WELCOME to a new dedicated blog for ACG members & frens ... to keep track of ACG events, member's workshops, a meeting place for those interested in arts & crafts, design, creativity, a resource of materials & info ...

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Removing marker pen stains

What do teachers & crafts in common?  STAINS on their favourite clothes :)

Hope these tips help -

Friday, 20 December 2013

Part 2 - Annual Craft Workshop & CFC session

The Crafting For Charity event has come to its end for the year 2013. The spirit of goodwill was really felt for this session. There are participants who came not to just to learn at the workshops that were offered, they came to make handmade goods regardless of what crafts technique was taught on that particular days. Thank you to all who has participate in the event and made it happen!

Hair Accessories using Up-cycle Materials by Crazeepatches

Ribbon Bow & Vintage Floral Ribbon brooch by Umi Kalsom

Felt "Garden Friends" by SekociNorlie

Learn & Do Paper Quilling by Eva Ng

Fabric Birdie Soft Toy by Nirwana Tuan Sariff

Love the spirit of giving? If you have any of your own handmade item that you would like to give away to charity, you might do so by passing the items to us by contacting us at acgmalaysia@gmail.com.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Part 1 - Annual Craft Workshop & CFC session

The annual craft workshop and CFC (Crafting For Charity) session was a success! Not only we produced a lot of small nicely made handmade items to give away for charity fundraising, a lot of participants got to acquire new craft making techniques and everyone has something special to share, whether it's their life experience, crafting ideas or simply helping out other participants with the projects they are working on.

A surprise visit from Turkish ceramic and creative soap artist, Meryem Buhari who made two crochet items for our CFC!
You can check out more of Meryem Buhari's works, here.

SAT 7 Dec 2013 -  Wire Bits CFC session by Mastura of Whimsicalnquirky.com.my 


This was followed by - Rose Pendant Wire Jewellery workshop by Whimsicalnquirky 

And then,  Hardanger Embroidery workshop by Zalita M. Nor of Lilhoneycollection.blogspot.com (photos pending)..

SUN 8 Dec 2013 -  Basic Crochet CFC session by MisfydKrafts
Participants for the basic crochet workshop were very lucky to receive a free copy of the first edition of "Jahitan Crochet" sponsored by the author herself, Lina A.R. Thank you Lina for your generosity,
it was indeed a nice gift!

Look at all the lovely items they made out of their mini crochet projects. The buttons  used to embellish  it were donated by Shah's Craft :)  TQ 

Folded Roses CFC session by Umi Kalsom Ismail

The huge amount of roses produced and made into hair accessories, tagged and ready to be contributed to charity organisations. Thanks to our hard-working, creative and fun volunteer crafters :)

Next was the Floral Ribbon Embroidery workshop - Felt Heart Bunting by Umi Kalsom

Followed by Macrame with Beads Bracelet workshop by Eva Ng

So, if you would like to learn new crafts with us or show off your skills and be in the crafters circle, its not too late! Part 2 - Annual Craft Workshop & CFC session will be conducted next weekend. And since its the school holidays, bring your child along and let them be crafty too!

For more information or if you like to book a seat for the event, please visit our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/179812212216495/

Reported by Aishah  Niehus
Edited by Jane Khoo
Photo credits :  Mastura, Fid and Jane

Friday, 29 November 2013

ACG@National Textile Museum - 2013 Annual Craft Workshop & CFC session


We are very happy to continue our annual craft workshops at the National Textile Museum. This is our 3rd time there.  And since this year is also our 20th Anniversary - we are introducing a CFC session followed by 2 paid workshops. This is to allow more people a chance to visit the museum and join us in doing what we love most - crafting among frens! and for a good cause too!

What is CFC??
CFC = Crafting for Charity (FOC). Its from 10am-12noon. Crafters are invited to come and help make saleable items. We will collect back these items and give it to selected charities to support their fund-raising/charity bazaars. Our instructors are contributing their time & materials but crafters are encouraged to contribute some materials & bring their own tools, if they have any. 

