Unique crafts and trinkets for all


  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 28 Dec 2017

McQueen Yeoh, seven, is eager to touch one of the owl-themed souveniors sold at the Artisan Market and Garage Sale. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

A POST-GRADUATE student shows that soap-making can be children-friendly during the Artisan Market and Garage Sale at The Star Pitt St. in George Town.

Using the melt-and-pour technique, Annie Wong, 27, showed several kids the fuss-free method in making their own DIY (do-it-yourself) soaps.

“It is basic for those who want to start making their own soaps at home since the interest towards using natural ingredients is on the rise.

“More importantly, self-made soaps give us control over the use of ingredients, especially for those with sensitive skin like me,” she said on Saturday.

Wong said a sudden breakout caused her a lot of embarrassment when she used a commercial soap a few years ago.

It was then she decided to make her own soaps which are mild and gentle.

Ruth Yong showing a stone painting of a coiled snake while (right) Goh holds up handmade clam earrings with different cloth motifs for sale.
Ruth Yong showing a stone painting of a coiled snake,

“When orders kept coming, I felt it was time to start my own brand of handmade soaps,” said Wong, who will be holding another workshop next month at the Artisan Market.

Project manager Goh Chiu Kuan, 36, displayed his exquisite skills and patience in turning seashells into earrings.

Each clamshell, he said, is stitched with different motif cloths he collected during his travels.

“The patterns on the cloths are usually associated with the cultural background and identity of a community or a country such as the Peranakan sarong.

Goh Chiu Kuan showing the handmade clam earrings with different cloth motifs in the Artisan Market and Garage Sale at The Star Pitt St in George Town.StarPic by :LIM BENG TATT/THE STAR/ 02 Dec 2017.
Goh holds up handmade clam earrings with different cloth motifs for sale.

“They are unique to each country and this is a speciality I want to reflect in my earrings,” he said.

Goh also makes Peranakan-style brooches by using wires before painting them with nail polish.

Other handicrafts and items showcased were stone paintings, Christmas ornaments, ginger tea, soft toys, keychains, accessories, T-shirts and pre-loved goods.

The Artisan Market and Garage Sale is held at The Star Pitt St. on the first Saturday of each month. The next one will be on Jan 6 from 10am to 4pm.

For more information, visit The Star Pitt St’s Facebook page or call 04-647 3388 (Janice) or 04-647 3867 (Mabel).

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