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Zentangle, Digital fabrication and medieval crafts – A conglomerate of different making all in one booth!

Medieval theme seems to be popular this year. Earlier, we learnt that one of the makers under ArtScienceMuseum-OneMakerGroup Team are showcasing a series of tree medieval-themed activities. Now, we learnt that our veteran maker, David Liew from Bluestone Arts (comprising of David’s illustration, 3D bottleworks and cake works business) has assembled a group of new makers to participate in this year’s Maker Faire Singapore, and medieval crafts is one of them. Let’s check out what other makers Bluestone Arts has brought together.

Introduction of Makers

  • The Sleeping Iron Foundry – Though a regular at our past Mini Maker Faires, David Liew has taken up a different role to gather fellow makers to come together for a collective showcase.
  • MY Zentangle – A doctor by day but an artist at all times, Mabel Yap is a Certified Zentangle Trainer who will be offering beautiful ZIA (Zentangle-inspired Art) crafts.
  • Steammetry – Steammetry is a learning space that encourages the curious mind to experience STEAM through digital fabrication.
  • Medieval Craft – Be introduced to the fantasy world of medieval sword fighting and dressup.  A newcomer to the scene, Medieval Craft explores the art of making and crafting your own equipment for the Live Action Roleplaying!


David shared with us that the group will be showcasing maker art objects and displays of equipment for the medieval craft. Here are some photos for a sneak preview!

Here are some craft pieces from MY Zentangle. According to Mabel, Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. One look at her work, and I found myself intrigued by the beauty of it.

Zentangle bookmarks

Zentangle bookmarks

Steammetry conducts workshops on digital fabrication, and here are some of their work.


Digital fabricated rings

Lastly, the Medieval Craft community will be displaying their self-crafted medieval equipment and costumes. In fact, they will be organising a medieval costumes stage performance at 1pm on 12 July, so don’t miss that out if you are interested!

Medieval equipment and costumes

Medieval equipment and costumes


Scrapbook your own cards!

This is probably the second time that we have a scrapbook artist who is showcasing her work at Maker Faire Singapore or our previous Singapore Mini Maker Faires. Here’s an introduction on Madeline from Stochastic Elegance.

How she started crafting

1Madeline shared that she has always wanted to give presents that carried meaning and personal touches rather than just for the sake of having a gift. Crafting was her solution to that as it allowed her to give personalised tokens of appreciations. Madeline started crafting since 2009. She was exploring making a handmade planner for a friend when she chanced upon beautiful scrapbooking works, inspiring her to research online tutorials and begin her crafting spree. This grew into a burning passion and almost became an addiction. She makes various types of cards, from the standard single folds and the more complex bookcards. Madeline shared that she is currently exploring more dimensional designs which includes the accordion albums and windowed cards.

3With the modern society becoming more busy, personalized gifts are slowly becoming a rare sight. Madeline aims to bring back the joy of receiving a customised and unique gift and set up Stochastic Elegance to help people customise gift cards for special occasions such as birthdays, weddings and anniversaries. At the Maker Faire Singapore, she will be showcasing different kinds of cards that one can easily make without the need for complicated instruments, expensive materials or a landslide of accessories.

“We love to create things from scratch, so this also means creating our own background and embellishments.” – Madeline

Learning about Maker Faire Singapore

Madeline found out about Maker Faire Singapore through friends she met at the few flea markets she has taken part in. As she is new to the maker scene, she is looking forward to attend the Maker Faire and find out more about the maker movement in Singapore.

She also observed that the modern society had made everything digitised and reduced the appreciation level for hand-made cards. Through her participation as a workshop facilitator, Madeline hopes to help fellow crafters rekindle their passion towards hand-made wares, especially in cards.

If you are considering to make your own hand-made cards, do check out Madeline’s booth at Maker Faire Singapore!


Thoughts from the HomeSchool Singapore network on Making in Singapore

Homeschool Singapore, a network of several home educating families in Singapore, will be participating in this year’s Maker Faire Singapore. We checked in with Crystal Charles on what we can see at their booth area.

Showcases and Past Experiences

BlurImage(5-7-2015 5-53-18)Crystal shared that they will be having a range of interactive exhibits for kids to have fun learning scientific concepts such as weight, rockets science, buoyancy, geology and solar power. The idea was inspired by a craft fair which the group held successfully at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM), and they decided to adapt it to become a science fair so that the homeschool educated children aged between 4 and 8 can collaborate on projects to learn science, whilst at the same time build confidence and presentation skills at the booth.

