Handcraft is a kind of communion with the material world. It is personally absorbing, and so what we learn through handcraft affects us personally– helping to shape our values and our store of wisdom. Bamboo is native to our region (Shanghai), has a rich cultural history, an abundance of modern-day uses, and most importantly possesses a persistent allure. This allure is a sign that we have more to learn from bamboo. In a spirit of play mixed with humility we are encountering this material, testing it, crafting it, honing our skills and discovering what we may.
Bamboo Handcraft Playshop Series
Date: Every Sunday, November 13 – December 11, 2016, 2:00pm.
Venue: Studio 5, 169 Jiashan Road, No. 5, Shanghai.
Guides: Mark Nebojsa, George Kaye, David Mitchell, Robin Andersson
Bamboo is an extraordinarily versatile and culturally rich material. Through preparation of a fantastical “Winter Scene” to be exhibited as part of the Jiashan Market holiday fair, we’ll experiment with woodworking tools and techniques and get acquainted with the limitless possibilities when mind meets bamboo!
November 13: Creatures
November 20: Kite Making
November 27: Open Day
December 4: Buildings
December 11: Musical instruments
December 17: Exhibition, Jiashan Market
Bamboo Works / Maker Carnival
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Venue: 2016 Shanghai Maker Carnival, 创智天地，Knowledge & Innovation Plaza, Yangpu Dist., Shanghai
Guides: George Kaye, Vicky Xie
Partner: Fangcundi Market
Making things ordinarily involves a goal, a plan, and careful execution. Put those things aside and what’s left is instinct and inspiration. Now add materials and tools: bamboo strips, bamboo tubes, a hand saw, power drill, chisels, hammer, sandpaper. We are ready to make something totally unexpected.