Several days after Handarty Korea in Seoul, I continued my journey to Japan with two Korean book-artist friends from Chaekjitgi: Dollbook & Ohin Heart, participating in Design Festa Summer. It's my second time in Design Festa (the first one was four years ago - here's the blog).
We arrived very early to set up our booths.. And with me having sore throat was definitely not a good start.. 😭 (see what's wrapped around my neck? 🤣) But still, very WOW to see variety of Japanese crafts that never seen before at Design Festa!
2 days of Design Festa Summer was definitely not enough! However, we wrapped up this event full of gratitude to our neighbors although we speak no Japanese 🤣 It was so fun! お疲れ様でした!
A year has passed, and again, here I was at COEX for Handarty Korea. (read my last year post: "Meet The World Through Handmade Korea")
It's the 4th year I join Handarty (was named Handmade Korea). Always looking way to improve, every year I want to do better than the year before. So I planned out booth decor and all details nearly two months before to make sure every arrangement fall into places.
I really appreciate my Korean friends who came over to see me every year. It feels like a yearly reunion with you all~ ❤ 모두 너무 감사해요~ 🙏😘
There are 23 countries participating in Handarty Korea this year in International Pavilion, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, USA, France, Russia, Nepal, India, and of course, Indonesia! 😁 Moreover, there are sewing design, Korea quilts, workshop zone, etc etc.. Other than that, Handarty and translator team helped us to arrange business matching meeting with local retailers and buyers.
4 days of Handarty Korea 2019 has now over.. Thank you everyone for lending your helping hands in any way including translator team who keep wandering around International Pavillion to see if we need any help, my neighbour Spruce Artistry who took most of my photos and sharing insights, Meg of Nutmeg Fibers - I'm gonna miss your jokes 😆, my part time helpers in dismantling my booth Lucia, Hoyun & SangHun ㅋ.
이수내 이사님, 이대복 대표님, and Effy Jimin 머두 수고했어요~ 🙏
Above all. this is my favorite sentence that I heard from customers who came by our booth: "예쁜것이 왜 그렇게 많아?"
Which means: "Why there are so many beautiful things?" ❤❤❤
Stay close to people who feel like sunlight, and they're my sunlight ☀️☀️☀️ Love y'all! ❤
✔ 퇴근! ㅋ 😁
And then next... our journey continued to Design Festa Summer at Tokyo, Japan ✈️
"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things".. - Robert Brault
Time flies... It's the third year I joined Handmade Korea Fair (now changed name to Handarty Korea 핸드아티코리아) and there are always, always moments to be cherished..
(read my other blogs in Handmade Korea: "IDxHKxSG" and "Together We Are One")
The leading of Korea's handicraft industry exhibition, a 4-days event which includes: paintings, craft works, hands-on experience sessions, visual arts, illustration, fashion & jewelry, raw materials and diy, took place in COEX Hall C last week from 26-29 July 2018.
As written in my previous post "Go Statement!", where I put my whole effort preparing showstopping statement pieces to be showcased for the first time, which lead to my total 40+kg of luggage, but very satisfied with the outcome! This time really thankful to Yien's and Yunhye's help, especially on the construction day. They came over to help me set up the booth, otherwise I seriously can't do it all by myself! 고마워용~❤
Very humble to say people gives positive feedback to my creations. Confidence level goes up up up! =D
My gratitude also goes to friends whom I knew years ago, came over to give their biggest support, brought me foods and drinks, some even bought my items. There's that inexplicable feeling of reuniting with other artists no matter they're local or overseas, in which we can exchange information about anything related to our biz. One of the precious relationship I made is with Luvinball sisters who make glass ball jewelry. Both of them came over to meet me, and for my surprise, not only they prepared a nice lunch and coffee, but also treated my booth as theirs, suggested how they felt could look better, helped me to sell and explained my creations to the local customers. For them it's a small gesture, but for me, it makes a big impact..
Apart from local Korean, there are the biggest Indonesia pavilion, artists from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, China, Iran, France, Spain, Nepal and many more with the total of 500 booths. How I hoped I have more time to spend here, strolling each stand... Too many great artists with superb details in their works!
Thank you very much Handarty Korea 이수내 이사님 and 이대복 대표님 for your kind support!
The next day after the event has ended, the organizer very kindly organized a special tour for overseas member. We had diy experiece class at Ssamziegil, Korean traditional food making, bojagi Korean traditional wrapping cloth session and hanbok experience with Hyojae 성생님, a traditional clothing artist (aka Korea's Martha Stewart). Thank you 핸드메이드코리아 for this fun schedule, and also very 수고했어요 Effy Jimin Jung!
For this special 10th edition of Handarty Korea, they prepared a theme song that is being played every morning and evening. Hit play!
Until next year Handarty Korea...
It's been 2 years since the last time we joined market fair in Jakarta... THIS WEEK! We'll be joining Jakarta International Jewellery Fair.
