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!
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.. 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
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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.
Monday, 8 September 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Image credits: apairandaspare
Class Alert: We're Making Tassels!
Class details: Monday 29 SEP 2014, 6.30pm to 9.30pm - OR - Tuesday 30 SEP 2014, 1pm to 4pm Bloesem Creative Space in Tiong Bahru, Singapore 77 Seng Poh Road #01-81 Singapore 161077
If you think that TASSELS are just ancient ornaments on hems of royal garments or a series of threads wound around a cord hanging beside your curtains… You might have just missed out on the latest trend around! These embellishments that date back to the ancient times are making a HUGE comeback in both the fashion and interior industry. From dresses to necklaces and even earrings, many of this year's coolest fashion pieces have some sort of tassel action happening, offering any outfit a splash of elegance, a tint of flirtation, or just a quick bit of colour. Home decor is also not far behind... Tassels are appearing on furniture of modern homes as chic and artful accents to lamps, pillows, table runners and much more!
Join in the trend and learn from Morrison Polkinghorne the art of tassel making. He will teach you the traditional techniques to make intricate tassels but with contemporary and bright coloured strings to make them a real pop on your body or in your home! Once you have mastered these techniques of tassel making, it will allow you to make a tassel fringe or a multi-key tassel in no time which you can use as accents in your future design projects.
Morrison Polkinghorne is Australia's most Internationally renowned textile expert. His business Passementeries, specializes in hand-crafted 8th century French-style fine tassels and trims, ornamental ropes and bullion fringe for discerning clients, national trust and heritage homes, and for heirloom restoration. Each item leaving his small workshop shows the same attention to detail, a precision, demonstrated only in hand-crafted work by skilled artisans. Morrison is also the director of Globetrotting Gourmet and co-author of "The Burma Cookbook". Together with his partner Robert Carmack, they organize and host culinary tours to Southeast Asia.
It will be 3 hours of tassel making fun accompanied with delicious food and drinks! The workshop will cover traditional techniques to making tassels which include rope making, quick and simple knot tying, as well as some easy ways to embellish your tassels. With just a few twists and turns, Morrison will guide you through making your very own simple key tassels. He will then teach you more advanced designs such as the blind tassel where you will learn to decorate the head of your tassel with a detached buttonhole stitch and tie a lattice over the skirt. All the materials needed for the class will be included as well, and are all yours to take home to continue the tassel fun. You will be amazed at the number of different tassels you will be able to create, because we are too!
Image Credit: MarthaStewart, Planete Deco, Glitter Guide
... Morrison Polkinghorne
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Class Alert: The Art of Visual Story Telling by Irene Hoofs
Racking your brain for creative content to post on your blog or social media platforms? Squeezing your creative juices dry to grow visitors on your corner of the Internet? Envying photos on blogs that look amazing, but don't have Photoshop skills at your fingertips? Fret no more, we have a class just for you!
Join us for a 4-hour crash course taught by our very own Irene Hoofs from Bloesem Blogs, where she will go over all the tips and tricks of how to create online content for your blogs or other forms of social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Specifically catered to newbie bloggers, the class will split into two 2-hour sessions – theory and practice – for you to put your best foot forward online.
Irene Hoofs is the founder and editor of the Bloesem blogs where she share ideas for design, for leisurely pursuits, for creating soul-soothing interiors, for love of the handmade, for vintage appreciation and for the art of traveling. Over the years, Bloesem has grown into one of the most innovative and successful design blogs having won VT-wonen Best Life-style blogger award 2012, and ranked #13 for ‘The World’s Best 50 Design Blogs’ by the Times online... just to name a few! Irene is also the founder of Bloesem Kids, a blog for design-conscious parents to revel in the daily updates which include finds, crafting, cooking, fashion and occasional book reviews by Irene and other guest writers. Also widely reviewed, Bloesem Kids won #BeastBest award from Newsweek in 2013 in the Parenting category and was ranked numerous times on Babble.com in different categories.
Read on to find out more about the class..
During the second 2-hour block, Zara S., Creative at Bloesem, will give you a hands-on lesson on the basics of using Photoshop such as editing your photos to make them look professional, preparing images for the web, creating photo collages and using basic Photoshop tools. We will also give you sufficient time to write a your very own blog post and create photo collages to put your newly learnt skills to use!
Zara S. joined Bloesem in Singapore last year. She is a passionate instagrammer and graduate from NUS Division of Industrial Design in Singapore. After spending too much of her time in university on youtube and reading blogs, she found her true passion in social media. She spends her days in the Bloesem studio writing, styling and creating content for the Bloesem blogs.
The class will be held Friday 12 September 2014, 10.00 am to 2.00pm at the Bloesem Creative Space in Singapore, 77 Seng Poh Road #01-81 Singapore.
And of course besides leaving with a head full of knowledge, we will make sure your belly will be full of delicious food and drinks! You will also have plenty of time to have a chat with Irene and ask her anything about blogging and social media marketing! All you need for the class is your laptop!