, soldering is an essential skill to pick up.


4. String Art
What can do you with paper and string? Turns out you can learn a lot about mathematics and art. So try some string art!

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5. Legos out of cardboard?
They are legos, but they are made out of cardboard. Come along and play with some cardboard blocks. Make a statue, or maybe a throne for yourself.

Photo Courtesy : Straits Times

6. Sewing with electronics
Learn to sew with conductive thread


Take part in one of the many workshops. Learn about paper quilling, glass cutting, 3D printing, knitting, electronics, arduinos, programming, tinkering etc through our many workshops. Check out the schedule for Maker Faire workshops here!

"Teacher could you please help me with this?"

Learning Electronics

New Picture (3)

Repair cafe

Hydraulics demonstration


Polymer clay workshop



Project Upcycle

Project upcycle was a two month long collaboration with Central Community Development Council.

When the CDC approached us with the idea of holding workshops to encourage community residents to embrace upcycling as part of their daily lives, we immediately reached out to two Makers who take environmental issues very seriously – Susan Ong and Priyanka Gupta. Together with the Makers, we put together a three workshop series on Making to Upcycle.

During the first workshop on fabric upcycling, we stretched the boundaries of what consitutes fabric and how fabrics can be upcycled. This included teaching participants how to sew electronics and how fabrics can be made from plastics by fusing plastics with an iron. We also tried to level up participants by encouraging them to use the sewing machine.

Usage of the sewing machine

Our volunteer Suganti teaches a participant how to use a sewing machine

We were very encouraged by the participants, especially the young children and families, who jumped right in and wanted to do advanced sewing like sewing zippers.  This little girl as so proud that she was able to upcycle her old skirt into a handbag.

Skirt upcycled into a handbag

After fabrics, we moved on to paper. While participants were taught skills like quilling and paper circuits (We had a number of LEDs left over from the laser pointer mutilation spree of the SSEF pop up Makerspace in early March), they were also free to experiment and make what they wanted.

Paper Bead

Paper Bead

Newspaper quilled into a vase

Newspaper quilled into a vase

Perhaps the most crazy of the workshops was Making with Cardboard. We brought in our heavy tools and workbenches, jigsaws and drills, as well as a laptops. The cardboard workshop was also very ambitious in that we wanted to observe how the participants stepped up to the use of equipment. Adrian Curic had setup a station to also teach some Autodesk 123D and pepekura.

Cardboard shelf

Cardboard shelf

Personalised Shelf

Desk organizer

Kids Making their interesting designs

Kids Making their interesting designs

The workshops allowed us to work with participants of a wide age and ability range. A large number of seniors worked side by side with children and families.

In some ways, the workshops were also an experiment for us to identify what constituted a good activity. Instead of a workshop of step by step instructions, we divided the workshops into Skill stations and Making areas, giving the participants an option to move to skill stations when they needed with pick up a new skill. This gave rise to several interesting observations.

1. Families and children were more enthusiastic about jumping in and learning to use different tools. We had children as young as eight who wanted to sew zippers upon their first time using the sewing machine, as we had kids who wanted to use the jigsaw to heard to cut thick corrugated cardboard.

2. Showing examples to participants can be both good and bad. Often, it depends on the kind of example. Funnily, we observed that the lousier the example, the more creative the participants are.  Its like they are one-upping the facilitators and they can make something better than the facilitators, and that always feels good!

3. Interestingly, when we gave templates or examples which were perfectly done, certain groups of people simply wanted to follow the example given. For the Making with cardboard workshop, we had gotten the google cardboard templates along with us for people to understand that something as simple as cardboard and Daiso lenses can give rise to a Virtual Reality experience. However, some participants simply wanted to follow the template and make their own VR goggle.

4. Leaving things loose and limber allows for more creativity. We structured the workshops such that after the introduction, the Makers left their samples on the front and did a quick introduction to the possibilities. After this, the participants were given the freedom to walk around, play with the skill stations, or straight away jump into their project and learn the skills as they went along. This worked much better than structuring the learning separate from the Making and gave participants the opportunity to experience learning on demand.

Maker introduction for Maker Faire Singapore – Mr Ng Pan Yew

Maker Faire Singapore logo with dateThe Maker Faire Singapore team has been excited about the elevation of our Maker Faire status from a “Mini” event to a “Featured” one. Leading up to the event that will happen on 11 & 12 July at 15 Tampines Street 11, we will continue our practice of showcasing our participating makers .

The first to be featured this year will be Mr Ng Pan Yew, coincidentally the first maker to be featured for Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014 as well.

Recapping the year 2014, Mr Ng jokingly commented that he has over participated. Well, I think not everybody can do that, and it is in itself an achievement. Despite being his first year taking part in a Science Centre programme, Mr Ng has been most enthusiastic. He started with two workshops in April and June 2014, leading up to the Mini Maker Faire itself in July where he not only took a booth to showcase his works, but conducted two workshops as well to teach people how to make their own Kaleidoscope and Roly – Poly.