Venue: Jakarta Convention Center, Indonesia
Date: 19 - 22 April 2018 (Thu-Sun)
Booth: Assembly Hall, No.B12H
I will try to bring all jewelry designs that currently in stock, and some you might never seen! If you're in Jakarta, do spare a day to come and visit our booth! See you there~
And the week after, we will get ourselves ready for INACRAFT - the biggest and the most complete exhibition of gifts and housewares in Indonesia.
Venue: Jakarta Convention Center, Indonesia
Date: 25 - 29 April 2018 (Wed-Sun)
Booth: Main Lobby, No.62
Since it is an art and craft fair, we prepare something extraordinary!
Remember my earlier posts in IG regarding our collaboration in making geometric glass decor with Innovative Art? So we decided to make this project as a DIY for you, and only available at INACRAFT! You will be able to choose the type of container you like (we prepared 8 kinds of geometric & glasses), sands, stone chips, and corn husk flowers. With over 40 types of selection to choose, I'm sure this gonna be super fun! You can bring home your materials and do it in your free time, or craft it at the spot! How fun is that! We call this project: "DIY MINI GARDEN".
So few days ago we're making some samples and prepared all the necessary tools to make... 💃🏻🛠️💃🏻🛠️
Curious about this Mini Garden? Follow our Instagram @treecraftdiary and stay tune for our daily posts ^^
Not only DIY Mini Garden, I also prepare a lot, A LOT of new gemstone bagcharms/keychains with special price! So do spend a day or two to come and visit our booth!
Few days after Pinkoi Market, journey continued to Pop Up Asia. Remember my post last year that I shared about the first year of PUA? This year I decided to join in their second year, which is bigger and more activities like workshops and international forums.
In 松山文創園區 Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, 亞洲手創展 Pop Up Asia officially started with the opening of 최루시아 Lucia's performance with her calligraphy moves. In front of a group of media and audience, she wrote the word: "POP UP ASIA". Below is the rehearsal video a night before. I did Instastory that day but forgot to save the video (sorry.. >.<).
Mighty Lucia performed two times that day! Another one was at the opening night party, in the evening right after we called the day. This time she wrote: "손으로 만드는 세상", which means: Handmade World.
Lucia and I shared the same booth in warehouse #3, while our other friends set up booths in separate warehouse next to us. There are many familiar brands attending this year as well: 木梁作 Muliangzuo - the art of wood & metal fusion, DoDo 手作 - animal drawn ceramic dishes, 匠子設計 ChanZ Studio - marble home decor, 小房子裝可愛手作村 BJ Art Village - mini houses pottery, 右手超人 Yohand - cute illustrations, 麥戈 Magger - from and for bulldog lovers, Spruce Artistry - indigo style hand-dyed fabric, 날닭 Naldak - all about chicken, Hanaduri - handmade soap, Haeiz Mundle - pattern maker, 책짓기 Chaekjitgi - pop-up book artists (our good friends!), Luvinball - magical snowball jewelry, Liunic On Things - illustrations for the connoisseurs of cute (the only other brand from Indonesia) , and many more local and international brands from Asian countries.
Although I've expressed my gratitude several times in Facebook and Instagram, but still, I'd like to thank my friends who helped me during four days in Pop Up Asia..
Thanks to Ben for lending me your super pro LED light! Without you my booth will be very dark!
Thanks to Choe In-ho for coming all your way from Korea to support us
Thanks to 이제 for lending me your big mirror, dried flowers, chairs, and bought super nice lunch!
Thanks to 維尼 for your pineapple cakes. Yumm..
Thanks to Yaching for coming from Keelung to meet me (*hug)
Thanks to 책짓기 윤혜 for your fruits, 우리 for joining my workshop, and 오인 for buying a bracelet from me. Love y'all! ❤️
Very happy to meet Mickey Huang 黃子佼大哥, a famous Taiwanese TV host, comedian, actor and entrepreneur. My name was called three times! Haha! XD
I also did some workshops, teaching how to make necklace and bracelet with their own selection of stones and materials. I then suggested the design and guided each student how to make it into final pieces. Attendees are from Macau, Malaysia, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan. It was fun! 🤩
Our days won't be complete without having dinner together! We surely get together every night, keep smiling and laughing even for the simplest thing, because happiness is handmade. 😊
We make handmade, give handmade, buy handmade, live handmade #讓喜歡的事成為生活
Thank you Pop Up Asia! Till we meet again! ^^
It's been 3 weeks since I joined Pinkoi Market 品品市集・台北聖誕站 in Taiwan, and it is one of the best experiences I have!
Let me start from a night before the main event. We're honored to visit Pinkoi HQ and met many new friends, local and overseas artists and brands. We briefly introduced ourselves and our products, and played games prepared by Pinkoi team. It was a very interesting moment especially for overseas artists like me, getting to know each other and jump into the mood since most of us were just arrived Taipei.
