Trial and Error

The tenth edition of deTour will explore the theme, Trial and Error, contemplating one's creation process before achieving the best results.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which one to keep. Recollecting those excellent creative works in history, we can see that they were not only defined by the creators’ aesthetic sense, but also the ability of persevering their vision, knowing what people want and uplifting our needs, which are all important elements under the umbrella of design thinking.

Each year, deTour aspires to delve deeper into the thinking process of creation. Many works have taken hundreds of trials, some even thousands, we are curious how one thinks during the course of artistic practice and to what extent they can judge the final work as the best amongst all possibilities.

Through exhibitions, installations, workshops and design talks, we are keen to unearth and demonstrate innovative experimentation, original thinking and invite general public to join us in discussing what makes a good design.

Highlights

2018 Highlights

Installations

Canneto

Co-creator: Pino Castagna
A piece by the renowned Italian artist Pino Castagna, Canneto is bushes of bamboo made of Murano glass. Bamboo, in many oriental cultures, symbolises purity and virtue. The incomparable straightness of the bamboo, the perfection of its impetus towards the sky, and the knots between the hollow parts are laden with meanings. The sound of bamboo leaves moving in the wind, to certain masters, is associated with enlightenment. Italian craftsmanship embodying Chinese spirit may remind us of Marco Polo’s travel to China hundreds of years ago.
An accredited installation of BODW City Programme.

Exhibitions

Design and the City: Urban Futures Lab

Co-creator: Dr. Samantha Edwards-Vandenhoek (Program and Workshop Co-Lead), Bridgette Engeler (Program and Workshop Co-Lead)
Experiential futures are an immersive way to enable people to share in a glimpse of the future of cities and urban environments. The exhibition space combines the display of artefacts and public participatory design activities to stimulate conversation and the development of material outcomes related to urban futures in Hong Kong.
The exhibition comprises the works completed by Honours students in Interior Architecture at the School of Design at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. Themed “Melbourne 02068: designing our futures”, the exhibits are students’ imagination of what it might be like to live in Melbourne 50 years from now and their exploration of how to influence change.
The participatory design activities will produce further future-oriented artefacts for “Hong Kong 02068”— a project to be participated by postgraduate students from the same school as part of their multi-disciplinary design study tour in Hong Kong.

Design Dialogues

A BITE OF ERROR

Speakers: Caleb Ng & Joshua Ng (Founders, Twins Kitchen), Stephanie Wong (Founder, Roots Eatery), Claire Kim (Founder and Pastry Chef, Claire de Lune)
Organizer: PMQ Taste Kitchen
Four F&B up-and-coming talents and entrepreneurs will talk about the “Trial and Error” process they have undergone in launching PMQ Taste Kitchen, Hong Kong’s first-ever F&B incubation programme, and the relationship between the food industry and design.

Workshops

UPCYCLED MESH-KNOTTING ACCESSORIES WORKSHOP

Organizer: MODEMENT
MODEMENT’s design respects human touch and promotes the effective use of resources. We weave leftover fabrics into every new collection by hand to produce “zero waste” and fulfill our green fashion responsibilities. Every art piece we create comes from the accumulation of techniques and experiences. To let participants experience our creative process, this workshop uses mesh-knotting accessories as a medium to introduce visitors to basic weaving and knotting techniques. They will be able to make use of leftover fabrics to weave their own bracelets, or turn it into a necklace by adding our leather accessories.

HANDCRAFTED FLORAL BRANCH BANGLE WORKSHOP

Organizer: Pamycarie
Handcrafted jewellery always evokes feeling of warmth and uniqueness that mass-produced items can never replicate. The Floral Branch Bangle is one of the most adored signature creations from Pamycarie. Participants will design the bangle with the floral ornaments provided. They will then be guided to assemble the flowers and beads onto the bangle with silver threads. A fine UV coating needs to be applied on the bangle which will be placed under the UV light to set before it is ready to be picked up.

HANDMADE JAPANESE TRADITIONAL PAPER WORKSHOP

Organizer: LomfaFair
At the very beginning, a piece of paper is made by interweaving fibers. Different kinds of fiber produce paper products with different functions. Paper made from rough fibers is suitable for making decorations, such as wrapping paper, lampshade, wallet etc; while paper made from smooth fibers is used for writing, book-making and printing. During the papermaking process, the pounding sound of wooden hammer hitting on plants to extract fibres intertwines with the stress-relieving sound of waves. We are allowed to focus on the present moment, and reconnect to ourselves. You will experience this process first-hand at the workshop.