2015-07-05 18.06.17Crystal also shared that their previous experience selling craft items at the SAM craft fair taught the children a lot. Through the experience, they cultivated their creativity, put their mathematics into practice, learnt about demand and supply, and built patience, persistence and confidence. At the end of the event, they sold craft items to raise fund for the Singapore Children’s Society and managed to raise over $1000. The group hoped that Maker Faire would provide a similar dynamic learning opportunity.

Learning about Maker Faire Singapore

Crystal also shared with us that she was pleasantly surprised when she found out about Maker Faire Singapore (while she was looking for science events in Singapore), that while she has not attended it, the reviews had promised her a good platform for creative expression and innovation. We hope we live up to her expectations!

“A show like this is not mere entertainment or spectacle. It’s a celebration of the connection between the human brain and hands.” – Crystal

Thoughts on the Maker Culture in Singapore

“Singaporeans don’t need to look far to be inspired. Where things are being constructed, there is a need for innovative design. Where there is much waste, there is opportunity for renewal, and reinvention. Where time goes faster, there is a need for things that help us reflect and see beauty. Most people just need an introduction on how to get started, to meet someone who has made something wonderful or to hear a story from someone who is passionate. Seminars, workshops and talks can help them build confidence, then their own work will flow.” – Crystal

I love Crystal’s reflection on the maker culture. How true it is, that sometimes we just need an inspiration to get started. We certainly hope that Maker Faire Singapore will be that place where you can be inspired and also inspire.

Introduction of IDA Labs booth @ Maker Faire Singapore

Next, we would like to introduce one of our Maker Faire Singapore co-organisers, IDA Labs.

About IDA Labs

IDA Labs, located at IDA’s headquarters at Mapletree Business City and the National Design Centre (NDC) were officially opened in April 2014.

Since then, IDA Labs has been collaborating with various industry partners, government agencies and education institutions to co-develop and commercialise innovations and projects. . It enables them to work on areas such as generating new ideas, developing new technologies and testing out proof of concepts. IDA Labs seek to achieve three objectives – foster a culture of creating and building; support talented individuals and companies to generate innovative IP from ideation to productisation; and strengthen tech capabilities within government agencies. IDA will be allocating up to S$10 million for the development and execution of the IDA Labs and its suite of programmes and activities.

Showcases @ Maker Faire Singapore

IDA Labs will be showcasing some of their projects, and also projects from individuals and companies that they are working with.

Albert Lim from the IDA Labs will be bringing the following to the Maker Faire:-

Spherical Robot, Gesture Control Drone, Obstacle Avoidance Drone, Leap Motion Robotic Arm and Arduino Uno Hexapod

Gesture Control Drone

Gesture Control Drone

EP-TEC Solutions, a regional technology solutions provider, will be bringing mOway, an educational tool that facilitates the learning of programming, creativity thinking and teamwork in an effective manner.



Artec Educational, that specialised in the design and distribution of teaching materials and educational kits, will be showcasing Robolink that focuses on the mechanical linkage within a robot, and Robotist that focuses on the programming aspect.

Lastly, Engineers Without Borders Asia, a Singapore-based non-profit organisation that empowers disadvantaged communities by improving their quality of life through sustainable engineering solutions, will be showcasing prototypes and products from their Hack-a-Toy project. Toys with small ON and OFF buttons were switched to bigger push buttons for easier activation by children with special needs, enabling the children to enjoy playing with the toys, yet at the same time, encourages movement and improvement of motor skills.

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Toy Hacking by Engineers Without Borders

Check out this DIY Electronic Drum and Motorcycle Security Kit

We have a couple of Indonesian makers taking part in Maker Faire Singapore this year. Our next maker introduction is on the “Motorcycle Security Kit” and “DIY Drum” projects and the organisation behind them (SMART Lab Programme). Let’s find out more.

About SMART Lab Programme

SMART Lab Program is a University partnership program between USAID and Sampoerna University (Putera Sampoerna Foundation) with support from Intel Indonesia Corporations, New York Hall of Science, Tufts University and Komunitas Robot Indonesia. The main goal of this program is to improve STEM learning and teaching in high school level in Indonesia through establishing four model schools, preparing 500 STEM teachers and inspiring 6,000 students. The students participating in this program is high school students in four model schools and additonally from non-model schools that have been intervened by STEM teachers which the SMART lab has trained and prepared. The program activities are focusing on intracurricular ones (Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Project-based Learnings) and extracurricular/after-school-hour ones (Making, Arduino/robotic, and Lego Mindstorms activities).

