Translation : Trinity Chan
Stephanie, who studied abroad in Germany, notices that foreign cultures are very different from Hong Kong culture. There are both male and female makers, and foreigners are used to making their own furniture or repairing their own houses. This has prompted her to learn to restore bikes in Hong Kong.
Antique restoration: Passing on skills and keeping the spirit alive
Stephanie thinks that we have to preserve and pass down the skills of restoration, not because they are disappearing, but because the underlying spirit is worth preserving. Older generations are capable of making full use of their things. Not only do they make products meticulously without wasting resources, but they also know how to mend broken things. But now we are very used to throwing old things away and buying new ones. She believes that we don’t have to do so actually, even if the things are unrepairable, as they can be transformed into other useful items or creations. Just like the car bumper they used to decorate Cargo bikes. With UpCycling Plus, she hopes to tell the public that apart from high-priced items, second-hand household goods or even construction waste can also be turned into useful resources.
(Photo provided by the maker)