REKINDLING her childhood passion for embroidery has proved rewarding for Erica Chen, 31.
“I took up embroidery as a means of stress relief when pursuing my postgraduate studies and things just progressed from there,” she said.
Chen was one of the new faces at the recent Artisan Market and Garage Sale at The Star Pitt St. in George Town.
She said the idea to sell her craftwork came from friends in an embroidery class.
Her full-time job left her with little free time but that did not stop her from creating a trove of colourful pieces featuring cute floral and animal themes.
“I like how any sketch can be transferred into embroidery work. So many of my designs are inspired from my own sketches,” she said.
Chen’s embroidery pieces are mostly hoop art, a practise where designs are stitched into a framed circular cloth which can be made into wall art and even necklaces.
Her art pieces cost from RM30 to RM200 each, depending on the type of stitching and design.
Next to Chen’s booth was another newcomer, Simoienz Mok, 28, with his Mocktale, a series of bottled fruit juices he concocted.
“My aim is to create refreshing drinks that are not too sweet or strong.”
Made out of real fruits, the drinks can last between three to four months if kept refrigerated.
Mok, who is running his juice business full-time, said he decided to venture into the juice industry after learning to mix drinks from his last job as a bar assistant.
“I have seven flavours now, three of which are seasonal, while my bestseller ‘Black Widow’ is made from seven types of berries.
“This is a solo venture and on average, I can make roughly 200 bottles a day. For now, Mocktale is available at events and expos,” he said.
Artisan Market and Garage Sale is held at The Star Pitt St. on the first Saturday of each month from 10am to 4pm.
Details, visit The Star Pitt St. Facebook page or call 04-6473388 (Janice).