About the projects

2Motorcycle Security Kit is a product designed and created by Andritama, a student from SMAN 10 Malang (one of the SMART Lab’s model schools) together with his uncle. The project came about in view of the rise in motorcycle thefts in Indonesia, and Andritama and his uncle hope to prevent such incidents from happening with the help of this kit. They also hope to create greater awareness of this kit through their participation in the Maker Faire Singapore.

The kit has also been tested in Malang, one of the major cities in the central part of Indonesia, and the University/Programme is currently looking for industries/companies that might be able to support the improvement of this kit for sale.

photo 2DIY Drum, on the other hand, is a more fun project. The maker, Zil Ikram, is one of the Sampoerna University students who majored in computer game technology and he has been working on the project since December 2014. It has been on Zil’s wishlist to own an electronic drum kit. However it costs a lot, and Zil aspired to source for alternative options to make one with lower costs. He began researching online, and  found interesting ideas to make a homemade electronic drum where he even had to build his own electronic drum module using a virtual drum software and a USB game pad. This was a good substitute for an actual electronic drum module which would have cost him $1000. Zil also used recycled materials such as lunch boxes, PVC pipes and unused plywood to build the rest of the drum parts.

By joining the Maker Faire Singapore, Zil aspired to share his idea with others, to get to know other makers and to get more ideas for future projects.

If you are keen to learn how Andritama and Zil made the Motorcycle Security Kit and the DIY Drum, do check out their booth next weekend!

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!


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.

Agatha - Nest of Memories 2

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

Bikes 4 Fun – A unique bike making experience

“We are bicycle builders from BIKES4FUN. We turn old bicycles into new inventions and have a collection of over 50 bicycle contraptions. We have bike blenders to make smoothies, bike generators to pedal for power, bike mowers to keep the lawns tidy and upcycled bicycles to keep the earth happy. We make bicycles from almost anything and everything and more importantly, we want to show you how to do it for yourself.”

Bikes 4 Fun started in 2006 when the team started collecting unique homemade bicycles. They became a full-fledged business when they started making bicycles themselves while based in New Zealand. Currently, Bikes 4 Fun are now operating out of their workshop in Kaki Bukit and will be in Singapore for the next two years before they bring our bicycles on an international tour again.

Most Memorable Project

Bikes 4 Fun shared that their most memorable project was the Horse Bike. This is what it looks like.

The Horse Bike

Photo Credit: Bikes 4 Fun

“It was made by chance as we were tinkering with the wheel hub. Every wheel hub on a bicycle is at the centre of the wheel. While building our own spokes for the wheel, we wanted to discover the effect it would have on the bicycle if the hub was off-centre. It resulted in a bicycle that moves with an incredible bounce as the wheels rotate around an off-centre axis. Well, thousands of kids in New Zealand and Singapore have made it their favourite bicycle and we have affectionately named it the Horse Bike due to the gallop effect.” – Mo, Bikes 4 Fun

Advice for New Bicycle Builders

We also asked Mo what advice he would give to new bicycle builders, and he said the first thing to do would be to look at their old bicycles first before looking to buy a new one. At Bikes 4 Fun, they believe that a bicycle can be given a wonderful makeover using simple tools available at every hardware store, such as $2 aerosol spray paints to give their bikes a new look. A small step it might seem, this could potentially lead to more great ideas.

They acknowledged that not everyone would have a flair with mechanical stuffs or be skilled in welding. Yet, these should not deter one from fiddling with new bicycle ideas as sometimes the most amazing ideas require the simplest tools. Change the way of thinking and ask the “Why Not?” question. It could be a change of seat, handle, pedals with non-conventional or recycled items!

About the Maker Movement

Bikes 4 Fun is new to the Maker Faire, but they voiced their whole-hearted support for the Maker movement.

‘We truly believe that makers coming together can inspire others especially children to cultivate the habit of “making” rather than “buying”, for the former is truly more meaningful.’ – Mo, Bikes 4 Fun

From Bikes 4 Fun website, I can see many more unique bikes that they have made. If you are keen to check out Bikes 4 Fun, do come by Maker Faire Singapore on 11 & 12 July 2015 at 15 Tampines Street 11.

