Craft store Spot­light opens sec­ond out­let at West­gate

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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.”

ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

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.”

ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

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

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