Announcement: My first stockist to get the ball rolling

About time! I feel like my progress has been a little stunted, but I’m glad the pace is picking up for me.

I’ve finally put together my first proper collection! All in all, at least 4 years in the making. I’ve poured my heart and soul into every piece. The bulk of my collection consists of chainmaille pieces, but I’ll have my vinyl record earrings and cable tie neck pieces too.

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I’m very excited to announce MATCHBOX as my first stockist for my first collection!

MATCHBOX
181 Orchard Road
#02-20 Orchard Central
Singapore 238896
Facebook page here.

The boutique is having their launch party on Friday, 6 Sep, so my collection will be available from Friday onwards!

I’m definitely working to get my work stocked at more stores, and having store-exclusive pieces as well, so keep a lookout!

In the meantime, like me on Facebook here and follow me on Instagram @thekangcraftster!

 

The Reel and Foam Board Necklace Display

I am constantly on the look out for different, and more importantly, cost-effective ways to display necklaces. So one morning, I had an idea to create a necklace display with plastic reels.

I’ve collected a bunch of these plastic reels from buying cords and chains. These are reels for fishing line that I suppose the shop re-used for their supplies, so they are being re-purposed yet again!

I drilled 2 holes about 5cm horizontally apart. These are the points where I’m going to mount the reels onto the foam board with screws.

Then I gave the reels (working with total of 7 reels) a fresh coat of black paint. I believe that jewellery or any other product display should not detract too much from the actual products, so I think it’s safest to default to black-white-grey colour combos.

Spray painted my screws black as well, just to tie in the details nicely. I used a little foam block to hold the screws upright.

Then I moved on to the foam board. I used to work at a cinema as a teenager, and the amount of waste generated from event and marketing collaterals is huge! So I would periodically collect these A1-sized foam board signage, optimistic that they would come into good use in the future. And they sure did.

I measured out where I wanted the reels and pierced in the holes with an awl (super useful tool to have around; ice picks work the same). The foam board pierces through easily.

With the pierced holes ready, it’s time to mount the reels!

My pierced holes in the board is just about the diameter of the screws, so they fit pretty snugly through. I had originally planned to secure it with hex nuts on the reverse side, but pushing the screws through already provided a pretty solid grip.

The finished board with the reels all mounted! And the final piece in action at an art market:

A few finishing touches: tapered off the corners and stamped my logo.

I mounted this board on an easel, but there are definitely plenty of other ways to mount the display board. I’d love to see a hanging piece!

Overall, there are definitely many variations that can stem from this idea! I needed the lightness and mobility for this, so a foam board was a good choice. For a more permanent display, wood or acrylic would look fantastic. And I believe it could function as a utilitarian fixture at home too!

The Screenprinted Tabletop

A few weeks back, I screenprinted and painted a tabletop for a friend. His alma mater had a charity auction event where they asked some of its alumni to contribute art work. Basically, do whatever to the tabletop and the school will auction it off, proceeds goes to charity.

It wasn’t my alma mater, but my friend asked if I wanted to contribute a piece anyways, so I did. Plus I was in a slight screenprinting frenzy as well, having completed a screenprinted wall project not too long before.

I used one of my favourite stencils, a Chinese charm inscription 黄金万两,meaning ‘ten thousand taels of gold’. I had made this stencil many years back but haven’t really made many prints with it, so it was a great starting point for this project.

With the square four-sided format, I did 4 prints of the inscription with each print rotated 90 degrees so the tabletop looks the same from any orientation.

To keep things auspicious, I decided to use neon pink and magenta for the background colour. I know red is traditionally auspicious, but I didn’t want to be so literal. I wanted it to be really oriental as well, so I decided on a Chinese trellis border on the table. I made a simple stencil from cardboard.

Textures really excite me, so I really wanted to go for the stone table look with the pink and magenta paint. The stencil for the border is a simple spiral, which I later closed up into a square and added the connecting strokes.

I didn’t completely paint over the sides of the tabletop to keep that slightly messy, graffiti-ish look.

I finished the tabletop by screenprinting another layer of the inscription.

Out and About: August 2012

I’ll be peddling my wares at a few events this month.

1. Singapore River Market

dates: 10–12 & 17–19 August 2012 [fri to sun]
time: 3.00PM to 10.00PM daily
venue: central@clarke quay, along the Singapore river

I’ve always seen the bazaar along the river, always wondered how to get a booth and ALWAYS forgotten to find out how. Fortunately for me, someone from the company managing the river market asked if I was interested.

2. Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Entrepreneurship & Innovation Week 闹 Nào Marketplace

date: 13 and 14 August 2012 [Mon & tue]
time: 10.30AM to 5.30PM
venue: NTU Plaza @ South Spine

Without realising, I’m turning into an entrepreneur of sorts! But still, ‘Craftster’ before anything else. The event seems a little off-beat for me, but I think it’ll be worth my time. Thankfully, they partnered with MAAD, otherwise I would have missed the opportunity.

Facebook page here.

