About Pooja, Bookbinding and a Collaborative Installation

I had an interesting chat with Pooja on the afternoon before she went back to New York for her break.

Although Pooja ran a workshop on concertina-spine binding last year at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2013, I had no chance to meet up with her and speak with her. I had written a blog post then to introduce her based on some email exchanges, so this time round, I was glad to be able to arrange a chit-chat session.

Pooja offered to use a co-working space she has reserved. It is called Grey Projects and the location was at Kim Tian, Tiong Bahru. It is a nice quiet place and it also happened to be the day before an exhibition of self-published books that the Grey Projects has planned. So, thanks to Pooja, I had a quick glimpse of this interesting exhibition’s behind-the-scene preparation!

Opinion of the Singapore Maker Movement

As it is Pooja’s third-year experience at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire (she was a visitor in the first year!), I was rather interested to find out her view of the maker movement here in Singapore. Compared to when Pooja first came to Singapore, she felt that the maker movement here had became more organised. She observes more ground-up efforts, more meet-up sessions, more people trying their hands on DIY stuff. She remarked that it is a dramatic development.

When asked whether there is any community that she thinks we can still reach out to, Pooja gave an interesting reply. Instead of highlighting a hobby group (which I was expecting), Pooja replied that we should look into programmes that can reach the senior citizens and the National Servicemen, based on her own observation at the classes she conducts for the National Arts Council (NAC). She elaborated that these two communities seem to have a lot of interest to pick up new skills. So, for makers out there, keep a look out for chances to reach out to these two communities!

Portfolio-making workshop

image_3Pooja will run a workshop to create a cloth-covered portfolio for holding stationery, drawings, photographs and so forth, using luscious book cloth and beautiful Japanese Chiyogami papers.

Her workshop will be held on 27 July, Sunday, 2.45pm – 4.15pm at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire at Senja-Cashew CC and you can find the registration site here.

Special Highlight : Bookbinding Day and Collaborative Installation

Besides conducting a workshop, Pooja is also participating in this year’s Maker Faire in two different ways. In three weeks’ time, Pooja will be part of the SMMF2014: Bookbinding Day where she joins Ian Tan, Mariko Watanabe and S T Leng in a series of bookbinding workshops to teach different bookbinding projects.

Pooja will also be embarking on an exciting project for all visitors of the Singapore Mini Maker Faire, where everyone gets a chance to participate and create a “folded element” of a collaborative-sculpture book object. On the first day of the Faire, Pooja will be personally guiding interested visitors on the project from the opening of the event until 1pm. She will also be around on Sunday, both to conduct her bookbinding workshop from 2.45pm to 4.15pm and to conclude her collaborative project towards the end of the event. It’ll be another exciting component of this year’s Singapore Mini Maker Faire. If you are not able to drop by when Pooja is around, do not worry as we will also have volunteers who will help to guide you. Do come join us and have some fun creating!

Want to know what other things Pooja do? You can check out her blog here.

Workshops happening at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014

We have an exciting list of multi disciplinary workshops happening at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire. For further information and instructions on how to register, please click on the links below.

Note: A full list of workshops with details and registration links can be found at http://makerfairesingapore.com/2014/07/11/what-will-you-learn-at-the-singapore-mini-maker-faire-2014/