CO-CREATION OF CITY LANDSCAPE – SPRAY PAINTING ON BRICKS WORKSHOP

Organizer: 1a Space
Taking references from the landmarks of Hong Kong’s old districts, the city’s historical background and cultural stories, participants will create stencils with patterns and motifs inspired by the city and its communities. Spray painting on bricks through visual arrangement, juxtaposition and repetition of stencils will be introduced to the participants. They will create a collage of our city’s possibilities through spray painting on bricks.

RECYCLED SEED PAPER WORKSHOP

Organizer: Sap Fong
Have you imagined what you could do with all the waste paper every day? Take a moment to think about giving these paper a second life. Join us for a creative recycled seed paper-making workshop, and we will show you how easy it is to make our own recycled paper with tools around us. You can write and grow your own beautiful plant and delicious herb from the recycled seed paper made by yourself.

HEART EXPERIMENTAL LAB

Organizer: Hong Kong Association of Art Therapists
Art is a conduit for the development of the self and the world. Art psychotherapy is a form of treatment, a tool for self-development and exploration. In our daily lives, we try to make plans, and sometimes we make mistakes. We would evaluate, rework and reinvent to discover something new. Art psychotherapy can be the very testing ground for us to process life, and free ourselves from the emotional baggage we carry. The session will be led by 1 to 2 professional art psychotherapists, and begin with simple sharing among participants. Followed by warm up exercise and art activities tailored to explore their inner worlds, participants can then proceed to interact with group members and respective therapists to talk about their personal discoveries. They will learn tips and tricks to self-care using art, followed by Q and A about art psychotherapy.

DAILY PRACTICE: INDIGO DYE CUTLERY BAG WORKSHOP

Organizer: Giants Tie Dye
Indigo Tie Dye (natural dye) is one of the most ancient crafts in human history. The participants will be taught traditional dyeing techniques to create a unique piece of indigo cutlery bag.

DYEING THE HONG KONG BLUE

Organizer: Small Smile by Sarah
With locally planted blue dye, let’s start the dye journey together and find out stories about textile and dyeing of the city. Blue dye is an art with thousands of years of history. But do you know how many processes are required to dye a piece of clothing blue? This workshop hopes that those who like to dye and fond of textiles will learn more about the different cultures of blue dye around the world. Each little step will add colour to the final product.

FLORAL WREATH WITH GOLDEN CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP

Organizer: HeyJune Studio
It is so relaxing to put down everything and just focus on the watercolour painting. The way it blends with water is so satisfying. We will introduce the technique of watercolour and way to paint floral, then you can create your own watercolour wreath. Add a nice quote or name in the wreath to make it a valuable gift for your loved one.

ELECTROLUMINESCENT WIRE SIGN WORKSHOP

Organizer: Myosotis Flower
Electroluminescent wire (EL Wire) generates similar effects but is safer and easier to handle when compared with neon light, and it is the main material for this workshop. Participants will be given a two-metre long EL wire. They will first learn about the usage and limitations of this material, then they will develop a draft based on their own choice of pattern and / or texts and decide on the measurements before twisting and creating the final product.

PARTY WITH US! FROM FOOD WASTE TO HK SOAP

Organizer: HK Soap
Want to go through the “Trial and Error” of making handmade soap? Join us to turn our food waste into soap! You will be meeting our soap expert and we will be shaping your soap with bare hands. In order to make a 100g soap, 37g of food residuals, varying from coffee drag, local rice chaff and expired yellow ginger powder, will be used. This will be a nourishing cleansing experience to help solving food waste problem and turn our planet back to a healthy place to live in.

CUT & TRY: ZINE MAKING WORKSHOP

Organizer: Swinburne's School of Design
“A line is a dot that went for a walk.” – Paul Klee A zine (mini-magazine) is a self-published work that is usually reproduced via the photocopier. The DIY aesthetics encourages risk-taking and playfulness. Through a series of rapid iterative process and ideation exercise, participants will generate visual imagery and text to create a series of handmade “zines” which explore the values of “Trial and Error”, risk-taking and experimentation in design. The focus of this workshop is humanising creativity and normalising failure through self-expression. The completed zines will be printed and exhibited at the end of the workshop day in our pop-up studio.

WHEN COPPER MEETS WOOD – ACCESSORIES WORKSHOP

Organizer: UpCycling Plus
The workshop combines sustainable design with object restoration and upcycling. Come and learn about practical carpentry and metalwork skills, and experiment creatively through re-designing and re-using waste materials. The team believes that the gist of upcycled design is the way it inspires creativity through experimentation of objects that are seemingly useless. Cheong Gor, the craft master from UpCycling Plus, has turned his own vintage cargo bike into a mobile carpentry and metalworking space. Participants will design and create unique accessories from waste and raw materials using practical restoring tools and skills instructed. During the workshop, Cheong Gor will also share about his vintage aesthetics, traditional craftsmanship and modern upcycling design experience with the participants.

