Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Get Redressed Challenge 2014 - Repair Summary

So I have finished the Get Redressed Challenge for repairs. Here are some mini tutorials to help you get started on some repairs at home. Some are very straight forward while others will require a bit more time. All in all, these repairs can be done in less than half a day!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Greeny Crafter - Rude Record

I'm so sorry that this post is late. It usually goes up early Monday but I was having problems logging into my blog. It's now okay but I suspect it's something to do with my computer being upgraded to the Windows 8 platform. Well, it really hasn't been helpful these past few days - grrrr!

This week's Greeny Crafter is Karen Ellis of Rude Record. I "met" her through social media when she invited me to join her Facebook group, Bowerbirds Journal. Through her posts, I discovered that she dumpster dives, or rather skip scavenges, on a regular basis, something that I don't think is common in Singapore. Read more about her skip scavenging below!

Friday, April 11, 2014

UnEarthed Exhibition, Singapore Art Museum

To be honest, I'm not a fan of contemporary art so I was very surprised that I actually enjoyed the UnEarthed Exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum. Perhaps it is because the exhibition had an environmental theme to it. The UnEarthed Exhibition offers insights as to "how artists living in Singapore's urban environment view and respond to the natural world." Here are a few of my favourites.

The effects of Singapore's "environment" on children.
Singaporean kids these days are under immense stress from the day they start kindergarten (no joke), and it boils and simmers throughout their childhood. The artist likens it to a piece of knitting - a lot of tension! The knitting is also green to highlight that our environment is also under stress the same way our children are, and of course, it is all due to man.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Integrating Wearable Technology & Refashioning

When I first met my husband

I have been asked "What does all this electronic stuff (aka wearable electronics) have to do with refashioning (upcycling clothes) and the environment?"  Well, my answer involves going a couple of years back (well, maybe more than that!) to brings back memories of when my then-colleague-now-husband and I worked on a project to monitor the personal exposure of passengers to the air pollutants in the urban environment. This was when there were not that many air-conditioned buses (okay, that's really telling you how old I am!), and our team had to wear these huge monitoring devices. They were literally the size of school satchels (another hint to my age!).  After a while it was difficult to find a willing participant - who wanted to lug that huge monitor around? And even if we found one, it was difficult not to think how that monitor impeded the participant's movements.

Monitoring Our Environment