Tuesday, 13 January 2015 by Irene Hoofs
Class Alert: #Instafood - Food Styling & Mobile Photography
Have you seen tons of food photographs on Instagram that made your mouth water and thought to yourself: " How do they do it?!" Well, this class is exactly what you need to up your food styling and photography game! Together with Trisha Toh a well-known instagrammer, the Bloesem team will teach you how to artfully style your food and take Instagram shots that will make your followers drool all over.
9 reasons why this is the class for you:
1. Learn the basics of mobile photography - learn to make the most of whatever phone you are using.
2. Pick up technical skills on how to capture the perfect food shot - technical concepts, lighting, angles, framing & composition of a shot.
3. Find out all the best mobile apps to edit the photos you've taken.
4. Basic techniques of food styling will be at your fingertips after this class.
5. Get to know what food styling tools you can use to help you. (yes there are tools.. all behind the scenes)
6. Learn how to choose backgrounds and props to complement the food item you are photographing.
7. Learn how to craft a food story through images you've captured.
8. We'll share the tips and tricks of community building and a successful instagram account
9. Actually style and shoot your own food shots during the class itself and get immediate feedback from Trisha and the Bloesem Team.
Wednesday 4 February 2015, 10.00 am to 1.30 pm
Thursday 5 February 2015, 10.00 am to 1.30 pm
Friday 6 February 2015, 10.00 am to 1.30 pm
Saturday 7 February 2015, 12.00 pm to 3.30 pm
Bloesem Creative Space in Singapore
77 Seng Poh Road #01-81 Singapore 161077
.. Find out more about the class
Designed for food bloggers, foodie instagramers or enthusiastic cooks who enjoy taking photographs of their food, this workshop will cover some mobile photography basics and go in-depth into the art of food styling. The Bloesem Team will teach you technical skills to capturing a perfect food shot — from technical concepts, best lighting and angles, framing and composition to using the best apps to edit your photos. After which, Trisha will delve into the basic techniques of food styling, using food styling tools, choosing appropriate backgrounds and props as well as learning how to craft a food story through images that are believable, intimate and meaningful. For those who are exploring a new career in food photography, The Bloesem Team and Trisha will also share their tips and tricks to creating a personality through your visuals on Instagram and the importance of community building to create a thriving food photography business. And of course, since it's a food styling and photography class, you will get a chance to try your hands at styling and Instagram it!
WHAT'S INCLUDED 3.5 fun hours of learning all about being an Instagram pro and the art of food styling from popular Instagrammer, Trisha Toh, and the Bloesem Team. You will get a chance to put your skills to practice by styling with props and food to use on location. We'll also make sure both your eyes, as well as your tummies are satisfied with beautiful and yummy refreshments to feast on. After all, scrumptious food is a Bloesem Class tradition! And we will not let you leave without a booklet summarising all you have learnt during the class. All you need to bring to this class is your smart phone!
ABOUT TRISHA Trisha Toh is a freelance photographer and stylist based in Kuala Lumpur. She has a an eye for food styling and have worked for clients such as Food Bites, The Spice Peninsula Co. and The Kitchen Table Restaurant & Bakery. A popular Instagrammer of handle @trishates, Trisha's photos are mini experiments of different techniques and styles and a representation of her photographic development over time. She loves the freedom of creating Instagram images using everyday objects and the fresh perspectives each image presents of seemingly ordinary things. She is also the blogger behind, The Weekend Brunch, where she documents her travels, collaborations, little fables here and there, now and then.
.. Sign up for Food styling & Mobile photography class
Friday, 19 December 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Bloesem Class: The Perfect Gift
To round up the gift giving, we thought we'd share with you the most thoughtful of all the gifts. A Bloesem Class. Purchase a Bloesem Class for a friend or loved one and let them learn a new skill, pick up a new hobby and enrich their lives in 2015! In the spirit of Christmas, buy a class for a friend and attend it together! We promise you a great time and maybe even a life changing experience.
