Monthly Archives: May 2015

Learn to work with glass

Talented glass artist Anjali Venkat will be at Maker Faire Singapore over 2 days, giving demonstrations and workshops on how to cut, color and grout glass.

Register for the 2 Day workshop for more indepth skills or the quick mosaic workshop for a taster.

2 Day workshop – Make your own Glass Mosaic

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In this two-day workshop, learn how to cut pieces of glass, mirror, and vitreous glass tile. Learn also about the principles of mosaic, colour, design and assemble the mosaic, and then leave it to dry. Grout and finish your art work on the second day (optional, you can choose to take the grouting supplies home and finish by yourself).  The mosaics created by the participants will be fairly flat and even, and can be used as coasters or table art.

Cost: $30/ person


11th July, 1.30pm-3pm and 12th July, 2pm-3pm

11th July, 3:30 – 5:00 and 12th July, 3:15 – 4:15

11th July, 5:15 – 6:45 and 12th July, 4:30 – 5:30

Quick Mosaic


In this 45-minute workshop, Anjali will give a demonstration of how to cut pieces of glass, mirror, and vitreous glass tile, explain the principles of mosaic, colour and how to design a piece. Participants will use pre-cut and tumbled pieces of glass and tile to embed into quick-drying cement to form a pattern of choice on a 5” x 5” piece of wood. The finished artwork can be taken home and used as wall art pieces.

Cost – $25 per person


11th July – 11.30am-12.15pm, 12.30pm-1.15pm

12th July – 10.30am-11.15am, 11.30am-12.15pm, 12.30pm-1.15pm


What will you learn at Maker Faire Singapore?

Over 50 workshops have been planned through two days at Maker Faire Singapore 2015. No matter what age you are and what you may be interested in, the workshops will give you ample opportunities to pick up new skills.

Come on down, meet some wonderful people, ask interesting questions and learn about what makes a Maker.

Science and Engineering Track Craft Track

Craft Track 2015

Full day and special sessions:

Tatting workshop
Community Yarnbombing!
Learn to work with glass
Craft In the City with POPINmay

Saturday: 11th July 2015

AlJazari Room Rodin Room
Time Workshop Title/ Maker Cost Workshop Title/ Maker Cost
11.15am – 12.00pm Art Jam with Annabel and Sebastian $10 Upcycled Lifestyle Product with Expendable Mixed Media
The Bunglin Tinker
 $ 25
12.15pm – 1.45pm Sewing
$15 Hand Designed Cards
2.00pm – 3.30pm Leather Card Wallet
Phoebe from Barangshop
$25 Tic Tac Chope
Amy Toh
3.45pm – 5.15pm Flowers from disposable spoons
Alice Choo
$10 Design Thinking
Elda Webb
5.30pm – 7.00pm Make Jewellery with paper
Priyanka Gupta

Sunday – 12th July 2015

  Al Jazari Room   Rodin Room   Michaelangelo room
Time Workshop Title
/ Maker
Cost Workshop Title
Cost Workshop Title
10.30am – 11.15pm Art Jam with Annabel and Sebastian $10  Paper Gift Bag and Origami by Posterverse  $10 Leaves with memories – Davy Young $15
11.30pm – 1.00pm Sewing
$15 Make Jewellery with Paper
$15 Leaves with memories – Davy Young – Two 45 minute sessions $15/ session
1.15pm – 2.45pm Coin Purse Phoebe from Barangshop $30 Hand designed cards
$18 Design Thinking
Elda Webb
3.00pm – 4.30pm Parchment crafts,
Alice Choo
$10 Tic Tac Chope
Amy Toh
$25 Science of Play Preschool Market  $15

Listen to Makers and be inspired at Maker Faire 2015

Saturday, 11th July 2015

Time Maker Topic
11.30 am – 12.00 pm David Effendi Chorus Text
12.15 pm – 1.15 pm Jeannie Chew Soap Making
1.30 pm – Raymond Luo QwiFab 3D printing
2.15 pm – 3.15pm Chinmayi SK DEmocratising Creativity
3.30 pm – 4.00pm Hatched 3D Onshape CAD software
4.15 pm – 4.45 pm Bernice Lau Fishbone Sculptures?
5.00 pm – 5.30 pm Autodesk Making with Autodesk
5.45 pm – 6.15 pm Gabriel Joachim Electronics made Easy
6.15 pm – 6.45 pm Elda Webb Design Thinking for Makers

