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Under the Shades of our Trees

Under The Shade of Trees

Event details

  • Date and Time
    Date and Time
12 Mar 2023
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Location

East Coast Park

Meeting Point
Old Town White Coffee, Coastal Play Grove
902 East Coast Parkway, #01-03
Singapore 449874

  • Event Fee
    Event Fee

    Single – $40 (for 1 pax and 1 artmaking kit)
    Pair – $50 (for 2 pax and 1 artmaking kit)


Join this experience with Shirin and Liz from Wild Dot as your guides – even if you’ve never created art outdoors before!

They’ll introduce paints with pigments from Singapore-based trees and share how to use the uniquely packaged pigment sticks from their Upcycled Tree Palette artmaking kits.

In 2021, Wild Dot embarked on a project with horticultural landscapers in Singapore to explore turning parts of pruned tree into colour pigments. With support from the Good Design Research initiative, they experimented and worked on various prototype iterations. Their research led them to design an artmaking kit with the intention of encouraging positive nature interactions through art.

During the event, Wild Dot will share the learnings from the project while introducing and guiding the participants to the usage of the kit, as well as the plants they are derived from.

Recommended for ages 4 and up, including grown-ups looking for a much-needed break.

The Upcycled Tree Palette artmaking kit (beta version) will be provided and will include everything you need to create art for the session.

Each artmaking kit contains four pigment sticks, a granite plate, an upcycled wooden palette, a brush, a ring-bound journal and activity guide, water dropped bottle, and a hand-dyed Furoshiki cloth.

The session will take place outdoors and will be moved to a sheltered area if it rains.

About Good Design Research
Launched in March 2020 in the middle of a pandemic year, Good Design Research (GDR) underscores the importance of how design backed by deep research can make a true difference by building deep domain knowledge and solving the challenges faced by societies and cities. This initiative empowers designers and design enterprises in Singapore to find their unique value proposition in designing for impact through research and experimentation, supported by a wide network of knowledge partners.

To find out more about GDR, please click here.


Wild Dot

Wild Dot explores the natural world through colours, material, and recently through fibres. Co-founded by Shirin Rafie, a digital illustrator, and Liz Liu, who holds a degree in Ecology, Wild Dot began with a playful experiment with mouldy berries in their first studio (their kitchen!) which sparked closer observations of nature and natural pigments. Since 2020, they’ve shared about the beauty and fun of creating with nature and designed artmaking tools to bring others on their explorative journey on plants and colours.

In 2021, Shirin Rafie was a recipient of the Good Design Research initiative. Together, the duo developed The Upcycled Tree Palette, a project supported by DesignSingapore Council.


Name: Wild Dot

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Singapore’s highest honour for designers and designs across all disciplines
One of Asia’s premier design festivals that champions design thought leadership
National Design Centre