Little Odd Forest


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We’ve had the chance to talk to a lot of young Sin­ga­pore­ans who’ve cho­sen to walk the road less trav­elled late­ly, and Lyn­da Lye, own­er of Lit­tle Odd For­est is one of them.

The inter­est­ing trend among these Sin­ga­pore­ans is how they often tell us, “Don’t do what I did,” yet some­where in their jour­neys, there are many nuggets of wis­dom for us (even younger) Sin­ga­pore­ans to learn from and con­tin­ue to be inspired by.

Little Odd Forest

Lyn­da Lye is the own­er of Lit­tle Odd For­est (LOF), an online store sell­ing adorable hand­made crafts designed by Lyn­da her­self. We dropped by her cosy home stu­dio in Sen­gkang, where she con­cep­tu­al­izes her designs, and also sells one-of-a-kind pro­to­types, sam­ples and dis­con­tin­ued prod­ucts.

Little Odd Forest

Little Odd Forest

Little Odd Forest

She shared with us her sto­ry of how LOF came to be; how she had lit­tle sup­port from friends and fam­i­ly (save for her boyfriend, now hus­band) when she chose to leave her first job in Sin­ga­pore after 8 months and start craft­ing, how she jug­gled giv­ing tuition and design­ing in her ear­li­er years, and how LOF even­tu­al­ly became what it is today.

With a visu­al com­mu­ni­ca­tions back­ground from an Amer­i­can uni­ver­si­ty, Lyn­da told us how she’d want­ed to be a fash­ion design­er, but parental dis­ap­proval even­tu­al­ly led to a com­pro­mise in what she would pur­sue as a degree. Most sur­pris­ing­ly, she revealed to us that when she first start­ed LOF, she had no sewing back­ground to speak of, save for the days in sec­ondary school where she did Home Eco­nom­ics like the rest of us here in Sin­ga­pore.

Little Odd Forest

Little Odd Forest

With some help from a seam­stress, she dived into a world she was not entire­ly famil­iar with, and found friends and crafters from oth­er parts of the world online who helped her along the way as she walked out this jour­ney. 6, 7 years from the day she start­ed Lit­tle Odd For­est in 2004, Lynda’s work has found homes in var­i­ous parts of the world, and she has a small work­shop in the Philip­pines where her prod­ucts are shipped to the rest of the world from.

Little Odd Forest

Little Odd Forest

Little Odd Forest

Little Odd Forest

The best thing (to me) about being able to meet peo­ple who are not so very many years old­er than you but have had the guts to do some­thing dif­fer­ent, is that they help to expand the bound­aries of your dreams that lit­tle bit more. They give peo­ple like me, under­grad­u­ates who are on the cusp of being ush­ered out into a soci­ety where we are expect­ed to be fil­ial chil­dren who can sup­port our par­ents, and also effec­tive mem­bers of a work­force, a small boost to keep believ­ing that entre­pre­neur­ship is very alive, and our gen­er­a­tion is capa­ble of embrac­ing it very well while bal­anc­ing our oth­er respon­si­bil­i­ties that we ought not for­get.

Being one whose mind is con­stant­ly bom­bard­ed by ideas and a strong desire to start my own busi­ness, I have lis­tened to the advice of many, who cau­tion that a dif­fi­cult road with plen­ti­ful mis­takes (and pos­si­ble star­va­tion) lie before me. Grow­ing up here, it is unfor­tu­nate that a cer­tain mea­sure of ‘siege men­tal­i­ty’ has led us, as a soci­ety, to be one that is averse towards risk-tak­ing, which is the very foun­da­tion of entre­pre­neur­ship. [Guy Kawasa­ki, entre­pre­neur extra­or­di­naire, shares some good insights on entre­pre­neur­ship in Sin­ga­pore here.]

This path is cer­tain­ly not for every­one, and there is much truth in the advice of these entre­pre­neurs who have walked the path before us – an entre­pre­neur is not (nec­es­sar­i­ly) a per­son who charges blind­ly into a gam­ble hop­ing it will pay off, but is also one who walks in bold­ly know­ing what he wants to do, and hav­ing his research (and con­tacts) behind him to back him up.

Thanks Lyn­da, for inspir­ing us in your own way with your sto­ry. 🙂

If you wish to pur­chase her designs, head over to ForestPrints.com. Vis­its to Lynda’s home stu­dio are by appoint­ment only, gen­er­al­ly on Mon­days.


2 Comments

  • claud

    April 27, 2011

    great sto­ry! and the shots of the inspi­ra­tion board and tex­tile sam­ples are fab. 😀

    Reply
  • Visakan Veerasamy

    May 20, 2011

    That’s love­ly! Props and respect!

    Reply

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