Designer Mentee: Elaine Yan Ling Ng
Mentor: Lyndon Neri & Rosanna Hu
In questioning design process and translations of the “original” via textual experiments, the designer will re-interpret and create a new circular feature carpet for the main space. With reference to cues of the past, the designer will challenge and reframe critical making in the Haw Par mansion context, that aspires to integrating the old and the new.
Designer Statement • Elaine Yan Ling Ng
My design journey challenges the true meaning and value of ‘authenticity’ for the 6-meter carpet, designated by the Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO). Is it simply ‘replicating’ the aesthetics of the carpet or ‘replicating’ the spirit of the Haw Par Brothers, the original authors of this space? In addition, considering the notion of time and the object’s relativity with the space itself, as well as Haw Paw Mansion repurposing into a music foundation, the new carpet enables a personal journey within the space, just like music. A third idea is to innovate with the traditional way of carpet making. Experimenting with a special blend yarn with Tai Ping’s unique tufting technique, we formulated new ways of working with interactive fibres. Incorporating these three ideas, the key Chinese mythology figure Phoenix I designed on the carpet can be perceived differently from different angles, lighting levels, and distances, in different times of the day, and indoor temperatures.
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