WORKSHOPS/ EXCURSIONS

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LOCAL EXCURSIONS 
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(Jan 1) Lantau Island - all day

Lantau is one of the largest outlying Islands of Hong Kong. Although it has experienced enormous development after the construction of the International Airport and Disneyland, the island still preserves as a landmark of rural paradise with beaches, fishing village and monasteries. 

Hotel - ancient fort at Tung Chung - Tai O fishing village - Giant Buddha - Po Lin Monastery (vegetarian lunch) - Ngong Ping Village - cable car - Tung Chung - hotel.


All day excursion. 9:00-16:00 , pick up/ drop off at PolyU. Includes: 1 English-speaking guide per group, necessary coach and cable car transport, vegetarian lunch. Minimum 30 people required to sign up. 


Price: $55 USD



Jan. 1

(Jan 1) Victoria Harbour Evening Cruise - 20:00 light show

Victoria Harbour is one of the busiest natural harbours in the world. Stunning views of the skyline, coastline and a variety of water craft make for an exciting trip. The "Symphony of Lights" show occurs every evening at 8pm. Lasers and floodlights light up skyline during this impressive 20-minute light show. It's recognized as the "World's largest permanent light and sound show" by Guinness World Records.  Pier - Victoria Harbour - pier. 


Time: 19:30-21:00, pick up / drop off at PolyU. Includes: necessary transportation via coach and junk. No meal, but optional stop for refreshments. Please note: there may be surcharge for fuel (to be confirmed closer to date)

Price: $45 USD


Jan. 1

(Jan 2) Cultural / Historic Adventure Tour  - half day 

After gathering at Sheung Wan MTR Station guests will visit Man Mo Temple, the Medical Science Museum, paper offerings shops, antique dealers, incense stores. From Sheung Wan, adventurers will travel to the Soho area for tea/coffee/drinks, depending on the time of day. From here, guests will descend to the Central District where they will visit the amazing architecture of Hong Kong. Beginning with Hong Kong Bank, built by Norman Foster, then to the Bank of China created by renowned architect I. M. Pei. Pei designed the controversial glass-and-steel pyramid for the Louvre Museum in Paris. Afterwards, travelers can enjoy strolling along the high streets in Central District and breathing in the dynamic energy of Hong Kong. Those who enjoy high street shopping will have an incredible time in Central.   Hotel - Sheung Wan - Central - hotel.


Time: 10:00-14:00, meet at SHEUNG WAN MTR station. 
Includes: 1 coordinator per group of 10; necessary transportation via coach, light lunch. Minimum 30 people required to sign up. 

Price: $35 USD




Jan. 2

(Jan 2) Lamma Island Boat Trip - discontinued (low interest)

Lamma 

 is a small island still relatively quiet with a few trails on it. And: no cars!! It is a very good getaway from the hustle and bustle of downtown Hong Kong. You will find small shops, some paved trails, a few small vegetable fields, a few beaches, and seafood restaurants. Last but not least, there's also a wind turbine for generating electricity.

 
  

Hotel-ferry-seafood lunch-gentle walk-ferry-hotel.


All day excursion, 10:00 - 17:00p, pick up / drop off at PolyU. Exploratory walking required. Includes: necessary coach and ferry transportation. No meals, but we will stop at a typical seafood restaurant for you to enjoy local scenery. 
Minimum 30 people required to sign up. 
Price: $25 USD



Jan. 2
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WORKSHOPS 


First come, first reserved. If a class is full, you will be alerted at checkout. Item will be marked as "sold out".
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30 DECEMBER, ALL DAY CLASSES (09:30 - 16:30)

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Suzhou 苏绣 Embroidery
Instructors: XueFang LIANG