Next day, I arrived pretty early to Huashan Creative Park 華山文創園區 where this 2-days event took place to set up the booth. The hall was decked with crafty decors and Christmas-y banners since it's a Xmas edition market. Over 120+ booths neatly spread in rows. Moreover, there were also live paintings and variety of workshops.
Look at everyone's preparing their best before the gate opened for public! XD
And here comes the most interesting part.. The crowd was massive! Long queue surrounding the hall had begun before the market started. Even though it was raining the whole day on both days, but seriously, the queue never ends, and needless to say that the crowd inside the hall was crazy. Really glad to see everyone supporting handmade artists!
Below is the conversation I had with Wendy, Studio Cewemic from Hong Kong who makes cute ceramic decoration products. Her booth was at the first front row, while mine was far at the back. It proves how amazing Pinkoi Market is! ^^
We're preparing our best, going to Taiwan to participate in two international-scale handmade markets in Taipei! So excited to meet friendly Taiwan citizen over the next two weeks!
1. Pinkoi Market 品品市集
Date: 18 - 19 November 2017
Venue: 華山1914文化創意產業園區 (東二四連棟) / Huashan Creative Park (East Area)
Address: No.1, Bade Road Sec.1, Zhong Zhen Dist., Taipei City
2. Pop Up Asia
Date: 23 - 26 November 2017
Venue: 松山文創園區 三、四號倉庫 / Songshan Cultural Creative Park, Warehouse 3 & 4
Address: 1/223, Guangfu South Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City
During 4 days in Pop Up Asia, I will be doing one-hour workshops as well:
11/23 - Making necklace with your own selection of natural stone and charm
11/24 - Making bracelet with your own selection of natural stone and charm
11/25 - Making necklace with your own selection of natural stone and charm
11/26 - Making bracelet with your own selection of natural stone and charm
Time: 12:00 - 13:00, Table E
This workshop suitable for beginners. I will guide all the process of designing and making to match your favorite final piece.
ASEAN PLUS THREE YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS FORUM
"Enhanced Roles of Young and Women Entrepreneurs in East Asia Economic Community"
Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 23-25 August 2017
SOKHA Phnom Penh Hotel & Residence
It was truly an honor for us to be invited to participate in this APT Young Entrepreneurs Forum at Phnom Penh. The 2 days forum which started with opening ceremony by Mr. Rommel Gerodias (representative from the Philippines) - President of ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council / Sauber Professionals Inc., Ms. Kyoung A Eun (representative from Korea) - President of Korea Entrepreneurship; CeraArtCo., Ltd., H.E. Reach Ra (representative from Cambodia) - Under-Secretary of State; Ministry of Commerce, and opening remarks by H.E. Dr. Sok Siphana - Advisor to the Royal Government of Cambodia.
The sessions divided into 4 parts:
1. Overview of ASEAN Plus Three Cooperation: Trade and Economic Challenges and Opportunities after the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015
2. Roles of Young and Women in SMEs Development, Exports and Innovation in East Asia
3. Mobilizing Resources to Support Young and Women in SMEs Development in East Asia
4. Enhanced Roles of Young and Women Entrepreneurs in East Asia Economic Community
Allow me to introduce the 8 participants of successful young entrepreneurs from Indonesia:
There is always, always something to be thankful for..
4-days of 핸드메이드코리아 Handmade Korea Summer 2017 which took place in COEX Hall C - Seoul, S.Korea; 20-23 July 2017 has finally come to an end. This year we're collaborating together with my artist friends: Yeung Draw and Miss Times from Hong Kong, and Roomism from Singapore, which makes our booth name: "IDxHKxSG" (stands for Indonesia x Hong Kong x Singapore).
A year ago, I joined HMK together with Meet Lucia (read this diary), and was very happy to experience that bonding between the locals and overseas artists. Without any doubt, this year I decided to once again take part in this event and it was beyond fantastic! This time, HMK expanded its categories, not only handmade classification which includes drawing, sculpture, illustration, calligraphy, DIY experience class, quilt and sewing; but also goes further to living interior, fashion and beauty, food town and book art. Yes, the hall is BIG and super crowded with people. I witnessed the long queue in front of the hall before the gate was open to public!
Other than four of us, there are many other overseas artists participated as well: HamiiG Hong Kong artists with Mike Ha as the leader, Astha, Yukari and DaYeon who support Women for Women Nepal, Olfac3 Malaysia's signature perfumery house, talented visual artist Cristjen Lai and Chai Diam Ma who runs an artspace+cafe in Malaysia, Yoko Saito who draws Antenna Diary from Japan, Turk Kultur Merezi from Turkey displaying unique handmade Turkish dishes whose booth was just next to us, C Plus Culture from Taiwan who brought the spirit of Pop Up Asia, my good friend 최루시아 Lucia Choi whose booth was just right behind us and that she took care all of the overseas artists (thank you so much!). Last but not least, and for the first time, there were 24 Indonesian artists in Indonesia Pavilion brought by Deka Event.
Also, I met the most famous Korean fashion designer, 이상봉 Mr. Lie Sang Bong for the second time! Two years ago, I greeted him when I had exhibition in Indonesia Fashion Week 2015. He still remembers me when I showed him the picture. 😄 It was nice meeting you again!
We had a great night with other overseas artists after the end of the third day! We shared our backgrounds and experiences, we talked about our countries, and undoubtedly, we're trying to help each other to find a way reaching our dreams. 🌟🌟🌟
Thanks for the delicious dinner, beer and wine, and of course, this precious opportunity that you arranged for us, Ms. Kim Urah 대표님. We really appreciate it! 🤗 감사합니다~
I feel a deep sense of gratitude for meeting my old friends who came over, and of course, appreciate every moment of having the chance in making new connections and friends.
We are from different countries in the world but we all have dreams and share the same smiles. :)
Until next time... IDxHKxSG
亞洲手創展 Pop Up Asia - the first 4-days handmade market fair held by Campobag in Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, Taipei - Taiwan, November 17th - 20th, 2016. There are 111 participated brands come from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and local Taiwan. Although I didn't set up this time, but I am amused and very excited to be here, visited old friends, made new friends and had a nice talk with the artists. After all, thank you 小麥 and Campobag for inviting me. :)
So here I share some creative brands along with their products that catch my eyes. Feel free to follow them and get to know the artists!
DO DO HANDMADE
Do Do Handmade encourages people to love and protect the animals. They make ceramic bowls with hand drawn animal silhouettes whispering to each other. www.facebook.com/mydodohandmade
Anadou from Tainan makes these lovely wooden dolls with workable jointing system. They create really amazing products and designs made from wood. Do check their page: www.facebook.com/AnadouMuZuo
For you who love photography and travelling! Jouer8 creates assorted type of pattern straps and more others camera accessories. They produce all their products with great quality materials. I have one for myself! www.jouer8.com
MY MINI ME 我的迷你我
Pei Pei from Taichung hand-made all these whimsical plush toys with combination of fabrics, laces and other vintage findings. This was her very first handmade fair with carousel (merry-go-round) as her booth theme. Apparently, it is different with other common carousel which usually full of horses and other animals. Hers are empty! The animals are all escaped to the outside world in which you may see - her doll creations. www.facebook.com/myminime520
BJ ART VILLAGE 小房子装可愛手作村
So many cute little houses and mushrooms handmade from ceramics pottery, designed by Black and Jennifer. My favorite! www.facebook.com/bjartvillage
From and for dog lovers. Wei Ni, the artist, makes these detailed sculptures, figurines, candles, illustrations, postcards, pins, and many others related to bulldogs and friends. www.facebook.com/maggerdog
Mu Liang Zuo from Tainan provides interesting DIY classes to teach us the fusion materials between wood and brass. Look at those one-of-a-kind spoons! Next time I go to Tainan, I will definitely take their one-day experience class! www.facebook.com/muliangzuo
My friend, Nana from Singapore. She brings along Fio - the bunny and friends to meet their new owners. Not only amigurumi and plush toys, she also makes 3d printing bunny head rings in variety of colors. Hot and popular items! www.roomism.net
HANDMADE KOREA 핸드메이드코리아
12 creative artists from Korea came to Taiwan and made cultural exchange with the local. I'm very happy to meet Ms. Kim Urah 김유라 대표님, CEO of Handmade Korea whom I met when participating Handmade Korea Fair this past July. www.handmadekorea.co.kr
My new Korean friends, pop-up 3d book artist group: Yoon-Sangji 윤상지 with her carousel drawings and remarkable 11-pages 3d pop-up books. Kwon-Oin 권오인 with her happiness blue bird illustrations made to video tape-like book. Ahn-Yeunhea 안윤헤 who makes impressive changing masks and other Korean culture pop-up drawings. All works are purely hand-drawn and hand-cut! cafe.naver.com/chaekjitgi
Using natural ingredients, Hanaduri creates beautiful cake shape soaps a.k.a. cake for bathroom. Not only soaps, she also makes home decor related products, such as: candles, diffusers, souvenirs and gifts. www.hanaduri.net
Naldak by The Ceramic Studio was founded in Gyeonggi-do, Korea in 2003. Naldak sets goal to save others in danger as a hero. Naldak wears a magic cloak or masks, holds a shield and acts like all kinds of cool heroes in the world. Naldak always in the search of new possibility and dreams of creative challenges. www.naldak.kr
A corner that always full of people! They are Maker's Base from Japan, the No. 1 membership-based workshop in Tokyo which contains more than 100 kinds of equipment in a wide range of handmade fields. www.makers-base.com
The happy fluffy companions from Hong Kong. In the world of hopnbounce, it lives a group of lovely animals that are loved and spoiled. They are free to do anything and they always hop and bounce happily. Their life is all about eat, play, sleep and providing unconditional love. This is the world where pets live forever and accompany their owners for life. www.hopnbounce.com
LITTLE POUPEES & EVANGELIONE
"Every doll has a little piece of my heart, so they all have a little little tiny heart, to care and to love."
They are doll makers from Malaysia: Little Poupees www.littlepoupees.com and Evangelione www.evangelione.com
More brands can be browsed at Pop Up Asia website. It is the perfect platform to gather all handmade lovers. Take time to stop by and chat with the artists, and you can feel the enthusiasm and positive energy around them. Try to understand the meaning behind their stories and you can appreciate more their one-of-a-kind works. From handmade makers, to handmade lovers.
Article and video interview about our booth "Meet Lucia: Lucia & Friends" at Handmade Korea Fair by Aving Global Network Korea.
Full article: [핸드메이드코리아 섬머] 한글 서예가 '최루시아', 해외 작가 11명 초대한 특별관 마련!
Thank you reporter 김다현 기자 for the record!
This article is dedicated to Handmade Korea Fair, Lucia Choi with other 11 friends from overseas who joined this event, and to all of our friends, fans and followers who gave us big support.
Handmade Korea Fair 핸드메이드코리아페어 - a 4-days event with slogan "All that handmade is here!", being held on 21-24 July 2016, at COEX Hall B, Seoul - S.Korea.
I was longed to join HMK (Handmade Korea Fair) but always missed the opportunity until early this year when my friend, Lucia expressed her idea about this collaborative booth: 루시아와 만나다 "Meet Lucia: Lucia & Friends". We're very happy to have this opportunity and worked hard to prepare this event for months. Other than me (Cindy Kuo) from Indonesia, Lucia also invited her friends: Tomimoto Seiei, Chikako Takasuka, An Sora, Maki Manabe, Yoko Saito, Toyomi Itohara and Yasue Okanishi from Japan, Wai Yeung Li from Hong Kong, Marc Mangin from France, and Xin Cheng from New Zealand.
Tomimoto Seiei 富元清英 from Tokyo - Japan:
A traditional Japanese instrument: goto (箏) player, a lovely sensei who always smiles. Every month Tomimoto sensei holds a workshop at the cultural center of Japanese Embassy Public Affair. Tomimoto sensei and Lucia had collaboration and performed with her 三味線 (shamisen) three times in HMK and gained many applause from the public. What a great performance!
Chikako Takasuka 高須賀千賀子 from Osaka - Japan:
A Japanese calligraphist who often collaborate her Kanji letters with Lucia. Chikako sensei is very cheerful, adventurous and a truly learner. At the age of 60, Chikako sensei took a Korean language study at Yonsei Language Institute. In her, I learn a Chinese proverb: "活到老，學到老" which means: One is never too old to learn.
An Sora 안소라 from Kobe - Japan:
A book writer who has published several books about everything you need to know when travelling to Osaka. An Sora often travels between Japan and Korea. Every year she participates in book festivals in both countries. Rather than that, she was also a host in Kobe radio FM in program "Hello".
Maki Manabe 万喜眞鍋 from Yokohama - Japan:
Under her brand "Aloha Bear", Maki creates variety of cute and colorful handmade plush toys such as: teddy bear, monkey, pig, rabbit, etc. in Hawaiian style. She always brings her creation to wherever she goes, actively develops her brand and does some workshops in Korea as well. Maki-san, next time please teach me how to stitch a teddy bear...
Yoko Saito 齋藤陽子 from Japan:
Yoko makes journal diary in both Japanese and Korean languages. She shares her experiences while travelling to Korea in 2015, pictures her feelings and thought in writings and cute illustrations. She greets everyone with smiles while introducing her works. :)
Toyomi Itohara 糸原とよみ from Kyoto - Japan:
A middle school teacher in Japan who has been learning Korean language for eight years. Her interest towards Korean culture brings her to enter crafting world. And this time, Toyomi brought some of her latest works and share them with Korean friends.
Yasue Okanishi 岡西泰永 from Nara - Japan:
Yasue loves photograph. She loves to take pictures with film photography rather than digital, because with film, every shot is measured and taken carefully. Yasue mostly takes photo of beautiful scenery and also the smiles of close friends and family on occasion. In her smiling face, you can feel the positive vibes while talking with her. Go Yasue!
Wai Yeung Li 李偉洋 from Hong Kong:
Wai Yeung is a graphic designer who also does illustration in Hong Kong style. He poured his talent under the brand "啊羊繪記 YeungDraw", where he develops his drawings in postcards taken from movie scenes. During the fair, he offered life drawing portrait sketches and the response were more than expected! Wai Yeung was just busy sketching all the time...
Marc Mangin from France:
A French photographer who has traveled to many places including South Korea. Marc shots which contain with natural beauty are compiled together and published in his photo book: "South of the Border".
Xin Cheng from New Zealand:
Xin Cheng came to Seoul through Nanji Art Studio residency program as an exchange artist from New Zealand. She expresses her arts through the collection of waste things. Her extraordinary talent with nature mind makes her performance more impressive and outstanding!
And lastly, me - Cindy Kuo from Jakarta - Indonesia:
I am a handcrafted jewelry designer under my brand "Tree Craft Diary" which was established in 2012. By utilizing one of the earth materials – stones and crystals, Tree Craft Diary emphasizes their natural characteristics, embraces the fusion of fashion and nature, thus, creatively crafts them with unique attributes to create jewelry with a story. Although I've been participating many craft fairs in different countries, but in this fair, I gained so so much valuable experiences.
This might be our first meeting for some of us, but we share the same values and perspective. Every morning we cheered each other to hope for the best. We invited our friends and introduced them to one and another. We gave applause when someone made a sale. We took a break by joking, laughing and taking pictures, and ended the day with a nice dinner gathering. We knew this opportunity is rare and we wanted to make the most of it.
We are artists from Korea + Japan + Indonesia + Hong Kong, with language being used: Korean + Japanese + English + Cantonese + Mandarin. We spread this interesting collaboration event through mouth to mouth and social medias. Even many press visited our booth to record our stories!
Therefore, from the bottom of our heart, we would like to thank Handmade Korea Fair for this great opportunity. Once we're back to our own countries, we will work harder and hopefully meet again to gather our strength in another time!
Above illustration is credited to Wai Yeung Li, specially sketched for Lucia & Friends :)
루시아와 만나다 "Meet Lucia: Lucia & Friends" ended safely with lots lots lots of fun and good memories!
This is our story: Together We Are One
Event: HANDMADE KOREA SUMMER 2016
Venue: COEX Convention & Exhibition Center, Lv.1 - Hall B
Address: 159-9 Samseong 1(il)-dong, Seoul, South Korea
Date: 21 - 24 July 2016
Collaborative Booth: I-7 "Meet Lucia: Lucia & Friends"
루시아와 만나다 (Meet Lucia): 루시아와 친구들 (Lucia & Friends)
11명의 친구들이 루시아를 만나러
일본, 홍콩, 인도네시아, 프랑스, 뉴질랜드
친구들이 펼치는 즐거운 이야기들을
Meet Lucia: Lucia & Friends
11 overseas friends and talented artists from Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, France and New Zealand were invited by Lucia Choi – Korean calligraphist, to join the collaborative booth of “Meet Lucia – Lucia & Friends”.
Let’s unfold the story of each artist, enjoy their performances and check out the fabulous works at Handmade Korea Fair, booth I-7.
I am beyond happy and so excited to be invited by my lovely Korean calligraphist friend - Lucia Choi, to participate and join her collaborative booth at Handmade Korea Fair, along with the other 10 artists around the world! XD Hope to make new friends and new opportunities that will spark up my creativity!
⭐ All orders placed between July 15th - August 4th, will be shipped THE LATEST on August 5th, 2016 (as I bring along some selected items to the fair and won't be able to ship them until I come back).
Don’t worry! You can still place your order as usual, and I'll let you know if it can be shipped within 1-3 days or if there's a delay. Any questions feel free to email me. I will respond to you asap. Sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding! :)
Follow my journey on Instagram: @treecraftdiary
This is my third craft shows I attend in 2016, also the biggest and the most exciting one! XD
INACRAFT 2016 - The 18th Jakarta International Handicraft Trade Fair, 5-days event starts from 20-24 April 2016, at Jakarta Convention Center.
I'm SO happy to be selected by SMESCO as one of fifteen participants to join INACRAFT this year, curated from seventy local brands! Can't thank enough to the judges for having faith in me and Tree Craft Diary. Please visit our booth if you're in town! We're at Hall B, No. 249-252.
I hope everything goes well during these five days, despite having an injured foot...
Last week I fell down sprained my right foot when I just woke up and got out of bed in the morning. I thought it was just a light injury but turned out one of my foot bones cracked. While I try not to walk with my right foot as much as I can, hopefully it will recover soon.
So, check and re-check! Last preparation for the show! And I'll see you there! ;)
After wrapping up Indonesia Fashion Week 2016 two weeks ago, my next upcoming event will be held on this week, March 31st - April 3rd (Thu-Sun) at Lotte Shopping Avenue, Jakarta.
Together with LocalFest, this exciting 4 days festival is created to bring out the greatest of local potentials within the compounds of Indonesia's younger creative generation, from fashion pop up store, culinary, art exhibition, music and talk show. The aim of the festival is to give a chance for everyone who are interested in creative industry, thus they could interact more with newcomers creative mind.
