When I last blogged about Fictive Fingers in 2013 (!), self-taught artists Aisah and Hani Dalduri had quit their day jobs and opened a printmaking studio in a heritage building in Chinatown. Fictive Fingers specialized in handprinted textiles and had developed a sweet line of products, ranging from apparel to stationery. “We sew and print and paint everything,” Aisah told me. “Just the two of us.”
Three years on, the sisters’ small business has grown. Their large, airy, bright design studio, now in eastern Singapore, continues to champion traditional hand-printmaking methods. Now, apart from producing their own range, they work with brands and organizations, such as The Body Shop, Esplanade, Foreign Policy Design, Mercedes-Benz, National Arts Council, National Library Board, National Heritage Board, Singapore Tourism Board, The Substation, and more. They also hold classes and talks for the public. Of note is their “Community Print Studio Program” which allows members of the public access to a designated workspace, a washing and drying area, materials from screen to inks to pre-made stencils, and DIY kits, as well as useful reference books. No prior experience is required and participants may bring along kids as young as three.
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Fictive Fingers sells out almost of their products almost immediately, and I always kick myself for not clicking “buy” fast enough. Not this time! I recently scored an “Oatmeal Raga Signature Pouch” (top). I desperately want one of their kimonos, but I’ll have to wait for the next product release!