Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Eco Craftiness

I put together some pieces of scraps into this creature. It was fun starting with almost nothing in mind and see it take shape.

Now, what exactly is it? Your guess is as good as mine. Ha!

Tag from Recycled Paper
A while back, I also made this gift tag entirely out of junk mail. Thought it turned out looking rather cool.

Saturday, 27 December 2008


It was another fun Saturday afternoon as the KBCC group gather once again for some crafting.

KBCC #9 Niko 009, originally uploaded by e79.

We kicked off with a Christmas themed ATC exchange. Well, we did have some beautiful cards and as usual, the variety is always so fascinating.

Next, we started our craft for the month. Ee Wei taught us how to create these Yuken Teruya inspired artwork from the core of toilet rolls.

We also had a special guest from Japan, Rin. She is here for an exhibition together with Kelvin.

Over apple crumbles and ice-cream, we wrapped up KBCC #9 on a high note, all ready for a great year ahead and more crafting to come.

Wednesday, 24 December 2008


40 inspirational speeches in 2 mins. Perhaps something that some of us will enjoy in this gloomy times. For the movie buff, the challenge is to identify the films these came from.

Via Overthinking It. Head on over for a transcript.

Mobile Garden

Mobile Garden is a fascinating exhibition of the wonderful origami creations from Kelvin and he is also joined by his Japanese friend Rin Ioka.

Some of us friends from Pauseability were at the opening. We had fun making origami chrysanthemums, and for each one made, 10 cents will be donated to SPCA.

The show is on at Forth Gallery and will end on 30 Jan.

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Tape That

With imagination and deft (and probably bruised hands), it is a wonder what one can create with just cellotape. Here's a collection at the Nerima Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan by Ryo Sehata.

Cellotape art
Uploaded by ITN

It reminds me of the tape sculptures by Mark Jenkins. He even has instructions for doing your own.

Monday, 22 December 2008

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Haunting Melody

Theremin - a musical instrument that I have not heard about till today. Invented by a Russian physicist, it is played without actually touching it. The whole experience and sound of this instrument is so unusual and somewhat haunting.

This clip is from Randy George.

One can even get a lesson on how it works from Thomas Grillo.


Enjoyed reading through David's report of 5 key design trends which intuitively I concur with. Interesting words he has coined for them: cooltural, rationaissance, responsibiz, sensuctive and breaking boundaries.

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Tiap Tiap

Snappy Bird
My mother had these metal snap-on buttons in her sewing kit. If memory didn't fail me, they were used on the collar of her blouses.

We called them tiap tiap buttons because of the sound they make.

It was fun using them in creating this Snappy Bird brooch.

Monday, 15 December 2008

Poskad Show

Pameran Poskad 2008
I finally got to visit Pamera Poskad, the postcard show that some of us participated as a group.

Besides seeing our wonderful pieces nested among the many other creative pieces, the sheer range of works was very inspiring too. This was also a truly international event too.

We were thrilled that our works were displayed next to famous artists like well-known photographer Russel Wong.

The show is on till 20 Dec.

Book Me

This Is Where We Live from 4th Estate on Vimeo.

This stop-motion animation is amazing. Made from 1000 books and three weeks of filming, it is absolutely breath-taking to watch. From Apt Studio.

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Dollars and Cents

Are there some unusual things you do with coins?

I cannot remember when I started to categorize my coins in my 2-compartment coin pouch. It was after having to fiddle around for a while to find the coin that I needed that I thought it would be cool, and perhaps more efficient, to separate them. So, all the 10 cents and 1 dollar coins are now in one compartment and the 20 and 50 cents in the other. Has it helped? Not sure actually. Ha!

And if I come across old coins in circulation, I would save them and put them in this old "piggy bag" that I had as a kid. Do doubt if these coins will ever be old enough to gain enough value to get me on my dream vacation though.

DK did the same for the 1 dollar coins he has been given and have now a good collection. If you can guess correctly the number of coins he has, he will even give you a pair of movie tickets.

Monday, 8 December 2008

Take on Me

For those of us old enough, we would know this familiar song from A-Ha. Here are 2 funny takes to enjoy. The original MTV with more literal lyrics.

And this other version from the singing dictionary Dictionaroake

Of course, here's the original.

Saturday, 6 December 2008

IF - Similar


Over the previous weekend, a friend mentioned to me about the "same same but different" print on a tshirt. This digitally created piece has that feel doesn't it?

For Illustration Friday's theme Similar.