Crafting (be it professionally or as a hobby) has become one of the biggest trends since the onset of the pandemic: we’ve been spending more time in; Its elements of tactility and slowness soothe in a manic world. And have you seen the amount of crochet on the runways recently?
For our June 2021 issue, four Singapore artists – each with her own fashion-related discipline – share a project that lets you create something to add to the wardrobe at home.
First up is the three-year-old brand Su by Hand. Its founder Supei Ho – a self-described “maker” – says it is meant to celebrate the virtues of things that have been created thoughtfully and with care – whether it’s a “simple design or something hard to mass-produce”.
Supei Ho, the founder and designer behind fashion brand Su by Hand, is a proponent of hand-crafted garments.
Her over-a-decade-long experience working with a host of global fashion brands is now being parlayed into creating understated garments with carefully sourced premium fabrics, then enlivened through artisanal techniques such as marbled prints and shibori dyeing.
Here, Ho teaches us an eco-printing technique for silk pioneered by the visual artist India Flint and that imprints the pigments of plants onto fabric. It’s an organic and highly artisanal method that produces one-off prints “more suitable for a painter than a control freak”, says Ho.