Thursday, January 31, 2013

Workshop at LAPAN

I had series of workshop last week. Number of repeat students and new faces came to LAPAN eagerly to learn  making books. I had a great time surrounding by a passionate people; something that I always looking forward each time. Doesn't matter how many round I've went through, it gave me exact same pleasure like my first workshop 3 years ago:) I never get bored sharing the skill.

24 January - Coptic binding slot with with Anis. 
I had afternoon Long Stitch slot with Intan but unfortunately I forgot to capture any photo

25 January - Morning slot with Kat, Alison & Shelby definitely fun. 
They are all are my friends crafter… All very talented lady…
I had Kettle stitch slot in the afternoon with brother & sister, Lyn & Hashim:)

Ruby came again with sibling Farhan & Farah for coptic slot.

 24 January - 
Another familiar faces Alice, Haili and Samantha. Haili tagged along her two boys this time, 
Aidan & Amir are two amazing kids, they handle the tool like a pro:)

 Look who accompany me on Friday, Lina & Rey… 
having them around was make me feel safe somehow, sayangggggg them both.


You don’t have to get a job that makes others feel comfortable about what they perceive as your success. You don’t have to explain what you plan to do with your life. You don’t have to justify your education by demonstrating its financial rewards. You don’t have to maintain an impeccable credit score. Anyone who expects you to do any of those things has no sense of history or economics or science or the arts.

You have to pay your own electric bill. You have to be kind. You have to give it all you got. You have to find people who love you truly and love them back with the same truth.
But that’s all.

Sugar, The Rumpus Advice Column #72

You've got to be true to yourself because at the end of the day we only answerable to own self not to anybody else. I had stop measure everything by dollar and cents. I try my very best to live as decent as I can, being moderate in everything, not that I have a lot of money before either, but by doing what I truly love all the hectic does not matter anymore. Every dollar and cents that I spend and share with people I love seems more meaningful, I am so proud that I earned everything through the hardship and I appreciate it even better. I do not live based on people expectation anymore, do not have to answer to anyone but myself. This small little thing what I call luxury. 

I had to make a few big decision last two days. Being invited to be part of prestigious project to showcase my art, when at the very last minute I had to call it off due to situation that my heart do not agree to. When I believe I do not want to be dictated by anyone. When I don't have to face anymore rude people that so self centred and do not know how respect people at all. I am glad that I have courage to say NO, and to be involve in the situation that make me feel uneasy is the last thing I want to do nowadays.

And this three days I am so relief that I can take proper nap… rather than struggling to complete the project  and work with somebody that I do not like to:) 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Little Syam Book Binding Workshop 23 Jan ~ 26 Jan

Weekday can be quite lonely at Art Row with unexpected visitor coming in. I had great Monday which I never expected sale can be quite good. Had little visitors but quality one:) and it was always wonderful to be able to explain the process and how passionate we are doing every single item.

I decided to have 1-3 students each day during my duty. The schedule up a bit late but I am excited looking at the feedback. Heeee I will have company, so I am not going to be alone this week from Wednesday to Saturday. Each slot are decided by whose make a booking first and I only accept small group so I could take care of the shop at the same time.. Kind of manageable for me.

The seat are limited to max 3 students only.

23 Jan/Wed:
Slot A / Japanese Stitch (2 more seats left)
Slot B / French Stitch (2 more seats left)

(having a last minute request and this info was not printed on the poster)

24 Jan/Thursday:
Slot A / Coptic Stitch (2 more seats left)
Slot B / Long Stitch (2 more seats left)

25 Jan/Friday:
Slot A / Coptic Stitch (FULL)
Slot B / Kettle Stitch (1 more seat left)

26 Jan/Saturday:
Slot A / Coptic Stitch (1 more seat left)
Slot B / French Stitch (FULL)

Friday, January 18, 2013

Paper Card Holder

What is the meaning of luxury to me? To be able to have fully control of what I am doing. To always have extra time despite of always not having much time to spend.