Sunday, 12th July


Time Maker Topic
10.30 am – 11 am Alice Choo Scottie Crafts
11.15 am – 12.15 pm Chris Long Design Thinking to get ideas
12.30 pm – 1.00 pm Nishant Verma My making journey
1.15 pm – 2.15 pm Mazakasu Takasu How to Make Education with Technology and Arty
2.30 pm – 3.00 pm i.materialise by UCT Online 3D Printing
3.15 pm – 3.45 pm Sumanta Bose Posterlah!
4.00 pm – 5 pm Intel Enabling Makers with Intel
5.15 pm – 5.45 pm Jeannie Chew Soap Making

Introducing Hangmade by Gladys

Gladys is the creator of Hangmade by Gladys. Before she started Hangmade by Gladys, she used to do cross-stitch for a number of years, and tried out painting while living overseas for close to 6 years. She creates patchwork bags and other hand-sewn articles, primarily stuffed animals, cushions and cushion covers, but lately tote bags and bag accessories as well. Choosing the fabric, creating the pattern, cutting and sewing everything herself, each item that she creates is unique.

Screenshot_2015-05-15-08-03-36For one and a half years she has been selling her crafts, the first items were patchwork bags as a Christmas gift. Gladys attends bazaars and fairs to showcase her crafts for sale; as she does not have a shop, she uses her home as a base for delivering to customers who order from her. At the moment, she is showcasing her work primarily on Facebook HangmadebyGladys. Her own website is under development and will be hopefully up and running early second half of this year. Occasionally she puts items for sale at carousell.

She loves doing patchwork and creating other stuff from fabric as it gives her a lot of creative room to explore; it never follows a template to 100%, the process of creating something nice out of raw materials, something that people like and love. Getting positive feedback about her work is always encouraging and has made her pursue her craft.

As each item is unique, Gladys is often asked for customization of articles. The challenge here is to make sure that what the customer has in mind and what will be created is similar so that both parties end up happy. Sometime it does not work out so she ends up with a customized item in her living room waiting for a new home.

This is her second time participating at the Makers Faire. Gladys’ first experience at Singapore Mini Maker Faire last year was a very nice outing, a good opportunity to showcase her crafts. She met a lot of like-minded people and did good business; overall a very positive experience. For this year, Gladys has gone back to her favorite: owls. There will be mini owl bag charms, paper weights, pin cushions, cushions and patchwork owls in various sizes and patterns.

[Note: This write-up was contributed in full by Gladys herself. Thank you, Gladys. 🙂  ]


Alice in Crafty-land

Before my interview with Alice, I had checked out her website at and was totally blown away by her plastic spoon roses craftwork. Later on, I learnt that Alice has come up with the idea herself, and I was so impressed!

These are the roses designed and made by Alice. Do you like them too?

Plastic roses

Joining the Maker Faire

This will be Alice’s first Maker Faire experience, having being introduced by Mr Davy Young who joined us last year and who will also be joining in this year. A warm welcome to Alice!

How she begun

Alice recalled her first craft work to be curtains-making for her mother during her teenage days and making pom-pom ball characters to earn a craft badge during her Girls’ Brigade days.

But her real passion for handicraft started in 2003 when she attended the Perth Royal Show in Australia. She shared with us that it is an annual community event which showcases Western Australia’s agriculture and horticulture, arts and handicrafts, animals, photography, cooking demonstration, performances and competitions. That’s quite a range of activities, isn’t it?


2nd Prize (Cross-Stitch) at Perth Royal Show Creative Craft Competition 2004

Alice took part in the Perth Royal Show Creative Craft Competition in 2004 and 2005 and bagged victories. Her cross-stitched cushion cover featuring Winnie the Pooh and friends won her the 2nd Prize in the first year.

3rd Prize (Parchment card) at Perth Royal Show 2004

3rd Prize (Parchment card) at Perth Royal Show 2004

In the second year, she won 2nd Prize for beading jewellery. She also won 3rd Prize for Parchment Crafts in both years.


Alice told us that the exposure to the wide variety of handicrafts on display at the Perth Royal Show left a deep impression on her and after that, she began to take handicraft lessons and make gifts for family and friends. She even trained in Australia to be a qualified Parchment Teacher, though she only teach for passion and leisure.

Despite having a full-time job as an administrative assistant in the hospitality industry, Alice received full support from her family, boss, colleagues and friends and was often recommended customers. Hence, her weekends are always occupied, either teaching crafts or creating new items. She also shared that it was through crafts that she made many friends in life!

Her craft works

Alice likes to try any crafts which are unique and interesting, and she knows a good variety!

