In Week 2, we embarked on an adventure to the Thieves’ Market along Kelantan Road to search for our junk and scrap materials to make our first project.
(I couldn’t seem to upload any other photos other than one, so i will try to describe my shopping process as much as I can)
I had decided to make an owl and to me, the most iconic feature of an owl is its eyes. So that was the main thing i looked out for. Initially, it was really hard picking out the things i wanted and i didn’t know how to start bargaining with the aunties and uncles. However, i got to a stall where the uncle started talking to us and asked if we were students. At his stall, i spotted a helmet that i felt was very resemblant of an owl, and also picked out two round objects for its eyes. However, i did not end up getting them as they were too expensive and the uncle was not willing to bargain.
But after that, i started spotting more possible items for my owl and managed to find a pair of earphones that i thought really resembled an owl’s eyes. It even had spiral patterns on it which reminded me of a psychotic owl.
For its body, I had different ideas on what i could use: a fan cover, a cheese grater, a plate, a clock, etc. But after getting the earphones, i realised none of these items really matched in terms of scale and size. After walking around, i saw a bucket of remote controls and decided to get one for the owl’s body. By then, i had a suntan forming and the sun was starting to really get to me. I decided that those two items would be enough to make an owl and look like one. Then i saw a pair of tongs that really reminded me of wings. At first, i did not get them as i was hesitant whether i would be able to cut the metal handle off. But as i walked around with my friends, i kept walking past that stall and could not stop thinking about getting it. So i got it.
I had been to the Thieves’ Market once, but did not look at the items these aunties and uncles were selling. This trip has allowed me to see the wide variety of things sold here at the Thieves’ Market and i have a newfound respect for these aunties and uncles for bearing the heat everyday. I also saw these junk and scrap materials in a different light, now thinking of different purposes for them and various materials for my purpose. Overall, I really enjoyed myself despite the heat and scorching sun.