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Yarns, bags and dolls – A different take on making

There were many maker booths at the inaugural Singapore Mini Maker Faire last year but Ling Ling’s booth stood out from the rest because her projects were of a different nature from the majority of the other showcases. Instead of electronics and robotics stuffs, Ling Ling was showcasing her beautifully crocheted bags and gothic dolls.

I was excited to know that Ling Ling is returning because I am an innate craft lover and I am drawn to anything crafty. Hence, I was very curious what she will be showing this time round. It turned out that Ling Ling intended to run a workshop on top of showcasing her work at a booth! Read on to find out the motivation behind her return to the Singapore Mini Maker Faire.

Why the return

I sensed a lot of enthusiasm in Ling Ling when she replied my question on what made her return as a maker (even when it was over email). It seemed like a redundant question that I need not have asked. Ling Ling shared that she is a big fan of the MAKE Magazine and the Maker Faire so she is really keen to be involved. She was also kind to mention that the organisers have been very supportive, helpful and genuinely passionate about crafts and making things. *big smile*

Experience in the inaugural Singapore Mini Maker Faire

When asked about her experience last year, Ling Ling mentioned the good turnout despite being away from the city area. She noticed that people were very interested in the activity workshops, especially the kids. Hence, this year, she was inspired to run her own workshop! *yippee*

However, Ling Ling also observed that the MAKE Magazine’s main audience in Singapore seems to be the engineering and science community – circuits and programming kits, rather than the textile crafts. This was lacking in the maker representation in the inaugural Faire, hence she hopes to see more crafters join in this year, and a bigger section for textile and fibre arts. Indeed, this was something that the organising team realised as well, and are making efforts to improve. 🙂

One takeway from last year’s Faire for Ling Ling was the network with other fellow makers, who continued to connect online, at Maker Meetups and similar events. So, if you have been a lone maker who would like to know more like-minded people, why not drop by this year’s Singapore Mini Maker Faire?

Advice to newcomers

Lastly, here is a word of advice from Ling Ling to all newcomers at this year’s Singapore Mini Maker Faire.

Join us if you’re passionate about crafts and sharing your passion… And just enjoy the atmosphere and camaraderie! It’s a positive spirit and something we really need here in Singapore.”

Ling Ling’s passion for crafts and the Maker Faire drives us as well, and we hope to bring in more makers from different background and expertise so that there can be more sharing and learning through exchanges between makers.

If you are interested in the previous blog we had posted about Ling Ling, you can read about it here. Her works can also be found here.

Update: Ling Ling will be conducting an “Intro to Crochet for Beginners” on 28 Jul, 12.45pm – 1.30pm, at SCAPE Level 4 (Colony Room).

Fee: $8/participant (Includes yarn and one crochet hook)
No pre-registration required, slots on a first-come-first-served basis.  Please make payment at the SMMF Counter at the Colony to confirm your slot.


Gothic Dolls and Handmade Accessories, Craft Punk Jewelry and Bags for Punks with a Sweet Tooth

What will you think of when you hear of Gothic Dolls? What if you add Punk accessories to Gothic Dolls?

 The visual can be quite impactful, isn’t it? What if all of these are handcrafted? Wow!

Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2012 introduces the next Maker on our list, Ng Ling Ling, a doll maker.


 Ling and her Dolls

Ling (http://www.etsy.com/shop/sugarpunk/about) began making dolls in 2007. Her first doll was a cloth doll version of Marilyn Manson. Since then, she has made numerous Goth and Punk dolls, branching out into Bunka dolls and other soft sculpture.

When asked why Ling makes her own dolls, she expressed that people who make their own toys tend not to toss them, unlike commercially made ones, because they would recognise the effort that has gone into making it as compared to just buying it off the shelves.

Handmade/re-purposed clothes and accessories

Ling feels the same for clothes and accessories. To Ling, making your own clothes and accessories similarly makes you appreciate them better. It is also this line of thought that encouraged her to re-purpose second-hand or unsold stock, making accessories out of waste materials, which is a form of hacking too! Ling acclaimed that she is a hoarder, with an enormous stash of yarn and textiles (but aren’t all crafters hoarders? :P) So, SugarPunk also stocks knitted purses and other sewn items, besides gothic items (adding sugar to the punk!).

Ultimately, Ling hopes to see consumers shift towards an appreciation of quality rather than quantity, citing the examples of better quality, hand-stitched Victorian or Edwardian clothes that are made to last.

Making materials from scratch

What interests me most was the fact that Ling also makes her own materials from scratch.

When I asked Ling for her views on the Maker community in Singapore, she expressed that she is aware of a large crafting community in SG but not many who makes materials from scratch, e.g casting their own jewellery pieces in resin, spinning, weaving etc probably due to the availability of raw materials. To Ling, being a crafter makes you think about the resources and human effort that goes into making things, for instance, weaving cloth or spinning yarn.

She has her own hand-spindle! She shared that she bought the hand-made drop spindle from Etsy and she is still learning how to use it. She shared that hand-spinning would give the yarn a nice hand-made feel as the yarn would not be even and would be more chunky. She intended to incorporate cloth strips, ribbons and threads – anything that can be twisted.

Why Ling is taking part in Singapore Mini Maker Faire

Ling shared that she visited the Maker Faire in NY City last year, and it was very exciting to meet so many Makers in person.

Having watched many videos of Maker Faires in other countries, I think I can understand how it can truly inspire a maker to want to show and share their work, and for a looker to become a maker.

Come join us on 4 & 5 August, and experience that excitement together with us. 🙂