Introducing our next maker – Sudharshan, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

Sudharshan holding his RC Airplane

Sudharshan holding his RC Airplane

Next, we are going to introduce Sudharshan from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, who will be showcasing projects he has made under the umbrella of the NUS High School’s Engineering Interest Group (EIG) and some other projects made by like-minded friends. Together with Sudharshan at his booth would be his friends Isaac Tay and Jia Cheng from the same EIG.

About Sudharshan

Sudharshan is a 15-year-old student from NUS High School who is also part of its Engineering Interest Group(EIG) where students who are passionate about engineering come together and work in pairs or trios on different projects. Sudharshan shared that he has been interested in electronics and engineering in general since he was ten years old. He enjoys fixing or simply taking apart broken electronics to find out how they work. As his interest developed, he began to work on actual projects such as blinking LED lights with 555 timers. Over time, he accumulated certain skillsets (such as programming languages in C, C#, Java and Arduino programming) that allowed him to work on more advanced projects.

“At my booth, you will find some interesting projects that I made recently which I thought were really cool. Along with that you will see some of EIG’s coolest projects. This is including but not limited to my Automated High Speed Squash ball launcher, my 6-axes wireless 3D gaming mouse that allows for more immersion for playing computer games like TF2, my senior’s game controlling glove, my tricopter, my friend’s quadcopter and maybe you’ll see my backpack mounted sentry model in life scale. It comes with autonomous targeting and shootin, with a semi-auto Nerf gun which allows for it to shoot Nerf darts at the target by activating the gun with a servo.” – Sudharshan


Squash Ball Launcher

Project motivation 

We noticed some gaming-related projects and asked if Sudharshan is an avid gamer. It turns out to be otherwise.

Sudharshan’s motivation for making gaming devices came out of his problem-solving resolute. While he is not a gamer, he has been inspired by a gaming friend who had faced challenges using both the keyboard and the mouse when gaming. This has inspired Sudharshan to add more axes to the gaming mouse so that his friend can play the game without using the keyboard. This totally resonates with what our other Maker Elda Webb has shared with us before, that making is a process of problem-solving. I think Sudharshan’s making journey is exemplary of that. In fact, Sudharshan personally prefers to spend his time documenting engineering ideas, working on his engineering projects and keeping a blog to document them.

Parent support

Sudhshan also acknowledged the importance of family support. 

“One of the reasons I am able to work on such projects is definitely that my parents support me as without their support I would never be able to accumulate and get the parts and tools that I need to easily work on my projects.” – Sudharshan

Indeed, his parents should be lauded for encouraging his creative mind!

Participation in Maker Faire

Sudharshan was collecting his prize for the Autodesk Design Challenge at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014 when he first touched base with the Singapore maker scene. Since then, his interest was piqued and he began to follow the local maker scene and look out for updates on the Maker Faire Singapore 2015.

How can we encourage more Singaporeans to make things?

Sudharshan is a strong proponent of the maker movement, and he felt that many Singaporeans love to throw away things rather than fixing them. He felt that this would need to be inculcated in the thinking of the young, by shifting focus away from academic achievements.

“Personally, by building a lot of things I gain a certain amount of knowledge and ability though hands-on experience. This is not going to pull up your marks like studying for 3 hours straight but the experience you gain could be valuable to the workforce which gives you an edge. By cultivating maker habits from young through encouraging hands-on activities, we can not only encourage more Singaporeans to take up a maker lifestyle but also help our students have a more rounded education.” – Sudharshan

A rather mature view, isn’t it?

Don’t forget to check out Sudharshan’s booth this coming weekend on 11 & 12 July at 15 Tampines Street 11.


Craft the City with POPIN Craft Community!

Walking into a pink room, you see a buffet spread of materials – Wooden blocks, cardboards scraps, felt, recycled materials and so forth. With an array of tools, you paint, cut, glue, paste and sew, and they morph into buildings, cars and plants of a city! Moreoever, you can make them whichever way you like!

If you think this is a video game of sorts, well it isn’t. In fact, this is something hands-on that you can do at the upcoming Maker Faire Singapore, an activity spearheaded by POPIN Craft Community, a group of artists, designers and creative individuals, who enjoy working with their hands using methods and materials traditionally associated with craft, spreading the passion of handmade and bringing people together through the act of making. We interviewed Shu Ning from POPIN to find out more about this project.

