Wednesday, November 26

Singapore Last October

I love Singapore. Walking around its back streets, checking out different independent shops and concept stores, was my favorite pastime when we were there last month. There's less air pollution and litter - or none at all. It makes you feel light and relaxed. There are a lot of small business and concept stores with amazing branding. From the business cards and packaging to their display racks and shop window art, which are all well thought of by the owners themselves. It's really inspiring and I've learned a lot a shop owner.

I wouldn't complain about the food either. We'd eat anywhere because good food was everywhere! :) The Thai restaurant in Shaw Towers along Beach Road, has the best pineapple fried rice, stir fried spicy shrimps, and homemade lemongrass drink. Just infront the resto is a small bakery which sells yummy banana, cinnamon, and walnut cookies. There are also different buffet restaurants and dessert cafes which line Beach Road.

Not to mention, the people were all accommodating and always willing to help in giving directions and travel suggestions. The taxi drivers and shopkeepers we met loved telling stories and hearing about the Philippines.

We always felt welcomed and of course, had a good time. :)

Singapore

Haji Lane

Haji Lane

Haji Lane

Singapore

Singapore


Haji Lane

Singapore

Haji Lane

Singapore

And here's the best matcha latte I've ever tasted! It's a little pricey but worth it. Visit I Am Cafe along Haji Lane if you want a cup

Singapore

I managed to spend time reading the zines, one of which is in French (high time for me to brush up on my French!), I bought from Books Actually and occasionally, drawing and painting alphabets and lovely sentences.

Apartamento

Typography

Typography

Here are my favorite places in Singapore:

Mondays Off, Haji Lane
I Am Cafe, Haji Lane
Books Actually, Tiong Bahru
Crateful, Tiong Bahru
Art Friend, Bras Basah Complex
Cat Socrates, Bras Basah Complex

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PS Yes, I'm going back to SG to hold workshop in December. HERE are more workshop details.

Tuesday, November 18

Stoneware Teaspoons


When I visit different cities, one of the very first things I do is look for local tea shops. In Hong Kong, a few weeks ago, I bought a handful of tea leaves, and my favorite so far is Tea Forte's lemongrass-and-something blend. It smells and tastes divine. Plus, I like their packaging, which I think is really effective.
It's so timely that the stoneware teaspoons I made early this year and two summers ago are now ready! Fired twice, they come in light teal, and are about 4 inches long. :)

Handmade Stoneware Teaspoon

Handmade Stoneware Teaspoon

Handmade Stoneware Teaspoon

A friend and I are planning to hold pottery workshops at the studio early next year. If you want to make your own ceramic plates, cups, and jewelry, make sure you come back here because I'll be posting more details soon!

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PS Listening to this makes me more relaxed. I always go back to this whenever I need a time off. Thanks to my friend, Omps, for sharing me the link!

Thursday, November 13

Papercutting: Another Face

The face has always been my favorite subject for papercutting. When I'm done with one, I check if it belongs to someone I know personally or whom I've had a brief encounter with.

Here's my latest papercut - drawn with just one line. I started working on it when we were in Singapore, and finished it when we came back. :)

Papercutting

Papercutting

Papercutting

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PS I'll be at the 10a Alabama this weekend! Hey Kessy will also be there so if you're already planning to have an early Christmas shopping, make sure to drop by! :)

Tuesday, November 4

DIY Shibori Shawl

Ever since I got back from Singapore, I've been making shibori shawls and wrapping cloth. It's not that easy to find a white cloth that would work well with the indigo dye. I'm working on a voile-type of textile which is thin and soft. Another textile type I'm working on is Swiss cotton. The color lightens a bit when dry.
Here's a shibori shawl with a random pattern:

Shibori Shawl

Shibori Shawl

Shibori

It's fun working on different textile types and experimenting with other shibori techniques. But I'm taking a break now because the next 10a Alabama Fair is already on the 14th and 15th. I must work on the collections I'll be launching!

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PS Here's an interesting documentary on the resurgence of the Handmade Movement in Melbourne (Thanks for sharing this, Fran!). I hope someone makes something similar about local crafters and makers
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