Bear Fruit Academy: Designer Toys Creation Workshop

Turn Your 2D illustrations into a 3D Figure

Always fascinated with those amazing designer toys that you see on display? You have an ideal toy figurine that you want to own, but, you do not know how to go about designing, creating and producing it? Now is you chance to do so!

If designing, creating and producing your own designer toy is your dream, this 4-part Designer Toys Creation Workshop is just for you! Under the mentorship of Matthew Hong from 8elephants, participants will be exposed to creating designer toys using various sculpting and painting methods.

As a student in Bear Fruit Academy, you don’t have to work too hard. All we need from you are:
1. A commitment to ALL 4 workshops;
2. A creative inclination and passionfor character creation; and
3. To be comfortable with working with hands (Prototypes will be created by YOU!)

Selected protoypes will be showcased in one of our Public Libraries. workshop is limited to only 20 participants. Are you all hyped up for the experience of a lifetime? Register by sending an email to Jane_FOO@nlb.gov.sg by Sunday, 27 February 2011with:

1. the subject header: “I want to be part of the Designer Toys Creation Workshop”
2. why you would like to join this workshop.
3. sketch/drawing of the toys you like and/or a design of your ideal toy
4. your full name, NRIC and contact number


Session 1
Tampines Regional Library, Auditorium
Saturday 5 March 2011, 11am – 1pm

– Participants will share his/her sketches, photos, illustrations, or physical examples of elements they would like to incorporate into their toy.
– Participants will learn about the toy collectibles and identify the few proven approaches to creating the toy collectibles with relation to their concepts.

Session 2
Tampines Regional Library, Changi Room
Saturday 12 March 2011, 11am – 1pm

– Presentation of Concepts – Students will decide on an original design to develop from their sketches.
– Participants will learn about ways to translate their concepts into 3-Dimensions and discuss how certain aspects of their toy may be better engineered for small and large scale production.
– Participants will start to sculpt their creations from mixed-media.

Session 3
Tampines Regional Library, Changi Room
Saturday 19 March 2011, 11am – 1pm

– Participants will present at least 60% of the completed sculpt/model of their design.
– Participants will refine their sculpted creation to a nearly finished stage.
– Participants will begin or complete their painting schemes.
– Participants will discuss on how to prepare their work for the final presentation and showcase.

Session 4
Tampines Regional Library, Changi Room
Saturday 19 March 2011, 11am – 1pm

– Participants will present their completed designer toys to the industry professionals for judging.

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Illustrate with Wonton Doodle!

Do you have the occasional bouts when your hand just itches to take that pen and draw? Do you have images in your head you wish to translate to canvas? Or do you simply want to personalize that cloth bag of yours that everyone else seem to be carrying as well?! Listen up if you uttered ‘yes’ to any of the above!

THE WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY!
Noise Singapore and Bear Fruit jointly present ‘Illustrate with Wonton Doodle!” – a 4-part workshop series by illustrator Wanton Doodle (http://wantondoodle.com). With a great flair for the whimsical, Wanton Doodle’s creations breathe life into quirky cartoon characters inspired by Japanese manga. Illustrations of his wildly imaginative dreamscapes can be found on non-conventional materials such as apparels, various canvases, vinyl toys and skateboard decks. Learn illustration techniques and practical application in this series, and develop an illustration project on various canvases and mediums by the end of the four sessions.

Session 1: Illustration Styles – Opportunities for Expansive Artwork
– Traditional versus Digital Illustration
– Designing with the end in mind

Session 2: Lucid and Memorable Copy – A Smile in the World
– Non-verbal communication to develop strong and high impact copy
– Gaining mindshare through unique selling point

Session 3: Practical Application and Treatment Techniques
– Project planning for different canvases and surfaces
– Colour theory

Session 4: Project Work for Commercial Success
– Sharing and group critique of final artwork
– Elements of a successful pitch
– Preparing a portfolio

REQUIREMENTS
This programme is fully sponsored by Noise Singapore and Bear Fruit, so all we’re looking for in you are:
– An interest in illustration
– Commitment to attend all four sessions
– Commitment to work on the illustration project outside course hours
– Aged between 18 and 35

DATE & VENUE
Date: 8 (Sat), 16 (Sun), 22 (Sat) & 29 (Sun) January 2011
Time: 2 – 4pm
Venue: Central Public Library 100 Victoria Street
Admission: Free

HOW TO REGISTER?
Please send an email to ilyani_suhaimi@nlb.gov.sg by 17 December 2010 with the subject header “Bear Fruit Illustration Workshop” and include the following details:

i. Name, NRIC, Contact number
ii. Why do you want to join this programme (in 250 words)
iii. 3 of your best illustration works in a zip file (maximum zip file size: 15 MB) – at least 1 non-commissioned work sample in your preferred style and medium
Only successful registrants will be notified.

Selected works from this programme will be showcased at the Noise Singapore platform (www.noisesingapore.com). This programme is presented by Noise Singapore and Bear Fruit Academy (an initiative of the National Library Board).

