Hong Kong’s Cabinet of Craft Curiosities | 香港工藝珍奇櫃
Prompted by the research of “Made in Hong Kong” in the context of craftsmanship, Carrie Yung has brought the craftsman’s sensibilities to the next level with her final-year project “The Cabinet of Curiosities”. The environmental and interior design graduate innovated a way to spatialise the needs and creativity through individualised handmade resin tiles created from broken or discarded materials.
The「DesignXcel」collaborator Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association (HKJJA) agreed to partner Carrie to develop a new project, as they appreciate her principle to alter, redefine and relocate broken materials to restore the collection of memories associated with them. Very much like the semi-precious stones and gems, each of them is unique in their own way as they stand the test of time to appear as they are today. Such processes and history is mirrored in the multiple layers and textures of both the gemstones and craftsmanship that hopefully will penetrate into the future of the Anthropocene.
Convinced by the「DesignXcel」team, HKJJA was happy to walk Carrie through their resourceful storage of gem stone samples in Hung Hom, where she could select up to a considerable amount of styles to replace the white porcelain fragments and extend her existing Cabinet collection of Resin Tile Design to cover the new Gem-Resin Tile Design. Having crafted and explored resin tiles for some time, Carrie believes by inserting residue gemstones into the tiles, she could presents the handmade tiles as an amusing differentiative interior element for the flooring of her own accessory retail store PamyCarie.
The incorporation of residue gems and the collaboration itself both embody the Hong Kong cross-industry possibilities with upcycled or wasted production materials to fight against the homogeneity and standardisation of building material products. The extended Gem-Resin Tile collection will be showcased at the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair under the pavilion of Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers‘ Association (HKJMA), before being eventually fixed as part of Pamycarie’s store flooring.
Yung Yat Yeung, Carrie | 容逸揚
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
Environmental & Interior Design | School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University