Thursday, 31 July 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Here's looking back on the classes with Ken and Erin! They sent over this beautiful clip.. oh, they captured the love for our neigbourhood tiong bahru so well ... it is such a pleasure to have our studios in this lovely neighbourhood, it feels like home and we have such creative neighbours! We are also really looking forward to all our upcoming classes.. here's what you have to look forward to:
Join us for the Upcoming Bloesem Classes:
Shibori Dyeing with Indigo
Water, Paint & Brushes - Watercoloring class
Be Insta Good - Instagram Class
Tapestry Weaving Class
Knots & Ropes - Macramé Class
See you in class. Bloesem Class is back in session!
Bloesem Class is back in session: See what's in store this August, September and October!
Video credit : Ken Loechner (his workshop at Bloesem Class)
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Class Alert: Watercoloring class with Arounna from Bookhou
Watercolouring is now more than just musings on paper, it is seamlessly being intertwined with objects in our everyday lives. With an artistic play of liquid hues, you can transform simple objects or fabrics into beautiful home accessories to brighten up your room or even fashion pieces like totes to spice up your wardrobe! All this can be achieved with the help of Arounna Khounnoraj -- textiles genius, artist and founder of Bookhou! Arounna will teach you the basic watercolour techniques such as wet-in-wet, glazing and washes for you to create lively visuals pleasing to the eye. The results are stunning and magical. You will be amazed at your own work! But that’s not all… you will learn to transfer your watercolour expressions into practical items, something you can show off in your home or on the streets! So why not let this be a date to instill a sense of renewed energy towards watercolouring!
Arounna will also be teaching a shibori class while she's here! Read more about it here. And if you are interested in attending both classes, well we couldn't be happier and of course there is always a special deal for that!
PACKAGE DEAL Attend both of Arounna’s classes, 'Water, Paint and Brushes!’ --- and --- ‘Shibori Dyeing with Indigo’, and enjoy a $40 discount by dropping us an email to purchase both classes.
3 fun hours of engaging in a hands-on art experience… Creating patterns, replicating physical objects with paint or just splashing colours to create your own unique art playground! Open to all abilities, the workshop will cover a demonstration of watercolour techniques by Arounna, sufficient time for you to express your creativity and plenty of feedback and help from the teacher. You will not only wave goodbye with your very own art pieces but a goodie bag to continue creating more watercolour magic at home. Accompanied with delicious food and drinks, it will be a great time of discovering your own style, unlocking your creativity, and finding your creative voice! You can even bring along your child for a fun time of bonding over water, paint and brushes!
Photo credits: Bookhou
Find out more about Arounna, Bookhou or the class here
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Class Alert: Be Instagood with Jelito de Leon
With over 50k followers on instagram, we couldn't think of an instagrammer with a more inspiring collection of photographs to show us the ropes.
If you are intrigued by incredible feeds of popular Instagrammers and want to know all the tricks of the trade involved in taking captivating photos using your mobile device… well, this workshop is for you! Learn from popular Instagram photographer, Jelito de Leon, how to take shots that stand out on Instagram and optimize this platform for your small businesses. From ways to manipulate your phone camera for the best lighting and angles to using the best apps to edit your photos, this Instagram expert will help you expand your photographic vision to the world of Instagram.
But more than just photo-taking tips, he will teach you the importance of building a community around your visuals and the various ways to interact on the platform to build stronger relationships with your audience. Instagram addict or not, this workshop will definitely broaden your eyes and mind on the marketing power of Instagram -- where the future of social media lies!
More facts about Jelito.. He is a freelance Food & Lifestyle photographer from Manila whose photographs are inspired by the daily things he sees around him. A photography student at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts, he expresses a minimalistic view of still life photography. A popular Instagrammer with over 50k followers, his Instagram feed shows variations of cleverly arranged objects such as utensils and food that are decorated against a simple white backdrop and an array of pretty details derived from nature. He also documents his love for photography, food and film on his blog.
It will be 3 fun hours of Instagramming, learning from and being inspired by Jelito de Leon. Not forgetting fabulous foods and delicious drinks. It won't be just 3 hours of listening, we promise! We are going to take you on a tour around our favorite neighborhood, Tiong Bahru, for you to put your new skills to practice and receive feedback from Jelito himself! There will also be plenty of time to ask questions and discuss mobile photography in general. All you need to bring to this class is your smart phone!
We even did a feature of Jelito for our #B.Instagood column in february! So you know we have been a fan for awhile now, way before February, so we are beyond excited to finally meet up in person.
Photo credits: Jelito de Leon
.. Jelito on Instagram
.. Sign up for Be Insta Good with Jelito de Leon
Tuesday, 1 July 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Over the past week, Bloesem played host to Rubyellen and Ben of Cakies. The sweet couple came all the way from LA so that Rubyellen could share her felt flower making expertise with some of our Bloesem class students!