And the exciting news is... ta-daa!! I have 15 invitation cards for free entrance valid for two persons on Thursday, March 31st. If you're in Jakarta and have free time at this coming Thursday to Sunday, you're very welcome to find me at Lotte Mall - booth A29! Let me know in the comment below or Line me (treecraftdiary) to reserve this invitation ticket if you're coming on Thursday!
Psstt... I have so many new items that is yet to reveal and special discount to be offered during these 4 days! I can't wait to see you there! XD
I've had busy schedule for the past two weeks!
Probably some of you have noticed from my Instagram post, that I went to Hong Kong for one short week to visit three big trade shows: HK International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show, HK International Jewellery Show & Asia's Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Fair. There were thousands of exhibitors with so many beautiful things to explore and tons of new materials to discover. It was just a paradise for me! XD
Right after I came back from Hong Kong, I quickly prepared for my stand at Indonesia Fashion Week 2016 which was held last week from March 10th-13th at Jakarta Convention Center. It's been a year since the last time I joined local trade show, and I'm glad to have this opportunity to promote my works and sell offline in person.
Thank you so much for all of you who have visited our booth at Indonesia Fashion Week! I'm beyond happy to see the visitors adoring my works and to hear the word: "lucuuuu!" (meaning: cutteee!) XD
I know I didn't promote that much for this past IFW event and you might have missed the opportunity to see my collection in person. Don't fret! I will join another event at Jakarta at the end of this month. Follow my Instagram to get the details. I really hope to meeting you!
Hey! I'm back to Jakarta! 👋
After 3 weeks of "working vacation" to Korea, here I am, back to my working desk.
You might already know from my Instagram posts for the reason I went to Korea this time was to participate Seoul International Handmade Fair. Other than that, I managed my time to explore the city and visited beautiful natural places outside Seoul.
In this post, I will share my experience during this fair, and another separate articles for the "vacation". :)
It was my first time went to COEX Convention & Exhibition Center. This building is connected with COEX Mall, known to be the largest underground shopping center in Asia, and is located in the basement of Korea World Trade Center. There are 4 main halls inside the exhibition center and our activity was being held in Hall D, level 3.
A day before the fair begins, all of the exhibitors were busy unloading stuffs and finding our booth location. It didn't take very long for me to set up my equipment, as I could only brought important sale-able items and not so much on the decoration.
On the next 4 days, I came to the site as early as possible to open my booth, so that I had time to look around other participants works before the fair opens to public. There were many kind of craft items to see (and shop!), including: ceramics, wood crafts, illustrations, pop-up cards, paper garden postcards, miniatures, plush toys, jewelry, calligraphy, felt garland, and I just couldn't stop mentioning!
"원석이에요" (won seog yi e yo / these are raw stones) - I think this is the most time repeat sentence I used during those 4 days to introduce my items. Haha!
Besides customers from Korea, I also met other people from France, UK, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan. I guess I'm the only one from Indonesia! 😄 Many people interested in my Druzy Festive collection for its uniqueness. They told me they've never seen such gemstone jewelry in Korea. And that's why I came here to present my works! Yippie! XD
Not only to introduce my creations, I also met so many great artists and friendly people during the fair! It's really exciting to make new friends and to exchange our contact.
A calligraphy writer - Lucia Choi, who I met last year and still keep in touch until now. We have similar characteristic towards our goals and we give support to each other. Her work was recently featured in K-drama: Temptation. She also introduced me to many (read: a lot) of her friends!
Lucia said, one day she wants to hold a fan meeting with people around the world, in Seoul. How cool! 😎
We had dinner together for 4 straight days after the fair ends. Oh~ I will miss those moments!
My kind neighbor who does pop-up cards and books - Hur Ra Young, with her brand 호도나무 (Ho Do Na Mu). She was an illustrator before doing these manually cut pop-up cards 3 years ago. Her WHY was because her son loves robots and paper toys, so she made him a robot pop-up card back then. As time goes by, she keeps on experimenting and loves this path.
After all, Ra Young unnie is the best neighbor I've ever had! She bought me coffee, lunch, cake and macaroon, looked after my booth when I left for a period of time. She also bought one of my bracelet (she said she fell in love in the first sight and wore it everyday during the fair! ❤️), moreover, gave me one of her lovely card as a present. I hope we can be neighbor again in the next fair!
Pretty Kwon Mi Jeong with her brand Lappez.
She is an illustrator with her work inspired by warmth feeling and nature, also some illustrations with beautiful scenery were sketched when she was on her trip to Spain. I love her doodle kind of watercolor paintings and the colors she put in her works. I bought some of her lovely creations and they are now pinned on my working desk board. :)
Portable Lollipop and B.rgds,
They're really a group of nice people! Ohsang and Hoya is a sweet husband and wife couple from Portable Lollipop. They love cats and most of their works are made from wood by themselves, or in collaboration with other artists. Their cat figure plush toys were made by B.rgds, team who specialized in making fabric related items and of course, plush toys as seen attached on the wall.
