Sunday, 15 July 2018

25th Annual General Meeting @ S'kaki Studio, Taman Sri Rampai, KL

This time our AGM was hosted by S'kaki Studio which is run by a group of Malaysian artists, which includes A. Zaki Hadri (President of Perupa) and Ellie Ng, (ACG President 2017).

This studio is set in a row of newly built shops set within a housing estate. The block houses many artists' studios and galleries and even acts as accommodation & work space for art students from a nearby art college, Dasein Academy of Art, Wangsa Maju.

Members happy with their Gift Swap items, a tradition where each member brings a self-made item to be 'gifted' to a lucky member and thus share the love of 'making' and 'creating'!

And since this is our 25th year, our Silver Anniversary, the members are excited about the up-coming ACG CreativeCollective 1993-2018 Arts & Crafts Open Show in November 2018. Where? ... that is the challenge, to find a suitable venue.

I believe this is the first time in a long while that there is an exhibition of this sort, an exhibition consisting of works from many creative forms!

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Ivan Hoh's Terrarium Workshop for Mother's Day 14 May 2017

What a great to spend some family bonding time, especially with your Mom!

So ACG organised another studio hopping event to member Ivan Hoh's Terrarium studio and design their own little enclosed world of mini plants and other decor.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

24th AGM @ The Craftsical Studio, Bangi

Once again a reunion of members who dropped by not only for ACG's 24th AGM, but to visit Nabila Khalid (Abby)'s studio!

Abby is an ardent sewist. She gives classes on sewing on all types of bags, mini sejadah and kids/maternity related items.

You can visit her at Sarang Craft by Abby.

During our studio hopping stopover aka AGM, we had rock painting and "Cameo" demo by Rozi Rahman (Brother cutting machine)


Note:  In 2018, Abby's Craftsical Studio has moved to another part of Bangi.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

23rd ACG Annual General Meeting at D7 Sentul East, KL

Last Sunday, 10 Apr 2016, ACG held its 23rd annual general meeting at D7 Sentul East, K.L.

Our meeting kicked off with wrapping up last year activities, nomination of new elected committee members, self-introduction by all members & swap gifts.

After the AGM, members heads for pot luck & mingle around as The Refinery Art Gallery hosted Women's Day event as well as art & handmade bazaar.

Meeting held at Sunday Art Jam Studio

Everyone listened seriously during the AGM

Getting to know you - self introduction - background & passions.

Swap gifts by the members

Members looking thru gifts given by a friend

Group photo

Art & handmade bazaar

Mingle time

Til then.

Photographs courtesy of Davy Choo, Saeedeh Alsa, Kathey MH, Ben Toh, Rozi Rahman & Eva Ng.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

ACG members in Berita Harian @ 18 Nov 2015

Usaha martabat seni kraf tangan!

An article from Berita Harian dated 18 Nov 2015.
This article is related to the recent My Handy Creations Bazaar by Brother International (Malaysia) in Oct 2015.

Interviews with 4 of our ACG members were published in this national newspaper, Berita Harian.

Bottom photo: Abby from Sarang Craft by Abby
1st right photo: Rozi from Made by Rozi Rahman
2nd right photo: Norlie from SekociNorlie
3rd right photo: Eva Ng from Yan's Crafty

We congratulate them. So proud of all of you, actively promoting handmade crafts!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

My Handy Creations Bazaar by Brother International (Malaysia) at Paradigm Mall, Petaling Jaya

From Oct 23 to 25, 2015, My Handy Creations Bazaar by Brother International (Malaysia) was held at Paradigm Mall, Petaling Jaya.

A few of our ACG members participated in this handmade bazaar together with other vendors. Brother International (Malaysia) showcased their latest machine and also the popular existing models - from home sewing machines to large computerised embroidery machines & also the Scan and Cut machine.

Many crafters and those who love handmade came to mingle around and share their handmade ideas as well as experiences on how to d-i-y or to get some crafty tips. There were also few workshops organized by Brother International (Malaysia) and individual crafters for the public.

Here are some photos during this 3-day event.

 ACG members with friend we-fie session.

One of the handmade vendor's booth: Mikylayna (felt craft) - also a regular ACG member

Customers with ACG members. (Mastura from Whimsicalnquirky and Norlie from SekociNorlie)

Sharing ideas about handmade crafts. (Eva Ng from Yan's Crafty)

Sabrina from Mikylayna & Abby from Sarang Craft by Abby.

