Contemporary and innovative.
I was trained as a landscape architect, and there is an analysis mapping method called ‘figure ground’ which is a tool to study the physical form of towns and cities. It simplifies the streets and buildings into black and white graphics. That gave me the inspiration to bring these patterns into jewelry design, and that’s how everything begins.
I hope I could bring my own culture into design in the near future, eg. Chinese shadow play.
Chinese shadow play is almost extinct in China, as it needs lots of skills with years of practice, but low income. Today young people in China prefer watching TV and movies, rather than shadow play shows. Most of the people who know how to make and play shadow puppets are at their advanced age.
After I quit my job in Australia, I went back to China and found a home studio in a small village in Qianan, and stayed there for a week to learn making shadow play puppets. It was a memorable time of my life. I wish I could bring this tradition into contemporary design, and make it more connected to today’s life, and let more people in the world know about this great culture.
What is your favourite handmade item that you have bought? There are a lot, but the most favorite one would be a shadow play puppet.
Thanks for sharing with us Yula and thanks for hanging out with us this morning dear readers, have a great weekend!!