As the second edition of their three-part series, the ‘MILL6 GET SET – Hey! Let’s WEAVE!’ Summer 2017 program is MILL6’s ongoing Community Engagement and Learning programs initiative, which aims to connect different communities together through their “stories, skill sets and creativity”. Dedicated to “reactivating the legacy of Hong Kong’s textile industry and to bridge communities and generations through participatory textile experiences”, this upcoming program contextualizes the theme of ‘Textiles & Responsibilities’ under the city’s urban and industrial location. To be held on the 19th of August at Fuk Loi Estate, Tsuen Wan, the one-day festival will cover workshops on the “intermediation of textile, sustainable methods of production, and unique usage of public space… to discover exciting possibilities of textile arts, and to re-invent their sustainable values and relationships to our society.”
In hands with Po Leung Kuk, Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA), made in sample, The Conservation Association Centre for Heritage (CACHe) and retired workers, local artists, writers, and respective partners, this free event will include Cantonese hosted Workshops, Public Weaving, Talks, Showcase of ‘Connecting Heung Che’, and Culture Tours.
The workshops, which will be happening from 12:30pm to 6:00pm, will include a printmaking session hosted by Geeio Yuen on the idea of the ‘one-line drawing’; an up cycling slippers workshop by Aunt May, looking into the skills of a veteran sewing worker; and a demonstration of sewing machines by Master Wong.
As for the Public Weaving exercises which will also be hosting from 12:30pm to 6:00pm, demonstrations of the backstrap loom; the portable wooden weaving kit; the weaving corner; the cardboard loom; the Pang Jai Machine; and the weaving wall will be performed by up cycling designer Ken Hung.
Last but not least, talks concerning weaving, an exhibition entitled ‘Connecting Heung Che’, and two bespoke cultural tours will be offered to the public. All of the details of the activities and RSVP will be announced in July, so stick around to their homepage here.