Parents love to learn new skills and hobbies too! Whether you’re into crochet or calligraphy, or you’re keen to learn how to knit, sew or sculpt, there are places to learn and commune with fellow crafters in Hong Kong. Share your skills, try something new and make friends while making stuff at any of these creative venues around town. For parents looking for a bit of art and craft inspiration in their lives, this guide is for you.
Oscary Eco Art is a divine place for someone with green fingers who wishes to get a little bit more creative with their green friends. They are passionate about the environment and making sure they only order eco-art plants, and they will guide you with how to grow them. The Japanese preserved flower workshop will give you timeless pieces to take or gift to family and friends. What is more precious than receiving a gift made by someone?
Oscary Eco Art, S511, Block A, 35 Aberdeen Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 9588 1514, www.oscaryecoart.com
Okapi Studio was founded by a visual art graduate who wishes to set free the potential of simple materials and to get her students excited and bring creativity into their lives and homes. There are many fun workshops to choose from, such as several DIY handmade incense workshops, or creating a stunning desk lamp, or a beautiful iron wooden box. The items that you create will be a wonderful addition to your home.
Okapi, Room 607,6/F Clothing Industry Training Authority, 63 Tai Yip Street, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong, +852 5536 0004, www.okapistudio.org
Ever wanted to learn how to use a pottery wheel? Lump Studio has the perfect set-up for novices and experienced potters alike in Wong Chuk Hang. Buy a monthly membership to access the studio when it suits you, a package of 30-minute sessions, or sign up for classes and learn the art of hand-building and throwing. They have all the equipment and resources you need, and the experienced staff will fire your work in their kiln once you're done. You'll be making keepsakes in no time!
Lump Studio, 11A, Gee Luen Hing Industrial Building, 2 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, https://www.lumpstudio.com.hk/
Rooftop Republic has been around for quite some time now, but they keep receiving well-deserved recognition for the urban farming efforts. So if you want to get your hands dirty and learn how to grow your own vegetables, their workshops do precisely that and more. These workshops are for the whole family to enjoy, check out their website for where and when you can join.
Proving that knitting is not just for nannas, the team at Yarn in the Works has brought the art of crafting with yarn into the 21st century. If you want to get serious about crochet or knitting, then this is the place! Within the haberdashery they stock a beautiful range of products for purchase, there's a lounge/studio to sit and make things at your leisure, and a marketplace where you can connect with other makers. They also offer workshops for both adults and children, and a weekly Knit Night every Thursday which is free to join.
Yarn in the Works, 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, http://yarnintheworks.com/
Craft Hour initially started out as a provider of after-school activities for kids, but it has grown in recent years to include workshops and events for all ages. They have workshops, events and community projects featuring all kinds of crafty activities - beading, sewing, weaving, mosaics, papercraft, painting, and much more. Children's classes are varied each week to cover a variety of forms, or you can book a party and cover something specific. There are lots of activities for grown-ups too!
Craft Hour Asia, various locations, https://www.crafthourasia.com
Started by two crafty sisters, Lucy and Becky Gilmour, Make & Do HK was established to bring together like-minded people to share skills, collaborate and create cool stuff. They offer workshops, events and a space for creating - with a focus on embroidery, textiles, weaving and more. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for details of upcoming events and courses.
Make & Do HK, Three Keys Craft Space, 906, Paramount Building, 12 Kai Yip Street, Chai Wan, Hong Kong, https://www.makeanddohk.com/
A co-working space with a difference, The Crafties provides a place for makers to create and connect. Whether you need somewhere to set up and store your gear, space to spread out and make stuff, or a place to hang out with other creative types, there are corners and desks, couches and even a Crafties campus. They host events and workshops and offer a library, shop, and gallery too.
The Crafties, Unit 203, 2/F Bonham Commercial Center, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, https://www.thecrafties.hk
Calligraphy has been an art form for thousands of years, and its beauty and simplicity still has a place today. Kalo specializes in both dip and brush pen calligraphy in her workshops, where participants receive a thorough introduction to the art form and a calligraphy starter kit.
Kalo Make Art, 18-20 Wyndham Street, Ivy House, Room 201, Central, Hong Kong, http://kalomakeart.com/
The name should say it all, Makerbay is a Hong Kong-based maker group, including scientists, engineers, designers, artists, etc. They have various locations in the city, with space and tools you need. You can choose woodwork classes or a laser cutting induction, and there is also a workshop where you can have a 3D Face Scan and design your own glasses for this summer. Score!
MakerBay, Unit H-508, Block B, Hollywood Side, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 9610 8167, www.makerbay.org
Want to know everything about making beer or know someone that does? Try the 3-hour crash course workshop at HK Brew Craft. In this course, you will receive an introduction to the basic steps of brewing, then share homebrew kit with your team and start creating. Throughout this course, you will also learn the history of craft beer. Of course, you can bring your batch home to share with loved ones, or keep your homebrew all to yourself. You earned it! Don't forget to check out the other workshops and tastings they have on offer.
If you're interested in sewing but lack the space and/or equipment, The Sewing Lounge is worth checking out. With five sewing machines, a cover lock, and a cutting table, they have all the bits and pieces you need to complete a project. They also sell commercial sewing patterns and offer workshops and classes, as well as sewing parties - which are great if you've never sewn a stitch and want to learn!
The Sewing Lounge, Room 203, Bonham Commercial Centre, 44-46 Bonham Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, http://thesewinglounge.com/
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