Mr Ng was very reflective of the activities he conducted. “Frankly speaking, my successful rate for lead-up event or mini workshop is only 50%”, he said. He explained that not everything turned out to be what he expected them to be. He noted the challenge to come up with interesting activities for 7-12 year-old children and to use materials which are easily available.


Participating in the Singapore Mini Maker Faire became a family affair for Mr Ng. Together with his wife, Mr Ng and their two grown-up daughters carried out the workshops and explained to interested visitors about Mr Ng’s showcase at the event. Mr Ng also took the opportunity to thank his wife and two daughters, who assisted him patiently during his workshops, helping him with facilitation, photography and publicity. Such a sweet gesture!

Tips for new participating makers

We asked Mr Ng for advice for first time participants, and he encouraged new makers to try to form a team to work together as there are challenges working alone. For his case, he single-handedly take charge of 2D-drawing, laser cutting, laser engraving, electronics circuit design, PCB art-work and the sourcing of affordable resources. Mr Ng also highlighted that it is inevitable that hardware-intensive hobbies incur higher cost compared to software-based ones, so new makers would need to be aware of such cost issues.

What’s new?

For the upcoming Maker Faire in July, Mr Ng is working towards expanding his acrylic showcase. While he will keep his previous display (Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay, Esplanade, etc), he will also be adding the Helix Bridge, the Marina Bay Sands, the Singapore River Bumboat and more!


Interested to find out more? Mark your calendar for 11 & 12 July and drop by 15 Tampines Street 11 Singapore 529454 to speak with Mr Ng in person!

Call for Submission for Art/Science Installations

Call for Submissions for an exhibition on Art/Science Installations at the Science Centre Singapore

Frozen Shadow

For the period of May to August 2015, in collaboration with Ars Electronica, Science Centre Singapore will be bringing in exhibits specially curated by a stellar line up of creative contemporary artists for its mid-year Blockbuster Exhibition. The exhibition will take on the overarching theme of Digital Interaction and promises to be a truly visceral journey.

Ars Electronica Linz GmbH is an Austrian cultural, educational and scientific institute active in the field of new media art, founded in 1979. It is based at the Ars Electronica Center, which houses the Museum of the Future, in the city of Linz. It is probably the most famous institution in new media. Ars Electronica’s activities focus on the interlinkages between art, technology and society. It runs an annual festival, and manages a multidisciplinary media arts R&D facility known as the Futurelab. It also confers the Prix Ars Electronica awards.

The Science Centre is currently seeking for interactive works in the form of installations which will be part of the exhibition at the Science Centre. The works should have a focus on interactive media systems that have an innovative technological concepts blended with excellence in science, art and/or design. We are also encouraging works which have harmonious parts of content and interactive technology, with a focus on human usability, and expanding the scope of media for use in human society.

Aims of the exhibition

  • Demonstrations for emerging interactive techniques for the public
  • Promotion and propagation of interactive techniques
  • Sharing of knowledge of virtual reality, augmented technologies and its roles in entertainment
  • Promotion of collaboration between experts, edge researchers and industry
  • Out reach of interactive techniques

The type of works which we are seeking may include:

  • Innovative interfaces
  • Music and audio
  • Novel displays
  • Haptics
  • Sensors
  • Robotics
  • Entertainment and Gaming
  • Collaborative environments
  • Health and medicine / biotechnology
  • Virtual and mixed reality
  • Ubiquitous computing
  • Wearables, hand-helds
  • Real-time graphics and animation
  • Mobile technologies

It is a prerequisite that the projects have already been realized to the extent that they may be judged on the basis of documentation and must be ready for installation by 4 May 2015

The work entered must have been created, realized or significantly updated within the last two years. Participants may be individuals, groups, schools, institutions, companies etc. Exclusively commercially oriented activities in the sense of product advertisement or commercially available products are excluded.

Submission Details

Each work is to be explained in a combination of
(1) No more than 4 page demo/exhibition description (essential)
(2) A video of the work (essential). *send the YouTube link only

(3) Other supporting media or documents (optional)

Deadline             : 15 April 2015

Notification       : 24 April 2015

Submit to            :

Since a presentation of an outstanding interactive work naturally also depends on the technical requirements for on-site realization, it is essential to include information that is as specific as possible about technical hardware and software and spatial requirements. All entries will be judged by a jury of experts. In addition to the works entered by participants, each jury may also nominate other works.

Selected works will be offered support for the travel and exhibition costs. This support may not cover the entire cost of travel and exhibition costs, depending on the nature and expense of the work.  Open Call submissions must be showcased for the whole duration of the exhibition.

For further inquiries and clarifications, please contact: