Monday, 13 July 2015 by Irene Hoofs
In May we had the privilege of working with the Etsy team on hosting an event while they were here for #EtsymeetsSingapore. We are sure many of you are familiar with Etsy, the online marketplace where many buy and sell unique handmade items. Sharing with the creative scene in Singapore and meeting up with many current Etsy sellers and buyers, the team helped many learn how they could become Etsy affiliates. Current Etsy users also brushed up on tips to help them to better use the platform.
For the event held at the new Bloesem headquarters, not only did we get to work with the friendly Etsy team, we also partnered up with local brands like Fresh Pressed juice and Popaganda for treats for our guests.
Thanks to Rebecca Toh, we can look back fondly on images of the day! Shall we take you on a short trip down memory lane?
The day started off with bottles of freshly pressed FP juices. Healthy and refreshing, always a great beverage for the Singapore heat.
Hidhir, a local musician we were introduced to, provided the perfect acoustic vocals to entertain the guests as they grabbed some refreshments and mingled. We realized that live music is always a great idea for such events! He really set the tone for the entire day.
The Etsy team presented their Spring/Summer 2015 catalogue and shared more about their affiliate program.
An endless flow of yummy snacks kept everyone's tummies satisfied..
To promote the handmade movement in Singapore, the Bloesem Team decided to host one of our favourite Bloesem classes, Candle-making, during the event. Using soy wax and botanical essential oils, participants were able to make candles with their favourite scents to take home as a keepsake!
These cold treats were a hit.. Shockingly healthy, the Popaganda popsicles, are made with local produce and contain no dairy or preservatives. Totally guilt-free! A great way to wrap up the event.
We want to extend a BIG thank you to the Etsy team for being a joy to work with and for everyone who attended the event! It was an absolute pleasure to work with FP juice, Popaganda and Rebecca Toh our favourite photographer. Everyone left with a belly full of tasty goodness and a self-made candle..
If you have not experienced the wonderful world of Etsy, we would highly suggest it! If you are a creator, become an Etsy affiliate.. or if you just like supporting and buying handmade items, Etsy is the best place for that. Don't take our word for it, have a go at it yourself.. you won't be disappointed! The Bloesem Team have been long time shoppers and enthusiasts of Etsy, so hosting this event was definitely a dream come true for us!
Image credit: Rebecca Toh
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Monday, 18 May 2015 by Irene Hoofs
For all the long time lovers of peer-to-peer platform for buying and selling handmade and vintage items, we are so happy to say that Etsy is coming to Singapore! The Etsy team will be coming down to the our little red dot from the 18 to 28 May 2015. While they are here, they will be organizing a few different events to spread the word about Etsy, as well as to meet up with current Etsy sellers and hopefully future ones too..
Bloesem is very honoured to be working with Etsy to host a private event for press and social influencers in Singapore to get to know Etsy better. We are looking forward to an eventful day full of treats and activities with the participants who have RSVP. If you have received an invite, we do hope we will be seeing you then!
If you have been toying with the idea of joining Etsy to start selling your handmade and vintage goods to people around the world, this is the perfect opportunity! Etsy is offering a promo code to new sellers to open your own Etsy shop without any listing fees for the first 20 items. Just enter ETSYMEETSSINGAPORE when you visit the Etsy promotions page.
We've planned a fun-filled afternoon - feasting, festivities and of course no Etsy event would be complete without some hands-on crafting fun! We'll be teaching the participants how to create their very own scented candles.. our favourite craft to do with a group of friends. It's incredibly fun to pick and combine the different essential oils to come up with something that everyone loves.
However if you won't be joining us during the Etsy event, fret not! Bloesem candle making class makes a come back this summer with our 2 classes in June and July. Though we do have to warn you, this class is selling out fast, one of the classes is almost fully booked.. so don't wait too long before you grab your spot.
.. Bloesem Class
Thursday, 14 May 2015 by Irene Hoofs
Some of you may know that we have left Tiong Bahru (WHY? You ask ... read about it here ), but that’s not the end of Bloesem!
In fact, it’s just the beginning of something bigger and better. To celebrate this new beginning, we would love to invite you to the new Bloesem studio for a crazy crazy sale. Enjoy 30% of ALL BLOESEM MERCHANDISE and of course we’ll have some refreshing drinks for you to beat the heat.
