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Would you want to take a photo with Ironman?

Would you want to take a photo with Ironman?

Tony 'Ironman' C

Tony ‘Ironman’ C

Come by the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2013 at SCAPE Warehouse on 27 July from 12pm to 1pm, and from 3pm to 4pm.

Tony C will be showcasing two Ironman costumes which he built himself. Attendees to the Faire are welcome to take photographs with him and his son, the mini ‘Iron Patriot’, at the above timing. Don’t miss the chance!

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More info on Tony ‘Ironman’ C can be found at https://www.facebook.com/IAmIronmanSg.

Cosplay propmaking @ Singapore Mini Maker Faire

We have said so many times that this year’s Singapore Mini Maker Faire is full of excitement. I must say that this segment is definitely one of the contributing factors.

Introducing a new curated area of cosplayers who make their own props!

Edentech

Edentech

Edentech is the brainchild of costume and prop-maker Eden Sng.

He emphasizes using affordable materials such as cardboard, foam and papier mache as well as efficient techniques to create costumes and props that look like the real thing.

Eden will be exhibiting several of his latest projects at the Faire.

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Kitsabers

Kitsabers

What started as a hobby for Star Wars enthusiast Kit Woo soon turned into a burning passion, and today, KitSabers is one of Asia’s fastest growing custom lightsaber forges.

Working with a variety of materials including PVC plastic, metal and polycarbonate, Kit has made hundreds of geek dreams come true and created multiple lightsabers in a variety of colors that are perfect for stunting and dueling.

Kit is also the preferred lightsaber smith for FightSaber, a dedicated Star Wars inspired stage choreography and theatrical arts troupe based in Singapore, as well as FightSaber’s satellite groups in Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.

Visitors to the Faire can expect to see Kit’s sabers in action at the Geek Crafts Expo and on the show floor.

Kitsaberslogo2Website: http://kitsabers.blogspot.sg/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KITSABERS
Neo Tokyo Project

Neo Tokyo Project

Neo Tokyo Project (NTP) is a cosplay and pop-culture start-up that aims to bridge the gap between fans of pop-culture and the companies they adore, by bringing characters from popular computer and console games to life.

The company works with corporate partners and sponsors to bring fresh content to the local cosplay community, and is a forerunner in Singapore’s geek crafts culture, especially in the realm of steampunk.

As costume makers, NTP’s EVA foam creations have wowed fans the world over, and they will be exhibiting some of these costumes, as well as steampunk creations at the Faire.

logo_highres_smallWebsite: http://www.neotokyoproject.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/neotokyoproject
Project Zen

Project Zen

Founded in 2011, Project Zen is a costuming and prop-making circle dedicated to pushing the boundaries of cosplay in the local and international scene – through a marriage of proven costume creation and prop-making technologies with quality dramatic performances.

This hobby society brings together close to a dozen individuals armed with more than half a decade of cosplay and stage experience, as well as enthusiasts who strive to constantly challenge themselves; to find new and innovative ways to bring their favorite anime, comic book and game characters, costumes, and props to life.

Project Zen utilizes a wide variety of materials in their creations, and will be showcasing some of their latest costumes and projects at the Faire.

Project Zen PNG for videosWebsite: http://www.project-zen.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ProjectZenSG
323369_361150917246623_728363316_oScouter Props is a two person team aiming to create high quality and accurate props and replicas.

They employ a variety of materials and techniques in our creation process, from scratch building, papercraft, sculpting, to resin casting.

With their respective pros and cons, they believe that there is no single absolute preferred technique, and would often utilise a number of disciplines and constantly seek out new methods to achieve our desired result.They hope to be able to share these techniques to benefit fellow crafters, so as to overall, improve workmanship and work quality.

