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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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Call to action

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!

Yarnbombing @ Maker Faire Singapore 2015

One year ago, yarnbombing (street art using yarn to temporarily cover/ colour an area) was started as a community project at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014. A community of about 10-20 came together and yarnbombed Science Centre Singapore, including the dinosaur display right in front of its lobby. The yarnbombing continued at Senja-Cashew CC where the event was held and the yarnbombers wrapped a huge pillar at the event venue with beautiful granny squares assembly. Each of the yarnbombers also took turn to leave some thoughts on making on that beautiful community artwork.

Since then, the yarnbombers have moved on to create more projects, including the recent “This is Our Home Exhibition” in conjunction with SG50. Yarnbombers came together to crochet and knit 50 dolls representative of diverse Singapore, against the familiar backdrop of flats built by our Housing Development Board (HDB). They collected 70 dolls in the end. The dolls are a mix of different races and gender, and even two NSmen! There are cars, cats an cacti all made from yarn.

11731770_839962062748275_4421350003129075381_oThis year, the yarnbombers, led by Mona, Yaney and Tianyun, are also going to yarnbomb the Maker Faire Singapore venue at 15 Tampines Street 11. Join them for their yarnbombing session from 11am to 3pm (11 July) at the Pink Room on Level One, and wrap structures like bicycle stand and benches. The group intend to use 12” x 12” granny squares (yarn square pieces made by crocheting or knitting) like the previous year, so if you crochet or knit, you are invited to make your own at home and bring down to the yarnbombing session. Everyone can then chip in to assemble the pieces and give a new look to the structures at the venue!

For the uninitiated, you can also look forward to learn crocheting fundamentals at the session, or make pom-pom to fluff up the yarnbombed structure! Visitors can either bring these makes home, or hang them up at the yarnbombing area. If you have 8ply yarn at home and 4 or 4.5mm crochet hook, do bring them along and join in the session! Else, there will be some yarn and spare needles available for a hands-on experience too! Or if you are an avid photographer, this will definitely be a sight to behold and capture! Come join us to capture this either on camera or as colourful memories!