Category Archives: Makers 2016

Merlion’s Magic Garden – A Yarnbombing SG community project

This is the third year of yarnbombing at Maker Faire Singapore. Read the interview with Yarnbombing SG to find out more about this amazing craft project!

This year, you are making a really huge 3m x 2m project. What is it going to be?

Mona: Our project for Maker Faire is Merlion’s Magic Garden.  It is centred around the 3m by 2m picture of Merlion, which will be completed before Maker Faire 2016 and showcased there.

Its garden will be a continuing work in progress throughout the Maker Faire weekend. We invite visitors to come and contribute to it. Anything on a garden theme and that has been crocheted/knitted are welcome.

Can you share with us some basic information on the idea creation, the planning and the actual execution?

Mona: Three of us started brainstorming in November 2015. Yaney put the ideas together and came up with the final design. She couldn’t make it any smaller without affecting the design. So we decided to believe that the community will come together to make 2200 squares and THEY DID!!  We’ve received squares from Singapore, Malaysia and UK.

Work started in January 2016.  We met monthly  but many contributors made their squares at home and mailed in their squares.

Who are the people who contributed to this project?

Mona: There are a mix of people who participate in our projects.  Some are expert crocheters and enjoy our concept which is a different application of crochet. Some have just picked up the craft and enjoy the wacky ideas that bounce around the group.  Its much more fun to craft together.

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How did the LED collaboration came about?

Mona: We have been collaborating with OneMaker Group (OMG) since Q4 2015 to create projects that have the element of electronics and textile, and we eventually gave birth to LEDmon (#LEDMON). They were keen to chip in when we shared our concept with them and are looking to breathe interactivity to the Merlion!

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Yarnbombing SG Core Team and Robin (OMG)

Activity at Yarnbombing SG booth @ Maker Faire Singapore

Mona: We will be teaching  how to crochet flowers throughout the Faire. Learn, take one away and make one for Merlion.

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We also have 2 scheduled workshops where we teach how to crochet 3D bees or mushrooms. Sign up at Crochet 3D Bees/Mushrooms.

We will also have a “Find US” puzzle for Maker Faire visitors. There will be a gift for those who can find them (while stocks last)!

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Mona: Yarnbombing SG would also like to call out for crafters who would like to donate 3D amigurumi to Merlion’s garden and the Find US puzzle activity. Just approach the volunteers at the booth!

Don’t forget that Maker Faire Singapore (5th edition!) will be taking place this weekend (25 & 26 June 2016) at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, between 10am to 6pm. See you there!

Weekend Ranger Leather

Life is full of the unexpected. Who would know that something we dread doing can turn into a hobby or a career. For TJ, it all started when he was in Basic Military Training. When most of his campmates, including himself, were struggling to get their boots shiny, he noticed that his buddy always had the brightest, shiniest boots without ever seeing him polishing them.

It definitely got him thinking and after much ‘interrogation’, he discovered that his buddy was a leather crafter and he knew just how to get his boots shiny in the quickest and shortest time possible. From there, they exchanged ideas and it was pretty much how his interest in leather crafting started.

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His girlfriend also played a part on why he decided to start on leather crafting. As quoted by TJ, “my girlfriend is a fan of leather, always popping into retail shops, picking up leather shoes off the shelves and smelling them (yes, I know that she has a problem)”. Instead of spending a huge amount of money buying leather products, he prefers making them as it allows for freedom, creativity and the ability to conform to any shape or any design that one wants.

First Handmade Leather Product

The first thing that he made was a mobile phone sleeve for his girlfriend. Slowly, he experimented further, making more leather items ranging from name card holders to backpacks.

It is never easy to learn. Even after about 6 years of crafting experience, TJ is still learning each day. Taking it slow as he feels that leather crafting is still like a hobby to him, he is definitely looking into making it a full-time business when the opportunity arises.

While working on project pieces, he makes it a point to be attentive in designing and drawing out templates as leather is something which is not cheap to make a mistake on. It usually takes him about an hour for simpler projects but up to about 3 weeks or more if the projects are complicated ones, such as a backpack.

