Q: How do I order a custom set?
A: Send in a request on my Contact page with the following details:
1. Desired length
2. Desired colour scheme
3. Preferred type of dreads (Braids, Wool, Synthetic, etc.)
4. Reference from previous sets I have done (if any)
Please be aware that as an artist, I will still be having creative control over the final outcome, albeit with your requests in mind. I will not provide any WIP images in between, or do any ‘edits’ after the final product is ready.
Q: Can I order a previous set you have done before, or something else I saw elsewhere?
A: No. Each set I make is unique to itself and is impossible (even if I wanted to) to replicate. It is much more meaningful to myself to create something new each time as I view each set as an artwork, rather than just ‘production’.
I also do not accept orders for plain ‘traditional’ style dreads.
Q: How much do the dreadfalls cost and what am I paying for?
A: As a rough gauge, my prices start from SGD220 per set.
While synthetic hair is considerably affordable overseas, the price jumps about threefold by the time I ship it to Singapore. The multi-coloured wool I use is hand-blended in Japan, where I go to personally source for.
Each set is unique to its own theme and made to be a wearable piece of art that no one else will have. I create each piece through a series of processes to ensure their high quality and long-lastingness.
Q: How long can your dreads last?
A: Years, if taken care of properly. Curled wool dreads might start to straighten out after a few washes, which is inevitable. Other dreads can even be washed in a laundry bag in the machine and still last for ages.
Q: How many dreads are there in your dreadfalls?
A: The standard quantity is usually 6 DE (double-ended: a single long dread folded in half) dreads per rubber band, which makes a total of 24 strands per set (of 2 rubber bands).
Q: Are there other dread makers online, and how are yours different?
A: There are plenty of dread makers online (each with their own style) and I advise you to research them well to find one that suits you. As I am not trained in hairstyling, I prefer to make dreadfalls only. Dreadfalls refer to dreads that are attached to rubber bands, which you can tie onto your ponytail. Perfect for people who want to look great for a one-day event, but do not want to commit to maintaining their dreads.
My work is distinguished by their unique mixed style of both wool and synthetics in a set, and I do not remake any of them (ensuring there is only one in the world!).
Q: Do you offer the personal service of braiding or installing dreads?
A: I do not offer installation services as my focus is on creating the artwork.
Q: How long have you been making dreads?
A: I started braiding my own hair and making dreads for myself in early 2014. It was only in 2015 when I had practised enough and tried enough on myself that I started to sell them.
Q: Why don't you sell separate pieces?
A: I make each set with the vision of it in a COMPLETE SET. It is the way I recommend for it to be worn so you, my customer, can achieve the best effect.
Q: How do I wear the dreadfalls?
A: There are many good instructional videos online, which you can find on Youtube. If you have short hair that cannot be tied into a ponytail, I'm sorry, dreadfalls might not work out for you!
Q: How does a custom order work?
A: Leave a message on my Contact Form. I deal with custom orders personally because I need to firstly, understand the customer on a personal level to make something suitable, and also, for the customer to understand that my work is abstract (and thus unpredictable).
Q: How much does a custom order cost and what am I paying for?
A: As a rough gauge, the prices start from SGD400.
Creating a piece of work entails the entire process of
- Selecting suitable colour, texture and material of the yarn
- Creating the unique design based on the customer
Some parts of the process might require more work than the request of another customer and cost more (e.g. sourcing for a particular type of yarn). All of my work is created by myself only, and its distinct character is only made possible by my years of experience. Also, I am very particular about quality and will do my best to uphold that in my products.
Q: What are the 'Atelier' pieces?
A: My Atelier works are commissioned soft sculptures that are made mostly by crochet. The brand commissions are listed under the 'COMMISSIONS' tab.
Q: Can I have a piece that is already sold?
A: Each of these pieces are unique and I do not do recreations. As such, you will not be able to get the same piece of work if it has been sold.
Q: Aside from the sculptural art pieces, do you take in other custom orders?
A: I do not take custom orders for garments, as well as any designs that are not my own (e.g. Disney characters, crochet work of another artist).
Q: What happens if my product gets dirty or spoils?
A: While I have taken care to choose higher quality yarn, I cannot prevent changes which happen to all textile products in time- but if something breaks or falls out, I can definitely repair it for you (since 2017, I have included a lifetime warranty card for my Atelier line, which covers spoilage due to the unlikely negligence on my part).
If your product gets dirty, simply handwash it in a warm water bath and mild soap- do not soak it for more than 10 minutes. Dry flat. It should regain most of its original colour vibrancy.
Q: Are you open to collaborations?
A: I am open to artistic collaborations, as long as I feel we share similar aesthetics and ideas.
Q: Are you open to photoshoots?
A: As an artist rather than a model, I refrain from participating from photoshoots unless there is a concept that excites me and involves my work in some way.
Q: Are you open to interviews?
A: As my work production involves a lot of hours, I cannot accede to every interview request as much as I would like to. Most questions are already answered on my previous interviews (list on About page), or here. As such, I would only reply to those which are covering a topic previously untouched. My sincere apologies!