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Design Thinking Symposium 2010

Registration is Free!

More details at http://www.designthinking.sg
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Board Games Design Workshop

Boardgames
You are an enthusiast for board games and have been a frequent patron of game cafes such as Settlers Cafe. Itching to own a unique, one-of-a-kind innovative and creative game designed by you. If you fit into these descriptions, the
4-part Games Design Workshop is catered just for you.

Participants will be exposed to the game mechanics process through hands-on-experiences of playing the games which is essential in the creation of games. Participants will also gain from the impartation of skills by the facilitators which include identifying innovative solutions to guide effective actions and presentation skills.

As a student in Bear Fruit Academy, you do not have to prepare much for it industriously, all we require from you is:

* A comittment to ALL 4 workshops
* A familiarity with the Serangoon area
* A keen interest in board games
* An abilility to be a team player

The winning game will be created into a professional protype, showcased in a Public Library and even stand an opportunity to be produced commercially.

The class is limited to 30 spaces. You would be put into groups of 5 to create and design your very own boardgame. All hyped up for the experience of a lifetime?

Register by sending an email to Jane_FOO@nlb.gov.sg by
3 November 2010, Wednesday
with:

1. the subject header: “I want to be part of the Games Design Workshop”
2. why you would like to join this workshop. If you have any experiences in the area of gaming or designing any type of games, do share it with us too!
3. your full name and contact number

This workshop is organised in collaboration with Bear Fruit Academy (an initiative of the National Library Board) and LogicMills.
Joint Organisers

Session 1
Ang Mo Kio Public Library
Programme Zone, Saturday, 27 November 2010, 11am – 1pm

– Participants will discuss what games are and share their experiences in playing games.
– Participants will learn how to categorize games through the exposure to a variety of games.
– Participants will learn the variety of basic game mechanics and identify what makes different games fun.

Session 2
Ang Mo Kio Public Library
Programme Zone, Saturday, 4 December 2010, 11am – 1pm

– Participants will be guided through an analysis of choices given in a game and its role.
– Participants will begin to appreciate why certain elements are in a game and what makes the game good.
– Participants will delve deeper into analysing the rules in a game and experiment with modifying rules to appreciate their impact on a game.

Session 3
Ang Mo Kio Public Library
Programme Zone, Saturday, 11 December 2010, 11am – 1pm

– Participants will create and critique basic games.
– Participants will brainstorm for their very own game and have their own game fully planned out, being guided by the facilitators.
– Participants will begin construction and testing on their very own games.
– Participants will create a complete and playable game that is ready for testing and revision.

Session 4
Ang Mo Kio Public Library
Programme Zone, Saturday, 18 December 2010, 11am – 1pm

– Participants will finalise their games and present it to the panel of judges.

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Everyday Creative Living

Some of the things we use in our everyday living were not invented with their intent in mind. Rather, they are discovered by chance. Unlike the time when Mr. Newton sat under an apple tree and viola came the theory of ‘Gravity’, these inventions are the results attained by accident through their inventors’ attempt to solve a particular problem. Add a little creativity and viola; we have something that is not only useful but also essential to our daily living.

Corn flakes, a staple breakfast for many, was the invention of the Kellogg brothers who were driven by the aim to search for wholesome food which could comply with the Seventh-day Adventists’ vegetarian diet for the patients of the sanitarium where they worked in. Boiled wheat left sitting out by accident became stale. Instead of throwing the food in the bin, the brothers placed the wheat through the rollers. Expecting sheets of dough, they got flakes instead, which the creative duo toasted. The rest we know is history.

Corn Flakes

Corn Flakes


© Alexey Arkhipov/ PhotoXpress LLC 2009-2010

Post-it Notes – a daily essential. Without them, would we have to rely on the primitive way of cutting strips of scotch tape and paper? This invention was the brainchild of Spencer Silver and Arthur Fry, both employees of 3M. Instead of successfully creating a strong adhesive, Silver, landed with the prototype of a very weak glue that could be removed effortlessly. Attempts to promote his product failed. Fast-forward 4 years. Fry faced the problem of falling slips of paper used to mark his hymnbooks. Remembering Sliver’s creation, Fry applied the weak glue to his slips of paper and sold the idea to 3M. That was how 3M became synonymously connected with post-it-notes.

Post-it Notes

Post-it Notes


© gianna/ PhotoXpress LLC 2009-2010

Food, glorious food! Would our late-nights parked in front of the television be as enjoyable, without potato chips? Created by George Crum in 1853, to satisfy a persistent customer who kept sending his fried potatoes back to the shop because they were soggy and not as crunchy as expected, Crum sliced the potatoes into thin slices, fried them in scalding oil and added salt to them. “Saratoga Chips” took Saratoga Springs in New York by storm. Its popularity spread rapidly through New England and now, the world.

Potato Chips

Potato Chips


© Ragnarocks/ PhotoXpress LLC 2009-2010

We all have the potential to become inventors. Think creative today!

