Have you ever taken time out of your busy Hong Kong life to simply make something? To just sit there and happily create? No phones, no tv screen, no work distractions… just sitting and engaging in being creative?
This month I had the pleasure of rediscovering the art, craft and joy of making and doing it yourself in this busy city. I managed to block out a morning to attend a Make & Do HK workshop and loved it!
Make & Do HK is a creative platform set up by two sisters; Becky Gilmour whose background is in Textiles & Fashion and Lucy Gilmour whose specialises in Crafts & Embroidery. Their idea is to share their love for all things handmade and start a movement by building a strong creative community to bring together like minded individuals and inspire fellow designer makers. For the love of all things crafty, the talented duo, based in Hong Kong, offers creative meet ups, craft workshops and design collaborations in various locations around the city.
The event I attended was the beginners weave class hosted by Becky in their amazing shared office (the Three Keys Craft Creative Space in Chai Wan). This class is ideal for beginners who are interested in learning the basics of weaving on a lap loom. Weaving is such a wonderful and therapeutic form of making. It's also a huge trend in the crafting world right now as you can see via social media (especially Pinterest).
During the workshop I learnt how to warp up a loom, make tassels, plus other various weaving techniques. And finally, how to finish off my weave art, taking it off the loom and hanging it onto a wooden dowl, ready to be hung on my wall. A large selection of materials are provided for you in their studio and can also be purchased so you can carry on making and creating at home with your new found skills. I highly recommend taking a course with Make and Do HK. You can either go solo like I did, and make some new friends or go along with some pals with a bottle of wine. Next on my creative learning agenda is to attend a Make & Do HK embroidery workshop.
You can like and follow Make & Do HK social media accounts to find out more about their upcoming events and news. Instagram - @make.and.do.hk Facebook - Make and Do Hong Kong Website - www.makeanddohk.com