Craft store Spotlight opens second outlet at Westgate
doing art and craft and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) hobbies.”
According to the Singapore Cultural Statistics 2017 by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, the total nominal valueadd of the fine art, crafts and collectibles segment here grew from $121 million in 2010 to $135 million in 2014.
Mr Fried added that DIY and art and craft might have gained newfound popularity because of the focus on creativity, especially in education. It might also be a reaction to technology, where people want a hobby that gives them more satisfaction.
“At first everyone was on their electronic devices, but now I think people realise they need other things too,” he said. “We all feel good when we make something of our own. People like to make their own things because it’s satisfying.”
For example, people still knit even though they can easily buy clothes in stores. “They like that feeling of ownership. It’s about creating something for yourself,” Mr Fried added.
Spotlight has a corner for children to do art and craft activities with their families.
Ms Su Ng, a housewife in her 40s, said: “Kids in school are now taught to do a lot of craft work. It makes them more aware of art and craft from a young age.”
Her two children, aged seven and 11, enjoy buying slime and glitter glue from Spotlight.
“I like to knit and crochet but it’s usually hard to find the variety of yarn and needles that Spotlight has,” she said. “In Singapore, it’s not easy to find such things so it’s good this (store) has opened.”
Christmas was ushered into town with the annual Orchard Road light-up ceremony held yesterday.The Disney-themed lights – sparkling in cool blue for the Frozen-themed stretch, orange for the Toy Story-themed street and turquoise for the Mickey-themed side – were switched on by President Halimah Yacob, together with representatives of inclusive employers and employees with disabilities.Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development, was also present at the ceremony.The Community Chest Christmas on A Great Street Light-up Ceremony raised almost $1.7 million, which will go to 80 social service organisations supported by Community Chest, such as the Autism Resource Centre and Metta School.Madam Halimah said: “Community Chest has been a great source of support for social service organisations to enhance the employment and employability of persons with disabilities and mental health conditions in Singapore.“We hope that more companies will step forward to give them equal job opportunities so that collectively, we can progress towards a more inclusive and caring nation.”
Shoppers at Spotlight’s Westgate store yesterday. Nearly 300 shoppers queued outside the store ahead of its opening at 10am.MORE PICKING UP ART AND CRAFT