Miniature Food Artist
How did you become a miniature food artist?
I started off as a graphic designer but found the job scope stagnant and not challenging. Then I was invited to co-teach with my classmate at primary schools for a ceramic art programme. It was then that I found my forte. Although the work was tough and very labour-intensive, I found working with clay very fulfilling. Years later, as I continued this teaching journey, I began to explore other clay materials, buying them online and importing different brands that are non-toxic so that they are user-friendly, especially for kids. When I found materials that were suitable for children, I partnered a fresh art graduate student and we began our coteaching journey for children aged three and above.
Why miniature food?
I started making them after I found some beautiful photos on the Internet where people made food for doll-house displays and photography. I was really amazed how artists were able to paint on
clay using paint and soft chalk, whereas I only learnt how to use these mediums on paper when I was studying at LaSalle. From then on, I never stopped learning about how to make miniatures using clay. I also explored using wood and UV resins to complement my food display works.
What are your favourite miniature food?
Breads and pastries.
And which miniature food project are you most proud of?
It would have to be a customised musical box collaboration that I did with art gallery Okdodoo. It was a commissioned project that was fully handmade using clay – family figurines, Japanese food, sake cups and plates, and a table fully handcrafted with wood. Another I loved was a diorama of a room that was fully handmade using wood, paper and clay, all designed by myself.
What are some of the accolades you have won?
I was involved in a collaborative effort between Ninth Gallery and Pop Up Asia to bridge the gap between local artisans and the international market. We were thrilled to win a place as Gold
Prize winners to participate in Pop Up Asia 2018.
What’s a typical day like?
My work schedule is different from the office 9-to-5. Depending on upcoming events or workshops, I am usually in production or preparation. My daily workshops start from 12pm to 6pm. If there are commissioned projects, I will try to start work by 10pm – that’s when I have time to focus.
What are some upcoming projects and future plans?
We will be collaborating with Sistic and Giftano for the upcoming Gifts and More Craft workshops. You can also purchase gift cards from Giftano and more varieties of our monthly LIVE miniature food crafting workshops from the Sistic website.