Maker culture is getting bigger in Singapore, with two big markets in July

July is set to be a great month for Singapore’s crafty types, with two major markets scheduled in the first couple weeks.

The ninth edition of MAAD Flea Market is a gathering of denizens from Singapore’s creative scene. No stuffy and impersonal exhibits here: this is an event for the public to connect and interact with artists, crafters, artisans, designers and brand owners while browsing one-off creations on sale. Highlights include Portraits After Dark, a project by the Organisation of Illustrators Council, which features about 50 illustrators, artists, painters and hobbyists offering portrait-drawing services to visitors. This event is happening on Jul 3, 5:00pm to 12:00am at the Red Dot Design Museum Singapore. Keep tabs on their Facebook page for updates.

Later in the month on Jul 11 is the Maker Faire in Tampines, the Singapore edition of a popular global fair where various crafters and hobbyists get together to showcase their creations. Expect knick knacks like homemade jewelry and lace, handcrafted leather accesstories and even techie stuff like add-ons for your smartphone camera. The full roster of makers is yet to be finalized, but so far it’s looking slightly more twee and science fair-y than MAAD.