If you want to learn to be a leather crafter like TJ, or even exchange ideas with him, head over to Maker Faire Singapore 2016 at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) on 25th and 26th June to take a look at his design piece!

Post your Maker Faire Singapore photos with official Hashtag: #sgmakerfaire

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Innovative Maker Projects by Raffles Girls School

Excited to showcase their interest for the upcoming year’s exhibition when they were told about the Maker Faire Singapore 2015, they started working on their project since March 2015 and was encouraged to sign up for the Maker Faire Singapore 2016. The two teams from Raffles Girls School (RGS) will be taking part in Maker Faire Singapore this year at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) to showcase their respective team’s project.

The participants from team RGS

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As part of their Research Studies project, the two teams worked respectively on planning and coming up with a solution for their projects.

‘SMART Locker’

Benda, Pei Ying, Xiao Ran and Joy are the inventors in Group 1. Under the programme’s Smart School System division, the girls started out by coming up with an effective solution using technology, in which it is able to solve the problems faced by both the students and staff. As a team, they invented ‘SMART Locker’, to improve their schools locker security system.

The SMART locker is a relatively affordable assignment submissions solution to replace basic locker. Its essential features included in­built SMS­ notification and security systems.  To achieve all this, they made use of the Arduino microcontrollers, oneSheeld shield, various sensors/actuators and Grove starter kits (by seeedStudio).

Inspirations from their everyday life plays a part in their creation as they realise that people do face challenges on a regular basis and that is what they feel interested makers should gain to be able to create something innovative.

Take a look at their video!

SMART Locker Demonstration Video from Brenda Tay on Vimeo.

‘SMART Air-Conditioner System’

Tze Yee, Venice, Nicole and Ruth are the inventors in Group 2. In their case, it is about finding a solution in dealing with global warming as it has since been a rising problem. Together as a group, they spent a huge amount of time researching on their project, even away from their allocated project sessions so that they are able to come up with an effective solution to the problem.

Tinkering is something they engage with together most of the time to assist in building their ideas further.  Their project uses Arduino IDE software to automatically on-off air- conditioners based on people count and the surrounding temperature. This is applicable in places, which requires air-conditioning for example classrooms, offices and research labs.

Being able to come up with something beneficial for many, these girls feel that creativity and simplicity are one of the few crucial aspects of an innovative invention.

Now take a look at their video!

SMART Air-Conditioner System Video Clip from PH on Vimeo.

With their determination and passion in engineering, the two teams were able to overcome the challenges faced and created their own customised and functional systems. Do drop by Maker Faire Singapore 2016, 25th and 26th June to look at their intelligent creation up-front!

Post your Maker Faire Singapore photos with official Hashtag: #sgmakerfaire

 

Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) by Hakim

Many of us like to wonder about the operating mechanics behind machines and how an inventor comes up with a brilliant idea. As such, curiosity is one factor that makes everything about inventing works.

Hakim is a maker who is always curious about how things work. He is always handling a project at any time be it for work, personal or community. He came to know about Maker Faire Singapore last year when he participated as one of the makers under HackerspaceSG. There, he showed a LEGO robot controlled via Bluetooth using an iPhone (http://www.abdulhakimhamid.com/mf2015). Therefore this year, he hopes to spread the mantra of being a ‘citizen scientist’ so that anyone can give a go at building something to discover something new.

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Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)

For Hakim’s case, the idea of creating his own operating machine was partly from watching James Cameron’s documentary “Deepsea Challenge” and also his fascination for the unknown beneath us. He noticed that there are a lot of developments made for terra and space exploration but nothing much for underwater. As such, he is curious to know how feasible it is to make a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and compare it with industrial grade ones that costs up to 50 times more.

To start with, his creation is known as an underwater ROV. It has onboard HD video camera that provides live video feed to the surface on a laptop via a tether cable. Onboard batteries provide a run time of 60minutes. It is designed to go to a depth of 100metres underwater. Both vertical and horizontal thrusters provide propulsion underwater and since it is designed to be neutrally buoyant, it can maintained its bearing at any depth.

