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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Event Review: The HandMade Movement

Event: The Hand Made Movement (bFree Centre of Creativity)
By Cynthia (Guest Blogger)

If there is anyone who appreciates and understands the art of handmade items, I think I should be considered one. This is because I am equally as involved in handmade stuff in my day job too ;) Well, I don't really do the manual job anymore besides the rare occasion where I am needed to conduct lessons on it. But having to work in such an environment has made me more appreciative of all things handmade. We are really passionate about stuff handmade that even our packaging boxes are hand weaved or hand patched with fabrics =D

boiling water to remove wax | the canting tools and some wax and resins

work in progress in our humble studio-cum-office

But today's post is not about the fabulous things that I do on my day job. Today we shall celebrate the awesomeness of being able to at least do something with our own bare hands and proud to label it 'Hand Made With Love' ;)

And if by now if your bare hands are itching and fidgeting to do something creative, let it be free at the Bfree centre of creativity. Organised by the HandMade Movement, the Bfree centre provides a platform for all craft enthusiast to learn various form of crafts from scrapbooking, making own soap and lip balm (yes! why buy when you can make your own!), polymer clay, book binding and many more interesting activities to explore.

I managed to have my hands on the Beginner's Polymer Class, conducted by HooiYin of TinyPinc. And class was fun! The enthusiastic participants comprises craft lovers of all backgrounds! The Chinese, Malays and Indians (from India ok!) of all ages with one vision - to make polymer choco chips cookies =D Talk about being muhibbah!! ;)

class in session

The starter kit. Notice the ring base and some earring chain?
Yes, we are making something! Yay!
Mould, press, mould, press

choco chips in the making! ;)

I would call this the 'texturing' process to create the dents on the cookies ;)

A pair of butter cookies to in progress to be baked and turn into earrings (and not to eat?!) Check my choco chips cookies glazed with.. glue >.<

Getting ready to be baked! Woohoo!
Everyone was so excited to wait for the outcome ;)

While waiting for our bakes for the day to be completed, we progress into making Candy Cane. Don't you always wonder how did they achieve the swirl?

Roll, roll, roll, roll and twist!

tada! my candy cane all done!

And all our fabulous choco chips, butter cookies and candy cane went into this oven while we waitetd eargerly to see how it will turn out to be =D =D

Baking! | Some of the collection brought in by Hooi Yin to inspire us ;)

By now, I hope you are shrieking in excitement knowing that you now need not sit in front of the PC and google ways to make these crafty items and have no interaction with people of the likes. Check out some of the classes available in the Bfree Centre and get hold of some friends whom you think may be interested too and start getting crafty. If you have no friends of the same interest, like me, go alone! And meet more new friends.

Fret not about anyone bitching about what you wear, what you look like or how you smell (ok, maybe not this!) in the class, as I can see that everyone comes with the grand intention to learn the craft for and bring home some skills that they can practice during their leisure time ;)

Jewellery Making Class | Polymer Clay Class

Lip Balm Making Class | Scrapbooking Class

Book binding Class | Socks Doll Making Class

The Bfree Centre is located at 12A-3, Jalan PJS 8/11, Dataran Mentari, Bandar Sunway, 46150, Petaling Jaya, Selangor D.E, Malaysia.

I think I am planning to go for the decoupage class the next round. Want to know what's that? Head on HERE!

Happy Shopping!
Cynthia a.k.a. Guest Blogger for YSK
Edited by YourShoppingKaki :)

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