Category Archives: Art & Craft

. SG Design Week: I’m a Designer! .

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Maketh Project x Think Tank Studio

Guess what? The leather wallet that I designed and made from scratch is on display for the SG Design Week 2015! I’m no professional artist or designer; Hence it is such a huge honor for me to have my very own creation specially selected for this mini exhibition! Definitely one of the proudest moments in my life! If you happened to be around Bugis area, remember to drop by Maketh Project studio and take a look at the other handmade leather crafts. Support & Buy Local! 🙂 

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I have always enjoyed making handicrafts since I was a little girl but when commitments set in, life gives way to bigger priorities such as working to earn a salary, exercising to keep healthy, hanging out with friends to maintain a work-life balance. In other words, gone were the days when I used to indulge in some DIY therapy. However, a life-threatening injury that I sustained last year made me reflect upon my life and I made the decision to return one of my first loves and give leather crafting a try!

There are several places that offer leather crafting workshops but what that drew me to Maketh Project is the owners’ willingness to share their passion for leather with the community and give the masses (like you and me) the opportunity to create leather products based on our own designs! Yes, you are your own designer and creator! 🙂 Nothing beats the feeling and sense of accomplishment of being the ambassador of your own creation. Moreover, I like that the studio offers a hipster yet intimate environment that breaks down all pretence and encourages an exchange of ideas and creativity amongst like-minded people from all walks of life.

This red and black clutch replaces my “lunch bag” and it is designed such that it is compact enough to store my notes, essential cards and even, the mobile phone! My leather crafting addiction continues because there’s nothing more rewarding than to be able to design and craft your own products! 

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. match-mini spotted at the mobile library .

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. Christmas: design your gifts for loved ones .

Christmas has always been my favourite time of the year, it’s a time for joyous celebration and giving! ❄ ❅  ☃ It is always a festive season that I’m looking forward to! 🙂

As most of you would have known by now, 2014 has been a very remarkable year for me. In retrospect, it holds many painful and heartbreaking memories for me – physically, emotionally and mentally – but I stood strong and courageous in times of extreme adversity and came out of this experience, knowing just how resilient I can be. “When we challenge everything we believe we are, we reveal that which we never knew about our own selves.” Of course, I wouldn’t have been able to go through this tumultuous journey alone and that’s why I’m so thankful to have the support and love from family and friends alike. This Christmas, in the spirit of giving and sharing, I hope to be able to design and personalise one-of-a-kind gifts for my loved ones!

Glitterybitz, an independent and artsy retailer, is a strong believer that everyone should be able to express their freedom in creating their own fashion styles and looks, rather than simply following the latest trends. Not only do they carry their own line of in-house design pieces but they also allow you to customize your own accessories with your favourite pictures and quotes.
Be uniquely yours and design your own accessory.

Here are 2 of my very own customized pieces with Glitterybitz!

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One of my favourite quirky quote from Tumblr: Eat A Lot. Sleep A Lot. 
Pretty much describes my life these days. Work, Eat, Sleep. Repeat. 
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My ultimate favourite: A captured moment of Archie showering me with love and affection, nicely displayed on my handphone dustcap. In fact, I had several friends and colleagues who had spotted the image on the dustcap and were interested to learn more about it!
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. leather crafting addiction continues .

Now that I’m instructed to take a hiatus from yoga, I’m spending more time at Maketh Project satisfying my latest addiction – Making my own leather products! 🙂 Like I had mentioned in my previous post, there’s nothing more rewarding than to be able to design and craft your own products. This time round, I decided to make products (clutch and pouch) for myself so that I can  flaunt them and be a proud ambassador! The red and black clutch will replace my “lunch bag” when I return to work as it is compact enough to store notes, essential cards and the handphone. My ultimate favourite is the pretty little pouch that either makes an edgy accessory or is great for a summer’s day out! 

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handmade with love
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. my first leather creation with Maketh Project .

