Get your hands dirty at craft workshops

IN DEMAND: Papypress, a letterpress-printing company, runs workshops, on top of its printing business. Its workshops have been so popular that it had to turn some participants away.
Get your hands dirty at craft workshops

PRINT WITH STYLE: At screenprint workshops, participants can learn how to print graphics onto paper or tote bags.
Get your hands dirty at craft workshops

PERSONALISED GREETING: Sign up for the Christmas-themed screenprint workshop to make handmade greetings.
Get your hands dirty at craft workshops

ILLUMINATING: Make Your Own workshops teach participants to make side tables and copper table lamps.


    Dec 20, 2013

    Get your hands dirty at craft workshops

    IN A world where off-the-shelf instant gratification is the norm, the idea of making something with one's hands seems like an archaic one. But not to Tyrwhitt General Company (TGC), which runs a retail space in Tyrwhitt Road that stocks a well-curated selection of quality crafted brands.

    As purveyors of the traditional artisan movement, TGC also prides itself on organising workshops conducted by master crafters.

    "We want participants to appreciate the beauty of crafted goods as well as get their hands dirty in making their very own personalised items," said Mr Irwin Lim, one of the three founders of TGC.

    "We want people to not just buy things, but also to experience them."

    Some of the workshops conducted include printmaking, letterpressing, ceramics and papercrafting.

    Papypress, a letterpress-printing company, also runs workshops on top of its printing business. Its workshops have been so popular that it had to turn some participants away.

    "Every time we decide to hold a workshop, the slots get filled up really quickly," said co-founder Corby Tan. "We have had to turn away several people because our studio space in Sims Drive is just not big enough."

    The local company, started by Ms Tan and her husband Ian Koo, does letterpress printing for wedding invitations and business cards. Incidentally, Mr Koo comes from a family of printers.

    "We don't try and kid ourselves by having lofty ideals of training people to be the next generation of printers, but we do hope that through these workshops, people have a newfound understanding and appreciation of the work that goes into printing, especially letterpress," said Ms Tan.

    Mr Poh Wenxiang runs Make Your Own, a series of workshops that teaches participants how to make side tables and copper table lamps. He said: "When you create something with your hands, it adds a personal touch to the product you make."

    He said that most people, especially first-timers, may find things imperfect and fuss over it.

    "However, I see that as a perfectly natural work," he said. "Attending a workshop is not all about making a product, but also learning about yourself. When you are happy making the product, the finished product will bring joy."

    For those who want to try their hands at a handmade greeting this Christmas, screenprint enthusiast Ong Lijie's workshop is the one to sign up for.

    "Using Christmas-themed graphics, you can learn how to print them onto blank cards to make your own festive cards," said Ms Ong, a full-time fine-arts student at Lasalle College of the Arts.

    The Christmas-card workshop is her first themed workshop. At her other workshops, which take place about once a month, there are usually a variety of designs of prints that participants choose and alter to their liking, to print on paper or tote bags.

    "With the introduction of printing, participants will be able to appreciate the many visual aspects of everyday art and design around them, such as the prints on T-shirts and posters," said Ms Ong.


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