All day

Su Xiu (苏绣) — Suzhou embroidery is crafted in areas around Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, having a history dating back 2,000 years. It is famous for its beautiful patterns, elegant colors, variety of stitches, and consummate craftsmanship. Its stitching is meticulously skillful, coloration subtle and refined. Suzhou artists are able to use more than 40 needlework and a 1,000 different types of threads to make embroidery, typically with nature and environment themes such as flowers, birds, animals and even gardens on a piece of cloth. A rare subset is Su double-sided embroidery which requires ultimate skill and artistry. The front and back of the piece may have different designs, but the ends are not knotted but woven in so the back can’t be distinguished.  
Materials fee: $10 USD (80 HKD); (students $5 or 40HKD) collected in cash at workshop

General (includes lunch): $125 USD  
Students (no lunch): $100 USD
 



Qipao & Frog Closures
Instructors: Wing Tang SHEUNG & Ming Wah PO

All day

Two skills will be taught in this one workshop. (1) QIPAO. A rare opportunity to see a demonstration by a master craftsman at work as this is a dying craft, lost and replaced by ready-to-wear qipao, mass produced on the mainland and perhaps with zips up the back. Qipao Master Sheung will demonstrate the making of a couture qipao. From taking measurements to initial fitting, he will mark the design pattern onto the fabric with his powder-bag (a unique tool). To see the traditional techniques how he play with his scissors, iron, needle and thread. With simple manipulation of the fabric, he creates body hugging contours.(2) FROGS. The Mandarin buttons, “huaniu”, are always found in pairs of knotted buttons and loops which are stitched to fasten the collar and the front flap of qipao and robe. We will exhibit these handcrafted “huaniu” with traditional motifs. Master Po will unveil the making of the Mandarin buttons. Participants will learn how to make the classical Chinese eternal knot using age old techniques, from preparation of materials to a finished product
Materials fee: $20 USD (160 HKD); (students $10 or 80HKD) collected in cash at workshop

General (includes lunch): $125 USD  
Students (no lunch): $100 USD






Jacquard Weaving: “Creating Colorful Figurative Fabric”
Instructor: Wen Ying HUANG

All day

Create weave structures using “Weavepoint” dobby software and design Jacquard weaving files on Photoshop©. This workshop will start by demonstration and students will follow suit by designing their own files. Students will explore the effects of two weft (two shuttles) weave structures.
Materials fee: $10 USD (80 HKD); (students $5 or 40HKD) collected in cash at workshop

General (includes lunch): $125 USD  
Students (no lunch): $100 USD


 

30 DECEMBER, HALF DAY  CLASSES

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Machine Knitting
Instructor: Geneviève DION

Half day: PM 13:30-16:30


Over the last ten years, computerised knitting systems have shown great promise for the production and mass customisation of seamless garments and objects, as well as wearable technology. This type of knitting equipment has the ability and advantage to mass-produce as needed while also developing knit architecture that integrates a wide range of specialised yarns and explores potential for modular production.

In class, explore the creative use of computer knitting machines using state-of-the-art models to design a final object Models to be used: Stoll CMS 822; Shima Seiki SE122-s; Ses123RT. Demonstration of the Shima Seiki SDS-one APEX Design System and explanation of the concept of Shima Seiki WHOLEGARMENT® knitwear. Students will use the Shima Seiki knitting machine to see how complex structures are knitted on the machine. Students will design a simple structure to be knitted.

Materials fee: $10 USD (80 HKD); (students $5 or 40HKD) collected in cash at workshop
General (includes lunch): $75 USD  
Students (no lunch): $50 USD




PM

Traditional Shibori: te-gumo + bound resist  
Instructor: Hiroshi MURASE
 
Half day PM 13:30-16:30 


Te-gumo means hand + spider web. It is one of the original techniques that Arimatsu Narumi villagers produced over 400 years ago. It is based on the basic binding of cloth but with the use of a simple metal hook. In this way, cloth can be pleated regularly to effect radiating lines of a spider web or to vary the amount bound areas so as to achieve a greater number of variations in patterns such as umbrella, stone wall, etc. There will be a display of vintage shibori kimonos for reference and inspiration.
Materials fee: $30 USD (240 HKD); (students $15 or 120HKD) collected in cash at workshop