"Sew a House" workshop by Abby from Sarang Craft by Abby.

We are playful too with Kidzania.

 ACG members "family" photo.

 Wefie around with Fid, one of the many ACG members who came to support!

 The My Handy Creation craft vendors group wefie session. 

The crafters had a lot of fun and we hope to see more such events.

My Handy Creations has a community portal in Facebook. Do check their status for latest activity.

 Photo source: Felicia, Fid, Mastura & Crafters group.

Friday, 25 September 2015

ACG in Action for Crafting for Charity 2015

This year, ACG is in action for another Crafting for Charity (CFC) session !!

CFC Purpose:
Purpose of CFC is to bring together the skills & enthusiasm & manpower of crafters to make saleable items; which will be donated to NGOs to sell at their bazaar day. 

Our first CFC was at National Textile Museum in 2013. You may read the article here - Part 1 & Part 2.

Our second CFC sprouted from a conversation with Farida from SABM (Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia) group after our AGM in June. Prior to that, during relief efforts for the East Coast's 'Great Flood' SABM committee had a chanced meeting with people from Sunbeams Home which led to them running a rural urban educational programmes (RUEP) at Sunbeams Learning Centre in KL.

So back to ACG's involvement.  ACG was invited to collaborate with SABM RUEP team to run craft workshops with teens & kids from Sunbeams Home & Semai teens from Sg Bil, Perak to learn & make craft items for sale at Sunbeams Open Day on 14 & 15 November 2015.

CFC's First Day - 19 Sep 2015

Our first day kicked off with 4 activities conducted by ACG & SABM members:
a. Up-cycled fashion
b. Denim & felt craft for hair & home accessories
c. Umbrella painting
d. The 'Sotong' bag (tote bag from tee-shirts)

Jane briefing the kids

 Up-cycled fashion with Jane

Up-cycled scarf - into a swanky jacket

 the 'Sotong' bag - a carry all tote bag up-cycled from a t-shirt

 Ellie Ng giving ideas on denim & felt craft for hair & home accessories

Denim hair accessories

Jessrine briefing the kids on umbrella painting with acrylic paints

 Kids creative designs for umbrella painting. Nice isn't it? Only one unique design for each!
You can vie for it on their Open Day & Charity Bazaar. Buy a Raffle ticket and a lucky draw will be held every hour and the lucky winner will get to bring home this umbrella!

CFC's Second Day - 20 Sep 2015

Second day activities were based on making smaller crafts items such as :
a. Fabric-bound notebooks
b. Yarn crafting - pom-pom making
c. Yarn wrapping - monograms
d. Shibori - fabric pleated & wrapped on a pipe & painted with batik paints

Everyone was inspired from a simple design and proceeded to create their own designs by adding various embellishments.  They will continue to make craft items and teach others in the Home to make it too.

ACG & SABM will check-in a few weeks to ascertain progress, design packing & labelling & decide on pricing. These are hand-made items and will be priced accordingly. 

Speech giving before activities start

 Making yarn pom-poms with Fid

Designing fabric-bound notebooks with Zarina

 Again, unique designs by the kids. Fabric bound notebooks with pom pom & other embellishments

 Shibori - fabric pleating session with Jane.

Yarn wrapping - monograms (alphabet) with Lynn & Eva (Eva is missing in the spot... she is lepak-ing in the other craft stations)

Before ending the craft-making sessions, Jon presented Rainbow Looms for the kids to enjoy crafting during their leisure time. These were sponsored by Mastura.

 ** For Nora to be given to the Semai (orang asli) community in Sungai Bil, Perak.

 ** To Steven Loh, principal of Sunbeams Community Learning Centre 

 ACG members were surprised to receive goodie bags from SABM RUEP's team, Ms. Rosemary. Thank you so much.

Last but not least, our group photo to end the session. All smiles!!

ACG would like to say "Thank You" to
  • All crafters for sponsoring / donating the materials for the craft making sessions, valuable time given in for CFC sessions, sharing knowledge and inspiring the kids as well as the adults.
  • SABM RUEP team, Sunbeam & Sg Bil for the opportunity to craft & inspire the kids. Not to forget the scrumptious tea time snacks too.
  • Volunteers for helping during CFC sessions.

Photo source: SABM's facebook & ACG members - Jessrine, Fid & Jon.
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