10AM-12NOON    CFC SESSION =>  Come join us on to make crafts to be given to selected charities for their fund-raising efforts. Time & materials sponsored by our ACG instructors.

12.30-2.30PM & 3-5PM =>  Come learn make various type of textile & jewelry-based crafts for ONLY RM35 each. 
For the paid workshops, the RM35 fee includes instruction, materials and loan of tools. For this workshop, you can bring back your finished items. 
Our FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE will provide the latest updates of the event.
7 Dec SAT
10am-12noon   - CFC with Mastura Mustaffa Whimsicalnquirky making simple wire items (FOC)
12.30-2.30pm   - Rose Pendant - Wire jewellery by Mastura (RM35)
3.00-5.00pm     - Hardanger Embroidery (Sulam cabut) by Zalita M Nor (RM35)

8 Dec SUN
10am-12noon   - CFC with MisFyfKrafts - learn to make basic crochet items. 

                         Also Umi Kalsom will be teaching folded roses (FOC)
12.30-2.30pm   - Floral Ribbon Embroidery by Umi Kalsom Ismail (RM35)
3.00-5.00pm     - Macrame with beads bracelet by Eva Ng (RM35)

14 Dec SAT
10am-12noon    - CFC with Crazeepatches making hair accessories using scrap fabric, lace, buttons, beads,etc.

                          And Umi Kalsom will teach ribbon bow (FOC)
12.30-2.30pm    - Felt "Garden Friends" by SekociNorlie - Craft and Paint with Heart(RM35)
3.00-5.00pm      - Vintage Floral Ribbon brooch by Umi Kalsom (RM35)

15 Dec SUN
10am-12noon     - CFC with Eva Ng - learn & do paper quilling (FOC)
12.30-2.30pm     - Fabric Birdie soft toy / cushion by Nirwana Tuan Sariff (RM35)
3.00-5.00pm       - Beaded Brooch with Swarovski crystal by Eva Ng (RM35)

Pls email us for further info or payment details :  acgmalaysia@gmail.com

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

GMBO - Get Malaysian Business Online - RM1000 grant

To help 50,000 Malaysian micro entrepreneurs, especially women running online shops with a RM1000 grant each.

Have u applied? Just meet the following requirements

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Product safety for handmade toys

Here's some info on product safety and compliance by a US crafter. Some points are relevant to any market. Do take a look at her blog post to ensure your product is safe for kids :

This blog is also listed on our Page tab - Copyright & Safety

Monday, 21 October 2013


Photo shoot for Femme City promo @ Menara Star
In the last few years, starting with The Star's Femme City Exhibition (anyone remember this event? ) at KL
Convention Centre..

ACG has been getting offers to run workshops, hold hand-made markets, join George Town Festival (GTF) activities, invitations to arty crafty events etc.. and so WE NEED MORE MEMBERS WITH VARIOUS CREATIVE PASSIONS to come together to offer their services & skill, to increase our pool of crafters.

This year, we just had to turn down opportunities because our pool of active members are exhausted ..

Whether u are a full-time craft practitioner, artist or just a hobbyist ... there's always something u can get out of being with ACG!  If you do not do much creative work, just come join us and be an ART / CRAFT SUPPORTER... when we visit art exhibition openings, road trips to art festivals like Georgetown Festival, craft demonstrations,... Yes, u can get free invites over FB, but if u go alone, it may be a bit intimidating but going with other members, the fun doubles.

Just let us know what u like. Comment on our FB page / Kawan-kawan acg..so we can gauge what arty-crafty activities that will interest u.