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Come and give Hakim’s uniquely constructed ROV a visit at Maker Faire Singapore 2016 held at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) on the 25th and 26th June! We hope to see you bring your curiosity and build imaginative ideas there!

Post your Maker Faire Singapore photos with official Hashtag: #sgmakerfaire

 

Fun clay art by Ong Sze Sze

It is a joy to have known Sze Sze, an avid crafter/tinkerer, since a couple of years back when she first took part as a maker at one of our Maker Workshops and when I first interviewed her. It was the year 2014. This is now Sze Sze’s third year as a participating maker at Maker Faire Singapore. Read on to find out more about Sze Sze, her creative crafts and her thoughts on Maker Faire through our interview with her.

Can you give a brief introduction of yourself?

I am a digital creative by day with an insatiable appetite to create visual tidbits. Prior to crafting tangible playthings, I was very much into creating digital graphics. I relish in a vibrant array of clay figures and customized toys inspired by daily observations and popular culture. Some of these crafts feature iconic characters and structures of yesteryears.

What will you be showcasing?

I will be featuring a mix of cute clay figures and customised mini Lego figures! Even my display cases are handmade out of cardboards.

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Having participated in Maker Faire for 3 years (starting with being a visitor in 2013), can you share with us what you like about it?

The fact that it’s like a huge gathering of people crafting or making quirky things. The gathering of such creative energy makes it very inspiring and motivating as an individual.

I had a blast in the first year I participated as a maker. I felt like a kid in a toy store – with the toy makers around! My brain felt like it was on steroids looking at all the experiments that other people are showing, and twirling with the possibilities of the products that some of the vendors are selling.

It was also a very beneficial experience to meet similar makers that kindly shared insights and advise on how to market my work, and provided opportunities to join their meet-ups.

I’m happy to just be at the Maker Faire Singapore to soak in the great vibes! I am looking forward to meeting more like minded people and get even more inspired to tinker with things that I don’t normally think of.

If asked for tips for new participating makers, what would you advise? 

This is a great opportunity to mingle with some of the brightest minds and very creative folks out there. Be open to talk a lot, and get inspired.

Depending on the nature of your works, be prepared to mingle with lots of kids too. Also get display cases to protect your works if they are fragile.

If possible, have your tools and raw materials on display. Visitors like to ask about them a lot! 

Interested to read her interview two years ago? Here’s a link for you. Do not miss the chance to meet Sze Sze in person and be amazed at her creativity. Check out her booth at Maker Faire Singapore that will be held at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) on 25 & 26 June.

 

Encouraging Handmade

Three years ago, Joyce Lim first took part as a participating maker in the Singapore Mini Maker Faire held at Senja-Cashew CC. It was the first year we had a maker who showcased tatting. To promote tatting, Joyce even went up the stage during our inaugural Nico Nico Gakkai quick presentation sessions hosted by Takasu Masakazu from teamLab. Last year, Joyce took part by conducting a workshop.

Clay Art, Paper Crafts and Handmade Jewellery

While Joyce is a cardmaker, jeweller and a tatter, we focused on her tatting expertise when we interviewed her two years ago. This year, let’s take a look at her other areas of craftsmanship, clay art, papercrafts and handmade jewellery, which she will be exhibiting at her booth.

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Joyce was first exposed to clay art in Primary 1 through a common modelling material that most of us would be familiar with, plasticine. Later, she discovered polymer clay, and subsequently started taking clay modelling classes, learning from books and through a friend.

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Besides clay art, Joyce also enjoyed papercrafts, starting from origami in childhood to washi papers later on in life, making pretty paper boxes and Japanese paper dolls. She also enjoyed rubber stamping and paper tole art, something that I personally enjoyed too!

To ensure the hobby is sustainable, Joyce started selling her artwork, and even consigned her cards to retail shops. Now, Joyce fully concentrates on customisation of corporate cards, wedding and other stationery.

Comparatively, jewellery making came later in life for Joyce, where she helped her aunt sell handmade earrings. Thereafter, she also started making her own jewellery which her mother helped to sell, garnering good responses which spurred her interest to further her craft, taking lessons to learn about metal clay and mixed metal, and opening more possibilities in terms of designs and materials.