Saturday, 26th July, Activity Room
Time Activity Maker Cost
(Excludes booking Fee)
11.00am-
12.30pm
Tiny Electronics
(Email chessmasterg@gmail.com to register)
Gabriel Perumal $15
1.00pm-
2.30pm
Design Thinking
for Makers
(Email the.curious.design.network@gmail.com for registration details)
Elda Webb $10
2.45pm-
4.15pm
Make your
own plant
press
(Register)
Yit Chee Wong, Science Centre Singapore $30
4.30pm-
6.00pm
Make your own microscope from a webcam (Register) The DIY Bio SG Group with Akbar from LifePatch Indonesia $25
6.15pm-
7.00pm
Make a
roly poly
toy
(不 倒 翁)
(Register)
Pan Yew $8
Saturday, 26th July, Function Room
Time Activity Maker Cost
(Excludes booking Fee)
11.00am-12.30pm Otterly fun with Clay(Payment on site) Sze Sze Ong $10
12.45pm-1.30pm Clay modelling and character design(Register) Tay Swee Siong $10
1.45pm-3.15pm Tatting(Register) UniQ Creations $35
3.30pm-4.15pm How to sell as a founder(Register) Glints $20
4.30pm-5.15pm Paper Quilling: The fun way(Register) Priyanka Gupta $12
Sunday, 27th July: Activity Room
Time Activity Maker Cost
(Excludes booking Fee)
10.00am-11.30am Design thinking for Makers (Email the.curious.design.network@gmail.com for registration and details) Elda Webb $10
11.45am-12.30pm Make a Kaleidoscope (Register) Pan Yew $8
12.45pm-1.30pm Make Awesome Stuff with Autodesk Fusion 360!!!
(Register)
Autodesk Asia Free
1.45pm-2.30pm Lights, wands and sensors (Register) Intel Free
2.45pm-4.15pm Portfolio! Bookbinding (Register) Pooja Makhijani $15
4.30pm-6.00pm Make Sculptures from plastic bottles! (Register) David Liew $10
Sunday, 27th July: Function Room
Time Activity Maker Cost
(Excludes booking Fee)
10.00am-11.30am Tiny  Electronics (Email chessmasterg@gmail.com to register) Gabriel Perumal $15
11.45am-1.15pm Otterly fun with clay (Payment on site) Sze Sze Ong $10
1.30pm-3.00pm Tatting (Register) UniQ Creations $35
3.15.pm-4.45pm Custom Cake Topper (Leave a facebook message with Little Craft Loft to register) Little Craft Loft $30
5.00pm-5.45pm Paper Quilling, The fun way (Register) Priyanka Gupta $12

Workshop: The making and use of a plant press

DSC01680

Flowers and leaves come in myriads of colours, shapes and sizes. They are gifts from Nature. One way to preserve them is to use a plant press. It is a simple but very effective tool.

Come and join us in this workshop, and you would learn not only how to align pieces of wood and drill holes but also how to press, dry and mount specimens. You would also pick up tips on leaf rubbing. Participants will get to bring back their very own plant press. In addition, a set of colour cards will be given to each participant, for them to further explore the art of leaf rubbing at home.

Date: 26th July 2014
Time:
2.45pm-4.15pm (Session 1)
4.30pm-6.00pm (Session 2)

Cost: $30/ paticipant – inclusive of all materials.
Register at https://www.regonline.sg/smmfWorkshops

Introducing Mr Takasu Masakazu and teamLab (Japan)

“We don’t just read or write science fiction, we do science fiction.”

About Mr Takasu Masakazu and teamLab (Japan)

New Picture (3)

The above is an introduction from Mr Takasu Masakazu on teamLab (Japan), an ultra-technologists group made up of specialists from various fields (programmers, hardware engineers, user interface engineers, mathematicians, architects, graphic designers, artists, editors, etc).

Designated as “Technical evangelist”, Mr Takasu shared with us his interest in both technology and art in both the eastern and western society. He also shared that at teamLab, it is believed that the Japanese society might still be perceiving the world differently from people from other countries, due to the late influx of western culture influence in Japan after the late Edo period.

Hence, the people at teamLab are interested to examine how different technology are being perceived differently both in and out of Japan, and create works through “experimentation and innovation”, making the borders between science, technology, art and design more ambiguous, making reference to the case of wearable technology, i.e.g Google glass and Necomimi, the brainwave cat ears.

So, are you wondering what science fiction the people at teamLab can make? Take a look at some of the projects that teamLab does:-

Can you imagine drawing a fish and turning it into a virtual and interactive fish that swims in a giant virtual aquarium?  Do you want to throw a digital Christmas tree from your phone to a gigantic Crystal Tree of Wishes? Watch the videos and be amazed at the beauty made possible with technology by teamLab.

Presentation at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire

At the Singapore Mini Maker Faire, Mr Takasu will present about Nico-Tech, a Japanese society enthusiastic about technology, and also demonstrate interesting presentation techniques used in Japan. He will also share more on Nico Nico Gakkai Beta which is a “Science Society”.

If you are interested to learn more about teamLab and the amazing stuffs that they do, watch out for more details of Mr Takasu’s presentation on our website and also check out the teamLab website. You may also get in touch with Mr Takasu via his Twitter, Facebook or Linked in accounts.

Otterly Fun with Clay

20140607_094441Most of us spend a lot of time in front of the computer each day, and find little time for any other matters.

Ong Sze Sze, our clay art Maker for Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014, shared that while she is not stuck by the screen, she enjoys making little toys or going outdoors for a stroll or to cycle.

She also enjoys thinking of new craft projects to embark on.

Why clay art?