3. OH FLEAS! @ The Arts House

date: 24 to 26 August 2012 [Fri to sun]
time: 1.00PM to 9.00PM
venue: The Arts House

Frankly, I don’t know why it’s so difficult to name a market. Despite the name, there will be NO FLEAS at the market and no second-hand crap. (The name should be ‘OH FLEAS! BE GONE!’. Also, the ONLY legit flea market in Singapore can only be Sungei Road.) Anyways, this is an arts market that aims to showcase creativity.

It is part of the Causeway Exchange Festival, which runs from 23 to 26 Aug. Their aim is basically to bring together art and culture from Malaysia and Singapore. Pretty interesting! I definitely want to establish myself in Malaysia in the future too!

Facebook page here. More info on the festival here.

So mark your calendars! I’m really excited for August!

Out and About: Sale-Lah-Pura @ PLAY Club

It’s August already! I have all my weekends booked for this month to peddle my wares. I’ll update the events on a nearer date.

Meanwhile, for my first bazaar of the month, supporting the club I frequent and SPCA [space rental goes to SPCA],

Date: 3 August 2012 [tomorrow]
Time: 7.00PM to 11.00PM
Venue: PLAY Club
Facebook event page here.

Also happening the same night at Red Dot Design Museum is MAAD. I won’t be showing for this, since Red Dot and Play are just a stone’s throw away. 2 places to go have a look-see!

The Occasional De-cluttering

Every now and then, there is a need to de-clutter. Where the hell is all these mess coming from?! Clutter is the one major thing that stymies my creativity and productivity, but I tend to procrastinate too, so when I do get down to cleaning up, it’s usually because I really can’t take it anymore!

I wished that I had a spacious studio that doubles as a showroom and workshop, but I don’t. I’ve adjusted pretty well to working from home, even though the space is somewhat constrained; plus there’s my family at home too.

My major issue is with storage. I have claimed a few areas at home for my stuff and I’m slowly adding more shelving upwards as my stuff grows. Still, things get a little chaotic. My main storage area is always in chaos. Things tend to pile up and get strewn everywhere.

Desperately need more shelving for this area! I’ve hauled this mess over so many times than I care to count, and it always end up more like controlled-chaos than cleaned-up. It’s like a messed up mini art supply store here. Then I have my bags, belts and shoes too. Walk-in wardrobe, how about!

While clearing the mess, I came across a bag of trinkets. Somebody must have just thrown it into the mix. I think it belonged to my mother. ‘Belonged’ as in maybe 20 years ago. So this bag set me back at least 30 minutes as I sat down and picked through the bric-a-brac.

Mostly costume earrings of little value, some gold (not sure if real) jewellery, pretty little pendants, vintage-y brooches and old school pins. I was kinda riled up with excitement thinking of all the things I want to do to re-invent the pieces. But till next time. I packed them up and stored them.

On the opposite side is my ‘dresser’, which is the top of a couple of bookshelves.

I added on 2 extension units for one shelf; it was a huge relief on all the crap that was accumulating! I got a bit more space for my personal collection of necklaces. I simply used those adhesive-backed hooks for a cheap and efficient display.

I had bracelets strewn everywhere as well; finally stored them all nicely in a display case.

It’s packed to the brim! I’ve collected plenty over a couple of years.

My workspace is still a mess though.

Cleaning really takes up a lot of time! Plus I’m in the midst of cutting up vinyl records too. At least I’ve somewhat conquered the 2 other cluttered areas.

Onward to be productive!

The Vinyl Record Cuffs

I first made cuffs from vinyl records in 2009, out of pure curiosity and for the sake of experimenting.

They’ve come a long way since then. And I know a lot of people love the cuffs! I haven’t been actively making new ones or coming up with new ideas until now!

A WORKROOM REVELATION

I think a lot of people are curious as to how I cut the records. I cut my records by hand, with this humble OLFA cutter:

It’s really a matter of scoring on the material, cut a groove at least halfway through and snapping off the pieces along the cut groove. The curves that I cut are with this cutter too, the curves being the edge of the record itself.

The forming of the cuff is really quite simple too. For my jig, it’s usually something cylindrical I can find at home. Spray cans, ketchup bottles, drinking glasses, water bottles, I’ve tried them all. To soften the record, any conventional oven works fine. Once it’s pliable, with gloves on, I just form the piece around the jig.

NEW jig

I really wanted to experiment the cuffs in another shape, so I went to look for a jig in the ceramics department. And I found this triangular vase:

Definitely makes for an interesting shape! I should have brought my measuring tape with me, but I was pretty confident that this was wrist-size.

Tried out 2 cuffs with the vase.

Love these pieces! I thought the fit on the wrist might be a little weird, but they actually look pretty awesome.

SCRAP PIECE, NEW IDEA

I’ve cut up so many records and have left behind some really weird pieces of scraps. Love utilising these scrap pieces. They sometimes produce really interesting pieces.

This is a cylindrical cuff with a really interesting and versatile shape!

With some more fine-tuning, this will make a fabulous piece.