If part of your #NewYearNewYou resolution is to pick up an artsy new skill, these are good places to start. By Sharifah Nursyafiqah
Crafting has been picking up momentum in Singapore in recent years, with more individuals getting their hands dirty and making a range of handmade goods, from homeware and clothes, to decorative items and jewelry. More crafters are also making a living out of selling their works at craft fairs like The Public Garden or MAAD (Market of Artists and Designers) events. If you are a fan of handmade goods, why not try your hand at making some of your own? With the thriving local crafting scene, there is no better time to learn and get started.
1. Learn the ropes of Calligraphy at The Letter J Supply
Details: $150 for a 3h workshop
Stunning typography is all in the rage on Instagram – and with this craft workshop, you too can get to work on modern calligraphy of your own. The best part about this art is that once you learn the ropes of basic calligraphy, you can lend your own flair and individual handwriting styles to your works. You’ll soon be able to create your own handwritten cards, or even frame beautifully lettered quotes for personalised gifts.
For the full workshop schedule, visit http://www.theletterjsupply.com/.
2. Make your own clay necklaces with Average Jo
Details: $129 for a 2h workshop
Fancy making some wearable art? These clay necklaces from Average Jo are just the right amount of cute and quirky to add a splash of colour to your outfits, and with this workshop, you too can learn tricks of the trade – from pairing the right colours for your accessories, practicing the techniques of working with polymer clay, and creating your own necklace to take home! The workshop fees include all the tools and colourful clay you need to get started.
For more information, visit http://www.shopaveragejo.com/workshops/.
3. Dip your brushes in watercolours with Natalie Studio
Details: $120 for a 2h a Basic Watercolour or Floral Watercolour workshop
In this workshop, you will be introduced to the basic techniques and tools of water-colouring, learn how to colour blend, and also create a final artwork to take home. Learning how to watercolour can be a great complement to picking up calligraphy skills as well, so you’ll be all set to create your own ethereal watercolour background washes for framing, art journaling, or scrapbooking!
For more information, visit http://ilovenataliestudio.com/.
4. Create a Peranakan Tile with artist Jennifer Lim
Details: $95 for a 2h 30 min workshop
Fans of Peranakan design and heritage will love this chance to create a unique linocut print. Carve and print in soft linoleum to create a handmade set of prints that you can use as prints, wrapping paper, or around your home. Experiment with different colours and pattern combinations to design your own hand-crafted block. All materials and tools will be provided, including linoleum blocks, cutters, inks, transfer papers, and printing papers.
For more information, visit http://jenniferlimart.com/workshops/.
5. Design your own fabric with Fictive Fingers
Details: $148 for a 3h workshop
Learn the skills of Basic Patterning, and Basic Screen Printing on Fabric with the sister duo behind local brand Fictive Fingers. The three-hour long classes are held every last Friday and Saturday of the month, and are $148 each. You will definitely leave feeling inspired to hand print more of your own designs to create one-of-a-kind textiles for any occasion.
For more information, visit http://www.fictivefingers.com/pages/classes.
6. Pick up the basics of floristry with Cotton and Sage
Details: $150 for a 2h 30 min workshop
There’s more to good floral arrangements than just pulling together different coloured flowers in a bouquet. The next time you are on the hunt for beautiful blooms, why not create your own bouquet instead of buying ready-made arrangements? This workshop by floral arrangement professionals Cotton and Sage will equip you with the skills you need, from selecting a colour palette to working with seasonal favourites to bring a gorgeous floral creation to life.
For more information, visit http://itchyfingers.sg/hand-tied-bouquet/.
7. Have a go spinning ceramics with Weekend Worker
Details: $120 for a 3h workshop
Get your hands dirty creating your own clay vessels with this three-hour long workshop. You will be introduced to clay wedging and hand forming your own clay vessel. Each workshop will begin also with an introduction to ceramics over hand-brewed coffee, tea, and pastry bites. Your works will be glazed with a food safe glaze so that the finished product can be used as a one-of-a-kind homeware piece.
For more information, visit http://usuallyusual.com/workshop.
05 Dec 2016