Encouraging handmade gifts

Joyce’s interest for crafts stems from her love for books, stationery and cute items, as she fondly recalled her experience selling stationery at a college co-operative. In particular, she is drawn to bookmarks and cards, especially hand-made ones.

She shared that she once made a handmade farewell card for a colleague, and many years later, that colleague met a common friend of theirs and asked after her. A simple thought goes a long way!

As this year’s Maker Faire, Joyce would like to encourage people to make rather than buy, as gifts with a personal touch will accompany one down memory lane in life. Drop by her booth and get some inspirations for your next craft projects!

Maker Faire is unlike most of the markets I have participated. Other than experiencing the creative vibes I get to meet people from all walks of life, including new friends and an old acquaintance whom I thought I will never see again.” – Joyce Lim, Artisan

 

Thoughts about Maker Faire Singapore

When asked about Maker Faire Singapore, Joyce felt that it is unlike the rest of the markets she has participated in. Over the two years, she has met a few tatting fans whom she remained in contact with. It was also through contact with visitors to last year’s Maker Faire that prompted her to design her own children art class, following her experience last year to conduct clay art classes at primary school. This includes the make-and-take papercraft session, tatting, and clay art workshops Joyce will be introducing at her booth in the upcoming Maker Faire.

Excited to join in Joyce’s workshop at the upcoming Maker Faire Singapore 2016 (25 & 26 June) at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)? Stay tuned to our workshop webpage for more info, or check out at Joyce’s website for the latest updates.

 

Can you see these stickers?

This year marks the 5th year that Singapore is organising our Mini Maker Faires and featured Maker Faires, and we are definitely looking forward to the exciting projects by our makers on 25 & 26 June at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Starting with Mr Edmund Wee’s introduction, do stay tuned to our subsequent posts on other makers with very interesting projects.

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Edmund Wee is a web designer from Singapore. He graduated from the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University, majoring in Interactive Media. As a maker, he dabbles with web technologies and builds websites.

Last year, Edmund took part in Maker Faire Singapore as a first-time participating maker and showcased his project, a geolocation-based travel app titled “Invisible Stickers” which is available at www.invisiblestickers.com. The app enables travellers to discover and geo-tag messages at their current location. Other travellers can see the messages when they are nearby. This works as a platform for travellers, nomads and backpackers to contribute their travel advice and recommendations.

Our team caught up with Edmund to learn more about this project.

How did you get started with “Invisible Stickers” and what were your inspirations?

The project started as a Final-Year-Project in university. But the inspiration came from a backpacking trip during my university days. To prepare for the trip, I browse some travel sites and guidebooks to collect my own travel information. During the backpacking trip, I received a lot of travel brochures and free maps. These travel information amount to something substantial so I thought, “What if these information can be “planted” at the different location for travellers to access?”.

Travellers can geotag messages at a location and others can access them when they are nearby. This would help other travellers too. After the trip and back in school, I started on my Final-Year-Project and decided to create an app for it.

How did you know of Maker Faire Singapore? Are you familiar with the Maker scene in Singapore? Do you want to share some views on it?

I know of Maker Faire Singapore through the Makers community. The Makers community is growing in Singapore. This shows that more projects are being created. But for the continuity and progress of these Maker projects, it will require more exposure, to test your creation and to get feedback.

How was your experience at Maker Faire Singapore last year?

It was my first time exhibiting at Maker Faire. The turn out was huge so it was good exposure. We received many feedbacks which we take into consideration. We also looked at what other maker’s creations as most of the time we are usually focused on our own project, so it is always refreshing to see what others are building.

What do you hope to see at this year’s Faire?

Last year’s turn out was very good. So I hope to see similar or even larger turn out for this year.

What tips would you give to someone who is keen to join as a maker as Maker Faire?

Don’t hide your creations. Turn up and the rest will follow.

Interested to find out more? Mark your calendar for 25 & 26 June and come by SUTD for an exciting weekend!