Thursday, February 19, 2015

Muji Collaboration: 6. Workshops

The Joy of Giving

Throughout workshop process, I constantly asked myself, what is the meaning behind giving a gift?

I have been blessed with many things in life. And the biggest joy that I receive is being able to share that joy through the gesture of gifting. Through gift wrapping, I hope to bring the recipient of the gift back to his younger days where the joy of slowly unwrapping a gift still exists. Isn't the anticipation of the unwrapping another form of joy that we all forgot, in our busy and fast-paced lives? Enjoying a gift starts from the point of admiring the beautiful gift wrap, that's the process that I wish to have everyone re-live. And more importantly, having armed yourself with the skills to gift wrap beautifully (which is not a difficult task), the thought of making someone's day special, would surface ever more frequently. That is what I ultimately hope to achieve - to reconnect and foster relationships more frequently through intricately gift-wrapped gifts.

The analogy (see photo above) is to explain that gift wrapping can be used as a medium to bridge relationships; just like how a delicious dish is prepared - with Love.

This entire collaboration has allowed my humble self to share simple gift wrapping skills with all participants. And in fact, i also received many ideas, suggestions and constructive comments for my next collaboration. All thanks to Muji for the precious opportunity.

The blessings that I received during the collaboration: 
  • I received a big bag of goodies from Muji at the end of the final workshop
  • Was able to share the joy to gift wrapping with all participants 
  • I felt appreciated by Muji
  • Flash of happiness - many students temporary forgot their day-to-day worries and enjoyed themselves doing some craft
  • The spreading of gift wrapping ideas and the importance to create awareness that a simple act of beautiful gifting can change the world
  • Grateful for the tons of support that I received for this collaboration
  • Reconnection with the public and unfamiliar faces (I'm usually an introvert)
  • Beautiful sunlight during the photo shoots
  • This unforgettable Muji collaboration memory 
Above is the unexpected list of blessings that I never thought I could receive in 2014 and I am truly grateful for them. 

Benefits of gift wrapping:
  • Therapeutic/ healing/ meditation
  • Improve relationships
  • It’s the thought that counts 
  • Fully customisable
Today, is the Chinese New Year. Here's wishing all Chinese readers a Happy Lunar New Year and good health!

Is it possible to change the world by Giving?
Yes, because JOY is Contagious.
And Joy starts with You.
Joy up someone's day with beautifully wrapped presents!

Muji x Nong Jia Nü workshops photos
taken by Kuanth, Alex, Alicia, Ann and Shi Pei

12th December

 13th December 2014

 14th December 2014

Monday, February 16, 2015

Muji Collaboration: 5. Styling & Photo shoot

This is probably my favourite process: seeing my ideas turn into reality. I am not a professional photographer and I took all these photos with my iphone, and personally did all the photo styling. Browsing books and magazines that was plastered with quality photos like Kinfolk, Frankie and WeAr will enhance your creative styling. I will be lying if I said that I do not edit my photos, but the fact is that I spent plenty of time adjusting the colours and and lighting to match my ideals and imagination. To me, creating a poster is the best way to share an idea with the client and to deliver my message to the masses. 

others related posts:
1. Research
2. Design Development
3. Evaluation and Final Selection
4. Lesson Plan and Sourcing

Photo styling:
Poster for Muji gift wrapping workshop

and the final poster for Muji workshop advertisement

Photo styling:
Craft: X'mas bunting flag and gift cards

Photo styling:
Craft: Semi-2D snowflakes

Photo styling:

Craft: Patch work Origami paper bag

Photo styling:
Craft: Tapeless paper bag

Photo styling:
Craft: Traditional wrapping and ribbon tying

And the final selected photos for the Craft leaf let are:

and the final "Thank you" poster

Last: 6.  Workshops

To be continued...