The Mills'
Event

2021.03.19 - 05.02

Weave Upon A Time

“Weave upon a time” installation exhibition create a space for visitors to rest and contemplate on their lives.

We invite you to take a seat, read a book, knit, meet your friends, enjoy the moment of leisure and feel the possibilities of life here.

People in Hong Kong often complain that they are, as the saying goes, “busy dying and have no time to get sick”. Since last year, we all have experienced the inconvenience, uncertainty and hardship of the pandemic.

 

Our lives have been very different from the past due to various reasons. We are spending more time at home. We have to distance each other because of the social-distancing measures. The busyness we took for granted seems to have vanished into thin air at a sudden. In the face of illness, life and death, busyness is nothing of significance. Urban life is slowly taking away from us the space to ponder the value of life; busyness, forgetfulness, confusion, busy working life, lost in life. Life seems to be very confusing as we wake up at sudden.

 

I have seen from my friends and on the social media that many people are, little by little, exploring things which they have never touched in their busy lives – like cooking, painting, reading, planting or anything they have never come across – to unearth possibilities in life.

“Weave upon a time” installation exhibition create a space for visitors to rest and contemplate on their lives. Illustrator LOSZEHAHA and the children from the Artkids Studio created illustrations in the “laziest” way. The illustrations are presented on the glass doors of The Mills and welcome everyone for the idling atmosphere inside.

 

Textile designer Zoe Siu and product designer OrangeTerry adopted various weaving methods to revive and recycle the old furniture into a series of leisure chairs, invoking imaginations on everyday things.

 

Inspired by the concept of Meditation Cave, Breakthrough Art Studio reinterpreted the traditional bamboo and rattan weaving patterns and constructed an artificial cave with “triangular tiles” made of colourful cloths. Visitors are invited to take part in the installation and bring more colours to the hills and add tranquillity and vitality to the caves.

 

Contemporary dance group TS Crew designed a fun and participatory dance performance to explore how people express the beauty of weaving with their bodies and simple materials.

 

Rolling Books, a local social enterprise, welcomes our friends with books and introduces the concept of mobile book cart to the community. They promote resilience in response to social conditions through reading.

 

We invite you to take a seat, read a book, knit, meet your friends, enjoy the moment of leisure and feel the possibilities of life here.

Illustrator LOSZEHAHA and the children from the Artkids Studio created illustrations in the “laziest” way. The illustrations are presented on the glass doors of the Mills and welcome everyone for the idling atmosphere inside.

LOSZEHAHA graduated from visual communication programme in HKDI, she loves to create her works through illustration and clay. Recently, she focuses on the three primary colours of red, yellow and blue for her series. She has also published a zine on self-help, encouraging readers to take good care of their hearts and accompanying them through the journey of healing.

Textile designer Zoe Siu and product designer OrangeTerry adopted various weaving methods to revive and recycle the old furniture into a series of leisure chairs, invoking imaginations on everything things.

Based on the traditional classroom student chairs, we explore the sitting positions, the forms of chairs and their materials through a series of works. We add a sense of warmth to the austere appearance of student chairs. By weaving colourful threads onto the chairs in different ways, we transform the furniture into outdoor leisure chairs and props for dancers, which can stimulate imagination about the things in our daily life.

Here we explore the possibilities of the materials in three aspects, namely 1) the interactions between the chairs and the people; 2) the structure of a student chair, and 3) the use of everyday materials. A regular student chair is made out of steel rods, plywood, plastic chair leg covers and rivets. These are simple materials, but small details and vivid soft fabrics can be added to them to play on the striking contrast of textures between hard and soft materials.

Zoe Siu

Zoe Siu was graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, majoring in fashion design. She is a Hong Kong-based knot designer, known for her bold, sculptural accessories and striking ropework installations. Weaving together traditional craftsmanship with inventive and modern design.

Zoe has been pushing boundaries further by exploring the architectural possibilities. Dedicated to promoting the art of knotting, Zoe regularly runs workshops for international brand launches, including OMEGA, RIMOWA, Adidas, Uniqlo, MIKIMOTO & MARIMEKKO.

 

OrangeTerry

Local designer OrangeTerry constantly hand-made daily goods from materials found nearby. OT appreciates the way he looked at everyday objects and thus began to approach things in similar ways; to give new meaning and function to the most ordinary. His works aim to interrogate the material, systemic and formal approaches to the creation of objects. Frequently his works consider the resources around us challenging the notion of ‘waste’ to create alternative aesthetic.

Inspired by the concept of Meditation Cave, Breakthrough Art Studio reinterpreted the traditional bamboo and rattan weaving patterns and constructed an artificial cave with “triangular tiles” made of colourful cloths. Visitors are invited to take part in the installation and bring more colours to the hills and add tranquillity and vitality to the caves.

Reacting to the rapid change in the global climate, people accumulated lots of negative emotions. And sometimes, these emotions may not be aware. To manage them, ‘space’ is a good for mindfulness. But how can we find such a good place in this bustling city?

“Meditation Cave” was inspired by the holy caves in the nature, where is loved by monks and yoga enthusiasts. Cell-liked cave is a place to connect with inner self and have the utmost awareness of existence. By disconnecting to outer messages, individuals can have a real self-conversation.