So do, come for this AGM and meet up with members and if u feel comfortable with us, sign up for annual or life membership and stay in touch on Facebook. All paid members are added to a 'secret' FB group where only members are allowed. Then we can plan, discuss and inspire each other!
Our first road trip - GTF 2012 Georgetown Festival
ACG members, do encourage your FB frens to come and 'try us out' (macam beli baju pulak..hehe) at this AGM. Or forward this email to frens who may be interested. Thanks

But let's not only ask what the guild can do for u but what u can do for the guild to achieve our collective dream of putting Art & Crafts at par with other forms of creative work!  As a member, THE GUILD IS YOURS.  YOU HAVE TO CONTRIBUTE YOUR TIME / SUPPORT (by attending programmes) TO REAP BENEFITS. 

Helping our ACG member - Kedai makeover

The founding members, when officially registering the guild in 1993, envisioned the guild as supporting all kinds of creative endeavours. That is why the name is ARTS (all forms of artistic expressions) and CRAFTS (all types of hand-made items) and not Art & Craft. And the word GUILD is chosen instead of Society or Association, to stress on its role in SUPPORTING, CREATING OPPORTUNITIES, UNITING and dispelling negative perceptions. 

Sad to say, in this era there are still out-dated perceptions of art & craft as child's play and not as a form of self-expression, self-development and an effective  therapy to counter today's stressful work environment.
Happy participants of ACG's silk-screen printing workshop @National Textile Museum
But this is changing with the advent of social media, online blogshops, more disposable income for the young. Most of our members live a double life ..in the business world & in the artistic, creative world which is an excellent balance for a full life, although at times it may seem like a tug & war, coupled with family commitments. Even full-time artists have this dilemma of painting to earn a living to feed the family and painting to express themselves. But having an outlet to express one's self is important.

Failing this, in this the pressure cooker world some will find other unhealthy outlets like anti-social behaviours - smoking, alcoholism, drug abuse, road rage, depression, violence or simply binge eating! (you know, overeating on KFC, cheesecake, teh tarik, ..).

In a creative endeavour, we go through process of conceptualizing, planning, creating right up to the final product. This gives the all important sense of accomplishment, in making either something of beauty (aesthetically pleasing) or of meaning (eg. a social commentary).

So to manage this wide scope of work, we have added (and still adding) separate blogs to handle more specialised areas of arts & crafts :

MAIN ACG BLOG :    http://acgmalaysia.blogspot.com/
ACG members & Malaysian printmakers arriving for 1st Macau Printmaking Triennial 2012. Also visited Gualan Printmaking Centre & Dafen Oil Painting Village in Shenzhen, China
for Malaysian print artists   -   http://printmakingmalaysia.blogspot.com/  
This is a compilation of 5000 word essays on Development of Printmaking from each participating countries. The Malaysian text was written by ACG president, Jane Khoo and Prof. Rahman & printed in 3 languages -English, Portuguese & Mandarin (a standard practice in all Macau official matters) and bears our guild's name.
   - moderated by myself with the help of Prof. Rahman, USM

for paper crafters                 -   http://papercraftmychallenge.blogspot.com/
   - moderated by their designer team - Eva, Namizam, Sazalina & Elsie Fun

for art & craft workshops    -   http://creativemalaysia.blogspot.com/        
   - to be moderated by ACG Programmes Coordinator.
   - Members who r run classes can list their schedules and workshop fees on this blog. This will provide a
      link between instructors & students. So if u have any up-coming classes, pls email to
      ACGmalaysia@gmail.com with the details.

Here's wishing everyone a creative week ahead!! See u on Sunday 27 October 2013!

Enjoying the band at Textile Museum's New Year Eve party 2012


Have u RESERVED this date??

SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER 2013 -> 1pm Textile Museum 


1PM     Arrival of ACG members & ACG FB frens
             - ACG Members Attendance List (IMPORTANT for Registrar of Society purposes)
             - Update your hp, e-mail address, mailing/home address

             MEMBERSHIP DESK
             - Renew membership - Annual fee is RM50 pa, Life is RM150
             - New members - sign up
             - Register for Member Gift Exchange. Get a lucky no.

