Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Miniature Food Accessories (2) Live size kueh Tutu

The 2nd episode of  锁住味道   the hosts yiling and zhengrong are wearing my handmade live size kueh tutu .These live size kueh tutu are custom made for themas  requested from MediaCrop stylist. . I made them into hair band and brooch.

Yiling is wearing my handmade kueh tutu on her right arm and zhengrong is wearing a brooch on his shirt. 

My handmad  e Live size kueh tutu accessory. 

Live Size Kueh tutu hair band 

My handmade kueh tutu accessory, hair band.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Making Makan Miniatures With Kin, The Clay Artist

This article was written by the team of Epikk, a very interesting web that introducing the makers of Singapore.

Making Makan Miniatures With Kin, The Clay Artist
Entirely self-taught, Kin has managed to build a reputation as one of the most skilled clay artists in the making community. It certainly helps that she has a bubbly sense of humour! Read more on the Epikk blog. 

Read More About Kin (please go to the following link for more about the interview)


“What was your friends’ response when you started making food miniatures?”
“Wow, they want to eat!”
Walking into Kin’s little workshop with the Epikk team felt like a child walking into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Her walls were adorned with many of her past pieces, all clay miniatures of delectable goodies.
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All of the works that were displayed served as evidence of her passion for her craft. Kin start making clay miniatures 10 years ago, learning the art form all by herself. Initially a freelance tour guide by profession, she discovered clay miniatures that were sold by a Chinese couple. She asked them to teach her, but was rebuffed.
“Actually there was a couple who were making this, so I asked them if they were teaching, and they said no. Then whatever lor, so I went and learnt by myself. I taught myself how to do this,” she said, recounting her early days.
Her willingness to experiment and learn from her mistakes was a key trait which helped her discover what she liked, and also what she didn’t.
“I self-taught myself for 3 years. 3 years, and I did everything that I never did before, then try, try, try, try,” she said.
Through experimenting with clay and clay modelling techniques, she eventually built up a sizable base of knowledge, ranging from what kind of clay is suitable for what kind of models to how you should mix and use colours and paints.

Experimenting to discover


As Kin became increasingly more well-known among the clay modelling enthusiasts, she was eventually contacted to be part of a big project with Home Team and SMRT, where she was tasked to make 20,000 figurines of everyday heroes such as policemen and firemen!
“They persuaded me: you can lah, you can lah,” she said, when describing how representatives from Home Team tried to get her on board.
She eventually accepted, and embarked on what was to become her biggest project thus far. Over a period of four months, she was making clay figurines for up to 16 hours a day, from morning to night. She also had to meet designated mini-deadlines, where she had to produce a batch of figurines by a certain date. Fortunately, she had creative freedom over what she made.
“What they gave me is quite flexible, Design up to me, material up to me, as long as the heroes are there,” she said, showing us some figurine samples she made for herself.

The Epikk team couldn’t help but admire how detailed her works were. From each individual grain of rice, to the colour on the food, Kin was meticulous in ensuring that each miniature looked as close to its original as possible. How was it that she could be so sure of the details?

“You like mee pok? I love mee pok so much you know, that’s why you see I do a lot of mee pok.  My first actual local food is mee pok. In my mind, it’s already mee pok,” she said, laughing.
Hearing her infectious laughter, we couldn’t help but laugh out loud ourselves. Following her passion with intensity and dedication, and a touch of humour, has definitely made Kin a Maker to be admired.
Want to learn from Kin? Sign up for her workshop on Epikk! You can also check out some of her projects to see what she’s done. Be sure to take a look at our interview with Jeremiah too, another one of the makers who will be conducting a workshop under Epikk Workshops!
Written by Sufyan Selamet
Photography By Sufyan Selamet
Also published on Medium 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Miniature clay art lesson at Manjusri Secondary School.

Last Monday , I conducted a miniature clay art lesson at  Manjusri Secondary School. I had a great time with the girl guide students, that was a fabulous experience , just so much fun with them.  During the 2 hours lesson, we did some of our local snacks like, curry puff, kueh tutu and kueh dadar etc. Thank you for sharing these 2 hours with me.

I think they really enjoyed the lesson.

so concentrated at their miniature food

These are part of the miniature food items they had learned.

Happy teacher and students! Thanks for having such a great time with me!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Miniature Shun Kueh

This is another piece of my handmade miniature local food series accessories.  Live size  Shun Kueh brooches . They are all done for MediaCorp's food programme , you will see them on TV  in August 2015.

My handmade live size fake local food: shun kueh

I made the miniature shun kueh into 2 different sizes

On the left hand size is the real size of shun kueh 

My handmade local food shun kueh brooch.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Miniature Bakkwa Brooches

These cute little miniature Bak kwa was made recently due to request . I made them into brooches due to the request of  Singapore MediaCorp' stylist , yaowen. You will see these mini bak kwa brooches in one of the MediaCorp food programme  in August 2015.

                                                  My handmade miniature local snack : bak kwa

Yaowen and I had discussed  how to make these miniature bak kwa into brooches. 
This was Yaowen's idea, put them on a real wire plate. 

Preparing my mini bak kwa

It was not easy to put these 2 heavy bak kwa on top of a mini wire plate. 

My final product: miniature bak kwa brooches

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Miniature Accessories Class

Learn how to make a beautiful accessory using your handmade miniature food. I taught this lady to make some special rings by using the mini food she specially requested during the lesson. Those  are all her favorite food.

these are her favorite food , she can carry them around...

                                                           a cup of mini coffee with cake

miniature sandwich with eggs and ham

a cute little DIY mini whole cake

You can make many different types of  mini food you like and make them into ring, brooch or other accessories. 

These are some of  my handmade miniature food rings. 

My handmade miniature food bracelet 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Miniature Clay Art Lesson

This was the first time teaching making cartoon characters on the 2 hrs miniature DIY lesson. Not like miniature food or self image that I have been teaching for a long time.    This was challenging as I do not know how skillful my students are and whether they can do it well or not as cartoon characters are not easy to make alike. Yay! They did very well!

From their smiles on their face, I knew they are very satisfied with their creations!

Step y step , you can make it!  Miniature totolo done by shien and her boy friend

Hello, I am mini totolo 

Just like keeping a pet, we put these cute little handmade totolo inside a clear box . 
( when you got time, make some food for them!! haha)