Both space and weaving are a mindful healing process. Publics are invited to co-weave the caves. The caves were formed by ‘triangular titles’. Geometrical shapes are manmade substance, which is not existed in nature. But the interesting thing is triangle can be built into infinite possibilities. We reinterpret the ‘triangular tiles’ by weaving traditional bamboo and rattan woven patterns with colorful yarns. These manmade “Meditation Cave” are lively and fruitful, but have peacefulness at the same time.

Founded in 2015, Breakthrough Art Studio explores and studies traditional textile crafts and culture, and is dedicated to the development of local textile brands and the promotion of woven culture in the public. Over the past few years, the team has been travelling around Southeast Asia to study its traditional and local textile culture. The Studio has been developing a well-rounded and systematic curriculum for the public on the relations between weaving and its cultural background.

 

In recent years, the Studio has tried to infuse craft techniques with art. It hosts public activities in which participants can make large installations with composite materials like cotton, linen, bamboo, rattan and wood. Participants can experience art through different senses and perspectives and know more about crafts and culture.

“Weave Upon A Time” Exhibition Book Selection

Rolling Books curates a selection of ten fine books for the exhibition “Weave Upon A Time”, responding to the post-pandemic life that is intertwined with hustling and leisure. Among the selection, there are books about weaving stories in the community, about the microscopic insight of time and life, and about the early livelihood experience through memories. Rolling Books promotes the well-being of leisure and solitude through slow reading, in the pursuit of resilience in response to social challenges. Besides picture books, we also nominate fine books for parents, allowing the co-reading experience to nourish and grow among families.

Books Curation: Rolling Books
Books Introduction By: Adrian @ GlanceSeaFroamShip

Reacting to the rapid change in the global climate, people accumulated lots of negative emotions. And sometimes, these emotions may not be aware. To manage them, ‘space’ is a good for mindfulness. But how can we find such a good place in this bustling city?

“Meditation Cave” was inspired by the holy caves in the nature, where is loved by monks and yoga enthusiasts. Cell-liked cave is a place to connect with inner self and have the utmost awareness of existence. By disconnecting to outer messages, individuals can have a real self-conversation.

Both space and weaving are a mindful healing process. Publics are invited to co-weave the caves. The caves were formed by ‘triangular titles’. Geometrical shapes are manmade substance, which is not existed in nature. But the interesting thing is triangle can be built into infinite possibilities. We reinterpret the ‘triangular tiles’ by weaving traditional bamboo and rattan woven patterns with colorful yarns. These manmade “Meditation Cave” are lively and fruitful, but have peacefulness at the same time.

Rolling Books is a social enterprise that aims to promote reading experience. We simultaneously work on social issues including poverty alleviation of minority groups, community social inclusion, and women’s empowerment.

Weave upon a time Programme

 “Weave Upon a Time” Glass Drawing workshop

Illustrator LOSZEHAHA will teach you how to create plant illustration, and it would show on the glass doors at The Mills, to welcome everyone for the idling atmosphere inside.

Artist : LOSZEHAHA

Date: 20/3/2021

Time : 11:00 – 12:30

FREE EVENT

Bamboo Fan weaving workshop 

Local weaving artist “Breakthrough Art Studio” teach you how to weave a bamboo fan, workshop fee included a material pack, participates will experience the joy of weaving and to made the unique bamboo fan with their own hand.

Tutor : Breakthrough Art Studio

Date : 27/3/2021 ; 17/4/2021

Time : 13:00 – 15:00 / 15:30 – 17:30

Fee : $250

“Weave Upon a Time” Zine drawing workshop

Illustrator LOSZEHAHA teach you the illustration technique and colour combination skills, so you can create your own zine and have fun.

Artist : LOSZEHAHA

Date : 10/4/2021

Time : 14:00 – 16:30

Fee : $100

Dance Performance : Spinning

Local Contemporary dance group TS Crew designed a fun and participatory dance performance to explore how people express the beauty of weaving with their bodies and simple materials.

Artist: TS Crew

Date: 2/4/2021

Time: 16:30 – 17:30

FREE EVENT

Story telling “Greeny Runaway”

Rolling Books is a social enterprise that aims to promote reading experience. In Easter Rolling Books will have a story telling session to tell the “Greeny Runway” story. It’s a community story created by The Mills and Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children, about a little green man from the traffic light escaped one day and his experience in the Tsuen Wan community. Through encountering different characters in the community to learn to respect the value and story behind everyone.

Collaborator: Rolling Books

Date: 5/4/2021

Time: 14:30 – 15:00 / 16:00 – 16:30

FREE EVENT

《Weave Upon A Time》 Hand-Woven Bamboo Fan Weaving Kit

Hand-Woven Bamboo Fan is designed by local fiber artist, Breakthrough Art Studio. They are exploring traditional technique of weaving by using various materials. They recently adopting bamboo weaving into art creation and designed this easy yet fun hand-woven bamboo fan. Let’s STAY HOME and to make summer more fun!

The Mills partners with Audio Description Association (Hong Kong) to produce an accessible tutorial video, in which audio description has been integrated with the narration and Hong Kong sign language interpretation has been included, ensuring that everyone can enjoy weaving with us!

The colour combination of fan kit is already matched and allocated on a random basis, simply scan the QR code on the instruction sheet to watch the tutorial video!