The Reconstruction Whizz: Jackie Tan, 29, woodworker (@tripleeyelid)
The former interior designer watched mounds of materials from commercial projects being discarded and wondered if furniture could be more sustainable. He then started teaching himself carpentry through trial and error as well as YouTube tutorials. Tan now creates custom-made furniture by upcycling unwanted objects at his studio, Triple Eyelid.
“The true essence of a made-in-Singapore brand is its uniqueness. We do not have a long history of craft excellence, so this is our time to be playful and one of a kind. Upcycling craftsmen are a small and tight-knit community here. Green and craft event planner Terra Village (@terravillage), which organises Up Market, an annual upcycling flea market that usually takes place in November or December, works hard at bringing us together.
Some of my favourite local labels include Taikensonzai, which sells one-of-a-kind jewellery and clothing made from discarded fabric, and Ask Tony, which offers lamps made from old glass bottles, and holds upcycling and metalworking workshops. I get inspiration from identifying our everyday needs and the waste materials we have at our disposal.
I believe that sustainability should begin with education for all of society. We can start by encouraging every household to practise at least one form of recycling. With more affordable workshops, we can increase our understanding of how easy it is to be green, and why it’s important.”