Cecilia Lai is a contemporary artisan from Hong Kong. She has been interested in crafts since childhood, especially in exploring materials and making processes. She worked in the media industry after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion and Textile at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. After a few years, she turned to developing the craft of weaving.
She co-founded Breakthrough Art Studio with Barnard Chan in 2015 to focus on the exploration and research of traditional weaving crafts, as well as the cultural and creative industry. They are also developing a local brand of weaving tools and corresponding workshops. Based on their in-depth study of Southeast Asian textile culture, they have developed a comprehensive and structured curriculum to make the craft of weaving and the culture behind it more accessible to the public. They believe the exploration of crafts and natural materials is a never-ending journey, and each complements the other, motivating them to seek more possibilities in mixed media.