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Priyanka’s Quilling Passion

I sense a lot of passion when interviewing Ms Priyanka Gupta Sarvaiya about her quilling endeavour.

Priyanka quillingPriyanka from “Just Love Crafts” is a professional paper artist who works extensively with paper quilling, a craft which is very endearing to her. At the Singapore Mini Maker Faire (SMMF), Priyanka will showcase a wide selection of products and designs made with the art of paper quilling, such as tea light candle holders, photoframes, wall plaques, miniatures, shadow boxes, wall clocks and so forth. Through her participation at the event, Priyanka wishes to get more people acquainted with the potential of this craft which she said is fairly simple to learn. While she is already conducting regular quilling workshops, she felt that there are many who still do not know about this, hence motivating her to proactively create a greater level of awareness. To promote this craft, Priyanka has set up a meet-up group for quillers in Singapore and she was happy that non-quillers had turned up to find out more about it and even managed to leave with handmade items within a short span of 2 hours. Interested to join the meet-up? Check out more information here.

Views about the maker movement in Singapore

Priyanka has strong views about the maker movement. She felt that people of all age groups and background should be encouraged to learn something new. From Priyanka’s point of view, hands-on activities are not only enriching and therapeutic, but might even become a means of living for some. She hopes that people would be able to see it from a wider perspective and also take a collaborative approach in the process of making as it will both enrich themselves and the society, for example by recycling/upcycling resources and promoting local made products.

Having missed out on last year’s SMMF while travelling, Priyanka expressed excitement to participate both as a maker and as an attendee this year, with the objective of spreading the awareness of quilling to more people.

If you are interested to find out more about the craft of quilling, come by Priyanka’s maker booth at the Senja-Cashew CC this weekend or attend her workshops which will be conducted at 4.45pm – 5.15pm on both days. More about Priyanka can also be found at her “Just Love Crafts” blog and Facebook Page.

Have you heard of Tatting?

Joyce Lim is a cardmaker, jeweller and tatter. She started selling her own handmade Christmas cards in 1998 to her office colleagues and later proceed to sell her own range of handmade jewellery at markets and bazaars.In 2011, Joyce self published her first tatting book – Tatted Lace Patterns. In the following year, she decided to turn her hobbies into a full-time enterprise. We conducted an interview with Joyce to find out more about tatting.

So, what is tatting?

Clover DollieTatting is almost unheard of in many parts of the world. Also known as shuttle lace, it uses shuttle and thread to make jewellery, dollies, bookmarks, edgings, collars, table runners, motifs, handphone charms/strap and more. Sometimes beads are used to create interesting effect or to enhance a design. The end product can be used to adorn clothings, decorate and beautify the house, create fashion/hair accessories, doll up your pets or make a gift for someone special.

Tatting provides good training for left and right hand coordination. It has also been used in occupational therapy to keep convalescent patients’ hands and minds active during recovery, as documented, in Betty MacDonald’s “The Plague and I”.

How did you get started?

I came across tatting in a craft shop in the late 1990s and I signed up for the class immediately. I first taught tatting in 2000 but had to stop due to work commitment. I continue to tat over the years and started teaching again in 2009. My classes are mostly in small groups of 2-8 participants so that I can give each participant enough attention.

How did you learn about the Singapore Mini Maker Faire? 

I read about it on someone’s Facebook post last year but the event was already over. My friend was invited to participate this year. Knowing that I am actively looking out for suitable events to participate, he forwarded the message to me. This will be the first time I participate in the Singapore Mini Maker Faire.

As this is my full time job now I hope to create an awareness for my products and services, not only among the public but organisations as well (classes and corporate greeting cards), and eventually be able to make a living out of it.

Workshops at Singapore Mini Maker Faire

Are you keen to learn tatting? Joyce will be conducting two sessions of workshops during the event at Senja-Cashew CC (26 July, 1.45pm and 27 July, 1.30pm) at $35/ person, and a presentation about tatting on 26 July, 4.10pm. Online registration for workshops: https://www.regonline.sg/smmfWorkshops

If you are interested to find out more about Joyce and her tatting venture, you can check out Joyce’s website http://www.uniqcreations4u.com and drop by her booth and speak with her.

About Ms Chang Wei Mun and her DIY Cake Toppers and Wooden Dolls

LCLMakerFaire2014Ms Chang Wei Mun, one of the co-founders of Little Craft Loft, will be conducting a workshop on how to make cake toppers and wooden dolls on 27 July (Sunday), 3.15pm to 4.45pm at Senja Cashew Community Club. Check out this interview with Wei Mun to learn more about her and Little Craft Loft.

Can you share more about Little Craft Loft?

Little Craft Loft is about the love for our children. It is about discovering the meaning in designing and making for our children. The best gifts are made from scratch, showered with love, and crafted with imagination.

I have always loved crafting. I relish the simple joy of creating something beautiful from scratch. I get a lot of satisfaction from dreaming up a design to actually making it with my own hands. I adore my little three year old girl and have channeled this passion into making things for her.