Sze Sze shared that she started her love for clay figurines when she was in Primary 4, when she first saw a paperclay flowerpot at her friend’s place. She was astounded that it was handmade and henceforth opened up her mind about making her own toys, something particularly exciting for her since she was not allowed to buy a lot of toys as a child. She was further elated to find out that she can have plenty of fun making a lot of things with just 500gm of clay at only $2! It is a hobby that stuck with her until now even though the price of the clay has doubled since then.

Interest in the Singapore Mini Maker Faire

Sze Sze found out about the Singapore Mini Maker Faire online, through the main Maker Faire website. She attended last year’s event at SCAPE although she regretted having insufficient time to check out everything. With her limited time, she managed to check out several 3D printing and arduino-related booths. While she found them interesting, she thought they can also engage audience by printing items to tell a story or game pieces for a game, so that visitors can imagine more. It is a good idea and I think some of our friends doing the 3D printing are already doing something like this! Hopefully Sze Sze will get the opportunity to meet them.

Sze Sze’s showcase and workshops at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire

11641295563_50fccc9734_bSze Sze will be showcasing the Xmas Kids series, some animals and customised Lego figurines. She is also working on more figurines to be showcased at the Faire at Senja-Cashew CC as many of her previous makes were either sold or given away.

Besides showcasing some of her makes, Sze Sze will also be conducting “Otterly Fun with Clay”, a 90-minute workshop on both days of the Singapore Mini Maker Faire to make your own clay pet otter. The workshop places would be limited and it would be a perfect opportunity for you to get hands-on with clay crafting!

Aspirations for the local maker movement

When asked about her thoughts about the maker movement here, she is hopeful that it would one day grow to be as big scale as the original Bay Area Maker Faire, making crazy things on huge scale, such as a giant Rube Goldberg machine!

To find out more about Sze Sze’s clay work, check out her blog at sswoss.blogspot.com. Find out more about her class at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire here!

Workshop: Otterly fun with clay

sze_clay

Dates:
Saturday, 26th July 2014, 11am-12.30pm
Sunday, 27th July 2014, 11.45am-1.15pm

Workshop fee: $10/ participant (inclusive of all materials)
Participants may register and pay directly on site to Sze Sze Ong. To ensure optimal student-facilitator ratio, there is a limit of 12 participants per session

Learn the basics of designing cute characters and crafting the idea out of clay. In this session we will make an otter and other creatures. This is the perfect hands-on session to get started on clay crafting for young and old. All materials will be supplied.

Sze Sze is a craft hobbyist and constantly curious about other random skills. She likes experimenting with ideas and turning them into little toy-like things. She especially loves making little clay figures of animals and children. You can find out more of her works at sswoss.blogspot.com or follow her on instagram @sswoss

Custom Cake topper workshop at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014

Custom Cake topper and wooden doll

Happening on Sunday, 27th July 2014, 3.15pm to 4.45pm at Senja Cashew Community Club

Fees: $30/ participant (Limited to 4 participants per session to ensure optimum facilitator-student ratio)

To pre-register, please leave a message on facebook at Little craft loft (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Little-Craft-Loft/187146134778900 )

See your imagination come to life as you make your own custom cake topper and wooden dolls. Learn the basics in designing, crafting and painting cake toppers and wooden dolls. Have a delightful afternoon of hand-making goodness! All materials will be provided.

Organized by Little Craft Loft

 

Do you want to build your own 3D printer?

This Singapore Mini Maker Faire, Tiguu3D is conducting a 3D printer build workshop. Join us on 26th and 27th July to build a RepRap 3D printer that you can bring home.

Cost: $800 per printer. Recommended for 2-3 participants to form a team to build a printer.

For optimal learning, we have to limit this workshop to a minimum of 5 and maximum of 10 printer projects.  Registrations close on 10th of July to give the organizers time to procure additional materials.

Register here to start your 3D printing journey

Flyer Tiguu3D Reprap Prusa i3

Mini Maker Faire Workshop for Secondary School Students

A few days after the yarnbombing event, we held a Mini Maker Faire Workshop for Secondary School Students conducted by Kiruthika, our lead organiser for the Singapore Mini Maker Faire. The workshop took place on 28 May afternoon at Science Centre Singapore.

Students from various schools came together and learnt how to make paper circuits and how to turn a laser pointer into a microscope. Sounds fun?

Here are some photos taken during the workshop!