My priority have change so much since 3 years ago. If career always important before, nowadays I am working on my own, having full control of my own destination. What is more luxurious than this?

Design A front & back

Design B front & back

Luxury mean doing thing spontaneous and it works. 
And this is my recent product which I follow my instinct to do it. None are the same.

Random Instagram

I write quite a few words nowadays… been busy as always. We normally take turn to take care of the shop. It going to be my turn next week, and we normally will have 2 weeks break in between. 

Time I normally use to create new products, replenish art and craft, doing bit of graphic job and replacing time spending quality time with family. But previous two week kind of bit hectic due to water shortage. With loads of washing and cleaning need to be done, thing becoming too difficult. I am glad they had overcome the situation, considering water as a vital thing in life. Gosh how did this happened?

I like this shop, where all races sitting in one table , eating together…selling rojak, drink, and nasi campur, completely owned by 3 different races…You can hear different language one time like a very harmonious song, completely different but a perfect tune…

 Coptic detailing

 Finding time cooking for family - Roasted Potato with Herb

Fettucine Seafood

Repeat menu but this time with Sweet Kumara

Monday, January 14, 2013

Workshop at LAPAN

It was such a great day I had, yesterday. First time having quite number of students at LAPAN. I had 3 students in the morning and 6 students in the afternoon. Some repeat students and some new students:) Elaine, Alice, Fazlyn, Haily, Kathleen and Aunty Jackie, till we meet again someday:)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Quote of the Day:)

It's just human. We all have the jungle inside of us. We all have wants and needs and desires, strange as they may seem. If you stop to think about it, we're all pretty creative, cooking up all these fantasies. it's like a kind of poetryDiane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

my new workshop space at LAPAN
new medium owl available at LAPAN 
new Giant Kitty Cat & Monyet available at LAPAN  
I am making 5 jumbo Tote Bag, 2 available at LAPAN so check it out:)
Jumbo Tote Bag for SALE
Being featured in RATNA magazine latest edition, that was last year coverage:)
Having French Stitch Slot with Izzati
Izzati creation
Having Japanese Slot with Mun Lee 
Having French Stitch Slot with Joanne  

Having Japanese Slot with Mun Lee 
Japanese Binding
Wanted to work on so many things but due to water shortage I can't do much silkscreen. Hoping to bring many new stuff during Fuyoh Art Bazaar on this month last Sunday.

Was having a workshop..and having fun at shop too:)
Have a great Sunday peeps//lots of love//syam

Monday, January 07, 2013

Hello There

Looking at small detail, like a pause that give me ultimate solace, 
even the quietness of night can't gave:)

It's been a while since I update my blog. I am busy adjusting my life, having real adrenaline rush and exciting ride on roller coaster. It was wonderful journey so far since the opening of the shop. I never been working this hard but the feeling was so great. It was like a last chance and I have to make sure it works just fine.

Doing handmade stuff was really challenging, I am working non stop trying to restock as much. I was lucky having Gigi Gee and Oh&Ah under the roof of LAPAN. We take turn to take care of the shop..and time flies super fast and now we almost one month being a resident of Art Row. The traffic was quite low on certain time, and picking up during weekends. It was truly an exciting journey to me.

Having strangers giving compliment, followers & students that came giving support and friends pop by saying hello, was such a huge encouragement. I am on the midst making new stuff…my brain was loaded with 1001 project, and how I wish I have more than 2 hands, and one day have more than 24 hours…

Ruby Wong 

Serene from Johor 

Having coptic Stitch Slot with Siti Sofia 

With Alice 

With Fazlyn 

Serene's master piece

I had my break this few days and coming back to LAPAN on Friday, Saturday & Sunday for a workshop. This two weeks not really a break to me after all, but being away for while having my productive time producing, thinking and recharging before my turn on the following two weeks. Not forgetting spending quality time with love one:)

take care peeps//syam