They are especially interested in the utilisation of technology in the propmaking process, such as laser cutting and 3D printing, and its potential benefits.They will be showcasing a number of works and works-in-progress, as well as techniques and materials used in our propmaking process.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scouterpropsarrow

Reading the descriptions alone bring me much anticipation to see the real exhibits and meet their makers at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2013. It is eye-opening to learn that several different kind of techniques can be applied in the art of propmaking in cosplay, that technology such as laser cutting and 3D printing are also being considered as a new way of propmaking. Did these intrigued you as well? If so, remember to come by SCAPE Warehouse on 27 & 28 Jul to check out out this special curated area of cosplay art.

The group will also be having a free sharing session entitled “Cosplay Prop-making: Building 3D Maneuver Gear (Shingeki no Kyojin)” on 28 Jul, 4 – 6pm, SCAPE Situation Room, where they will share about creating gears from popular anime series Shingeki no Kyojin. More details can be found here.

An unconventional sculptor – David Liew shares how the same skills can be applied anywhere

I met up with David at the Science Centre Singapore nearly a month ago, only to realise that I have met him before at last year’s Faire.

David Liew came in with Ng Ling Ling at her Sugarpunk booth last year, and we all had an interesting chat then about the need to bring in more crafters for the Singapore Mini Maker Faire. When we met again this time, we had another enjoyable chat about the wide range of crafts he does and how he started crafting.

The showcase

7606_329826530453899_523581062_nDavid will be showcasing unique sculptures made out of discarded plastic drinks bottles. During the interview, I had the opportunity to look at the sculptures themselves. They are really interesting, with lots of details in terms of texture and colours. If I had not already known earlier, I probably would not be able to guess the origins of some of the sculptures.

When asked about his source of inspiration, David shared that he started off with making mini props for the Muppet show “Planet Bizzaro”  in  2005 and 2006 (Reminds me of how Adam Savage of the Mythbusters started by making his own props!). That sounded quite interesting, hence I researched further after the interview and found the photos of the props and the links to the show on David’s Facebook Page, “The Sleeping Iron Foundry“. If you are keen, check it out as well and of course, do not miss out watching the funny Muppet show while checking out the props. Anyway, back to the plastic sculpture, David shared that he found it interesting to work on different types of plastic bottles because they all have different patterns, and you can always add on scraps. While many people throw stuffs away, David tend to keep them for his sculpturing work. Somehow, I find myself identifying with that very well!

Other makes

I was curious about the various different Facebook pages which David maintains online, made a check with him and learnt that he truly works on different areas of interest and maintains these pages to separate the different types of projects he works on. It surprised me that on top of being a sculptor, David is also an illustration artist, and a cake art sculptor. But David’s answer was quite candid and enlightening. “Just using the same sculpting skill sets!”, so he said of two of his endeavours. How true, but it takes certain character to be able to make use of their skill sets and re-apply them elsewhere.  Curious about all his works and how he applies his talent at different places? Come by the Singapore Mini Maker Faire and have a chat with him personally!

Views on making

David is certainly not new to MAKE magazine, Maker Faire and the Maker Movement. When I asked him on his views on making, he shared an important point that making helps to develop problem-solving skills. I find myself agreeing. The making process takes time, and it takes many traits for a maker to complete his or her project. It cultivates patience, perseverance and when you faces problem, you will need to try again and again with alternative solutions.

From my interview session with David, I find this a good takeaway. Thinking further on his point, I find the process of making is akin to working on a school project, where certain important skill sets can be cultivated, and character can be developed. Do you agree?

The workshop

Would you like your own hands-on experience? There is an opportunity now that David will conduct a workshop at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire “Bottle Fleet – Adventures in Recycled Plastic” on 28 July, 1.45pm – 3.15pm, Colony Room at SCAPE. There will be a fee of $10 for the provision of equipment and paints, and while plastic bottles will be provided, participants are encouraged to bring along one which they would like to work on.

Do note that as the workshop involves cutting with blades and the use of hot glue gun, the recommended age would be at least 12 years old. Adults are welcome too!

If you are interested, just make payment at the payment booth at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2013 at SCAPE on the day of the workshop.

Click here to check out the other workshops and presentations which will be held on that two days!