  • parchment
  • cross-stitch
  • beadings
  • greeting cards
  • scrapbooking
  • clay modelling
  • wood painting
  • spoon art
  • upcycling old arts into altered arts (converting desk top calendar into a post-it note pad cover or notebook cover, or cutting wine bottles and turning them into pen or candle holders)

Below were what Alice shared about the two crafts that she will be showcasing at the Maker Faire Singapore in July.

Parchment Craft

“It was at the Perth Royal show that the dolly lace picture frame caught my attention and was told that it was made from vellum paper. With simple tools, it will turn the vellum paper from grey color to white color. Amazed with the fine details on the dolly, I fell in love with parchment crafts. Later on, my teacher – Ms Christine Coppen encouraged me to take part in the Parchment Crafts Competition at the yearly event – Perth Royal Show. With her guidance and coaching, I come in 3rd prize in 2004 and 2005. After that I stop for a long period due to family and work commitments. Only in the recently years I pick up the skills again. I find that Parchment craft is very therapeutic and helps to calm down your mind too. You would not feel tired after working on the card for 2 hrs but a sense of great satisfaction of achievements.”


It is a beautiful art indeed, and Alice will be demonstrating at the booth on one of the days for visitors to try out. I am sure others will be fascinated just like me!

Everlasting Roses made from disposable spoon

“I personally like roses and always wanted to make it with different materials apart from crepe papers, fabric, ribbon, leather, felts.  So I started my journey of searching online and gather ideas. I learnt the skills by myself through trial and error. Recently I make roses with mini dessert spoons and it is almost a year since I start this craft.

 Every now and then when I have new ideas, I will make the items with the consideration in mind that people would use them rather than a display item only. Or I should call it practical items.”

An awesome and creative idea, and I really love it! Alice will be conducting a 90-minute workshop on both days of the Maker Faire Singapore held at 15 Tampines Street 11 on 11 and 12 July. The workshop will be recommended for adults only. Do watch out for more information on

Young Makers 2015

How old do you have to be, to be a Maker? This year, our youngest Maker is six years old. Read on to find out more about what Singapore Youth are making and drop by at Maker Faire to be inspired to start your children on a Maker’s journey

Yee Chern

Yee Chern and his father will be showcasing some simple “weekend projects” that the children or teenagers can do using some common household items and tools mostly made by his children who are 13 and 14 years old. While you are at it, ask Yee Chern to tell you about the drill powered car he is making, and maybe you can ride on it!


Wonderful Makers:  Anjali Curic and Sophia Curic are sisters aged 8 and 6. The lovely duo who adore Making says: “We would like to share and teach pottery and book making, as well as some of the other Maker stuff that we do in our home Makerspace. People visiting our booth will learn how to make pottery using clay and a home made pottery wheel, gt some inspiration on how to make their own pottery wheel. They will also learn how to bind and make their own books.”

Commonwealth Secondary School

Commonwealth Secondary has embarked on Maker education as part of its curriculum. Besides 3D printed products from our Bits and Atoms students, our Secondary 1 Normal (Technical) students also designed and created soft toys which combines sewing with electronics. Students will present their works and what they have learnt in the process.

Nishant Verma

Nishant will be doing a hands-on with the learn electronics kit that he designed by himself. The E-blocks kit was designed by Nishant when he was 17. Read about how Nishant’s journey started as a Maker: “I would say it all started when I was six. I had this balsa wood airplane powered by a rubber propeller. It came with an electric winder to wind the propeller – a simple motor with a counter. Most unfortunately, the plane got crushed by the ginormous foot of an unidentified giant. So all I was left with was the winder. My father must have seen me distraught. He sat down with me and we took the winder apart with a saw and screwdriver. We then rewired it and soldered it, turning it into a table fan with the plane’s propeller as the fan blade. Since then I have been taking part every electronic device I could get my hands on. Television, microwaves, air-conditioning systems, telephones, and printers… nothing has been spared!”


Marsiling Secondary School

Arduino Timer Plug ,Tetra-Umbrella

Temasek Secondary school

Exciting projects through Learning in Fun & Engaging ways done by staff, students & even parents!

Singapore Polytecnic

The Singapore Polytechnic students – are exhibiting a variety of different activities such as LED Cube, Teddy alarm, Fewcloud automated 3d print service with cloud computing, Arduino Bluetooth smartwatchP.E.T (Personal bluetooth Transporter).


