Monday, February 24, 2014

The Made in SG Market

The lions made their way down one Saturday afternoon to the National Design Centre at Middle Road for a one of a kind marketplace that featured local makers and the craftsmanship that goes into every product that is handcrafted for the discerning consumer. The two felines gained a greater appreciation of the time, patience, dedication and skill involved in actualising a well-made and well thought-out product right here in the Lion City. This goes against the grain of fast-paced, mass-produced consumerism so rampant in today's world that places an emphasis on the quickest possible way to produce a shoddy item in the cheapest manner. A maker quipped in a video about the seemingly insatiable need that people have to buy so many items when they just need one well-made product. And it's a good thing to support the aspirations of our local artisans, if not, who will?

The organisers bring together a curated list of participants
from varying fields.
Catch independent artisans like GSH Conserves, Weekend
Worker, Liberty Coffee, Forest Child, etc as they showcase
their range of handcrafted wares proudly made in Singapore.
From leather products
to 3D-printed products. This one belonged more to the tech realm rather
than er the handcrafted category for us. But Tinkr brings an interesting and
sophisticated slant to the showcase.
The bot at the Tinkr booth that prints out customised designs
such as  fashion accessories and figurines in 3D. Material is limited
currently to plastic for this machine of the future.
The Gentlemen's Press at a live demonstration session of
the age-old letterpress technique that is seeing a resurgence.
Bespoke wedding invites or name cards, anyone?
Applying the ink carefully by hand. The intimate session
attracted quite a good number of interested folks that
cut across demographics. Parents with kids in tow,
the more respectable silver-haired onlooker and of course
the young hipsters were spotted. 
Colourful Stickers.
Screening of short interviews featuring some of the
independent craftsmen.
Other live demos include 3D printing, leather-crafting,
ceramic and stamp making.
Motto of the Day: I don't want to die without any scars.
Carpe Diem!
Thirsty camels can grab a cup of Citizen Pop's homemade
coolers of fresh fruit sodas. No icky syrups & artificial tasting
concentrates used.
Love this poster.
Ht me with a bubbly cuppa right now!
Coffee aficionados will head instead for Liberty Coffee's booth.
Quite a queue for the brew made with locally roasted beans.
Liberty Coffee's Speakeasy Blend on retail.
Tables littered with cups tsk tsk.
Mini garden in a vintage rooster bowl.
The lions headed also for Public Garden's flea market located
just beside The Made in SG Market at the National Library.
Nice! Cuchi grabbed a pretty handmade necklace made with raffia from
Freckled Daisy.
They came back to handmade goodness in the kitchen the next day as well :) courtesy of the lion's mommy dearest.

The Made in SG Market

22 & 23 February 2014

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