ENAMEL PAINT ON SILVER FOLDED AEROPLANE WORKSHOP

Organiser: Lucy Shih
Design and art are transcended through breakthroughs amid “Trial and Error”. Glazing (enamel painting) is an art form that requires a lot of “Trial and Error” to master which one can often achieve surprising results. This workshop not only allows participants to experience the changes of low-temperature glaze, it also teaches participants to use pure silver to fold paper planes from our childhood memories. Let the paper plane take your dreams! Freedom, flying higher and farther better! Let it accomplish the unfinished dreams, and hope for a better life in the future. Folding the paper plane reminds us all the “Trial and Error” moments in our lives.

NOSTALGIC ZINC IRON MAILBOX WORKSHOP

Organizer: 1a space
Signages, patterns and marks found in our neighbourhoods are full of collective memories and cultural references. Print them on zinc iron mailboxes to produce unique creations with Hong Kong characteristics.

TURKISH TRADITIONAL WEAVING LANYARD STRAP WORKSHOP

Organizer: Rapture Handmade
As the Chinese proverb goes, “Failure teaches success.” Mistakes are inevitable in our creative process and we can only learn and improve from them. Practice makes perfect and eventually leads to success. Weaving seems simple but any lapse in concentrate and the piece will never get completed. This workshop not only teaches Turkish traditional weaving skills, but also focus training. Learn how to use traditional skills to create a new lanyard strap for your camera or cardholder.

FLOW ART WOODEN JEWELLERY PLATE WORKSHOP

Organizer: Go With The Flow Workshop
Let art flows into life! Flow art emphasises on the fluidity and transformational quality of paint. By skilfully mixing and controlling the ink flow, unique and elegant art pieces can be created. Participants will learn how to make a beautiful flow art wooden jewelry plate in the one-hour workshop. They will learn how to mix epoxy colour pigments and the skills of creating different effects.

FROM DECORATION TO CREATION: ART JAMMING ON FOOD PLATES

Organizer: Au Yeung Ying Chai Craig
Cartoonist Craig Au-Yeung has turned plates into his canvas, painting caricatures on blue and white porcelain tableware that visualises his worldly reflections. Visitors are welcome to go to PMQ Taste Library for an artistic plating experience incorporating ingredients of vibrant colours and textures. Come explore the possibilities and create something uniquely yours!

MY FIRST STEPS – INFANT WOOL BOOTIES WORKSHOP

Organizer: Debbie Leung
In this workshop, participants will make a pair of seamless wool booties for infants for their first steps in life. Just like every step of our lives, we all learn how to walk by “Trial and Error”. We need to equip our little ones so they will go ahead and march forward into their bright future.

COOKING DEMO: UNEXPECTED RECIPES WITH SALTED FISH

Organizer: PMQ Taste Library
The popularity of different ingredients in cooking varies from decade to decade. Sometimes the use of a certain ingredient declines only because of our limited knowledge and understanding of it. Is salted fish only good for fried rice and meat cake? Curator Andy Dark will demonstrate other possibilities of using salted fish creatively to make dishes that you wouldn’t have expected!

UPCYCLED TREE BRANCH SHAKER WORKSHOP

Organizer: Sap Fong
In the contemporary consumer culture where consumption is actively encouraged, let’s take a moment to look at the things around us. Join us in our workshop, which is inspired by nature, to create your very own tree branch shaker with tree branches found on hiking trails, seashells collected from beaches in Lantau, and bottle caps saved from our daily life. This is a hands-on and experiential workshop led and guided by the founders of Sap Fong.

KINTSUGI: THE ART OF REPAIR USING LACQUER AND GOLD

Organizer: Waka Artisans
Accidents happen despite the best of care. When something with sentimental value is damaged, you would want to have it restored. Kintsugi is a beautiful way to address our errors. Kintsugi is the traditional method of repairing ceramics, wood-work and glass using lacquer and gold or silver. It is an ongoing learning process that requires constant practice of “trial and error”. Through repairing and showing off the imperfections, the item is imbued with new value, meaning and aesthetics. And the practice itself is both healing and meditative.

NO.5 UPCYCLING RAPPORT – UPCYCLING WALLET WORKSHOP

Organizer: Blackbody Lab
“Wastes are resources that people yet to see!” This No.5 Upcycling Rapport (report) does not only give us an overview of the recycling situation in Hong Kong and the challenges that we are facing, it also shows how proper upcycling could help us build a more sustainable environment. Participants will learn how to create and customise their own wallets from recycled light-boxes (plastic no.5, polypropylene), using origami folding techniques and through a process of “Trial and Error”. This original origami wallet design is created to work better and last longer than traditional leather wallets. A wallet that is sustainable, durable, functional, beautiful, and affordable at the same time. Too good to be true? Come and “fold” for yourself!