The Bloesem Team wants to thank everyone for all your support thus far and hope you’ll be able to make it down this Friday 15 May 2015, from 9 am to 6pm. We’ll all be there hoping to meet you and have a nice chat.
For venue details do drop us an email! Please do RSVP to the event on Bloesem’s Facebook page!
Monday, 4 May 2015 by Irene Hoofs
Let's start off the week with something to look forward to this weekend - The Rush & Crush tent sale organised by DREAM interiors at its showroom and the car park space in front of it. Make a day out of it and head down for food, drinks, local designers and also a huge sale on DREAM's designer furniture and accessories.
Date: 9 – 10 May 2015, Sat & Sun
Time: 11am – 7pm
Venue: 456 River Valley Road, Singapore 248342
Admission is free, just click here to RSVP.
You may recognise some of the vendors who will be there at the event.. many of our local favourites!
Read on to see who'll be there..
Partners of the event include F&B innovators such as Bazuka Yakibuta, Preparazzi, Meat Saucery, Bird Bird by Artichoke, Satay Boy, The Papa Shop, Momolato, Cocoloco, Spinacas, Fish Sh-nack, and more.
Also at the event: Magpie Magazines, Gnome & Bow, Flea & Trees, Fictive Fingers, Cavalier, The Weekend Warrior, Shiok SG, Typesettingsg, and other notable local retailers and designers will be showcasing their pieces!
If that's not enough excitement for one event, DREAM has also invited renowned design mavens such as the likes of PHUNK, Eeshaun from Gardensilly, Lydia Yang from Oak & Bindi, Teresa Lim from Teeteeheehee, and Melvin Ong from Desinere, to feature some of their illustrations and products at the event.
This is a not to be missed 2-day event! So grab a friend or a bunch or even bring mom along, we're sure she would love a good tent sale this Mother's day. Mom can even do some furniture shopping at DREAM.
.. Rush & Crush Tent Sale
..RSVP to the event here
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 by Irene Hoofs
This weekend my juniors at my alma mater, National University of Singapore, will be having their Graduation show at The Plaza, National Library of Singapore. The graduating batch of students will be displaying their works, as well as some other works done by students and the department. It's scary how time flies, it feels like just last month that I was frantically running about with the rest of my classmates to get ready for our graduation show, but that was one whole year ago!
Another year, another bunch of fascinating works. If you are interested you should pop by and have a look! Alot of people have asked me over the years, " What's industrial design?" or " do you design industries?" (one of the worst) or " do you design factories?". Well this exhibition will be a great way to find out what we actually do, and no we do not design industries.. Maybe you will even find yourself inspired to design something!
Enough talk! On to the actual design part, let me share some of the works with you. A sneak peek if you will.. but of course you will head down this weekend to find out more about all the projects right?
Haikal designed Fix, a travel wallet for backpackers.
Corina and her team helps us get organized with Stitx.
Luma was a hit with all the students when Lim Kim and his team mate presented it.
For all the cycling enthusiasts, Seth's nifty invention, Transit Lock, comes in handy both as a carrier as well as a lock.
For all those pesky unwanted house guests, Min Hwee has developed Nimblyclean!
Hopefully I have wet your palette enough, all these works and much more will be showcased this weekend at the Graduation show. These kids (not literally because a kid would not have survived that many sleepless nights to get all these projects done) have put alot into their designs and I am so proud of them. Great job guys! Xo, Zara
.. NUS DID Graduation Show 2014
Tuesday, 9 July 2013 by Irene Hoofs
Instead of preparing some posts for you I went to De Kleine Fabriek yesterday ... a big trade fair for everything kids ... and it was such a pleasure meeting Frank Visser from IJM studio... not only was his booth or should I say pop / prop up shop a magical little place showcasing his beautiful colors and paints it was also very nice to be able to chat with him for a little while.
I believe it was a very smart move from the Kleine Fabriek to invite him ... he makes the creative difference at a fair like this.
Did you know that IJM has it's own Paint Collection available for you to order via this website. The site gives you a perfect guidance what color to choose by looking at the inspiration boards. My favorite is JUHU, what about you?
Frank also told me about his second book published at my favorite Belgian publisher called Luster his first 'Dutch architects and their houses' together with Morjam Bleeker was already gorgeous I am sure his second will be a spectacular feast of colors and inspiration.
Enjoy some color inspiration...
.. IJM studio
.. more IJM at Bloesem