I guess I started off with a little bit of curiosity on how things work, especially with plants that can be so hardy and yet fragile at the same time. That spark an interest in bringing greenery indoors which led me to wonder out how people can own something especially so small and relatable in Singapore.
How did ‘Mossingarden’ come to be?
Mossingarden started from a love for nature and was inspired by my surrounding garden city. Seeing that we sometimes unknowingly brush aside the innate need to connect with nature, I had always hoped to instil a balance of nature and beauty within the everyday concrete spaces we’re surrounded by. Mossingarden is spelt Moss-in-garden, moss is medium I usually worked with. It is also sometimes mistakenly spelt Mossing-garden, which also means to chill /hang out, which is perfectly in sync with what I would like the whole experience to be.
Were you always a nature lover? Where did you learn about plants?
My childhood was always filled with nature activities. I’ve bred fishes, learning about them and eventually doing aqua-scaping ( planted tanks). I enjoyed the process of placing the plants and watch them grow/or die. Death is not necessary a bad thing, there’s always a reason to why plants die so that’s when I discover the causes and learn more about it. I have learnt from hobbyist and even the elders who have more experience in gardening, however, most of the times are mainly through trial and error.
What goes into the process of making a terrarium? Is every terrarium customized?
The process is a tedious one. No two terrarium are the same. It usually starts with a theme, followed by sorting out certain figurines, props and then painting them. Selecting the right jar to fit the look and feel of a theme is important, it also has to be fitting for the right kind of rocks and woods that goes into the jar.
What’s inspiring you these days?
I would say friends and people around me. I’m blessed to have a good bunch of friends from various background coming together. I’m always inspired by their work as they’re always so passionate about what they do. Inspiration comes in many forms, so I tend to keep an open mind.
When you started out, did you ever intend to have your own studio or did you assume you would just continue freelancing?
I never intended to grow my collection of plants to this current state. When things got out of hand, I knew I would have to find a little space to keep all of them and to have my little hideaway. Eventually, I got my own small studio, to have my little plant collection and my workspace where I am free to create.
What’s your daily routine like?
It usually involves having coffee, checking emails and planning projects to do for the day, sometimes involving upcoming projects. Most of the time tending to my plants also observing them. Midday I’ll most probably be out sourcing for props, jars and taking little walks to the nursery and back to the studio to create some pieces.
Is there any time that your creativity is blocked? How do you deal with it?
There are times when I felt so drained from doing the same thing over and over again. That is when I’ll usually sit down and start sketching out ideas on things I would like to do that is not related to the current project.
I really like to watch movies, be it old or new, it keeps my mind busy thinking about something else.
What’s your most played song recently?
Cigarettes After Sex - Sweet
If you could go one place to escape, where would it be?
Columbia, or Madagascar's forest, where I’ll be in awe of all the rare and unidentified plants.
That said, where do you see yourself in the next few years? Are there any projects you want to explore?
I would like to see myself making and create more experimental art projects based on botanicals. I hope I can engage the community as well as learn more about rare edible plants and hopefully, I can find ways to grow them in the climate here.