Lantern Maker Jimm Wong

About the programme

A specialist in Fuzhou style lanterns, Jimm Wong is Singapore’s last traditional Chinese lantern maker. For MCF2021, Mr Wong will share about the history and origins of Chinese lanterns and the differences between Fuzhou and Teochew lanterns. He will also demonstrate how he beautifies his larger-than-life lanterns for the upcoming mid-Autumn Festival.

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Date and Time

Programme Details

Language

Mandarin

Ticket Price

S$40 (excluding eventbrite service fee)
Meeting Point
Entrance of Museum @ My Queenstown (46-3 Commonwealth Drive #01-388 Singapore 140463)

Instructions

Dress comfortably. Masks are mandatory. Bring along hand sanitisers.

Participants must abide by the house rules set out by the host (eg. out-of-bound areas, use of toilet). Facilitators will brief participants before the start of the programme.

Please arrive 20 minutes before our scheduled meeting time for registration and temperature taking.

Please do not attend the event if you are feeling unwell.

Look out for our facilitators who will be wearing yellow or blue festival t-shirts.

Meet lantern-maker Jimm Wong!

Hello everyone, I am Jimm Wong, a lantern enthusiast-turned-craftsman! As a connoisseur of all-things-Chinese, I have always enjoyed visiting Chinese cultural sites including clan associations and temples. In these places, I noticed that there were always many intricately decorated lanterns hung inside and became curious to understand the meanings behind the shapes, motifs, materials and scripts of those lanterns. From there, I began to explore and started making lanterns in 2008 at the age of 54!

Today, I am by no means a master craftsman and am very much still learning about and experimenting with the craft. Especially since so little is written about it, a lot of my work is perfected through trial and error. As a firm believer in life-long learning, I am very happy to have the opportunity to share my stories and provide an opportunity for participants to revive this long-lost art form with me!

More about Jimm Wong Lanterns

Today, Jimm Wong is the last traditional Fujian Chinese lantern maker in Singapore. Jimm Wong Lanterns is Mr Wong’s effort to document his work process and showcase his creations on Facebook for both archival and publicity purposes.

In the near future, Mr Wong hopes for more young people to take up and sustain the tradition. To help make the artform more accessible for the younger generation, he has introduced 3D printing into his workflow and started making lanterns with aluminium, which is easier to handle than bamboo.

Ultimately, his wish is for more Singaporeans to recognise and appreciate the hard work of our local traditional art practitioners. He continues to be actively involved in the heritage scene, offering community workshops for interested individuals to learn and pick up the craft.