 

Crochet. Knitting. Yarnbombing

crochet

Crocheting a 3D butterfly

Crocheting has always been close to my heart, something which I learnt from my Godmother and from my Primary School’s Art Club. I always find it therapeutic. However, I do not have much friends who share the same hobby and I also crochet less as I started picking up other hobbies later on in life.

Hence, imagine my excitement when I got to know makers [through the Singapore Mini Maker Faire (SMMF)] who also crochet and knit. For example, we have Ling Ling (SMMF12 & SMMF13 Maker), Huey Ling (SMMF13 Maker) and Agatha (SMMF13 Maker) who crochet different kind of things using different kind of materials.

Last year, Ling Ling even took it a step further and ran an “Intro to Crochet for Beginners” workshop during our Singapore Mini Maker Faire!

How the SMMF yarnbombing project was started

Pittsburgh Andy Warhol bridge

Pittsburgh Andy Warhol bridge which was yarnbombed (http://knitthebridge.wordpress.com/) (Photo credit: Christina Saucedo)

I first heard of yarnbombing last year, around the time when we held our second Singapore Mini Maker Faire. The vibrant colourful yarnbombed trees and giant structures online caught my attention. The shared yarnbombing projects also captured a bit of attention on our Singapore Mini Maker Faire Facebook Page.

But it was earlier this year when yarnbombing was brought up again. Agatha was inspired by a yarnbombing project in Hong Kong and re-ignited the discussion again. A few of us were enthused enough to start moving into action and before you know it, the first yarnbombing project under the Singapore Mini Maker Faire was initiated.

The yarnbombing project would not have been possible without the strong ground-up initiative and support. Agatha shared how she has got to know Mona and a few other ladies from the sewing community, and how there was a good response to the suggestion of yarnbombing.

Mona, currently an active quilter, works closely with Agatha to spearhead this yarnbombing initiative. She shared that she had volunteered to arrange for a craft meetup for the followers of “The Sewing Network”, a Facebook group for those who are interested in sewing and needle crafts.  During the discussion about the exact crafts that could be brought to the meetup, the yarnbombing idea popped up and grew.

It is always nice to know how ideas fall into place nicely like that. :P

The yarnbombing begins…

With Agatha and Mona helming this project, a date for the first yarnbombing session was fixed very quickly for 1 May, Labour Day public holiday at Science Centre Singapore.

Yarnbombing (1 May)

Yarnbombing (1 May)

The initiative moved in an organic fashion. When we first met, there were only 14 of us, including two young children of Kiruthika, the lead organiser of this year’s Singapore Mini Maker Faire.

Most of us did not know each other, and we spent some time introducing ourselves while we crochet or knit. It was a cosy and fun session.

The group decided that we will use one of the railings at the turnstile area to be our pilot yarnbombing spot.

We crowded around the choice location and quickly set to work, choosing the pieces to combine around the railing. Before we know it, the job is done, and we had an impromptu yarnbombed railing at the front of the Science Centre!

Yarnbombing 1 May II

A project under the Singapore Mini Maker Faire (Photo Credit: Kiruthika)

Then the group asked “What’s next?”. One suggestion was to yarnbomb the animatronic dinosaur in front of the Centre. We went to take a look, and once again very quickly made plans for a giant scarf. Everyone were excited to meet again for the next session and we set the next date on the spot, 24 May. The next few weeks saw furious knitting and crocheting by the many enthusiasts and there were a lot of sharing of progress online.

24 May morning was a busy morning. Twenty volunteers turned out to assemble the granny squares into a scarf which ended up to be 6.2metre by 0.4 metre long! We were all truly amazed by the efforts both by those who contributed their granny squares and those who turned up to help with the assembly. It was heartening to also see some volunteers who came to learn and contribute too, one male volunteer included!

yarnbombed dinosaur

We were also glad that the yarnbombing project received media attention and subsequently reported in Straits Times Life! and Zao Bao after the event. Besides giving attention to the yarnbombing project, it was great that they also highlighted the Singapore Mini Maker Faire. Hopefully with the media attention, we can garner more interest both in the Phase 2 of the yarnbombing project (we are moving on to the Singapore Mini Maker Faire venue!) and the Faire itself!

Interested in yarnbombing or to learn knitting or crocheting? We welcome you to join us at the Senja-Cashew Community Club on 22 June, 10am – 12pm where the next phase will be embarked. If you are able to join us or wish to contribute 4 x 4 inch granny squares, do contact Agatha and Mona through the Yarnbombing Singapore Facebook Page or email to yarnbombingsg@yahoo.com.sg.