The Art for Grabs bazaar was just 2 weeks back. Long overdue blogpost indeed! I only found out about it on Day 1 of the bazaar. I happened to join the doodle Malaysia FB group and a member shared the event.
I had a particularly busy week and felt a solitude ‘I love me for me’ Sunday would reboot some life back into me. And yes, all my kawans were busy *sad trombone*
I met many passionate art vendors. A really sweet mom, son and daughter ‘Our Crafty Empire’ team (which I think I freaked out a lil’ with my enthusiasm – I blame it on the caffeine), a dynamic duo called All The Ns, the inspiring MUOC couple holding down their little art fort, a punk rock biker Cherry Bomb KL chick and a slightly sleepy Lorem Tootsem!
Below is my little local art haul – which I’ll go one by one.
Our Crafty Empire
‘Our Crafty Empire’ mom, son and daughter team were incredibly sweet to me. They layan-ed my many questions. Lots of hand painted goodies! Many of which screamed ‘made with love’.
All The N’s
The All The N’s were quite the dynamic duo! They DEFINITELY developed their brand well complete with a great company colour scheme, logo and active social media. These ladies are in it (not entirely to win it, because winning isn’t what art is about) and intend to make their mark!
Malaysian Unity of Culture (MUOC)
The lovely couple with their long stretch of vending tables was pretty near All The Ns and it was inevitable that Elisha would target them next! Passionate Yousef of Malaysian Unity of Culture (MUOC) talked about his humble vision to educate people on wildlife and bring the nation together through a new symbol (well, animal) – The Tapir!
Maybe I’m adding too much seasoning to what he expressed, but the gist of it was unity. All his merchandise was self funded and a lot of heart, soul and personal thought was put into it. Triple tapir thumbs up!
Cherry Bomb KL
Rocker chick a.k.a The Cherry Bomb KL Babe. Yeap, she’s got her unique punk rock brand nailed. *rock hand gesture thingy* I bought this awesome Grim Fandango-esque skull cushion. Definitely a new prized possession!
Lorem Tootsem & Yanti Ismail
Last but definitely not least, Lorem Tootsem. Tootie, her name I believe, had a slight sleepy vibe to her. But from experience of being in charge of booths and full day events, it IS really draining, what more a back to back weekend event.
The hand painted wooden cat magnets were definitely an Elisha tarikan art gravity thingy. Priced really affordable too. I snagged a few to give mom and dad and a few friends. Her sister is a painter as well. She wasn’t at the booth though. Turns out she’s Yante Ismail who is uber super talented at feminism related art. Triple thumbs up!
It was overall a good solitude Sunday fuelled by 3 cups of ice lattes, a carrot cake and ciabatta sandwich from Dou Chang Coffee. Oh, and this rather interesting stand comedy group from One Mic Stand (awesome wordplay).
First impression of the ‘One Mic Stand’ rat pack team?
And when I use the term rat pack, I mean it in a very endearing and awesome ‘we’re doing our own thing’ way. They had fun for sure! Which is important. The ‘what seemed like team leader’, I felt held this group of hilarious and talented young comedians together and provided a strong planted hook on the ground (where we everyday people live) to make sure they don’t float away into their little creatively PG 18 humorous universes.
So, signing off with a lil quote. Till next time, stay creative. Develop your own personal brand and stick to your entrepreneurial guns!