It is going to be an exciting 2015 with our line up of teachers and classes next year! We've spent the past few months planning the classes for the coming year... we'll have new classes as well as some 2014 classes that are back by popular demand.. so if you've missed them last year, this is your chance to sign up! Expect lots of drool-worthy snap shots, fancy calligraphy and colorful weaving and macrame..
Read on for more of Bloesem Class 2015 ..
Bloesem Class Roster 2015
17 January 2015 - The Art of Visual Storytelling with Irene Hoofs *Back by popular demand*
4, 5, 6 & 7 February 2015 - #Instafood- Food Styling and Mobile Photography with Trisha Toh *NEW*
5, 6, 7 & 8 March 2015 - Write it in Gold! - Gold Foiling Calligraphy for Beginners with Veronica Halim *NEW*
8, 9 & 11 May 2015 - Tapestry weaving with Natalie Miller *Back by popular demand*
12 & 13 May 2015 - Knots and Ropes - Macrame with Natalie Miller *Back by popular demand*
And many more to be announced very soon! You can read more details about all the classes by simply clicking through on the links above. FInd out more about the length of the classes, what exactly you will learn and much more about the teachers and their crafts. We had a great 2014 with all new classes but 2015 will be even better so we hope you will join us on this exciting journey and pick up a new skill and make some new friends! Grab your spaces before it's too late!
.. Grab your Bloesem Class seats
Image Credits to Trisha Toh
Tuesday, 4 November 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Class Alert: Candle making with Deckle and Hide
There’s nothing quite like having a beautifully-lit candle burning in your room and not to mention the lovely scent that lingers throughout your home! Well, what if we tell you that you can learn to make your very own signature scented candles using 100% botanical ingredients? The sweet couple behind Deckle and Hide candles, Anne and Luke Suthern, will be making their way down to our sunny island to teach you the wonderful craft of candle making. A craft that dates back to the beginnings of civilization, candle making is still loved by many (including us!) due to the light, warmth and romantic ambiance it brings to any room!
Learn from the candle experts, Anne and Luke, the secrets to making beautiful and unique scents using botanical oils. They will teach you how to make soy container candles with your very own individual scents... and yes, you can bring your own jars to give your candles a personal touch! Unlike most candles, soy candles are 100% bio-degradable, chemical-free, produce little soot or smoke, burn cooler, last longer and with all that still smell so heavenly! Burn them at home or give them away as gifts, they are sure to impress your family or friends! This class is also a perfect Christmas present for your loved ones, where they can hone their creative skills to create something beautiful, sweet smelling and useful!
Read on for more about this candle making class..
3 fun hours of learning the art of making natural candles in a relaxed atmosphere accompanied with yummy food and drinks. The workshop will cover the basics of making soy candles and working with different types of fragrances. Luke and Anne will guide you through the steps to making your very own container candles such as preparing the wax, melting the wax, working with wicks and finishing touches. Using a wide array of botanical oils you will get the opportunity to create your own candle fragrance blend to match your preference or mood. All the supplies for the class which include soy wax, wicks and botanical oils will be provided and any leftovers are yours to keep! By the end of this hands-on, yet very relaxing candle making class you will leave with 2 different and individually scented candles and definitely a trail of sweet-smelling fragrance!
Anne Suthern is a fine artist with a background in architecture while Luke Suthern is a designer with a background in Engineering. This lovely Australian couple are the makers behind Deckle and Hide candles and leather goods that adhere strongly to their "minimalist" design and "whole" material philosophy. Their sweet smelling candles that Bloesem carries in our store are made from 100% botanical ingredients and are hot-selling items we find ourselves constantly needing to restock. They are made from ethically grown, GM free, pesticide free soy wax. Unlike most scented candles available today, D&H candles do not contain chemical scents. Rather, each candle is scented with 100% essential oils, sourced from around the globe. Thus, when each D+H candle burns, it not only emits a beautiful scent but also a vast array of health benefits associated with essential oils.
