I happened to be in Singapore last week for my dad's birthday. After I booked my flight tickets, I immediately emailed 'The Little Happyshop' to book a spot in the intermediate stamp carving workshop, for which they'd brought in the Japanese stamp carver, Hamano Atsuko. I'd been trying to learn stamp carving but couldn't do fine details so I'd been a teeny bit frustrated. The class was a great chance to learn from a pro and to improve my technique.
The workshop was held in Holland Village at an ice cream shop called 'The Daily Scoop'. There were 5 of us, the owner of Happyshop, Ruth and Hamano Atsuko. I didn't really know about her before the class and she looked a lot younger than I imagined. We occupied a corner of the shop. The course fee, SGD160 for 2 hours (although we went over to 3 hours) included all materials that we could bring home, except the cutting mat and a copy of Hamano Atsuko's book, which was extra but which she signed on the spot. We also got a voucher for refreshments which I used for yummy ice cream after the class.
We worked on a Christmas stamp for the class and Hamano Atusko taught us her unique self taught stamp carving technique, which is great for detailing but requires a lot of practice to learn. I also learnt other things which I never knew about before, such as prepping the rubber and what kind of materials/ink pads to look for. After the class, I headed to the actual Happyshop store to buy supplies, the store has a great collection of Shinzi Katoh merchandise, it took all my willpower not to give in and buy another teapot.
I'm so glad I got a chance to attend the class, I'm totally addicted to stamp carving now. Check out the box of personal stamps Hamano Atsuko brought along, I would love to reach that level. Someday, Someday...