I had such an amazing time teaching stamp class at FISKA (Kota Kinabalu) over the weekend. The students were super friendly and FISKA was a great environment to teach in. I also got to meet the lovely Janica who started FISKA.
There were so many beautiful items in store - only wish I hadn't forgotten to take more photos of the store itself! I came away with two extremely cute handmade miniature vases from Singapore which I hand carried back to KL - hopefully they've survived the trip!
On the way to get our coffee and tea fix, my boyfriend and I stumbled across Salt x Paper in Kota Kinabalu. The shop was tucked away on the 2nd floor of a shop lot and situated amongst a curious mix of printing shops, coffee houses, restaurants and hostels. Upon entry into Salt x Paper, everything was beautifully presented and very inviting - particularly with the cool jazz playing in the background.
I recently attended the BFM Enterprise Takeaway 2017 which was focused on the Food & Beverage industry in Malaysia. There was a very interesting discussion about how to get the best produce from suppliers. One of the chefs explained that he tends to work with farmers that are firstly passionate about what they grow. He will explain to the farmers just how important their produce is by showing them what happens in the kitchen, and what the final dish looks like. The farmers will feel an appreciation for what they grow and will naturally hand over the best of their produce. I found this little anecdote very interesting because it doesn't just apply to the F&B industry; it applies to many other areas of life in fact. A little bit of genuine appreciation can sometimes go a very long way.
First stamp carving and embossing workshop in Melaka at The Daily Fix Cafe. I've been a fan of The Daily Fix Cafe for quite a while now, so was chuffed to bits to have chance to teach there. The cafe has a room on the 1st floor which is perfect for teaching and exhibitions, plus we got fed pancakes during the break - yum!
Had a bit of a wander round the Zhongshan Building recently. The entire building consists of 12 units nestled within three interconnected shop houses restored from the 1950s. Several of the shops/studios were shut due to Raya, but I did manage to see the Risograph Print Studio, Our ArtProjects (art gallery) and piu piu piu (cafe). I've heard there is much more to explore eg Malaysia Design Archive, The Ricecooker Archives, Tandang Store, Bogus Merchandise, Artist Studio and Reading Library by Amateur Collective. I shall definitely be back!
I find product photography a little tricky as my desk is normally piled high with stuff! I have two options for taking photos; my tabletop lamps or my Foldio2. I decided to put them to the test. All photos have been taken with a Canon EOS 1100D and have been edited in a similar fashion in Photoshop (i.e. levels, brightness/contrast). What I found was that the Foldio2 generally gives brighter and crisper shots, whereas the lamps give a more natural looking shot. However, when you consider that the Foldio2 packs down flat, is super easy to set up with magnetic connections and takes up less desk space - it’s the clear winner for me. Here are some of the photos.
A recent visit to Yogyakarta has reignited my love for batik. There were so many batik workshops/factories in Yogyakarta, not to mention scores of boutiques and market stalls selling batik clothing. Batik is very much pervasive in Yogyakarta, and is aimed at both locals and tourists alike. We visited Batik Indah Rara Djonggrang which had a workshop at the back, whilst the shop was at the front.
I have a penchant for old bits of stationery and my mum picked up this little gem from a church bazaar for RM6. I still remember when letter writing was the main way of keeping in touch with my friends living abroad. It seems almost nostalgic to think of a time when the internet and smart phones were not part of our everyday lives. I still maintain there is something delightfully wonderful about receiving a letter in the post from friends or family.