Wonders, inspirations and business ideas. What happens when all of them come together? A perfect blend of creativity and innovation! That’s exactly what happened at the Singapore Design Week.
The festival held from 8 March to 20 March and hosted by the National Design Centre Singapore brought together 30 Singapore designers, craftsmen and artisans under one roof. Visitors had a chance to discover and buy a wide range of ‘Designed in Singapore’ and ‘Made in Singapore’ products as well as try their hand at activities such as soap-crafting, glass-painting, leather-crafting, ceramic doll making and many more.
The Design and Make fair aimed at introducing the public to the growing and lively community of designers and makers in Singapore, many of whom are small business entrepreneurs who are producing delightful creations.
With over 110 activities spread across 3 floors, the festival was bustling with activity. Some interesting workshops at the event included:
Polkaroas: In this workshop, one would learn how to design a character on paper and turn it into a 3D functional object by painting the design on a Polkaros ceramic pot with facial expressions, painting styles and colours to bring the essence of every character design.
Soaplah: Learn the fundamentals of soap making from master soap makers.
Kapok: Learn the methods of casting without the application of expensive industrial moulds by using a plastic sheet template to create a geometric concrete tray.
Maketh Project: This workshop included learning how to cut, sew and customise a key pouch. A must visit for leather lovers who are keen on creating their own designs.
White Ombre: A creative cake decor workshop. I clicked a picture of the most fascinating cake I found there, that in a shape of a lion!
In another section, there were exhibitions and showcases where various craftsmen had put up their stalls. I took pictures of some interesting ones:
Kapok Product sale: A curation of seven homegrown emerging Singaporean brands
Blink.A.Bottle: Homemade upcycled bottle lights to light up your home.
Sunshins&Love: Handpainted glass jars
Curious Creatures: Handcrafted jewellery by three simple rules: Quaint, Simple and everyday.
Green Banana: Greenery borne from a passion for nature’s beautiful and intricate creations.
Handmade by Gladys: Every item in this stall was drawn, cut and stitched by hand including cushions, plushies, accessories, bags and others.
Onlewo: A design studio that creates bespoke wallpaper, upholstery fabrics, patterned furniture and home accessories inspired Singaporean heritage, culture and places.
Ming Bags: Ming is a leather handbag brand name created to represent it’s target market – Modern, Independent, Nice and Graceful ladies.
Fifty years of Singapore Design
A separate section had depicted the journey of the Singapore design scene from it’s early years in 1960’s to today. Design-works gathered from the fields of environmental design, fashion and accessories, product and industrial design and visual communications were displayed.
I left the event feeling creatively satisfied, having spent a fantastic evening. What an opportunity for people to get started on the path of creativity and appreciate designs embedded in everyday living!