One character that found its way to my head and wouldn't go away as I was thinking of a concept to tie this pop-up together.
This was the first time The Little Dröm Store, Usually Usual and myself would be working together. Looking back, it wasn't by pure chance that this opportunity to work together arose.
For Chloe Usually Usual and myself, I first met her at Makers of Singapore event at National Design Centre in 2013.
It took FOREVER to choose between the porcelain bowls she had made because they were all so beautiful.
It was the first time I had seen unglazed hand-thrown porcelain wares and they were uncannily perfect for my slightly smaller hands. Till today, I still use them for my breakfast cereal and for snack breaks.
Soon after, I had a booth at Public Garden, and she dropped by and bought some wooden Parfait Spoons from me. Our conversation began with a fascination of each other's craft and passion for it, and I'd say that's where our friendship took root. I visited the Weekend Worker ceramic studio and have been learning ceramics from them ever since.
For The Little Dröm Store, as a student I often visited their shop back in Ann Siang Hill, just being in the space and being awed and amazed by their work and collection of memorabilia, but never really speaking to them in person. It was in recent years that we realised we had mutual friends and similarly shared many other things and interests in life.
Well, back to the pop-up and how it got its name. Maybe it's me, but I like to over-read into seemingly simple things. I definitely wanted something that would complement The Little Dröm Store's dreamy playful vision and ground it in something familiar and understandable to everyone.
Like a meal, how about the first meal of the day, breakfast where people say good morning to each other? In Japanese-English, 'good morning' gets its syllables stretched out to sound like 'goo-dou moruningu'.
Good-dou, good 豆.
I thought it was nice how it sounded like each other. It's actually quite a pleasant greeting, but I rarely hear it anymore, unless I'm visiting a commercial establishment or cafe in the morning. Often, I'm also guilty of just going with the mundane flow of getting out of bed and to work, that I forget to wish my parents a good morning. Morning are precious aren't they? It's a fresh start to a brand new day, why not savour it a little more?
That's how we created a workshop experience around one's morning, EVERYDAY COFFEE SCOOP. Handbrewed coffee served in her porcelain wares and woodcarving, which naturally demands you to slow down and enjoy the process of it.
We wanted participants to walk away aware of how good it feels to slow down just a little, and how handcrafted wares and the making of it made a difference in that mindset.
So here we were, late on a Friday night, setting up the pop-up retail booth at The Little Dröm Store. They basically gave us free reign to draw all over their glass facade, which we were more happy to!
Photos taken by the lovely Antoinette.
豆 / まめ / 忠実
*Note: Found something interesting.
Mame in Japanese doesn't mean just seed, it can also mean sincere diligence.
And it's true of everything. Something good must start with a seed, something very small that may be invisible to the eye at first. Of heartfelt hard work, of appreciation, of mutual respect, of gratitude.
Soon, with patience, time and care, it can nurtured into something stronger and is able to bear fruit. I guess this pop-up and collaboration together parallels that journey, and of course I hope that it will continue on to more exciting things in the future!
I'm humbled to be part of this pop-up collaboration with such talented and hardworking craftspeople in their own field!