Launch of the ATC Book

Last night, on 11 April, the ATC book was finally launched after a few months of work compiling it. This is a collection of the many ideas and memories that we have tried at the monthly Artist Trading Card group which have been meeting for more than 10 years. We have just stopped our meetings last December.

More than a memento, it also has 52 inspirations for anyone who wish to try creating ATCs, which is a great way to create and share art.

I feel honoured to have been hosting this group from the start. To see the joy of those who attend discover their innate creativity and then to be able to spark joy in others when they share their work, and to see this over and over again, has been very precious to me.

Whenever we met, we would try out an art method that is accessible, and cheap. Looking back, it is hard to believe that I have been able to come up with probably no less than 60 or so of such activities. Another thing to be grateful about.

Of course, not forgetting the relationships that are forged. When you get to keep another person’s creation in your collection, that’s always something special. Thank you friends and every one who has visited the ATC group at some point. Also, a word of thanks to NLB and the librarians for the use of Bishan Library.

Do download a copy of the book and hopefully it can be the springboard for many more ATC adventures.

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Sharing at a Masters Class

Last night, I had the pleasure of sharing about the Happy Kopi project with an NTU Masters programme for Arts, Ageing and Well-being.

It was a fun learning experience for all of us. Thank you Michael for arranging this.

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Silver Digital Talents

This has been a very hectic weekend and very meaningful too. To see the delight and the enthusiasm of the seniors at this event is really priceless. My hope is that the experience has sparked many creative journeys for them as they see how digital technology has opened up so many creative vistas for them.

I had the honour of being involved in designing the main activity in this event in which the participants created an interactive book within two hours – with photos, videos and drawings created by them. This was quite a formidable task if not for the wonderful trainers, guides and volunteers.

The trainers from RSVP were fantastic in getting into the groove just after two briefings. Many friends showed such generous support as relief trainers, even when called upon in the last minute, and to be my model for creating the sample book. Thank you Rita, Chin Tiong, Yvonne, Anne, Hazel, Lay Khim, Jimmy, Noraini and Carolyn.

The prep work, such as putting the guide together, and the actual ops, and now the post-event work is another amazing piece of teamwork.

This is the printed guide that helped participants step-by-step through the process.

My partner in crime is Joanne Chia and she is one amazing lady who provided superb technical support and led a team of wonder guides and iPad marshals, and so much more.

There were also 3 talks each day and I took on the one on Authoring Digitally and those who came were so game to participate in creating a book together. We had so much fun and laughter at both sessions.

The participants were marvellously sporting. These were for our book about sounds – Yam Seng and the Kallang Wave. Good right?

My body aches and my mind and spirit is still buzzing. Thank you everyone for creating this learning experience and sweet memory together.

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Memory Booster

Look carefully at this picture of Brainy.

If you close your eyes now, can you remember the 5 items he has?

Well, that’s the idea behind my latest TinyTap creation that uses the revised Soundboard feature. It is now possible to tap and highlight all the hotspots in turn and when all hotspots have been found, the game moves on. This feature can be used for Spot the Difference, Search and Find, and in thus game, I used it for spotting items based on memory.

Try it and let me know what you think of it won’t you?

Don’t forget now. 😝

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ATC for More Than a Decade

I still remember the first time I saw Artist Trading Cards Richard made. When Pauseability was newly setup, I was looking around for ideas of art that could be offered at this space and had come across ATCs but found no one in Singapore making these. Richard had visited my studio/shop as a new customer and when he showed me the ATCs he made, I was pleasantly surprised. The idea of creating a monthly ATC meeting was first broached then. That was in 2007.

Facebook reminded me today

Since then we have moved the monthly meeting to Bishan Library after closing the studio since May 2009.

Last Thursday, 13 December, we had the last of our regular monthly meeting. It was a cosy celebratory time with art, food and good catching up with each other. It was not an easy decision to close especially when the ATC group was still doing alright. I could feel it stagnating and thought that this might be a better thing to do.

It has been wonderful seeing everyone’s creativity at each and every of these meet-ups when we learnt something art related together and of course brought our ATCs for exchange. We have not acquired a priceless collection of ATCs but also many inspiring ideas and good friends along the way.

The plan now is to put together a simple book to remember our ATC journey and launch it on 11 April 2019. If you have ever visited, please do send me a selfie/wefie with ATCs and some words to go with that. The book will also show some of the ideas we explored, and if you have samples of those, send them in too.

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Simple but Not Easy

Learning should be more like kindergartens, good old play-based kindergarten that is. Playful exploration and for the learners to have a choice is really the way to go. This is indeed simple but not easy.

Learning through learner-led projects, as seen in the Reggio Emilia approach, is something that I greatly advocate and believe that it applies to all learners.

This past week, I was able to work with The Primary Incubator, to join a group of 11 children from ages 8 to 12 years old to create a magazine together.

We kicked it off with an exploratory trip to Toa Payoh Hub to see what might capture their interest to investigate further. They then decided to conduct surveys which they wrote and bravely went around getting responses. With that, they created their pieces for the magazine, which took the form of text, drawings and games, and helped to edit as well as layout it out. Finally, they had to figure out how to price and market their magazine before setting out to actually sell it to the public. Truly wonderful seeing this mixed-age group working and learning so well together.

You may download a copy of the magazine here:

It was a fascinating process and what an honour to see the sparkle in their eyes, overcoming their fear to speak to passers-by, taking pride in doing a good job and learning to work together. This was however really labour intensive as the 3 facilitators had to support and respond without dictating what they did. Rosalind and Eugene are fantastic with this. A few were a little more laid back and one was very timid, and I am still reflecting if anything could have been done differently.

Selling their magazine.

Not easy but definitely worth it.


1 thing I enjoyed, 2 questions I have, 3 things I will continue doing

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Art with Seniors

These past few days have been a rather exciting time for talking more about the art residency from the end of last year. Being part of the Arts in Eldercare seminar this year with a display as well as as a panellist was indeed my honour.

Quite unexpectedly, there were some media coverage which included the press and on radio. On Friday, I was on 938Now’s Night Chat with Susan Ng. Being able to chat with Susan Ng, a well-respected presenter, was in itself a thrill. A relief that I was calm and collected enough to make sense as I spoke.

There was also the Silver Arts Festival and the residency was also featured at a display at Kampong Admiralty.

An advance copy of the toolkit that came from the residency was also launched and here is the link. I like how beautiful it is.

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