About the Community Craft Project

Since 2011, POPIN has been organising a yearly community craft project, where members of public are involved in the creation of an artwork which would be exhibited at the end of the year.

participants works 1

This year’s project, Craft the City invites everyone to contribute to building a miniature cityscape. The elements in the cityscape could be inspired by real places in our surroundings or from memories. They could also be completely imaginary­ a creative take of what one will associate with the city or things one hope to see in it. Craft the City explores how different people interpret the idea of a city and will result in a collective cityscape made up of multiple unique pieces handcrafted by many individuals. This year’s project is managed by Nathania and Shu Ning, with the rest of the POPIN team chipping in to bring it to the public.

What can participants expect to see or do

“We are excited to be bringing our Craft The City craft gathering to Maker Faire!” – Shu Ning

wip2Shu Ning’s enthusiasm can be contagious, even through email. She shared with us that participants can join in the making of miniature building blocks using a variety of craft techniques including: painting on wooden blocks, cut­-out cardboard constructions and the use of recycled materials. As mentioned earlier, materials will be laid out on the table (buffet-style) and participants can pick and select the materials they would like to use for their building piece. We learnt from Shu Ning that this is POPIN’s usual style for their craft sessions. Ultimately, their objective is for members of public to enjoy the slow process of crafting as well as the creativity and interaction that happens during the gatherings.

Since earlier this year, POPIN has made open call for artists and craft lovers to submit an art piece to contribute to this miniature cityscape. They have also held public craft gatherings, similar to the one that they are going to hold at Maker Faire Singapore. Take a look at this for a sneak preview!



Aspirations for the craft session at Maker Faire Singapore

Shu Ning shared that they hope to get inspired by everyone’s creativity as every participant has their own idea about how to add on to a city.

While the project was started with an image in mind, it has grown differently from what they first envisioned after a few sessions.

DSC_0775“That’s the beauty of a community craft project, we let ‘accidents’ happen and improvise along the way. We also look forward to meeting new people with different interests and see how it shapes the project organically.” – Shu Ning

Well, I can already imagine the possible different ways that our makers with different background can come up with, if they drop by to contribute a cityscape element. Maybe a mini car with blinking LED headlights, or a glass-decorated building? Endless computations, isn’t it? If you are joining, feel free to bring your own materials too!

Looking forward to join in the Craft The City session on 11 July (4 – 7pm) and 12 July (3 – 6pm) @ 15 Tampines Street 11, Level 1 (Pink Room)

An interplay of colours, textures and designs – Glass mosaic art by Anjali Venkat

anjali copy smallWe checked in with Anjali Venkat, a glass artist who will be demonstrating glass cutting and teaching glass mosaic during the Maker Faire Singapore on 11 & 12 July. Read on to find out more.

Brief Introduction
Anjali Venkat is a glass artist with an eclectic sense of art and design.

Incorporating the unusual into her work, she tries to give a new twist to the ordinary in every one of her pieces. Blessed with the opportunity to travel the world, she takes inspiration from the sights, colours, crafts, and people around the world.

She constantly tries to learn new techniques and incorporate them into her evolving artistic arsenal. She has trained in Traditional Glass Mosaic at Ravenna (Italy), Hot glasswork at the Corning Museum of Glass (New York), Glass blowing at Oslo (Norway), and Tiffany-style lamp making at Perth (Australia). Currently, the techniques she practices involve the use of mosaic, kiln-formed glass, Up-cycled glass bottles, as well as other media like wood, paper and plastic.

Joy of Making Glass Mosaic

autumnleaves smallThere is something about the interplay of the vibrant colors, textures and designs of glass, which has a mesmerizing effect on all of us. In making a mosaic there is an unlimited choice of materials, size, texture and space. It is engrossing, challenging and at times downright difficult, but ultimately making mosaic is rewarding and therapeutic.

Advice for New Hobbyists

Materials and tools used to make basic mosaics are easily available- one can even make mosaic with broken crockery and bottles at home. All one needs is the Tessera (glass, tile, broken plates etc), Glue, a Substrate (a rigid base on which to mosaic) and Grout (a cement like filler, easily available at building material shops)

To cut the tesserae into desired shapes one has to use special nippers, cutters etc.

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Views on Maker Faires

The Maker Faire is a good platform for both makers and others to interact. Not everybody is open to the idea or has the opportunity to actually make things with their hands. This provides a unique space for giving into ones free wheeling imagination and learning a lot in the bargain.

Check out this page to find out more about Anjali’s workshops!