Few days after the fair, JC and Noa from B.rgds, brought me to visit Portable Lollipop country-style shop with so many hidden treasures from Japan, as well as their office studio. We had a nice 뽀뽀치킨 dinner together and played a random fun quiz. Hope to meet you guys again soon!
Bhavishya team members. I met Min on the first day during lunch break in the cafeteria. He has good English, so we can communicate smoothly. 😆 Along with the other six members of Bhavishya (Hindi language means: future), they make classic luxury unisex stone bracelets with owl as the mascot. They managed Bhavishya very well and they have stockists both online and offline shops in some well-known department stores in Korea.
On the last day, Min brought his team members and introduced them to me. They helped me greeted Korean customers in my booth. How fun! 👏 I even received a bracelet gift from Bhavishya at the end of the fair! Thank you!
PMQ from Hong Kong. There are 4 brands from Hong Kong invited to this fair with pretty leader - Joyce Chiu. She clearly introduced her company and the brands who participated in this fair. Two of them are: FlowPlusLiving - ceramic ware uniquely inspired by food, and Be Candle - a vegan, natural and sustainable candle brand by designer Xavier Tsang.
Next time I go to Hong Kong, I'll visit you guys!
Two girls who's working hard for the fair, Hye Min - who's in charge of the stage and performance activity, and Hee Won - who managed the cafe from opening until the fair's closed. Both of them were extremely busy during that week! They said, it was like a war... 수구했어요~ ^^
I appreciate every moment I had, every people I met during the fair. It was truly a fantastic experience for me. And big THANK YOU for everyone I mentioned above! Whether you realize it or not, I received your help in some way. :)
Last but not least, I'd like to express my gratitude if you've been following my Instagram posts while I was in Korea. Thank you! To wrap things up, it would be very much appreciated to know if you've read this whole post in the comment below! ;)
Next, I will post up vacation places that I've visited and are worth to go! ✈️
V.Part 1 - Calming Natural Places in Korea
V.Part 2 - Dove into Historic & Cultural Places
I'm in Seoul right now, enjoying the autumn breeze and exploring the city before Seoul International Handmade Fair 서울국제핸드메이드페어 starts on October 22-25 (thu-sun), at COEX Hall D.
So I have these invitation tickets for free admission to the fair. For my friends in Korea or if you are in vacation to Seoul and would like to join the crowd, let me know and I'll reserve the ticket for you! ;)
It's a quick short post for now as I'm going out soon to take more pictures and do some shopping (yesss!! XD). I promise I will update more posts about this trip later. So keep in touch! Meanwhile, you can follow my Instagram to see my daily posts.
Well then, I hope to see you at the fair!
After my last memorable event - Design Festa Vol.41 in Japan, this time I will bring more of my signature creations, the unique Druzy Festive series, and am hoping to introduce the beauty of Indonesia stones to the market. I've been making more new inventories in the past week and will keep adding more this week! Below picture is my new babies~
Hello all! I am back from Japan! 🌸
What an unforgettable experience I had during the past 9 days! We are thrilled to see so many creative artisans with variety of talents in different fields. Couldn't take my eyes off of the unique goods that we can't easily find outside. They are beyond extraordinary! This is the biggest art event I have ever visited and of course will plan to come again next other season. On the other hand, I am so happy to meet my old friend from Taiwan whom I met in Macau craft fair back on 2013, and an illustrator artist whom I met 5 years ago in Singapore but rarely contacted each other since then, but he managed to come and find my booth! Most artisans know that one of the joyous thing for us to join an exhibition is that we could have a small reunion with other artist friends, have a little chit-chat on how we are doing lately and getting some valuable information that we've probably missed. Yes? ✌
After the weekend show in Tokyo is finished, my friend and I went to Yokohama for a sightseeing. We went to the port (the view is superb!), and then head to Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse / Aka-Renga Soko 横浜赤レンガ倉庫 (many souvenirs shopping here), Jiyugaoka, Motomachi and Toy Museum. Finished with Yokohama, my friend flew back to Taiwan while I traveled back to Tokyo by myself. On my last 4 days, I went to some must-go interesting places such as Harajuku, Shibuya and Shinjuku area. Walked to Tokyo Tower to see the city view from daytime till sunset. Couldn't forget that sparkling city night view. I also went to Roppongi Hills, what a spectacular architecture buildings design over there! Thanks to my host who recommended this place to me. On my last day, I went to Kichijoji park and accidentally walked into a small zoo named Inokashira Park Zoo 井の頭恩賜公園. It is a lovely park fills with pond, trees and all that nature (yes, I love nature!). 🌲🌷
And now, I am back to my work space, still tidying up materials I bought from Japan (the last picture below is my newest raw stones and crystals collections). On these few days, I'll be busy preparing items for my new stockist, and after that, I will create more fresh items with ideas and inspirations I got during the trip!
Thank you, Japan! ❤️
Hello and welcome!