Fragile 2.0 | 脆2.0
|Prompted by the「DesignXcel」team, the Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association (HKJJA) has been very welcoming to know more about Florence Chong’s final-year project “Fragile”. When they first met, Florence explained to Catherine Chan, General Manager of HKJJA, her series of work tries to illustrate the fragility and flexibility of glass using lines, color and texture formed by the pâte de verre (a kiln casting method that literally means “paste of glass”) technique. Her exploration of the material brought out its unusual qualities, for example, glass beads were fused into simple bowl forms of a rare texture. The resultant edges on the pieces were crude, uncontrollable and extremely fragile.
Most people including Catherine might not have even considered these glass containers to be made of glass at first glance. Seeing the potential of the artistic form of Florence’s works, HKJJA and their member supplier worked out a daring plan with her to try the pâte de verre technique on semi-precious stones or even jade. Catherine walked Florence through their resourceful storage of gem stone samples in Hung Hom, where the graduate picked Rhodochrosite, Quartz and some other gems as the foundation for her new piece. Both Florence and HKJJA were expecting a beautifully crafted work of art through the bold act of testing the nature and state of various materials and methods – the “Fragile 2.0”. The works were also to be showcased at the Hong Kong International Jewelry Manufacturers’ Show under the pavilion of Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers’ Association (HKJMA) as an encouragement of artistic creation.
包括陳倩虹在內，大部份人未必能第一眼就看出這些容器是玻璃造的。根據莊普晴作品的藝術形式，廠商會及其成員供應商與她制定了一個大膽的方案，嘗試將玻璃糊技術應用於半寶石甚至玉石。陳倩虹帶莊普晴走進廠商會位於紅磡資源豐富的倉庫，這名畢業生就挑選了紅柱石、石英和其他寶石作為她新作的基礎。莊普晴與廠商會都十分期待大膽探索不同物料性質的結果 — 「脆 2.0」。作品亦會於香港珠寶製造業廠商會的香港珠寶購物節中展出，以此鼓勵藝術創作。
Chong Po Ching, Florence | 莊普晴
Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association | 香港珠寶玉石廠商會
Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers’ Association | 香港珠寶製造業廠商會有限公司
Design Foundation Studies | Hong Kong Design Institute | 香港知專設計學院