Fictive Fingers

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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!

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More Bookmaking at Woolf Works!

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Due to popular demand, please join me at Woolf Works, Singapore’s only co-working space for women*, for another series of three bookbinding workshops.

Each workshop is limited to 10 participants, so register now! All workshops are SG$20.00 per person, which includes a set of professional-quality tools and materials.

All proceeds from this series will be donated to AWARE’s Sexual Assault Care Centre (SACC), Singapore’s only specialized service for women who face sexual assault.

Saturday, September 24, 2pm – 5pm
Make a Coptic Stitched Book!
The Coptic stitch technique is a historic binding using decorative papers and exposed sewing at the spine, and originated in Egypt in the 2nd Century C.E.

Saturday, October 15, 2pm – 5pm
Make a Single Signature Hardcover Book!
The simplest method of binding a single signature codex, or a book bound on one edge, is with a pamphlet stitch. In this class, you will make a hardcover case using book cloth and decorative endpapers.

Saturday, November 12, 2pm – 5pm
Five Fast Bookbinding Techniques!
In this fun and relaxed workshop, participants will become pros at five simple techniques, including glued and sewn books, single sheet and ‘signature’ books, and even an accordion. This is a perfect for class for zine-makers, scrapbookers, and poetry chapbook-makers.

* Workshops are open to all genders, not just women! All workshops to be held at Woolf Works, 19 Carpenter Street, #05-01.

More Bookbinding at Naiise!

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This September, please join me at Naiise, my favorite destination for carefully chosen, well-designed, quality goods across a variety of price points, for another bookbinding workshop.

The workshop is limited to 12 participants, so register now! All workshops are SG$40.00 per person, which includes a set of professional-quality tools and materials.

Saturday, September 3, 2pm – 5pm
Five Fast Bookbinding Techniques
In this fun and relaxed workshop, participants will become pros at five simple techniques. This is a perfect for class for the beginner!

Bookbinding at Naiise!

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This August, please join me at Naiise, my favorite destination for carefully chosen, well-designed, quality goods across a variety of price points, for two very special bookbinding workshops.

Each workshop is limited to 12 participants, so register now! All workshops are SG$40.00 per person, which includes a set of professional-quality tools and materials.

Saturday, August 13, 2pm – 5pm
Bookbinding for Teachers
In this workshop, create classroom-tested book structures that are quick, simple and mess-free. This workshop is designed for Primary School teachers, with methods, techniques, and ideas that may be modified to accommodate other age groups.

Saturday, August 27, 2pm – 5pm
Five Fast Bookbinding Techniques
In this fun and relaxed workshop, participants will become pros at five simple techniques.

Samarkand by Kala Pata

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I blogged about graphic designer Amreen Rahman’s stationery and accessory company launch, Kala Pata, in 2014. Since then, Amreen and I have become friends and I have seen her lovely family and her fantastic business grow! Next month, she will launch her second collection—Samarkand.

The collection is inspired by “the city of Samarkand which was at the heart of the Silk Route,” says Amreen. “The Silk Route was an ancient network of roads initially for trade, but quickly became the beacon of cultural and artistic exchange between the West and the East.”

Kala Pata’s products include lacquer boxes, trays, and oversize clutches (want!).

Kala Pata is currently stocked at Isetan Scotts, the Peranakan Museum gift shop, and Naiise.

Connect with Kala Pata on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

Bynd Artisan

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In November, I swung by Bynd Artisan, a retail shop and atelier, way out in Boon Lay. On Saturday, I visited Bynd Artisan’s second atelier in swanky Holland Village.

Winnie Chan, the business’ third generation owner, created Bynd Artisan and launched with a luxury line of stationery. Bynd Artisan ready-to-write collection, a “lifestyle” brand, includes leather-bound journals and leather-crafted office and desk accessories (binders, tablet cases, luggage tags, business card sleeves, etc.).

On display (and for sale) in Holland V. were items from Bynd Artisan‘s newest collaborations—with fashion designer Priscilla Shunmugam and calligrapher Joanne Sim.

The Ong Shunmugam x Bynd Artisan capsule collection—nine clutches in two different styles—was just gorgeous! The leather-lined accessories are made with exquisite fabrics are from Shunmugam’s personal collection from Japan, South Korea, India, China, Cambodia, and Indonesia. The clutches cost SG$680 each—which, OMG!—but are so worth gawking at.

Much more affordable was stationery from The Letter J Supply x Bynd Artisan collection. The Letter J Supply‘s founder, Lim, founded her company in January 2014. A designer by trade, she studied calligraphy in New York City. Most recently, she established a full-time studio on Somerset Road.

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