Designed by: Hugh Davies in collaboration with Yoko Nakazawa, Joyce Cheng, and Nikki Lam
Design Trust Affiliation: M+/ Design Trust Research Fellow
‘Ink and Architecture’ combines the aesthetics of historic Chinese seal stamps with the architecture of contemporary Hong Kong. The series of works features architectural miniatures of renowned Hong Kong buildings that serve as decorative handles for traditional seal stamps.
In collaboration with Melbourne-based artists and researchers from Chinese, British, Japanese and Hong Kong backgrounds, Hugh Davies has co-designed stamp impressions that appear beneath each of the model buildings. The decorative seal stamps reflect the customs of seal stamp designs but are abstracted and ambiguous, provoking multiple interpretations and meanings. Created in Melbourne, Australia during a period of restrictive lockdown, and with awareness of the dramatic change occurring in Hong Kong, this series of works is created in a spirit of collaborative craft that is both playful and irreverent beneath difficult conditions
Image Credit: Hugh Davies in collaboration with Yoko Nakazawa, Joyce Cheng, and Nikki Lam