Sudharshan is a  student from NUS High School. He says: “My booth will feature all of NUS High School’s engineering projects. On of the projects features are the ORB-3d gaming mouse. This project is documented on my Hackaday page-( This is a 3D mouse that allows for more immersion while playing computer games like TF2. The second project is a TF2 sentry life scale model with autonomous targeting and shooting. It also comes with a semi-auto nerf gun which allows for it to shoot nerf darts at the target by activation the gun with a servo.”


SUTD Makers Two 3D printers will be displayed, built by Shi En and Samantha from SUTD

Gabriel Joachim Perumal A Electronics Workshop teaching kids the beauty and marvels of electronics and the secrets behind our evolving technology in the world.


ITE College East

“Arduino Club and MACE was formed by a group of  ITE students with interest in Electronics and Technology. Together with Lecturers, we developed various projects revolving around mobile devices. One of our first projects include hacking of RC Cars and controlling them with mobile phones. Subsequently, we built our own robots, equip them with weapon systems (catapults) and even built a battlefield to face off.

As our interest and knowledge in electronics and computer programming widen, we started developing mobile applications and mobile games. These include educational games for children and even Augmented Reality applications! We have also developed several Electronics projects, including projects for the “Assistive, Rehabilitative & Therapeutic Technology” competition jointly organised by the Singapore Therapeutic, Assistive and Rehabilitation Technologies Centre and the Centre for Enabled Learning . .So visit us at our booth at Makers Fair, and we’ll gladly share with you the various projects we have done.

Singapore Homeschool

Homeschoolers exhibit their Science projects. Science craft bags also available for purchase of $2 each, with funds raised towards the Queenstown Library Community Garden.


Jurek will be teaming with his mom a the Curious Design Network. The mother – Son duo will encourage visitors to start their Maker journey by making a simple craft – personalize a notebook, mirror or treasure box.

Nanyang Girls High School

Italian Futurist LED flowers

Chong Zheng Primary School


An exhibit on CZPS Innokids creations such as the natural cooler prototype, organic scrub, recycled paper stress free bookmarks as well as the latest 2015 vintage toys creation.

Making as a family

1. The Nah family

Wee Yang and his family will be showcasing some simple “weekend projects” that the children or teenagers can do using some common household items and tools mostly made by his children who are 13 and 14 years old.


2. The Curic family

Anjali, Sophia and  their parents Make as a family. They have been introduced to making since they were 4 years old. The girls are curating their own booth this time around.

The girls say : ““We would like to share and teach pottery and book making, as well as some of the other Maker stuff that we do in our home Makerspace. People visiting our booth will learn how to make pottery using clay and a home made pottery wheel, gt some inspiration on how to make their own pottery wheel. They will also learn how to bind and make their own books.”

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3. Elda 

Elda and her son Make together to bring Jurek’s ideas and imgination come true. As for her workshop:
Visitors will be able to start their Maker journey by making a simple craft.
They will be able to explore the materials available and the tools at their disposal. After which they will be able to start making something right there and then.
They can personalize a notebook, a mirror, or a treasure box.
The purpose of the boot is to get everybody that passes by the possibility to be a maker.


4. The Know What’s OK (KWOK) Family
Members of the Kwok family will be showcasing and sharing their DIY projects on Art & Craft, Arduino, Robotics, Quad-copters and 3D-printing. Discover how you and your family members can have fun by learning and tinkering together.

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5. Makers of Temasek
Exciting projects through Learning in Fun & Engaging ways done by staff, students & even parents!

6. Singapore Homeschoolers group

Homeschoolers exhibit their science projects. Science craft bags also available for purchase of $2 each, with funds raised towards the Queenstown Library Community Garden.



Come with your family and learn together at Maker Faire Singapore!

Maker Faire Singapore offers a plethora of opportunities for families to work and learn together. Here are a few of these experiences:

1. Play with paper circuits How can electronic components be combined with conductive tape to add an additional dimensionality to your works of art – join this exciting combination of art, craft and engineering to find out more. Paper 1 2. Shrinky Plastic – Design your own keychains

What happens to plastics when you heat them? Well, different things really, depending on the type of plastics. make jewellery and ornaments with plastics and maybe learn a  bit about recycling while you are at it. pp

3. Fun with Soldering Learn to solder: Whether you are making metal sculptures or making amplifiers, soldering is an essential skill to pick up. soldering

4. String Art What can do you with paper and string? Turns out you can learn a lot about mathematics and art. So try some string art! Snapchat-3267474600292017448 (2)

5. Legos out of cardboard? They are legos, but they are made out of cardboard. Come along and play with some cardboard blocks. Make a statue, or maybe a throne for yourself

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