             ACG T-SHIRT SALE
             - Can purchase during AGM, or order by sending SMS - size & qty. Email your order to
             - Short sleeve - RM21, three-quarter sleeve - RM23 (add RM8 for Pos Laju)
             - S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL
             - Everyone is encouraged to embellish / paint / bleach / print /sew/ applique to express your
               creativity, as long as logo on sleeve & at the back of the T-shirt is intact.

 1.30 PM  AGM begins. Frens and family can also join the meeting but as observers.
                 Only ACG members can vote.

 3 PM       AGM ends and the partee continues! HAPPY 20TH BIRTHDAY ACG!

Adjourn to Glass Foyer for finger food / coffee / tea (from Kafe Museum). Anyone who would like to contribute snacks/fruits would be most welcome.

- Each member is to bring a self-made /self- painted / handmade item to be given away to another member as a gesture of friendship & sharing of each other's passion !!

MEMBERS' SHOW & TELL (or as Kak Umi says... Show off session.. Hahaha!)
- Nothing pleases a crafter / creative person more than an opportunity to share & admire each other's work.

You may be a beginner or an active crafter/artist.. no matter .. We just love to see what everyone likes to do and maybe get a tip or two on how to improve our skill!

- The guild extends a warm welcome to Kawan-kawan acg & ACG page frens.
- Come meet us personally!! Let's see if we can recognise you by your FB name :)

ACG has been around for two decades and if not for Facebook & blogs we would not have been able to reach out to so many creative people/crafters/artists and get so many opportunities to participate & attend Art & Craft events and also share our artwork / handwork with each other. 

-  Wear ACG T-SHIRT or something with a creative twist!!

-  You cant make it?... Not just for a while? ... Really ah.. We gonna miss u BUT you can register your presence (for ROS's quorum requirements) by appointing another ACG member as your proxy, so u can be with us in spirit :) Then u can view our event on FB later loh..


Saturday, 22 June 2013

The Art of Selling Art - the mistakes

Menjual karya seni mesti ada The Art Of Selling. Ramai pelukis gagal menjual lukisannya kerana tidak mengetahui tehnik menjual dengan betul. 

Antara kegagalan menjual ialah meletak harga terlalu tinggi atau terlalu rendah, tidak tegas (teragak agak), terlalu lama bercerita sehingga pembeli seronok mendengar cerita. Pelukis selalu bercerita tentang kehebatan dirinya sehingga lupa hendak "close the deal'. 

Pelukis perlu ada seorang pengurus atau juru jual sekiranya dia tidak mampu menjual hasil karyanya. 

Ada pelukis ketika menjual lukisan suka memburukkan pelukis lain dengan alasan supaya pembeli minat membeli lukisannya. 

Setelah lukisan dijual jangan lupa After Sale Service kepada pembeli dengan selalu menghantar email, sms atau lawatan kerumah pembeli. 

Jangan suka mendesak pembeli atau kolector supaya membeli lukisan, bina dulu hubungan yang baik sekiranya dia senang dengan hasil karya kita sudah pasti dia akan memperkenalkan kita pada kawan kawannya. 

Pelukis kena tahu kenapa manusia suka membeli hasil karya seni.

— with Yusof Gajah Gajah.
Happy time...visiting Pak Yusof's studio.  Here, taken with Kak Zakiah

The Art of Selling Art

Mengenal pembeli dan kolector dulu sebelum menjual lukisan. Kita selalu beranggapan bahawa orang kaya atau berjawatan tinggi yang selalunya membeli lukisan. Kadang kala dugaan kita meleset. Sebelum menjual lukisan kita tau dulu beberapa pekara kenapa manusia suka membeli hasil karya seni. 

Yusof Gajah  & his wife (taken 2 years ago during my visit to his  home studio)
1. Menghiasi ruang dirumah,pejabat dan hotel. Terbagi pada semua golongan, yang mampu membeli lukisan yang mahal dan yang kurang mampu hanya sekedar membeli lukisan murah. Untuk hotel biasanya melalui Interior Decorator atau pemilik langsung kepelukis. 

