Author : Kelvin LaiEnglish translation ：Trinity Chan ‘Cheap or beautiful...
Hong Kong Local Maker Map
The maker culture is an ongoing subculture that is being developed around the world. The term, ‘Maker’, means a person who generates designs and produces their own work. They inherit craftsmanship, bring social impact, demonstrate its unique mindset, form communities with the like-minded, etc. All in all, holding onto some faith and willpower, everyone can be a maker!
Recently, there are quite a lot of developed makers/maker groups, forming a great network altogether. From individual craftsmen to companies and makerspace on a larger scale, they are all inseparable parts of the whole maker culture. To know more about these makers/groups, you can click on the markers on the map above. Also, there are some featured contents down below.
Right now, not all the local makers in Hong Kong can be included in the map. In fact, there are numerous of them located all over Hong Kong.
You can contribute to this map too!
If you know any makers, maker groups, makerspace, or useful maker resources, you can click on the link below to type in related information, so as to help us make a more complete version of the map.
Chan Ka Hing has been active in the design industry for about 30 years. He once said, “You must put yourself in the grassroots people’s shoes in order to design for their real needs.” In fact, Ka Hing started his career as a graphic designer, the more he works in this industry, the more he realised that the designs he made could affect the next generation. So, he decided to design products that have a positive impact on society and help the people in need.
Kevin Cheung is no ordinary product designer, however, because he upcycles waste into interesting items. He describes himself as a “garbage designer”, in which he thinks that this title is a good way for people to understand his role in converting waste into presentable products. To him, upcycling can not only reduce our waste, but also a way to prompt the public to reflect on their consumption habit, and to try to use our resources more wisely.
Denis Huen has wanted to help others since he was a child. When he was in form five, he saw news reports mentioning that some workers lost their feet in the work of clearing landmines, so he decided to design and make mechanical prostheses for them. Since then, he has become fascinated to invent tools to help others. In recent years, he has focused on R&D of the production of wearable devices that can help Parkinson’s patients and even started a company.
You are never alone on your path to become a maker. In Hong Kong, there are lots of maker communities in which aspiring makers are provided with space for making, and an opportunity to be creative. Making on Loft is one of those communities, and they strive to promote the maker culture in Hong Kong. They also make use of their maker culture, skills, and knowledge to bring a positive impact to the society.
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