You don't need to wait for a new year or a new month to pick up a new skill. Dip a toe into one of these creative workshops in KL and if you like it enough, turn it into a habit. Whether it's calligraphy, pottery making, cooking or silkscreen printing, we've got you covered.
Occupying 12,000 square feet on the floor below Publika’s EAT Food Village, ME.REKA is divided into separate field-specific stations that are equipped with tools like laser engraving machines, 3D printers, soldering booths and sewing machines.
Classes offered here cater to curious novices and serious hobbyists, with subjects that range from terrarium-making and trash repurposing to app development and 3D modelling. Kids and teens especially are encouraged to join their Beyond School Programme, which comprise six-month courses that focus on digital literacy and computer programming as well as craft and woodworking.
Specialising in copperplate and modern calligraphy, Inez Tan and Jil Sta Ana of KLigraphy are rekindling the art of ‘beautiful writing’, sometimes using embellishments – or ‘flourishes’ as they call it – like small twirls and curlicues to add further elegance and festiveness to their work. You’ll be practising your penmanship on worksheets, on which each letter was written by the duo before being scanned and printed out. The best thing about the workshop is you can bring home all the equipment provided to hone your skills better.
Basic pointed pen calligraphy, from RM320; Brush x Watercolour calligraphy, from RM280. For class schedules, visit kligraphy.com. Follow Inez and Jil on Instagram (@inezcalligraphy; @ inksandletters).
Started by Yuna Zarai, who got into terrarium-making while she was in Los Angeles, this little shop in Subang Jaya offers more than ready-made terrariums. Join in on their therapeutic terrarium workshops, which cater to kids as well. Customers can also walk in to shop for ready-made terrariums, or tools and materials for DIY efforts. Tiny Forest also makes themed terrariums as souvenirs for birthday parties, company events and weddings.
Local ceramic artist Cheah Yeow Seng opened this quiet studio for people to learn and enjoy the art of pottery. Don't worry if you're totally new to the craft; Cheah has a way of making lessons fun for kids of all ages. He also displays his own handmade clay designs at the studio, where he works on pottery commissions.
Popular Fabric's twice weekly workshops teach people to sew anything from aprons and bags to pouches and even kids' clothes. No prior experience is required to join their sessions, and participants are provided with a sewing machine to use at the workshop, with one teacher guiding up to six students at a time.
Denise Chin provides custom hand lettering (chalk, as well as on glass and mirrors), calligraphy services as well as workshops for the uninitiated. The self-taught calligrapher leans towards modern, whimsical and slightly quirky lettering styles.
Check dccalligraphy.com for workshop schedules. From RM298 per class.
At Clay Expression, you make your own ceramics like cups, plates and bowls. Founder Cindy Koh will be there to guide you through the process, as well as share insider knowledge to perfecting your pottery and clay-making skills. There are single, three-hour sessions – just to get a taste of the ‘hand building’ and ‘wheel throwing’ techniques – as well as multiple sessions (in packages of four or ten classes) if you develop an interest. Patience is absolute key here: You’ll learn to loosen up, and probably realise just how stressed out you actually are.
Propel a simple hobby into a full-on workshop escapade with The Craft Crowd, which offers a variety of classes that include watercolour painting, modern calligraphy, pottery and flower arranging. Keep a look out on their website for details on the next class.
The full six-hour silkscreen printing course is split into two three-hour classes, during which you’ll learn the art of preparing and exposing the screen, plus registering and printing the image. The classes are kept small and include everything you need to make your own design. Remember to BYOTB, ie bring your own tote bag, or buy a Raksasa tote bag, shirt or fabric.
Faradiba Anuar of Flora Hera is the pick of the bunch when it comes to KL’s top florists. She works wonders with delicate buds like hydrangeas, peonies and tulips, as well as more exotic breeds such as berry sprays, dusty millers and silver brunias to create carefully crafted, elegant foliages. Learn how to arrange beautiful bouquets with Faradiba, who is available for private workshop sessions or one-on-one classes.
instagram.com/florahera or email firstname.lastname@example.org. From RM300.
Make your own moss terrarium with Ronnie Khoo’s Ohsum Mossum Terrariums. Fear not, he’ll provide hands-on guidance on how to create one, and tips and tricks on miniscaping your miniature green world. Your terrarium will thrive for years, or here’s hoping.
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Learn to make your own leather goods at workshops by Attached Leather Co, a leather craft studio based in Petaling Jaya founded by the husband-and-wife team of Faiz Rosli and Ayu Lamien.
Head home with your own handcrafted beverage coasters, leather tray and hand-stitched card holder/mini wallet after picking up lessons on hand tools, types of leather, methods of saddle stitching and so on in their Basic 1.0 workshop. In Basic 2.0 (for returning participants only) participants learn to make handcrafted key holders and hand-stitched passport covers.
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The duo of DIYKL – Agnes Leong and Saran Mutang Tagal – design fashion-forward, statement-making DIY jewellery kits. The DIY mavens also host mobile photography and jewellery workshops, plus classes on the basics of working with leather. They're also open to hosting corporate creative workshops, events and gifts. Tools, supplies and refreshments are provided.
Take a culinary crash course at Japan’s state-of-the-art ABC Cooking Studio. The school offers five courses: bread, cake, cooking, wagashi (traditional Japanese confections) and one for the kids, which features recipes crafted by professionals in Japan.