Something underground is happening in Hong Kong, but it’s not what you think, and is actually more ‘Mid-Levels’ than ‘Subterranean’. Those who are uninitiated may call it a cult, but actually it’s CRAFT
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Zoë Manzi, Editor, MO magazine, The Condé Nast Publications
At its heart is The Crafties, a gorgeous community space set up in a nondescript building in Sheung Wan by three resourceful twentysomethings: Sky, Asa and Calvin. Each with their own speciality, ranging from knitting to leatherwork, this creative trio have set up a wonderful and intriguing workshop-cum-café-cum-hip-hangout, where they are sharing their lust for all things crafty, offering teaching workshops (crochet, beading, embroidery), organising crafting parties and selling absolutely divine handmade objects – I wanted everything! – and the tools and notions to bring all your creations to life.
I was lucky enough to be initiated into this gang by Sarah Coates, a British textile designer and crocheter extraordinaire, who is behind the divine new yarn range KPC (she happened to provide the wool in those intense saturated colours for the making of the sheep in The Landmark’s recent Chinese New Year display). She also sells her fabulous wares at DeeM on the Hollywood Road (see this month’s The Editor Loves). Coates tells me there has been a resurgence of crafting in the city, and it is no longer the preserve of the elder generation but is now being adopted by the young and groovy.
With the rebranding of the PMQ building as a new creative hub for the city, studios are replete with blossoming design talent. One of my favourites is The Little Finger jewellery studio, featuring the beautiful work of metalsmith Pinky Wong and her collaborators. Look out, too, around the city, for Esther Poon and her cheery yarn bombs!