It’s incredibly meaningful and fulfilling to put in time and effort into crafting projects and to see my daughter’s face light up when I finally complete it and give it to her. I’ve made simple toys, birthday decorations and lots of clothes so far.

It doesn’t matter if the end product isn’t perfect or of commercial quality. These don’t matter to children. What matters is that they know that mummy or daddy had specially made it for them. I learnt this when my daughter showed that she could understand, even when she was only 1 year old, that some of her clothes were made by me and would prefer to wear those clothes. It can be difficult sometimes to test fit clothes on her as she would adamantly refuse to take them off!

I started making cake toppers  a year ago as I wanted to create a special gift for my daughter’s second birthday. I came across adorable wedding wooden doll cake toppers in Etsy and wanted to try my hand at making a unique and personalised doll for her birthday.

After learning the basics of making a painted wooden doll, I applied my dress making experience and made whimsical little clothes for the wooden dolls. I hope to create a new doll for her every year based on her current interests.

What can participants expect to make for the course? Is it suitable for children or adult?

I hope to inspire other parents to design and make crafts for their loved ones, starting with wooden doll making. I will teach my own unique way of making a dressed-up doll with hand sewn outfits.

Workshop participants will get to learn this unique crafting hobby and take home their own wooden dolls. They will learn the basics in doll making that involves sketching, painting, selection of fabrics and sewing techniques. It is a hands-on workshop and participants will get all the materials needed to make their own unique dolls.

Parents are more than welcome to participate together with their children. However, as some painting, sewing and glueing work is involved, I would recommend that the children be aged at least 6 and above.

If you are interested in Wei Mun’s work, check out her website at www.littlecraftloft.com.

Paper Quilling, The fun way

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Learn the vibrant and versatile art of paper quilling in this fun filled hands- on workshop. 

Each participant will be making motifs such as hearts, flower and leaves, butterfly etc. which can be used to make your own greeting cards, gift tags, bookmarks etc. or can be used to decorate photo frames, gift boxes, stationery and all or simply convert to a piece of jewellery. Sounds cool right! There is more!! 

All the supplies will be provided during the class including the blank greeting card/ gift tag base and jewellery supplies to convert your motif to a wearable pendant or earrings. Take home whatever you make in the workshop.

Also, get to lay your eyes on a wide collection of paper quilling projects including greeting cards, wall frames, miniatures, jewellery and an assortment of other projects.

Suitable for kids and adults alike.
Details:
Date: 26th July 2014
Time: 4.30pm-5.15pm

Date: 27th July 2014
Time: 5pm-5.45pm

Register:  https://www.regonline.sg/smmfWorkshops 

Meet the Crafters of SMMF 2014

The Bunglin’ Tinker: METAMORPHOSED TEES,  Upcycled Adornments (Booth)

Add pizzazz to your look with your expendable tees . . . not your wallet! These fun, breezy no-sew projects will illuminate the wonders & versatility of a humble tee. Psst. Helps reduce fashion wastage for our globe too!  Upcycled Adornments include  T-Shirt Scarf, T-Shirt Bracelet, T-Shirt Belt, T-Shirt Headband, T-Shirt Slippers. All materials and tools provided.

http://facebook.com/the.bunglin.tinker

Pooja Makhijani: Portfolio! (Booth, workshop)

Make a beautiful, hardcover portfolio for holding stationery, a stamp collection, wall paper samples, or pressed flowers or for carrying drawings, sheet music, or photographs.

http://notabilia.wordpress.com  twitter.com/notabilia

Ong Sze Sze: Otterly Fun with Clay – Add a touch of wildlife to your home with this otter making workshop! (Booth, Workshop)

Have you caught on the excitement with the increased sightings of wild otters in Singapore? While it’s illegal to keep a real otter as a pet, it’s way more fun to make your own pet otter.

Learn the basic concept of designing a character and crafting the idea out of clay. This is the perfect hands-on session to get started on clay crafting for young and old.

http://sswoss.blogspot.com

Little Craft Loft: Custom Cake Topper and Wooden Doll Making for Birthdays and Special Occasions (Workshop)

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.

www.facebook.com/pages/Little-Craft-Loft/187146134778900

Xiaomi-Leathercraft (100% Handmade Leather Bag): (Booth)

Xiaomi the founder is a typical Kampung girl who had spent her childhood in the little mountain away from concrete jungle. Natural surrounding like waterfall, bird singing, dog barking and children laughter in these day younger generation can never experience but she had spent her 18 years growing up from the tranquil forest.

Dreams to reality when she had her 1st baby girl in year 2012. The exciting experience of the baby girl arrival has reminded of her childhood dream when at the age of 14, the same feeling she had when she make her first handmade bag from her old torn jeans.

It’s time she decided to continue her passion of making handbag, not from her old torn jeans anymore but genuine leather, that’s the story began of Xiaomi’s Handmade Leather Bag.

Davy YOUNG Pak Nang: Leaves with Memories (Booth)

I will be selling fine hand-crafted ceramic leaves.  These are suitable for ornamental and functional purposes.

