A local exhibit, called "Resinate", comprised of Singaporean artisan keycap makers is being hosted at the Main Street Commissary, a cafe owned by local agency PROTOCOL, from January 8 until April 17, 2022, at 81 Rowell Rd, Singapore. The Resinate exhibit was spearheaded by supbryguy of Kin Caps and is a collective effort with other Singaporean artisan makers. Main Street Commissary has previously showcased local photographers, tattoo artists and local writers.
The exhibit's main purpose is to showcase locally made artisan keycaps. With its location being in a public cafe, it is also a way to introduce artisan keycaps and the extended mechanical keyboard hobby to a whole new audience. Simple display guidelines are provided, but artists decide on their keycap presentation, display props and personal expression. For those of you who can't visit in person, we've brought some of the show to you here!
Some believe Kinsman's facial expression was inspired by the feeling of accidentally stepping in water with your socks on. Others have claimed that it is the expression you make after misjudging a fart. Whatever it is, Kin Caps’ sole goal is to craft artisans that express the charm of life. Kin Caps actually spends more time with keyboards than his actual kin. Nerd.
2021 has been a really tough year for us but among all that chaos, we got married. Here's a dedication to my wife for being my pillar of strength. To new beginnings. Nuhz Caps is an outlet for the makers to step out of their comfort zone.
Narutomaki is a type of kamaboko, a cured fish surimi produced in Japan. The maker has a strong admiration for Japanese culture, and the various colorways are expressions of important parts of Japanese life. UCHU.CLUB is a combination of Joyce’s passion for mechanical keyboards, design and handicrafts. “UCHU” is the Japanese hiragana for “universe”.
Make way, hot dimsum coming through! Our humble dimsum diner is serving up well-loved classics of steamed buns, siumai, and egg tarts in our signature bamboo steamer baskets. Spot our latest addition to the menu: a cheeky lil' panda bun who often stirs pandamonium in the kitchen. Marrying our love for dimsum and keycaps, Cantoclicks was born to satisfy our hunger for fresh food keycaps.
404artisans are three dudes that combined their individual passion for art and keyboards. Displayed are a collection of previously released colorways. The sculpts from left to right are: #094, INKM, Rue and Eli.
Artzeikaps (art-zee-caps) makes multi-shot keycaps with a blend of charming and adorable design elements. Their submission was a collection of Smunkeys released in 2021. This sculpt was inspired by the maker’s love for monkeys, also marking the beginning of Artzeikaps’ artisan journey.
PanicKeys (not to be confused with the BadChad sculpt of the same name) took inspiration from Japanese culture and was born in September 2020, from the lack of a Geisha styled artisan keycap. His display showcases design and colours that started it all back in 2020 (from left to right: OG Geisha, Bliss Geisha, Alexotos Geisha, No-Face Geisha). These keycaps helped set the stage for future colourways and sculpts.
Klaykaps is a team of two humans, who loves to create cute and yummy-looking keycaps for everyone! A showcase of our three resin casted sculpts, in the colorway that they each debuted in. They were all inspired by our favourite foods. From left to right: Kuma-o-nigiri, Caramel Pudding, Melly
Jankycaps is a designer duo who love pushing the boundaries of what is possible (and each other). Infinite Topo is a procedurally generated sculpt using code to produce the unique pattern on each cap, resulting in a keycap with nearly unlimited design variations. (Editors note: Interesting concept!)
Okeydokey Studio is an artisan keycap studio, the brainchild of Aly and D. Aly is an illustrator who loves anything artsy, and D is a software engineer who spends too much time on his keyboard. Combining their interests, okeydokey was born in 2020. A collection of Aly and D's personal favorites were on display (from left: Cotton Candy Spook, Maneki-neko Stripes, Monster Rex).
Born as a means for a therapist to self care, Fuzzycaps makes cute artisan keycaps from clay to fund his cute artisan addiction. Breakfast! on Bwed is a collection of the makers favorite Bwed Spweds. Yummy goodness!
Missylo is meant to be art that brings people together. Showcases are usually displays of an artist's success. This one attempts to shed light on the multiple trials and failures on the journey instead. Even when we are there, it is still a work in progress.
For I am unable to collect, I make; while acquiring new skills and pursuing satisfaction as a mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Concept of my artwork illustration: "Life Beginning" with (from left to right): iScream (pain), Sir Ferret Glutton (desire), Apester (struggle), Hoodie Bully (joy) and Sleeping Beastie (rest).
Editor's Note: It is fantastic to see artisan makers come together to collaborate on a local exhibit, both to showcase their work to the public, but also expose people to this art form for the first time. Congratulations to all those involved, and thanks to supbryguy and Jusherhoe for helping to pull together the content for this article. I hope we'll see more artisan keycap showcases like this around the world!