MESSY SYMPHONY – HAND-PAINTED UV RESIN WORKSHOP

Organizer: Shel crafts&music
Creativity is letting our imagination run wild, while art is the process of selecting beautiful work. Have fun with acrylic paint and conduct your own messy symphony! Join us in exploring combination of colours, shapes and textures, and create your own unique picture through the process of trial and error. Incorporating UV resin art, your favourite colours and patterns will be transformed into a necklace or a keychain. Whether you are a skilled painter or kids who simply love messing around with crayons, a couple of friends, or a sweet family, it does not matter! We can all experience the search for exquisite beauty in a process seemingly filled with randomness and mistakes. Come and compose a chaotic yet melodic symphony together!

ETHNIC STYLE PATCHWORK CARDHOLDER WORKSHOP

Organizer: Mishtar
Pick and choose from fabric swatches of different sizes and shapes, and stitch them up with hammer, needles and threads. Learn how to make your own ethnic style cardholder with cloth and washable kraft paper.

BLIND DRAWING WORKSHOP

Organizer: Witty And Bluey
Drawing is mostly about hand-eye coordination, so that everything is precise and the result is visually pleasing. Have you ever tried drawing staring at your subject without looking at the paper? Maybe you will end up with something funny that bears no resemblance to the subject. It is an alternative way to practise hand-eye coordination, letting your hand trace what you see. Let's step out of our preconceived ideas of beauty and explore the other possibilities together!

FULL MOON NIGHT LAMP WORKSHOP

Organizer: Starology
The Night Lamp consists of layers of printed plastic film in a wooden box with a glass panel. The tutor will guide the participants on how to arrange the layers to create depth to the image and achieve a 3D effect. A round LED light is placed at the back of all the layers to glow like a “full moon”. Dried petals will be added inside the wooden box to mimic gentle snowfall. Participants are encouraged to try out different arrangements of the film layers to get their desired final effect.

INCENSE STICK WORKSHOP – WINTER EDITION

Organizer: okapi studio
Banish the winter blues with some incense. In this workshop, okapi studio will introduce the history of incense in Hong Kong, followed by related folklore. Participants will learn about various fragrant materials that are suitable for winter, such as cypress, clove and sand ginger. They can then choose amongst these materials and learn to make their own incense stick.

SOAPSTONE CARVING WORKSHOP

Organizer: Soapstone Studio
Stone carving is an art of elimination, anything that is not needed is taken away. Every move is calculated; every step, whether good or bad, contributes to the final product. Just be brave: try and make mistakes. Try your best, enjoy the process and admire the final result.

FREE FLOW WORKSHOP – PASTE A TRACE! LINOCUT PRINTING

Organizer: Pinacotheca
In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the basics of linocut carving and printing techniques. Participants will learn how to identify what makes an ideal image for a linocut artwork. They can either use their own design or use the readymade ones for printing. Starting with tracing the selected pattern or design and transferring them onto the lino surface, they can then carve the lino block with linocut blades to create a positive image. The image will be inked using a roller with block printing ink and printed onto paper or fabric. Participants will also learn an easy way to print using a spoon and soap. They can take home the lino block to do more printing at home! The workshop will focus on mono or duo-colour print. Participants may choose to print the same design in multicolours.

SUKUMO WORKSHOP

Organizer: Sukumo Leather
The SUKUMO Leather acquires its unique indigo colour through a completely natural process. Following a 600-year-old Japanese tradition, the dye is made from the fermented leaves of the mature indigo. SUKUMO Leather’s wonderful suppleness and beautiful shades are simply unrivalled. Come and make your own leather bracelet using the inimitable SUKUMO Leather.

FRONTSIDE OF CETACEAN – RUBBER STAMPS WORKSHOP

Organizer: Ocean Stamps
Ocean Stamps take rubber stamps as the medium of environmental education to tell stories of the ocean. Through painting and carving rubber stamps, participants get a clearer picture of the characteristics of cetaceans, their lives, past, present and future. The workshop will teach participants ways of distinguishing between whales and dolphins. At the end of the workshop, they will take home not only the rubber stamps but also tales of the ocean.

Market

5 SENSES MARKET

Organizer: HKHands
The five human senses play a unique role by receiving signal from the environment and then relayed to the brain for interpretation. These senses are major elements for creating designs. Co-organized by deTour and HKHands, 5 Senses Market invites you to be inspired through vivid colours of handmade soap and jewellery, fragrance from perfumes and dried flowers, and delicacy like tea and jam.

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