We want you to make candles that are uniquely yours, so bring along 2 containers (with diameters of around 6cm) to hold your soy wax! Tea cups, jam jars or tins... just be as creative as you want!
.. Sign up for Candle Making Class
.. Deckle and Hide candles in the Bloesem store
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Who's ready for class? The Art of Visual Storytelling class to be exact! Taught by our very own Irene Hoofs, this class is all about creating beautiful content - how to do it and how you can do it yourself!
One part theory and one part practical this class also includes learning the basics of Adobe Photoshop. It may sound daunting if you have never tried it yourself but we promise once you try it for yourself and with our guidance, you will love it. And with these new skills we know you'll be very excited to create more and more of your own content. Have a look (below) at the nifty guide books we have been working on, full of all the tips and tricks we have picked up along the way.
We still have a few spots left for class so if this is something up your alley sign up for The Art of Visual Storytelling.
.. The Art of Visual Storytelling.
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 by Irene Hoofs
2 weeks ago we took our addiction to Instagram to the next level by inviting Insta-celeb, Jelito de Leon, to teach a Bloesem Class and show us the ropes of how he has garnered so many followers on Instagram and how he manages to hit it out of the park, instagram shot after instagram shot.
Here are some shots of how the class went. We set up props throughout the class room to make it as inspiring and as "instagrammable" as possible for students to test out their newly-learnt skills. And of course we had to had some yummy desserts and bites to stay fueled.
If you like what you see and want to get in on the Bloesem Class action, we've got a few classes lined up for you.
Good bags all ready and waiting for the arrival of the instagrammers.
Greens around the class room waiting to be photographed.
Students taking photography to the next level. Do what you have to to get the shot! You regret 100% of the shots you don't take. I think that quote was made for instagram, no?
Jelito arrived with this dream catcher as a gift from the Craftsmith Team. What a beauty.
Not photographed was our tours around the picturesque Tiong Bahru neighbourhood, but we'll leave that to our students. You can find many images taken by them of the neighbourhood if you search #bloesemclass on instagram.
We hope to see you at our next class! We always have different classes so if you find something you like make sure you grab a spot before it's too late. Some classes you might want to join:
- Tapestry Weaving by Natalie Miller
- Macrame by Natalie Miller
- The Art of Visual Storytelling by Irene Hoofs
- Candle Making by Anne & Luke Suthern of Deckle and Hide
.. For more information about Bloesem class.
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 by Irene Hoofs
The last week of August was dedicated to shibori dyeing with Arounna from Bookhou. Arounna and John reside in Canada but were here for a week's stay along with 5 classes - 3 shibori classes and 2 other water coloring classes.
The artistic couple took this chance to explore Singapore and do abit of painting too. We loved following their journey on Arounna's instagram account. They painted in the park and noticed all kinds of beautiful flora and fauna which we might have taken for granted.
Anyway, back to the shibori class.. it went swimmingly! With the shibori print being one of the hottest trends on the market (we've been seeing alot of it online for awhile now), it was fun seeing the students explore different techniques and coming up with different patterns. Arounna brought along some samples she had created previously for reference which really helped inspire everyone.
We also learned that the indigo dye is really powerful. Everyone left looking very contented but also looking abit dead with their blue finger tips! At least everyone had a great time!
Prepping their patterns by using marbles, rubber bands and ice cream sticks.. just some of the options.
Post-dyeing: The most satisfying part of the entire process - cutting away the rubber bands and revealing the pattern!
If you joined us for the shibori class, thank you! And we hope you had as much fun as we did. If you missed it we are sorry to hear that but we always organize different classes so you might find something else you would enjoy as well.
Image credits: Mei Kwee - our lovely operations manager.
.. If you are interested to find out more about Bloesem Class
.. Class coming up: Be Insta Good with Jelito de Leon or read our post about the class here.