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 interest in using natural ingredients is on the rise.
Ruth Yong showing a stone paintings in the Artisan Market and Garage Sale at The Star Pitt St in George Town.
“More importantly, self-made soaps give us control over the use of ingredients, especially for those with sensitive skin like me,” she said.
Wong said a sudden breakout caused her a lot of embarrassment when she used a commercial soap a few years ago.
It was then that she decided to make her own soaps that are mild and gentle.
Wong (right) showing the DIY Soap to her customers (from left) Edmund Lim, 6, Agnes Ooi, 41, Emily Lim, 9, and Michael Chong, 43.
“When orders kept coming, I felt it was time to start my own brand of handmade soaps,” said Wong, who planned to hold another workshop next month at the Artisan Market.
Project manager Goh Chiu Kuan, 36, displayed his skills and patience in turning seashells into earrings.
Each clamshell, he said, was 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.
“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 wire before painting them with nail polish.
Goh Chiu Kuan showing the handmade clam earrings with different cloth motifs.
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 details, visit The Star Pitt St’s Facebook page or call 04-647 3388 (Janice) or 04-647 3867 (Mabel).
Some of the T-shirts sold in the Artisan Market and Garage Sale
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