Each ceramic leaf is pressed from a real natural leaf onto a thin slab of fine white clay, then fired in a kiln at 1,000 degrees Celsius.  The fired piece is then glazed in tones of green and/or brown, then fired a second time at 1,2000 degrees.

Each leaf is unique, and no two pieces of the finished product are ever identical.

Production is carried out in small batches of about 20 leaves at a time.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leaves-with-Memories/390266924385464

Hang Li Kheng: Hangmade by Gladys (Booth)

Self made fabric craft items such as bags, stuffed toys,
cases, cushions, cushion covers and others.
Connect with Gladys: https://www.facebook.com/HangmadebyGladys

Priyanka Gupta: Just Love Crafts (Booth, Workshop)

Handmade crafts such as greeting cards, photo frames, tealight candle holders, Jewellery made from paper and other natural materials.
Everything will be handmade and OOAK.
All my products are handmade in Singapore and ecofriendly.

https://www.facebook.com/Justlovecrafts

Barangshop (Booth, Workshop)

Love bags or shoes? Want to know to how make them? Join our workshops and you’ll get to learn to make a leather card wallet or even a mini shoe!

Connect With Barangshop www.barangshop.com.sg , www.facebook.com/barangshop

Tay Swee Siong: Clay Modelling Character Design (Booth, Workshop)

This exhibition is a showcase of scale model character designs using clay as a sculpting medium. The exhibition will demonstrate to the public how a figurine character can be sculpted by showing the tools and techniques used. The objective of this exhibition is to increase public appreciation and nurture more local talents in the genres of scale modelling, figurines, 3D illustration in Singapore.

https://www.facebook.com/taysweesiong

Benjamin Tan: Crafts of Origami (Booth)

Have you ever wonder what models can be made by folding sheets of paper?

Connect with Benjamin:

http://learningorigami.wordpress.com/

Joyce Lim: Introduction to Tatting (Booth, workshop, presentation)

Learn to make handmade lace and expand your creativity. Don’t let technological advancement kill our creative life.

Connect with Joyce: http://www.uniqcreations4u.com

David Liew: Steampunk art and other Strangeness (Booth, Workshop)

David Liew is a model-maker, animator and children’s book illustrator.  Working with things he finds around him in his daily life, he gives them a new lease of life as artwork

Connect with David: https://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Wolfe-Liew/133971020120363

Tang Zhi Jie: Photography (Booth)

A Photography exhibition by Jordan’s Photography which mainly focus on Landscape & Urban Architecture photography.

Connect with Jordan: https://www.facebook.com/SshutterMmoments

Sew Fun! @ Art Loft: A craft initiative (Booth)

Drop by to experience how electronics and textiles can be combined

Zheng Hao Choo: The Green Club Project: Making your own JUGGLING props using recycled material (Booth, Presentation)

The unique skill of juggling and circus arts can sometimes limited by the cost of the props required. In order to reduce this limitation, the Green Club Project was started by the Bornfire Community Circus to create a large number of juggling clubs at reasonable costs. Come have a look at our DIY props, and try your hand at making them, or just learning some circus skills!

Presentation description: Juggling: a physically and intellectually demanding skill which happens to be strangely addictive too. Learn how juggling as a hobby has evolved over the last few decades with the pervasive reach of the Internet. Take a look how social media has radically changed this obscure hobby into a global interactive community.

 

Introducing Benjamin Tan and his origami friends

DSCF2041a Benjamin and friends took part at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire last year at SCAPE, where they showcased the origami works they have done, and introduced the art of paper folding to visitors of the Faire.

He shared that he started folding origami some 20 years back when he came across a Chinese book on origami. His interest developed after having folded the models from this book, and he bought a second book “Teach Yourself Origami” by Robert Harbin, which showed him that there is a lot more to origami than the traditional models. His interest has sustained until today.

Benjamin has his own origami website here.  He and his friends are also members of the group “Origami Singapore”, an informal gathering of origami enthusiasts in Singapore.

Takeaway from SMMF13 and advice for first time participating maker

When asked about his takeaway from his involvement in the Singapore Mini Maker Faire last year, Benjamin shared that it is a good platform for makers to meet each other. During the event, he learnt that there are many people making different kind of things. He also observed that there were many children participants and he hope to see more adults showing interest as well.

As a word of advice, he would like to remind all first time participating makers to make good use of their set-up time, and also to take the time to walk around no matter how busy you are at your booth. He felt that it would be important to also learn from other makers and make friends with them.

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Good maker spirit, Benjamin! We hope you get to know more makers this time round! Who knows what kind of exciting new projects you might end up doing together?

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.

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!

Crochet. Knitting. Yarnbombing

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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

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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!

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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.

Hands-on activities for the month of June!

Like the idea of family bonding over hands-on fun with clay, electronics, paper circuits or other activities to “wow” your children?

Leading up to the Singapore Mini Maker Faire on 26 & 27 July at Senja-Cashew CC, Science Centre Singapore has organised a series of hands-on activities since the beginning of the year. Bring your child to join us on 7 June (Saturday), 10am – 1pm, and immerse into a morning of creativity.

Interested? Sign up at https://www.regonline.sg/makerworkshop2

June SMMF