We had a blast creating, chatting about everything from crafts to kids (Rubyellen and Ben have 4 adorable girls) and eating some delicious food. The photographs that follow will explain everything that happened during class.
Other than teaching, Rubyellen also explored our city with her husband and wow oh wow, we can't get enough of her instagram shots of Singapore! Seriously, she definitely sees Singapore in a much more beautiful light than we do. Singapore is beautiful but some of her shots made us double take and question whether we were living in the same place she was visiting. See for yourself! This is our favorite..
The class recap continues after the cut..
Some of Rubyellen's creations that she brought to Singapore.. They definitely brightened up the space.. Who needs fresh flowers!
Our gorgeous teacher.. Rubyellen, we miss you already!
Of course we had to have a photo-op! And Ben was there to snap away.
A girl's got to eat, even when she is so focused on her felt flower creations. Sushi time!
.. If you are interested to find out more about Bloesem Class
.. Class coming up: Shibori dyeing with Arounna of Bookhou or read our post about the class here.
Monday, 30 June 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Class Alert: Shibori Dyeing class with Arounna from Bookhou
After countless students have told us that they have missed our classes, we are announcing our next Bloesem class almost a full two months ahead of time! We are pleased as punch to be having Arounna Khnounnoraj, half of the duo behind Bookhou, come from Canada to teach us the ways of Shibori dyeing. (Remember she will only be in town for a short while, this is not a class that will be repeated soon, so don't miss your chance!)
Many of you are already familiar with Arounna's work. Her bags, pouches and many other homewares and accesories under the label Bookhou are handmade beautifully and sell like hotcakes in the Bloesem store!
If you are drawn to patterns and fabrics, may we suggest adding some Shibori dying techniques to your skills with this new making class. Shibori is everywhere! It’s the new pattern for 2014 - 2015 and now you can learn how to make it too. We are already in love with this Japanese dyeing technique which dates back to the 8th century.
So spice up your wardrobe this season and learn how to make your own Shibori scarf and tote. Instead of throwing away that old plain top, maybe give it a make over with some Shibori!
The following images are some indigo inspiration we found while excitedly looking through shibori ideas online.
The possibility of re-inventing our wardrobe in a million ways, as seen on Park & Cube.
The price of the workshop covers 3 hours of learning and creating your very own scarf and 1 tote bag with Shibori patterns, plus an extra goodie bag to continue working on more patterns at home! Accompanied with delicious food and drinks, it will be a great time to get your fingers dirty and engage with others who love hands-on experiences just as much as you.
Arounna will teach you the different techniques of sewing, tying and clamping fabrics to create “resist” areas where the distinctive Indigo dye will not be absorbed resulting in beautiful patterns your eyes will not believe.
The many techniques used in Shibori dyeing, as potrayed by Kinfolk.
Shibori technique used to make totes and pillows by Hatchetmade.
Photo credits: Bookhou unless mentioned.
Find out more about Arounna, Bookhou or the class here.
Thursday, 12 June 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Class Alert: Pajaki Chandelier making with Rubyellen Bratcher
Most of you already know that Rubyellen of Cakies Blog will be visiting sunny Singapore at the end of this month and she will be teaching classes on felt flower making! Yesterday we announced a second class: Pajaki Chandelier Making!
There will be 2 classes taking place at the Bloesem Creative Space in Singapore on Tuesday 24 June
2014, 6.30 pm to 9 pm & Wednesday 25 June
2014, 12.30 pm to 3 pm.
Pajaki Chandeliers, or Polish paper mobiles, are truly beautiful craft pieces wouldn't you agree? Traditionally, these mobiles are a symbol of good health and happiness. They definitely make us happy! With some simple craft supplies available at our local craft stores, together with direction and encouragement from our teacher, Rubyellen Bratcher, you too will be able to create your own Pajaki chandelier that you can hang proudly in your own home. The colorful and vibrant decor pieces will act as a cheerful pop to any room in your home, plus you made it yourself which automatically deems it pretty impressive. While Rubyellen is in town, she will also be teaching classes on felt flower making. With the skills you pick up in both classes, you could make all sorts of pretty wreaths and mobiles.
What you can expect is the Bloesem standard: 2.5 hours of fun, learning and scrumptious food and drinks. In the company of your fellow crafters (say hello to a handful of new crafty friends!), we will all have a night off from the stresses and chaos of daily life and just spend some time focusing on creating beautiful pieces of art. With a goody bag filled with craft supplies so you can continue on your chandeliers at home, we will bid each other goodnight but continue keeping up with everyone's craft adventures via instagram.
We have very limited spaces and as usual this is a one time event, so make sure you sign up quickly. We have gotten so many emails of students missing classes because they think they Bloesem classes are on a regular schedule, eg. once every month, but our teachers fly in especially for class so make sure you don't miss them.