Bacteria | 微菌
|The design graduate Pearl Lee has taken the rather taboo subject of “Illness” for her final-year project, at least within the Asian societies. Her jewellery design models on the state of bacterial activity under the microscope, while the reproductive capacity of bacteria is always overwhelming, Pearl created this work to reduce people’s fear towards illnesses by proposing different psychological options to cope with them.
The「DesignXcel」team would like Pearl’s work to be realised by a collaborator who is as daring and innovative as she is, Elegance Jewellery International Ltd. (EJI) became our ultimate resort. Ricky Lam, CEO of EJI, was positive to support her somewhat funny inclusion of the magnifying glass to enlarge the bacteria patterns. Other than the need to downsize the whole piece, the experienced jewellery designer also recommended her to work with a ring-like frame where different pendant cores can be replaced to match different outfits and moods.
The end product is an elegant pendant with various core options, such as pure diamonds, pure enamel, and a mix of both. The different patterns and colours of these pendant cores echo Pearl’s concept to view sickness in alternative light. Whether to face and fight the germs bravely and positively; or to escape and reinforce it both mentally and physically, there is always still an open choice as to how one intends to look at infection and bacteria. The work was exhibited at the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair with EJI, and later also shown at the Hong Kong International Jewelry Manufacturers’ Show under the pavilion of Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers’ Association (HKJMA) to test its market potential.
Lee Pui Hung, Pearl | 李佩虹
Elegance Jewellery International Ltd. (EJI) | 雅寶珠寶國際有限公司
Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers’ Association | 香港珠寶製造業廠商會有限公司
Product | School for Higher and Professional Education | 才晉高等教育學院 (SHAPE)