Trial and Error Lab
Trial and Error Lab is a youth vocational development project. It encourages young people to explore possibilities for their careers and the future of our city by providing a lovely coworking space, relevant trainings and other innovative events.
When I first joined a Trial Academy course of Trial and Error Lab, I was hoping to perk up my personal brand – with a complete series of Makpei Leathercraft products. The course had greatly inspired me, and I then formally became a Lab fellow. I have gained much experience from it regarding product display, packaging and developing more types of product to create a complete series. In the past, I had enjoyed working alone at home but it was a far cry from the co-working space in the Lab, where I and other Lab fellows let our imagination run wild to come up with various ideas together. I greatly treasure this bunch of buddies who have chatted with me and shared our wildest dreams. I am going to use the experience gained and the foundation built in the Lab to continue to give it a shot in the cultural and creative field, and to manage my own brand.
Initially I joined the Lab just because I wanted to rent a venue. Who would have thought that during my stint in the Lab, I would have lots of chances to be groomed and try something new, such as putting up products for sale in Breakthrough Book Gallery, participating in an overseas exhibition for the first time and being interviewed by foreign media, etc.? I find that I have overcome many “impossibilities” and am gradually going along a path that can be further developed. What is more, my brand is becoming more mature in various aspects. I hope that everyone won’t be afraid of failures. As long as you are willing to try, you will certainly find a way out.
Ever since joining the Trial and Error Lab provided with my own workstation, I have undergone a series of transformation. By taking part in interviews, people around me have begun to empathize with my decision to switch my career, from being a social worker to being a part of the creative industry as an illustration artist. The experience in Lab has driven me to be more determined in developing my career as an illustration artist, and I have further applied for the Masters of Illustration Art Programme offered by a tertiary institution in England to enhance my skills and exposure in this area.
Trial and Error Lab does not only provide a physical workstation for me, but also an identity as a creative artist, and ample opportunities to try out various options. I have previously shut myself at home to focus at work, with an apparent lack of opportunities to reach out to others. Being a fellow of Lab, I am able to discuss and learn from other partners to gain more artistic inspirations and obtain invaluable advice.
I always failed to understand why my works weren’t selling despite quite a bit of compliments given by others. This puzzle prompted me to join the Trial and Error Lab, where mentors have given me a lot of practical advice and encouraged me to keep trying and improving. In the past I thought it would work by just sticking to my personal style, but now I hope I can express myself through other elements as well. I am very grateful to the mentors in the Lab, other Lab fellows and co-workers for walking with me over these 150 days. I look forward to seeing myself and my brand continue to grow and make progress ahead.
Breakthrough Book Gallery
We believe that God created the world to be beautiful in different ways; everyone has different values and callings in life. Working by the philosophy of our founder Ms. Josephine So Yan Pui for Breakthrough Book Gallery, we hope to bring cultural resources to the youth for the purpose of giving a breathing space amidst the city and to open more possibilities in life.
Breakthrough Book Gallery hopes to be a space where one can find possibilities, be set free and find the true beauties of life.
We provide creative cultural necessities, including books, stationery and gifts; supporting fair trade, respecting local culture and encouraging creative designs, practicing the concept of “living well” in consumer purchases.
In recent years, “Story Chick” has actively carried out art education programs in schools and visited various communities with students to look for and find out more about some hermits in these communities. In 2018, we worked together with Breakthrough Book Gallery for the first time to hold exhibitions, workshops and sharing sessions there, widening the scope of audience we could reach and therefore exchanging with and promoting our ideas to more people. Unlike with past venues, this time the exhibition had to blend into the scene of the book gallery, imagining it as a mini city that enabled the hermits to stand out more vividly.
「Little Post 一小步」是一個網上媒體，收集願意認真為生命每個掙扎認真思考每一步的故事。
Little – 由「小」開始思考生活裡每一個層面；暫時的欄目有「小人物」、「小媒體」、「小信仰」和「小革命」。
Post – 希望在Facebook橫行的web 2.0年代，想像post-web 2.0，對網上世界保持批判的距離，想像網上媒體的新可能。Post 也是指一個post-awakening （覺醒後）的時代，我們如何生活的思考。
“vBreak” is a channel for short videos on the web. It enables youngsters to voice out their opinions. The youngsters, starting with their own circumstances, present the tensions between their dreams and realities through videos produced in different formats. The videos show great dissatisfaction about the social affairs of the society and inspire the youngsters to think critically.