MICHAEL LEUNG - HK DESIGNER / BEEKEEPER

Michael is the founder and creative director of HK Honey. He also runs HK Farm and co-founded a community-focused art and design platform called Shanghai Street Studios in Yau Ma Tei.

Michael's interest in agriculture started when he was living in London. Visiting food markets on the weekends and cooking Sunday roasts, he slowly developed his interest in food ethics and food origin.

Before establishing HK Honey in July 2010, Michael became Hong Kong's first urban beekeeper. He was taught by Mr. Yip and Mr. Man from the New Territories region in Hong Kong.

Photo by Christopher DeWolf


MR. YIP - HK BEEKEEPER

Mr. Yip is the founder of Wing Wo Bee Farm in Shatin, Hong Kong. Him and Mrs. Yip opened the bee farm in 1983. They have around 50 beehives all occupied by Chinese bees.

Mr. Yip grew up in Guangzhou in China. During his youth sugar was quite expensive and considered a luxury. This inspired Mr. Yip to start keeping bees to produce honey.

Mr. Yip and Michael met in January 2010 at his bee farm. Mr. Yip was surprised to meet someone with so much enthusiasm for bees and decided to teach Michael how to be a beekeeper. This included hiking into the Shatin mountains to capture wild bees.


MR. MAN - HK BEEKEEPER

Mr. and Mrs' Man have a beautiful bee farm tucked away in a village in Kam Tin, Hong Kong. They have around 50 beehives next to a lake populated with herons, fish and turtles (photo).

Mr. and Mrs. Man also grew up in Mainland China. They keep Chinese and Western bees. Mr. Man prefers Western bees and says they are "more behaved" than Chinese bees.

Mr. and Mrs. Man also taught Michael how to keep bees and harvest honey from the beehive.


LEUNG DONT - PROJECT DIRECTOR

Leung Dont joined HK Honey in January 2012 as our Project Director. Over the past couple of years we've been working on a variety of projects with different companies and organisations. Leung Dont will kindly manage them as well as bring his creative ideas to the table.

We first worked together on the LIGHT UP project with Amnesty International and are delighted to work with him again.

We share very similar values and look forward to 2012.

Photo by Patricia Choi: From one of our Amnesty International meetings in 2011 in Mido Cafe, Yau Ma Tei.


MR. J - HK ARTIST & HOME BREWER

Mr. J first got in touch with us in February 2012. We met up at our rooftop bee farm and instantly got on. He even helped us turn our compost!

Mr. J is a home brewer and loves using local ingredients. After a nice long chat we decided to start making HK Honey beer and mead together.

Here's a photo of our honey drop off. Mr. J gave us some lees (leftovers from cider fermentation) for our rooftop compost box. Later on, we'll get the honey beer and mead leftovers from Mr. J and this will go back into our ecosystem.

Mr. J has started brewing and we'll be having our first tasting in a couple of months. We're already talking about further collaborations!

Mr. J is also an independent hip hop artist and as we're typing this update, we're listening to his music here

Mr. J is here


HK HONEY MOBILE

We're pleased to show you the HK Honey Mobile - a Ford Capri sporting the HK Honey logo on the windscreen and back window.

We use this car to pick up wood for our beehives and also to transport our beehives (with actual bees inside!).


HK HONEY DESIGN INTERNS 2011

Thank you so much design interns for all your ideas and work.

Grace for your lovely sketches, Tiffany for your graphics, Louise for your inspiration, Joy for your efficiency, Kate for your chair and Gap for your computer modelling!

It was a lovely couple of months and we hope you guys learnt a lot at the studio and on our rooftops!

Feel free to get in touch for internship opportunities.

Photo by Martin Cheung


MARTIN CHEUNG - HK PHOTOGRAPHER

Martin is an inspirational photographer from Hong Kong. He has done projects for companies such as Lomo and Eastpak, exhibited widely in local and globally and runs a photography studio with Topaz Leung called Studio TM.

In June 2010 Martin made three pinhole cameras to take photos of our beehives in Ngau Tau Kok.

The eight hole pinhole camera was tailor-made to be placed inside a beehive amongst the bees. The photos were directly exposed onto eight 6" x 4" film positives and exhibited in a light box. The outcome was unpredictable a unique one-off.

More photos here
www.martincheung.com

BENNY LUK - HK VISUAL ARTIST

Benny is one of Hong Kong’s most gifted young visual artists. He fuses contemporary and traditional oriental influences across disciplines including illustration & typography.

Benny's talent has been recognised by Computer Arts book, which recently ranked him among the world’s greatest illustrators.

His artwork for HK Honey displays the taste of the honey he tried at the Ngau Tau Kok Bee Farm.

Artwork here

www.sixstation.com

KS ONE - HK STREET ARTIST

KS has been a street artist in Hong Kong since 2000. His "My Little Spokesman" project can be seen all across Hong Kong. From 2008 he started a new series of watercolour portraits called "Random Portrait". He has also established an online photography magazine, "the-ideo".

KS illustrated HK Honey's story in a collection of beautiful watercolour artworks. His collection is expressive and he captures the people and environment in a abstract and dynamic way.

More artworks here

www.the-ideo.org/ks

MICHAEL WOLF - HK-BASED PHOTOGRAPHER

HK Honey designed High Rise Hive to reflect Hong Kong’s urban landscape as well as discreetly reference Hong Kong's high population density - people literally living on top of each other.

Nelson came up with the idea of collaborating with Hong Kong-based German photographer Michael Wolf. Michael kindly agreed and here is our first collaboration.

Photo from Michael’s Architecture of Density project
Image # a08

More photos here

www.photomichaelwolf.com

MR. FUNG - HK ARTIST

Mr. Fung is an 80 year old portrait artist. He has a small street booth in Yau Ma Tei where he receives private commissions from the public, who give him a photo to reference from. Each portrait is meticulously drawn using pencil. We commissioned Mr. Fung to draw a portrait of Mr. Yip from the Wing Wo Bee Farm.

Mr. Fung lives in the New Territories and commutes to his studio stall everyday. He hasn’t stepped foot on Hong Kong Island for over 40 years. HK Honey are pleased to have exhibited his work on the Island twice.

441 Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon

More photos here

ERIC YOUNG - HK-BASED ILLUSTRATOR

Eric is a British-born Chinese graphic illustrator who has recently moved to Hong Kong. He is currently working on freelance projects, collaborating with local designers, and also teaching part-time.

This is Eric's interpretation of HK Honey and an every day journey of the bees.

www.eric-young.co.uk

GAKU FREEMAN - HK PHOTOGRAPHER

Our studio is located in the heart of Yau Ma Tei - we are surrounded by cultural honeypots such as the fruit wholesale market, HK's best cinema, a 60 year old cafe and the Temple Street Night Market.

A local photographer called Gaku Freeman was recently commissioned by City Pictorial magazine to photograph our studio. His photos are beautiful and one of them even made the front cover!!

More photos here

www.gakufr.blogbus.com


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HK Honey is an organisation of Hong Kong beekeepers, artists & designers founded in July 2010. We aim to communicate the value of bees & benefits of locally produced honey.

We have a network of bee farms, a design studio & collaborate with cafes in Hong Kong.

We harvest local honey & design products & services relating to urban beekeeping.