Monday, November 23, 2015

Timeless Craft - Kembara Kraf Selangor

Pressed flower is not new in the art and craft world, having existed and practised since 30 years ago in Japan (also known as Oshibana) and England, now it is also established in the United States. In general, pressed flowers craft is pretty much easy, one are requried to dry the flowers; both petals and flower and later flatten it. Now it has evolved where in pressed flower craft, knowing the type of flowers and its fade speed or intensity, using the right paper or colour, creating art and design to form a picturesque scenery is crucial. It is no more a simple dry flowers and pasting it paper. Sometimes, the pressed flower crafts are coupled with water colour paint or with other materials to create a unique effect. Of course, material used are not only limited to paper, fabrics, wood and any material to form a beautiful art can be used. 

Puan Esiah Kaimun

Puan Esiah Kaimun; a pressed-flower specialist we met recently during Kembara Kraf Selangor shared her creative art collection where it has been showcased in Malaysia and internationally. Having a unique skill sets sets Puan Esiah to pave her path in motivational talk arena and workshop sessions. One might not know or aware, Puan Esiah uses her pressed-flower craft  knowledge to help single mother in battling from depression and poverty. Similar to modern craft share earlier HERE, learning a new art form defocuses those battling with stress and depression as it stimulate neuro senses which help reduces depression. Not only that, single mothers can use this skill to generate additional income to support family and yet still stay at home doing what they do best – home caring. 

Traveling overseas within ASEAN, Europe and US is nothing new to Puan Esiah, where she conduct demo classes and showcasing this unique craft. Modern craft/art is Selangor's latest fad and is being accepted by all age group, now being converted into businesses; that have opportunities to market and expand worldwide.

Kembara Kraf Selangor Media Fam Trip is in collaboration with Tourism Selangor and UPEN with #GayaTravel as media coordinator.

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