mayful

It was an eventful and artful May which began with a mini linocut session with some friends. It’s always lovely to have several hours set apart to make art together… and friends who put together such a tasty spread for a mid-print break.

 

This year I had the opportunity again to work with YoungLives during their weekend retreat. Last year was a painting workshop with the mums. This year, it was a very colourful mum and kids event. We did finger painting, a large collaborative floor painting and also a mum and kid piece. I’m quite liking how the Crayola Washable Kids’ Neon paint turned out. I usually stick with the classic colours but this was what was in stock at the store and I needed several packs.

 

LUSH Live Central took place May 12-13 and showcased organizations addressing animal protection, human rights, and environmental conservation in Hong Kong. As part of Eco Marine, we focused on personal actions and highlighted various #1person1site projects. We brought to PMQ the #natureunnaturepile series for the ocean trash installation. On Sunday, we also led an ocean plastic upcycling art session which turned out whimsical and unique pieces of work by all who took part.

 

At the Affordable Art Fair, it was so lovely to see work from three of the artists that have been interviewed over at the Bizzie Bee blog—Kathy Lam, Gail Deayton and Sue Perks.
It was a delight to discover Gaspard Mitz‘s Box Stories as well.

 

The Independent Schools Foundation Academy hosted an art workshop with their artist in residence Jennifer Mercede. It was so great to connect with other art educators from Hong Kong and China and have a morning for creative exploration and art making. A big thank you to Julie Emery, Head of Primary Art at ISF for organizing such a wonderful experience for us all.

 

Lizzie Bee Foundation led an event for Marriott’s service week. We were able to share with their staff about asylum seekers in Hong Kong and what that means for these mums with newborns and babies here. We taught the staff how to sew baskets to hold needed items that will be given to these families.

 

CMP & JRW

Usually only do design work for friends but somehow in all the excitement and discussions about airport codes, lettering, travel and printing, we had the brilliant idea to make them too. Turned out to be much more labour intensive than imagined ; ). Was slightly behind schedule but we managed to get them all printed, cut, assembled and posted out in time for rsvps.

Her theme was travel/adventures/journeys so we went the tag route. We tried out a few options for the pages–eyeletting them together so they swivel, individual pages strung and also the accordion–which she ended up liking the most.

Was a delightful surprise to receive an invitation of my own and with a little extra Cavallini love added to it which I so appreciated. ♥ Cavallini…and SF ; ). The thoughtfulness in details and the little things…one of the many reasons CMP is dear to my heart.

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  • all time favourite ribbon store: Wing Fung Industrial 201-207 Yu Chau Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • stationers: cn square 503 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • best tool of the project: eyelet punch…This one I bought in SSP is better than the one I already have. Gives a clean edge on the reverse of the eyelet–none of the splitting and curling over of the metal.

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hk farm

Took a cyanotype class at HK FARM a few weekends ago taught by artist and photographer Martin Cheung. I do love any sort of printing but also wanted to learn more about HK FARM’s rooftop garden and bees. We’re doing some growing at school and looking to expand our edible farm. Currently awaiting the arrival of a composter and will soon be partnering up with local organic farmers.  Exciting times.

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student reflections

Some thoughtful reflections from grade 2 students on their printing project.

 

“…I could have decided to do more until I do too much.”

 

And here’s a cheeky one…

“You don’t know? I’ve done very well.”