General (includes lunch): $75 USD  
Students (no lunch): $50 USD


PM
Feltmaking: “B is for Beautiful Bracelets and Beads”
Instructor: Jorie JOHNSON
Half day PM 13:30-16:30 

Delve into the simpler possibilities of the feltmaking medium in coordination with elementary shibori resists. Witness the transformation of shape and color that both processes provide. 
Materials fee: $15 USD (120 HKD); (students $8 or 60HKD) collected in cash at workshop

General (includes lunch): $75 USD  
Students (no lunch): $50 USD


PM
STU: SOLD OUT
"Plasticity + Printing" Dye sublimation transfer printing on polyester
Instructor: Ana Lisa HEDSTROM
Half day AM 9:30-12:30

Using digitally printed transfer paper, transfer solid colors and printed shibori patterns from scanned fabric to a variety of poly substrates: organza, crepe, poly felt. Employing itajime folds, mokume shibori stitching, and arashi pleats, create textured bundles that will then be flattened and heat set. Learn to make transfer paper with disperse dye, and experiment with collage effects, stencil and found object resists, and making mono-prints.  
Materials fee: $15 USD (120 HKD); (students $8 or 60HKD) collected in cash at workshop

General (includes lunch): $75 USD
Students (no lunch): $50 USD


AM
GEN: SOLD OUT
STU: SOLD OUT

Digital Laser Engraving
Instructor: Guoxiang YUAN
Half day 
AM 9:30-12:30

Learn the basic techniques of laser engraving and explore design applications using these techniques for entirely new design images. Denim fabric and patterns (jpeg format) will be provided for the laser engraving demonstration. Participants are encouraged to prepare their own pattens (jpeg format) and bring own denim garments or accessories for laser engraving practice. 
Materials fee: $10 USD (80 HKD); (students $5 or 40HKD) collected in cash at workshop

General (includes lunch): $75 USD  
Students (no lunch): $50 USD



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01 JANUARY (OFFSITE)
 

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Natural Dye: Indigo + Tannins   -- ALL SOLD OUT
Instructor: Michel GARCIA

9:30-16:30 @ Cloth Haven Studios 

A comprehensive Indigo Workshop to demystify one of the most celebrated coloring matters in our history. Michel will cover quick totally organic reduction methods to kick start indigo vat. To compliment the easy to use indigo dye, Michel will explore another ancient and pervasive colors in the world - different types of tannin. Combining the two basic dyes, we can achieve a remarkable range of fast natural colors. Cloth Haven Studios www.clothhaven.com
Course fee does not include lunch. 
Materials fee: $27 USD (200 HKD), collected at workshop
General (includes lunch): $125 USD
Students (no lunch): $100 USD   


SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT

02 JANUARY (OFFSITE)


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Natural Dye: Indigo + Tannins
Instructor: Michel GARCIA

9:30-16:30. @ Cloth Haven Studios 

A comprehensive Indigo Workshop to demystify one of the most celebrated coloring matters in our history. Michel will cover quick totally organic reduction methods to kick start indigo vat. To compliment the easy to use indigo dye, Michel will explore another ancient and pervasive colors in the world - different types of tannin. Combining the two basic dyes, we can achieve a remarkable range of fast natural colors. Cloth Haven Studios www.clothhaven.com
Course fee does not include lunch. 
Materials fee: $27 USD (200 HKD), collected at workshop
General (includes lunch): $125 USD 
Students (no lunch): $100 USD




Feltmaking: "Shibori + Berets"
Instructor: Jorie JOHNSON

9:30-16:30 @ Diocesan Boys' School

Design a beret which will be over-dyed to enhance (or erase) design motifs. Consider dip-dye, over-dyeing of design, shaped-dyeing with simple and effective shibori techniques as part of the general design process, which will also include inlay techniques with organza, chiffon or cotton gauze. Deftly felted, nicely shaped and uniquely dyed head toppers will be our goal.
Materials fee: $20 USD (160 HKD), collected at workshop

General (includes lunch): $125 USD 
Students (no lunch): $100 USD