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.
For 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. :) ]