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Showcases from the ArtScience Museum-OneMakerGroup Team

ArtScience Museum has teamed up with OneMakerGroup (OMG) to bring eight exciting, hands-on booth to the Maker Faire Singapore this year. Check out the array of activities that they are showcasing, from copper sculptures soldering to cardboard armour making, and DIY watering can making!

Light Painting (Maker: Din)
Create your own dreamscape through painting with light, and observe your painting captured through a HD camera.

Join Din in using a HD camera and a light source to make your own wonderous light photograph! Participants will begin their journey in the dark room, draw out a shape or word in the air while the long exposure camera will capture the light sketch.

Din - Light Painting

The Waterflower (Maker: John)
Make your own waterflower to take home, as you learn about recycling

John will be sharing how to reuse plastic bottles, trap rain water with them and turn them into watering devices. John’s watering cans are also able to pour the water to the roots rather than allowing water to be wasted on weeds.

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HoverRover (Maker: Anabelle)
Discover the HoverRover through play or your own DIY robot.

In this booth, participants will be led by Annabelle to either play with the DIY HoverRover or make their own mini self-balancing robot. Discover how the HoverRover works!

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Cardboard Sculpture & Automata (Maker: Bart)
Join us in building an enormous cardboard teddy bear head and play with the automata surrounding it.

Bart will lead the participants to build an enormous cardboard teddy bear head and put a medium sized automata around the teddy bear head. Participants can build the cardboard head, or play with the automata surrounding the head.

Bart Cardboard Sculpture

Renaissance Booth (Maker: Sullivan)

Create a renaissance experience through DIY activities.

At this booth, Sullivan will guide participants through a renaissance experience by making their own leather pouches, hand-sewing a medieval costume and even making their own chainmail!

Sullivan - Chainmail

Nest of Memories (Makers: Farah & Agatha)

Create an expression of memories with us through this activity. Try your hands at weaving colourful hulahoops, circle frames or even a welded stool.

In this booth, participants can enter an area with lots of weaved, colourful hulahoops hung on the ceiling. Farah and Agatha will invite participants to try their hand at weaving on the hulahoops, tiny circle frames or a welded stool using old T-shirts. Each old T-shirt and clothes represent the memories or identity of a person. Weaving them together creates an expression of a nest of memories.

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Power Drill Car (Maker: Nah Wee Yang)

Have a go on the hand-build Power Drill Car!

Wee Yang will be making a fully working car that uses power drills to power the wheels forward!

Wee Yang - Drill Kart

PCB Making & Cardboard LED Lamp (Makers: Haw Kiat & Leon)

Understand how to make a printed circuit board using basic materials you can find at home. Fold and build your own cardboard table lamp and create your own LED lamp!

Join Haw Kiat and Leon who will be showing you how to make a printed circuit board from scratch, by heat pressing the circuit and then etching basic ingredients that you can find at home. Learn how to solder different components in a circuit board and bring what you have learnt to make your own Cardboard LED Lamp.

Leon - Pcb Etching workshop 2Haw Kiat - cardboard lamp

Heard of the term “refashioning”?

One maker stood out with her environment theme this year. Agatha Lee runs a blog “Green Issues by Agy” and shares way that each of us can do to make this world more sustainable. I have been a follower since end last year and have always been amazed at her creativity and ideas she shared generously. I still recalled the first few ideas which impressed me quite a bit – crocheting decorative bowls out of old, unwanted jeans, DIY Halloween dress-up kits for herself and her son, and the DIY waterproof school bag cover made out of old umbrella fabric! All are fantastic ideas, aren’t they? :)

We met at the Handmade Movement Craft Fair earlier this year, and I quickly introduced myself and invited Agatha to join the Faire this year. It turns out that she was very interested as well! Since then, I noticed that Agatha had been conducting workshops at many places and events, and they were usually different and refreshing. I was looking forward to check out her workshops at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire this year. Check out my interview with Agatha below. It was my first face-to-face interview with a maker this year, and she has graciously invited me to her place.

How it started

Agatha shared that she mainly does refashioning, and it all started from the year 2005 when she was on her maternity leave and had more time at hand. She said that several  pieces of her clothes were still in good condition (good fabric and nice pattern), so even though they might have been out of fashion, she did not throw them away. When asked about her first piece of refashion, she promptly went to retrieve a pretty blue jacket for me. On the jacket are two pretty flower designs, and she shared with me that those were cut out from an old scarf! What I learnt from her later was that the idea came about because of a burnt hole in the jacket that she need to cover! I think it is a marvellous move, rather than to waste a good jacket. :)

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Agatha and her first refashioned item!

More projects

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Using old jeans to make covers for this chair!

Besides refashioning, there are also several upcycling projects that Agatha did.

Check out the photo of this chair with a jean cover (left) and a short video clip of her introduction of a refashion item that she was making when I visit.

To read more, you can always check out Agatha’s blog here and Facebook page here.

If you are interested to see the end result of the refashioned item in the clip, click here. :)

Inspiration source

It seems like more and more people are using Pinterest as a source of inspiration. Agatha shared that she sometimes browse Pinterest too, though her inspiration also comes from window-shopping. Indeed, I get a lot of inspiration when I window-shop too. There are many good ideas on the street!

Technical challenges

During our interview, I shared with Agatha how I had not embarked on any sewing projects because while I have a sewing machine, I do not have a permanent place for it. Hence, I envied those who have a permanent place for it. Contrary to what I thought, Agatha advised me that sewing with a machine might not really make it easier. She highlighted that there are also issues such as maintenance (the machine might spoil if it is not oiled regularly), or if the parts are not cleaned properly. In fact, she found hand sewing more straightforward at times!

If you are a fabric maker, what is your view and experience on this?

The blog and Facebook Page

Besides the refashioning and upcycling projects, I was also curious about the blog and asked Agatha on how she started that. It turns out that the blog was originally started by another friend and it was focused on environmental issues. She had taken over from the friend after that and began to share more on her refashioned items. I guess the blog took off because not many people in Singapore bother to refashion their clothes, and the blog gave people good ideas on simple ways to inject new life into their old clothes. This would appeal to ladies definitely. Now, it makes me wonder whether there are guys doing it. *wonder*

Agatha also mentioned that she was encouraged by her friend to start a Facebook page less than a year ago when she started to run her first workshop, and since then she has 300 plus following. However, she was curious how interested people are in refashioning, especially when the responses to workshops are inconsistent. But Agatha is persevering in conducting her upcycling and refashioning workshop. In fact, during this upcoming Singapore Mini Maker Faire, Agatha has decided that on top of two workshops that she will run, she will also do a presentation on refashioning! For more information on Agatha’s workshops and presentation, check out the information on our schedule pages on the pre-registration procedures!