I have always enjoyed making handicrafts since I was a little girl but when commitments set in, life gives way to bigger priorities such as working to earn a salary, exercising to keep healthy, hanging out with friends to maintain a work-life balance. In other words, gone were the days when I used to indulge in some DIY therapy. Now that I have lots of free time on hand, I have decided to return to 1 of my first loves and give leather crafting a try! Time to pick up a new skill and be creative with it! 🙂

There are several places that offer leather crafting workshops but what that drew me to Maketh Project is the owners’ willingness to share their passion for leather with the community and give the masses (like you and me) the opportunity to create leather products based on our own designs! Yes, you are your own designer and creator! 🙂  Nothing beats the feeling and sense of accomplishment of being the ambassador of your own creation. Moreover, I kind of like the idea of it being one of those hipster yet intimate spaces that breaks down all pretense and encourages an exchange of ideas and creativity amongst like-minded people from all walks of life.

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Maketh Project is the brainchild of 3 girlfriends – also called ‘The Leather Girls” by their friends –  who wanted to create a cozy space where leather lovers and newbies can come together and craft leather products. I have always had nothing but full admiration and respect for people who have decided to become entrepreneurs so I spoke to one of the founders to find out about the story behind Maketh Project. Support local products!

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It all started from the “CHIEF”, Dynna have always loved leather even before she learned how to craft them.She started making things that she need, things she cant buy off the shelves out there. That is how the leather goods brand “Forest Child” was born.

After a year and a half of making customised leathergoods, we met Adlina and then decided to launch something new and different together. We always find joy in sharing tips with people about leathercrafting. And MAKETH PROJECT is just about all that. The crafting scene is very intimidating and Maketh Project  wanna make it  approachable,doable, possible and etc for people to create and be a maker. 

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Based on our own experiences, it was quite a struggle for us when we first started to learn , as we didn’t know of where to get materials and supplies from, or some others who were already in this leather business were not so willing to share their knowledge and skills and certain information.

Here at Maketh Project, we hope to build and eventually grow a community of crafters here in Singapore. We aspire to foster positive bonding amongst people through crafting. We are no pros though, but we just wanna share the love right now with whatever knowledge we have. 

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maketh project text 3My family has been my pillar of strength and support throughout my entire recovery. They have shown me that I still have a lot of love and things to look forward to in life, despite being ‘broken’ in some sense. As such, I wanted to personalise and present my first leather creation as gifts for them. Nothing too extravagant, just something simple to express the 3 words “I Love You.

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This is my favourite part of the session – To emboss the letters onto the leather. I was actually naive enough to think that we would be given a template to emboss the letters; Turned out that I had to use the mallet to hammer each letter, individually! I am under strict orders not to lift anything heavy as my neck is still fragile and healing so I was pretty hesitant about doing anything too strenuous. Fortunately, looks can be deceiving as the mallet is relatively light and it was easy once you get the hang of the hammering. Having said that, I must confess that this is the “most manual work” that I have done since my injury! Thumbs up for me!

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Ta-dah! The final products, handmade and hand-sewn with much 

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Well, the end product might not look as perfect as something that you might find from a factory but each of these leather tags has been lovingly and painstakingly handcrafted from scratch. I guess this is what they call “Finding perfection in imperfection“. My parents and sisters love their customized leather tags and I am delighted that they will always have something to remind them of the significant role that each of them have played in my life. 🙂

Family, Always Loved
*The initial phrase was ‘Family – Being loved no matter what’ but I had to shorten it due to space limitations.

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Maketh Project

Address: 24A Bali Lane (2nd Floor)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/makethproject 

. weekend: bits and pieces .

Weekends / Brunch with girlfriend / Nostalgia is the most powerful seasoning / Reading by the patio / Yoga Inc yoga straw / Play time with furkids / Leather crafting workshop / My first handmade leather products / Family – Always Loved

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. sights: art in our backyard .

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I’ve always wanted to do a “A Picture for 365 Days” series of blog post but it has proven to be quite a challenge when there are so many distractions around. Anyhow, to take the pressure off, I’ve decided to post a picture at random whenever I come across something interesting that I would like to share! 🙂

Sights: Explore the nooks & crannies of our little red dot and you might find yourself facing a mystical genie from a bottle!