Bamboo Handcraft

Handcraft is a kind of communion with the material world. It is personally absorbing, and so what we learn through handcraft affects us personally– helping to shape our values and our store of wisdom. Bamboo is native to our region (Shanghai), has a rich cultural history, an abundance of modern-day uses, and most importantly possesses a persistent allure. This allure is a sign that we have more to learn from bamboo. In a spirit of play mixed with humility we are encountering this material, testing it, crafting it, honing our skills and discovering what we may.


Lantern Party in PengPu Town

Date: March 1, 2018, 1.45pm-4pm
Venue:Shanghai Pengpu Town “Grayvity” Culture Center
Guide: George Kaye
Sponsor: Ziran Li Research Center, Jing’An Pengpu Town

Join us in celebrating the lantern festival and the opening of Pengpu Town’s new “Grayvity” culture center, a model recreation and cultural activity for all ages in Jing’An district. Create paper lanterns celebrating the year of the dog, and enjoy dancing and special lantern festival treats!

Bamboo Handcraft @ YK Pao School

Date: Fall-Winter 2017-18
Venue: YK Pao Experimental School, Primary Campus
Guides: George Kaye, Nebojsa Markovic
Sponsor: YK Pao School

An introduction to material craft through the versatile and culturally significant medium of bamboo. A semester-long class for kids age 9-12. Units include: lantern craft, modeling animalia, kites, sound and music, architecture. Through the creation of a portfolio of smaller works and a larger group project students will gain basic tool handling skills and a wide perspective on the limitless possibilities when mind meets material!

Bamboo Handcraft / doo+ vibe

Date: June 25, 2017, 11am-4pm
Venue: Price Waterhouse Coopers Innovation Centre, Shanghai
Guide: George Kaye
Sponsor: doo+

doo+ vibe is a one-of-a-kind event celebrating social innovation and strengthening the community of social entrepreneurs in China. We will be holding a bamboo handcraft “garage workshop” throughout the day. Pick up some bamboo material and play!

More information here.

Bamboo Handcraft at Shanghai Library

Date: June 4, 2017, 1pm-3.30pm
Venue: Shanghai Library
Guides:George Kaye, Nebojsa Markovic
Sponsor:Shanghai Library Innovation Centre

An introduction to bamboo handcraft for young and old. Join us at the Shanghai Library Innovation Centre for an encounter with bamboo, saw, chisel, drill and sandpaper. What will you create?

A Winter Scene

Date: December 17, 2016, 11am – 6pm
Venue: Jiashan Market, Shanghai
Guides: George Kaye, Charlotte, Uggles, Theo
Partner: Jiashan Market

Create your own wintertime bamboo craftwork!

We can help you make: a kite; a lantern; a whistle; animals; other…

Bamboo Handcraft Playshop Series

Date: Every Sunday, November 13 – December 11, 2016, 2:00pm.
Venue: Studio 5, 169 Jiashan Road, No. 5, Shanghai.
Guides: Mark Nebojsa, George Kaye, David Mitchell, Robin Andersson

Bamboo is an extraordinarily versatile and culturally rich material. Through preparation of a fantastical “Winter Scene” to be exhibited as part of the Jiashan Market holiday fair, we’ll experiment with woodworking tools and techniques and get acquainted with the limitless possibilities when mind meets bamboo!

November 13: Creatures
November 20: Kite Making
November 27: Open Day
December 4: Buildings
December 11: Musical instruments
December 17: Exhibition, Jiashan Market

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Bamboo Works / Maker Carnival

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Venue: 2016 Shanghai Maker Carnival, 创智天地,Knowledge & Innovation Plaza, Yangpu Dist., Shanghai
Guides: George Kaye, Vicky Xie
Partner: Fangcundi Market

Making things ordinarily involves a goal, a plan, and careful execution. Put those things aside and what’s left is instinct and inspiration. Now add materials and tools: bamboo strips, bamboo tubes, a hand saw, power drill, chisels, hammer, sandpaper. We are ready to make something totally unexpected.