SUNDAY

COUTURE

SUSTAINABLE

2018-2019

The project featured costumes created from everyday upcycled materials and designed by Ms Elpie A. Malicsi from the Domestic Worker Empowerment Project at the University of Hong Kong. As a Filipino domestic helper in Hong Kong, Elpie’s costumes speak to the need for a more inclusive dialogue about sustainability, one that addresses the links between sustainability and labour rights, decent work and domestic workers’ creative contributions to Hong Kong culture.

This project was supported by the HKU Knowledge Exchange Fund granted by the University Grants Committee.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Video compiled by the members of Domestic Worker Empowerment Project at HKU

BACKGROUND

A total of 15 upcycled gowns were featured in the project. Four were made for the project and 11 were created for past competitions and events.

ELPIE'S CREATIONS

EXHIBITIONS

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CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE PHILIPPINES

HONG KONG

4-14 MARCH 2018

MAIN LIBRARY,

THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

18 MARCH - 1 APRIL 2018

EXHIBITION LAUNCH AT THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE PHILIPPINES HONG KONG

MOBILE CATWALK 

A Mobile Catwalk was held on the 25 February 2018 with six catwalk models - two domestic workers, two students and two domestic workers with beauty pageant experience. Brayan Decepeda aka Zushifukato, a domestic worker with extensive beauty pageant experience coordinated styling and the mobile catwalk route. The models were dressed and styled on the sidewalks below the Jardine’s House footbridge, before promenading down Chater Road to the Star Ferry via the road by Edinburgh Place. The team took the ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui then walked along the harbour outside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. the team travelled to Causeway Bay (via the MTR) where the models promenaded down Pottinger Street, ending up at Times Square. The mobile catwalk was documented by domestic workers from Lensational. Six undergraduate students provided personal assistance for models.

 

 

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Raffy

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Kris

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Grace

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Justine

Lanie

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Angelica

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

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HKU SUSTAINABILITY 

OFFICE

Hundreds of used disposable plastic straws were collected in collaboration with the HKU Sustainability Office, in support of the Ditch Disposable campaign to phase out plastic straws on campus. Straws collected from campus canteens and collection points were repurposed by Elpie into a bodice for one of her costumes. The HKU Sustainability Ofice also produced a short video on sustainability and sustainable labour. 

PUBLICATIONS

EXPERIMENTS IN ENCHANTMENT

ABSTRACT

We used and explored Bennett's (2001) conceptualization of enchantment to discuss the implications of creative activities involving marginalized communities. We analysed the creative transformation of space, materials and labour in catalyzing affective, intellectual and ethical disruptions for public audiences and the new potentialities that may contribute to the respect and recognition of domestic workers’ creative contributions in Hong Kong. In exploring the creative transformation of migrant labour into creative communities and waste into fashion, we are considering the transformation of that which is foundational to but often under-recognized in the operation of the city. In doing so, we examine the potential and risks of enchantment in contributing to social change. The ethics of enchantment, in contrast to the ethics in enchantment, is perhaps most salient when the locus for enchantment is situated within a context of inequality. We argue that any analysis of the practice of enchantment must be firmly embedded in an analysis of power and social difference, particularly when understanding the effect of enchantment in social change efforts.

Ham, J. & Sunuwar, M. (2020). Experiments in enchantment: Domestic workers, upcycling and social change. Emotion, Space and Society, 37, 100715. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2020.100715

MEDIA 

HK01

22 MARCH 2018

    THE SUN HONGKONG 

21 MARCH 2018

ART ASIA PACIFIC

14 MARCH 2018

NOLISOLI

14 MARCH 2018

PNA NEWSROOM

13 MARCH 2018

INQUIRER LIFESTYLE

13 MARCH 2018

GMA NETWORK

12 MARCH 2018

ASIA TIMES

12 MARCH 2018

PTV NEWS

11 MARCH 2018

POST MAGAZINE SCMP

10 MARCH 2018

PHILIPPINES DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

09 MARCH 2018

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

THANK YOU FROM THE PROJECT TEAM: Ms Elpie Malicsi, Dr. Julie Ham, Merina Sunuwar, Dr. Ju-chen Chen, Dr. Michael Manio, Jessie Yang, and Dr. Tommy Tse

  • To our HKU partners and contributors: Digital Literacy Laboratory; Domestic Workers Empowerment Project (DWEP); Hong Kong Documentary Initiative; Sustainability Office; The University of Hong Kong Libraries; The Wandering Voice

  • To our community partners and contributors: Enrich; Green Earth; Lensational; Open Door; Para Site; Philippine Consulate General; Voices of Women Media; Visualizing the Voices of Migrant Women Workers (VVMWW) alumni-Joan Pabona, Lucy Gumiran, Daisy A. Valenzuela, Oliva L. Quizana, Tetchie Blanco, Liezl Muega, Maritess Abana, Susan R. Loria & Gegerma Montero

  • To our student volunteers: Danise Au; Candice Chu; Diana Zhou; Victor Lee

  • To our mobile catwalk queens, artists, photographers and student helpers: Angelica Louise Bedana, Bryan Decepeda, Cathy Pastrana, Clara Yuet Ming Au, Isabelle Kwan Ching, Joan Pabona, Justine, Karla, Kervy, Kris, Lanie Rosario, Nicholas Li, Odelia Hui Ching Cheung, Raffy, Shem Redie, Sze Yan Leung and the Lensational photographers