Last March 2016, we joined a fantastic event at Litchee Lab in the High-Tech Park area of Shenzhen. Litchee Lab is a new maker space that’s frankly amazing inside, complete with a fancy coffee area and woodworking shop.
The British visitors came from Falmouth University, doing a research project on makerspaces in Shenzhen. This will probably just continue to grow as a topic as Shenzhen is home to more than a hundred makerspaces, incubators, and related organizations.
The project we worked on was a collaborative poster. We used a laser etching machine to great “rubber” stamps with images that evoked “maker” to us.
The coolest part was that the stamps used electricity conductive ink, so it was possible to imprint sound into the poster. When you touch a section, it will play a sentence from us explaining our stamps.
My stamp was the “shen” in Shenzhen because Shenzhen is maker central and it also means “deep” in Chinese.
I love the vibe at Litchee Labs and we are heading back there tomorrow to see what else they are doing. They currently offer adults a space to work for 600/month and many, many cool classes for kids like a woodworking workshop this morning.
Building M10, near Shenzhen University Metro Stop, Nanshan, Shenzhen, China