For bigger scale projects, Amanda has worked with a variety of local and international clients including chefs, mixologists and commercial clients, to create bespoke shapes for complementing their drinks/ dishes as well as creating public installations.
CLASSIC CRAFT, MODERN MEANING
A non-profit local arts and crafts programme, curated by Ceekayello that seeks to explore potential modern adaptions of the gradually fading traditional crafts in Hong Kong.
I’ve partnered with a Japanese artist, Jun Matsumura to learn one of the these traditional fading crafts in Hong Kong - Mahjong Tiles Carving from mahjong tile maker, Cheung Shun-king. From this experience to then created art pieces that cater towards the modern behaviour of our society — ones that will offer the younger generation new insights into the traditional crafts.
These resulting art pieces are exhibited on a moving public tram from April to June, 2020 - the very first time that sculptural artworks and installations are displayed on a Hong Kong tram for public consumption instead of private use.
'By teaming up old masters with contemporary artists, we seek to offer new meanings to our cultural artisanal heritage and, at the same time, pass on such treasured skills to younger generations both locally and internationally.'
Inspired by the traditional game of mahjong and the craft of mahjong carving, ‘Hear As You Touch’ (聽牌）and ‘Touch As You Hear’ (自摸) are two sets of ceramic interactive installations specially designed and created for Classic Craft, Modern Meaning. The creative process comes from two fundamental elements - sound and touch.
Mahjong is the national essence of China and carries more than a century of history and culture. By reintroducing mahjong with ceramics, Amanda’s work aims to bring awareness of both of these traditional crafts (hand-carved mahjong & ceramics) through a contemporary experience, encouraging everyone to pay more attention to the handcrafts and their skillful Masters, together preserving and inheriting these “intangible cultural heritage”.
CHIME OF CURE
A sound installation designed and made for International Chinese Medicine Cultural Festival 2017 in Hong Kong. The work is inspired by an ancient metal bell (named ‘Yao Ling’) that was used by the Chinese medicine practitioners thousands of years ago.
It’s shaped like a hollow donut with small beads inside. In the ancient time, the Chinese medicine practitioners would ring the bell and create a sound to notify the public where to find them for medication. It also acted as a lucky charm for them.
Each piece is handmade using porcelain. It creates a euphonious and crisp sound when the porcelain beads collided.
This work is a modern reinterpretation and aims to bring an interactive experience and interesting historical story from the past about Chinese medicine. It also explores the possibilities of how ceramics can be used in different medium.
Working with the curators from Taiwan, individual porcelain cubes were made for their food performance event at Taiwan Culture Festival 2016 in Hong Kong - Eatopia, creating a unique culinary experience that tells stories about the history of Taiwan.
The Perfect Imbalance collection was used for window display at Canary Wharf Shopping Centre in London.