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Documentary Photography by Jean Loo

Are you already a photographer? Are you keen to use your photography skills to chronicle significant events and do your part to improve the community? Then don’t miss this 4-part workshop by Jean Loo, where you will learn about storytelling using documentary photography to bring greater depth and meaning to your work. This programme is presented by Noise Singapore and Bear Fruit Academy (an initiative of the National Library Board). Selected works from this programme will be showcased at the Noise Singapore platform (www.noisesingapore.com).

Requirements from Participants
– Commitment to work on photo project outside course hours
– A keen interest in documentary photography, social documentary photography, photojournalism and storytelling
– A basic DSLR kit

Ready to take on the challenge?
To register, please send an email to sharon_CHEN@nlb.gov.sg by 30 September 2010 with the subject header “documentary photography” and the following details:
– Your name, NRIC and contact number
– Why do you want to join this programme (in 250 words)
– 5 of your best images (if you are submitting the images to be viewed as a series, do indicate it in your submission)
– required file format: hi-res .jpeg
– file size: max. 15MB
This programme is STRICTLY for committed individuals and only successful registrants will be notified.

Session Details (Successful registrants must attend ALL sessions)
Saturday, 16 October 2010, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm, Meeting Room, National Library Building (1st session)
Topics to be covered:
1. Introduction of trainer and background in photography
2. Workshop Objectives and introduction to assignments for the course of the workshop
3. Introduction to documentary photography and its relevance today
4. Getting started: Story ideas, research and deciding on a topic of interest and purpose of photo story.

Saturday, 30 October 2010, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm, Programme Zone, Queenstown Public Library (2nd session)
Topics to be covered:
1. Taking Better Photographs / Seeing things from a different point of view
2. The Photo Story – How to put together a set of images that tell a story or reinforce a message.
3. Photography according to assigned themes

Saturday, 6 November 2010, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm, Programme Zone, Queenstown Public Library (3rd session)
Topics to be covered:
1. The Written Word – How it can help a picture tell a thousand words
2. Audio and Video: An introduction to how multimedia can help the “storytelling” experience
3. Putting together a photography presentation

Sunday, 21 November 2010, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm, Multi-purpose Room, Central Public Library (Final Session)
Presentations by participants and final critique from class, traineer and guest editors.

About the Speaker
Jean is a freelance documentary photographer and writer who loves exploring the world with her camera and notepad. Fascinated with the diversity of people and cultures around the globe, she hopes to accumulate a life of adventure and create social dialogue through her work. Born in 1984 in Singapore, Jean graduated with an honors degree in Journalism from Nanyang Technological University. She is currently based in Singapore and works around Asia.

Her adventure started in September 2006 during a six-month trip around Southeast Asia to produce a book on children growing up amidst change in the region. Titled Changing Phases, the project was commissioned by the National Youth Achievement Award Council of Singapore and launched by then Minister of Information, Communication and the Arts, Dr Lee Boon Yang, in 2007. As a student journalist, the experience was mind-blowing, humbling and reaffirmed her decision to walk this path. In March 2008, she was selected for Objectifs’ Shooting Home workshop, which gave her the necessary fundamentals to embark on her professional career.

Since she started working independently, Jean has garnered a number of awards including five honorable mentions at the International Photography Awards and second place at the Asian Mosaics travel photography competition held during the inaugural Singapore International Photography Festival. Her work was also published in the Photo District News Photo Annual 2009 and 2010. In 2009, Jean was selected for the prestigious Eddie Adams workshop in New York City, a mind-blowing experience that sustains her whenever the going gets tough. She was featured in Female magazine as one of 18 local up-and-comers to watch and also described by the Asian Photography magazine as an emerging talent. Some of her other career highlights to date also include representing the National Heritage Board at the 2008 ASEAN Youth Camp in Indonesia and participating in The Rice Project where she documented the Asian tsunami victims in Sri Lanka and raised funds for Habitat for Humanity through a photography exhibition. For more information about her projects, visit http://www.logue.sg

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The Place to go for Things Hard to Find

Founded in 1843, the Hammacher Schlemmer store located in the New York City, sells unique and innovative products. The store is touted as ‘the place to go for things hard to find”.

Our favourites among the many:


The Portable Handheld Scanner

We like the portability of this, a far cry from the desk scanners we are used to.

Portable Handheld Scanner

The iPhone and iPod Touch Charging Leather Case

This product appeals to Apple fans! It eliminates the need now to find a power socket to charge your devices when you are on the go. Doubling up as a case, is an ingenious idea, coupling convenience with practicality.

The iPhone and iPod Touch Charging Leather Case

The Steering Wheel Bluetooth Speakerphone

Despite putting on your bluetooth headset while driving, your counterpart is still unable to hear you clearly. That is when this Steering Wheel Bluetooth Speakertooth comes in handy. Now those who likes to have conversations while driving, would find it especially useful!

The Steering Wheel Speaker Phone

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