2. Cendermata atau hadiah. Lukisan juga boleh dijadikan sebagai hadiah atau cendermata apabila kita berkunjung keluar Negara. Menjual lukisan kepada pelancong boleh mendatangkan pendapatan yang lumayan. Seorang pelukis wanita yang menjual lukisan hitam putih ditepi jalan diMasjid Negara mampu meraih pendapatan antara RM200.00 sehari.

3. Kenangan / sejarah. Biasanya mereka yang membeli atau menempah lukisan jenis ini mempunyai kenangan masa silam untuk dirakam. 

4. Business /pelaburan. Golongan ini akan membeli hasil lukisan pelukis dengan harga rendah atau sederhana dan menjualnya dengan harga tinggi.

5. Social status. Untuk menerbos golongan ini biasanya pembeli akan membeli dari pelukis yang sudah menempah nama dan terkenal. Golongan ini akan merasa bangga mempamerkan lukisan koleksinya sama dengan koleksi mobil mewahnya. Untungnya sekira pelukis mampu menjual lukisan kepada golongan ini maka kawan kawan kolector tersebut akan turut sama membeli.

6. Mengumpul bahan sejarah seni lukis. Ada kolector yang mengumpul lukisan lukisan yang baru dan pernah menang dalam pertandingan seni lukis. Tujuannya supaya ia akan mendahului memiliki karya karya baik sebelum dibeli oleh orang lain.

7. Rasa simpati kepada pelukis. Golongan ini mudah rasa simpati melihat nasib pelukis dan membeli lukisan supaya dapat membantu pelukis agar terus melukis. Pelukis juga kena berhati hati jangan sampai aysik dan selalu meminta lukisannya dibeli.

8. Minat yang mendalam pada karya seni. Minat yang mendalam pada karya seni membuat sesaorang membeli lukisan tanpa fikir panjang. Kadang kala pelukis sendiri merasa hairan dan pelik kenapa ada jenis kolector seperti ini.

9. Menunjukkan ego juga memainkan peranan pada sesaorang ketika membeli lukisan. Biasanya ini berlaku diperasmian pameran sapalagi yang merasmikan pameran seorang VIP.

10. Ikut ikutan. Yang menjadi ikut ikut ini kadang kala kita sendiri tidak pasti kenapa mereka membeli lukisan. Motifnya mungkin supaya dia dibandang seorang yang celik seni atau hanya suka suka. Lukisan yang dibeli biasanya disimpan dalam stor.

11. Keagamaan. Golongan yang membeli lukisan ini biasanya digunakan untuk menghiasi rumah ibadat atau untuk acara keugamaan.

Banyak lagi sebab kenapa manusia suka membeli karya seni. Apa yang saya senaraikan hanya berdasarkan pengamatan dan sedikit bacaan. Jadi tiada sebab pelukis selalu mengeluh kenapa susah sangat nak menjual lukisan.

Wise words, courtesy of Malaysia's prominent artist, 
Yusof Gajah

SEED - Sentul East Design Centre D7 & D6

We just can't keep still...  After an exhausting but fun event at Parkamaya, we accepted an invitation to an Art Jamming Session at the newly opened D7 @ SEED, acronym for Sentul East Design Centre. We enjoyed ourselves because it was laid-back and we had time to do our crafting & some painting too among like-minded frens like Ben Toh, Phillip Wong, Kenneth of Cherry Art Studio, plus lots of photography opportunities, as u can see below:

SUNDAY 9 JUNE, 2013 @D7  - Art jamming & Flower-making


SUNDAY 16 JUNE 2013 @D7

 Fabric painting - courtesy of ACG

 Origami taught by Kenneth

Using magazine squares..

Impromptu stone painting with Felicia

Bicycle Painting by artists

The painted bikes will be up for sale in D6
More art jamming with Ben Toh

The crowd..visiting the mini bazaar

There's still 2 Sundays left - 23 June  (art jamming, pottery &  photography exhibition) 

and 30 June 2013 (art jamming).

How to get there? 

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