The best craft workshops in Hong Kong

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Rhoda Kwan gets hands-on at the city’s best craft workshops

Contrary to popular belief, DIY workshops aren’t just limited to children and the cool kids on Pinterest. From creating jewellery to making your own pair of bespoke leather shoes, we’ve rounded up some of our city’s most exciting DIY workshops to help you make your summer more memorable. Sign up now and get in touch with your artsy side! We know you have one.

Pause Rewind n FastForward Resin and Flower Workshops

Pause Rewind n FastforwardFor anyone wanting to preserve and incorporate the beauty of flowers into their daily life, Pause Rewind n FastForward’s workshops are for you. The resin and flower course ($450) spans two classes on different days and teaches you to create whimsical art and jewellery that encapsulates the allure of dried flowers in a resin casing. You can also include tiny figures to incorporate a meaningful 3D aspect into your piece.

Together, the two classes teach you the skills of flower drying, resin modelling and how to drill and polish your work. The next class takes place on September 4 from 8pm to 10pm, so sign up quick, before the class is full.

Pause Rewind n FastForward, Room 501, Block A, Wah Luen Industrial Ctr, Fo Tan, 6773 6915; fb.com/pause.rewind.fastforward.

Start From Zero Untechnic Department Woodworkin’ Workshops

RatCave wood working worksho
Ever since Rat’s Cave shut up shop on Tai Ping Shan Street, there’s been a vacant lot in the heart of the creative community. Thankfully, the crew that founded Rat’s Cave, Start From Zero (SFZ), has been able to carry on with its woodwork workshops. They’re continually busy putting on exhibitions of their heritage labour-chic woodworks, as well as organising creative classes to engage with the wider public.

Spend a weekend taking a SFZ Untechnic Department woodwork course to learn how to make one-of-a-kind furniture from environmentally-friendly, repurposed wood. On offer are two separate plans, starting from $3,800, which teach you how to make a wide variety of complex furniture during eight to 10 workshops spanning from three to five months.

For those who find it difficult to commit to something so long-term, one-day workshops are also available starting from $580. There are projects of increasing complexity to tackle – everything from wooden shelves and shortboards to hexagonal stools and coffee tables.

Still not convinced? Beers and hotdogs are offered during break time, included in the price. Instead of clutching on to your phone, grasp on to some tools, get your hands dirty and get a sense of fulfillment from building something.

SFZ Untechnic Department, 7/F, Yang Sang Industrial Bldg, 13 Tai Yip St, Ngau Tau Kok, 5114 7443; bit.ly/startfromzerohk.

Shoe Artistry


What’s the one thing better than a pair of new shoes? A new pair of shoes that you make yourself. Moving in and revamping Mong Kok’s 40 year old bespoke leather shoe store Ming Kee Shoes, Shoe Artistry is offering courses taught by experienced shoe makers, with the aim of preserving Hong Kong’s craftsmanship heritage.

The only leather shoe-making workshop of its kind in the city, Shoe Artistry are providing beginners a mid/high heels-making course ($2,200) over the August 29 weekend, across two midday to 5.30pm sessions. Choose your own materials, colours and the shape of heel you want to make.

For those predisposed to flats, don’t fret! There’s also an eight-hour rounded or pointed-toed ballet flat-making course on the weekend of September 5, from midday until 4pm, costing $1,500 with all materials and tools provided. To check Shoe Artistry’s full line up of classes, see its website.

Shoe Artistry, 2/F, Office 4, Prosperity Bldg, 61 Tung Choi St, Mong kok, 2796 6018; shoeartistry.info.

Fabcessories Jewellery Workshops


FABcessories has been micro-manufacturing handmade jewellery since 2011 and offers quirky and eye-catching acrylic numbers, as well as a custom-made service. Hoping to share the art of handcrafted accessories with Hongkongers, its recently opened shop at PMQ holds a cute acrylic jewellery workshop every Sunday from midday to 3pm. For $500 you can make your own custom clear or black acrylic based choker and a funky pearl ring from a range of materials, including coloured ribbons and silver, gold or blue plastic mirror ‘diamonds’. Bookings can be made through a simple Facebook message or via its website.
It’s also worth dropping by the store to check out the edgy, cheeky and adorable jewellery on sale.

FABcessories, Unit H312, 3/F, Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St, Central, 2155 4008; fabcessories.com.

Fungus Handmade Leather Workshops

Fungus leather workshops
With students like local sweetheart and actress Karena Lam, and having worked with the likes of Burberry and Jaeger LeCouture, it’s fair to say this leather bag and accessories workshop is one of the places to go for beautifully handcrafted leather goods in Hong Kong.

With three different workshop programmes available, you’re bound to find something that suits your schedule. For those free during the day, two-day workshops are taught in classes running from 1.30pm to 5.30pm every Wednesday afternoon, while for those more tied to their desk, there’s a two session express workshop on Thursday evenings starting at 7pm (both $840).
Regular workshops are priced at $1,680 for four sessions, which run over the weekends and Wednesday evenings. During these you can create two leather accessories, such as a luggage tag, passport holder, card case or zipper bag – the perfect travel companions from the hippest leather workshop in town! Once you get a handle on creating the smaller stuff, you can move on to making shoes, bags and pretty much whatever your heart desires.

Fungus Workshop, 4 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, 2779 9003; fungusworkshop.net.

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