Time | 物化的時間靜待着 2017-11-16T09:36:00+00:00

Project Description

Time | 物化的時間靜待着

 

Description:

It is said that tofu is the paper in food. Making soaps with tofu’s texture, each wash is a pursuit of youth that washes away the merciless traces of time that result in wrinkles on the skin.

Applying the wrinkles casted from his grandma’s hand, Ka Lok has developed a “tofu-like” soap both as a blessing to his grandma for longevity and also a merciless reminder of the unretrievable time. He made the soap with food additives to provide its rubbery texture, which imitates the soft touch of human skin. With the users’ engagement, the wrinkles on the soap will become smoother and eventually disappear in time, the consumption of the soap is a process where time goes both forward and backward in a nonlinear fashion.

“The more you wash, the lesser your wrinkles.” Ka Lok might have found the perfect tagline for all the skincare and body wash products, but his actual target of promotion is TSP (Tamarind Polysaccharide gum), an edible ingredient commonly used in everyday diets but rarely applied to product manufactures. Once the「DesignXel」team was aware of his good intention to introduce the healthy material that the human body can absorb with no harm, the local handmade soap brand, Can Soap, immediately came to mind for possible collaboration.

Perine Cheng and Ronnie Bow, Founder and Design Director of Can Soap regarded the special intimate touch of Ka Lok’s tofu soap surprising and interesting. With the same emphasis on organic anti-allergy products with minimal chemicals involved, Can Soap accepted Ka Lok’s proposal to try his TSP formula on one line of their soaps. Numerous testing has since taken place at Can Soap’s workshop studio for the right proportion and mixture of ingredients to stabilise the soap’s form and texture at room temperature.

During the experimental process, they encountered two major problems of colouring and humidification. As it takes plenty of 75% alcohol to produce the pure white appearance of the soft soap, the natural yellowish-skin tone of TSP is hard to removed when applied to Can Soap’s healthily certified soaps. Moreover, a special packaging mechanism such as a compact container has to be created to separate the tofu soap away from air to avoid its becoming moistened. More has to be done to improve the look and feel of the combined formula for market appeal.

常言道豆腐是食材中的白紙。以豆腐的質感製作肥皂,每一次的洗滌都是一次次把時間留在皮膚上的證據 — 皺紋 — 緩緩洗走的過程。

以外祖母手上的紋路作模子,設計畢業生郭家樂創作了一塊如豆腐一般的肥皂,當中包含了對外祖母長壽的寄願, 亦提醒着時間的無情流逝。他利用食物添加劑令肥皂凝膠成型,模仿人類皮膚的柔軟觸感。隨着用家的使用,肥皂上的皺紋紋路會於一次次的洗滌中慢慢地變得平滑而最後消逝於時間之中,肥皂的使用過程象徵着時間的不斷前進,但亦同時往後回朔青春嫩肌的概念。

「使用次數越多,皺紋數量越小。」或許家樂為皮膚護理和身體潔淨產品創造了最完美的宣傳語句,但其實他想要推廣的是「羅望子多糖膠」,一種常用於日常飲食但卻鮮有用於產品生產上的食用材料。當《設計列陣》團隊得悉他希望能介紹這種被人體完全吸收而無害的健康材料後,團隊馬上想到能與本地手工梘品牌「簡梘」進行合作計劃,推廣其正面想法。

簡梘創辦人鄭貝莉和設計創作總監鮑國偉都認為郭同學的豆腐肥皂為用家帶來了既驚喜又有趣的特別觸感。由於他們雙方擁有相同理念,主張使用有機防過敏產品和最少劑量化學物,簡梘接受了家樂的建議,嘗試應用其配方於他們一個系列的產品上。此後,大量的測試和實驗就於簡梘的工作室中展開,希望能製造出最合適的配方和選材比例以於室溫下維持肥皂的外型和質感。

於測試過程中,他們遇上了兩個最關鍵的難題,就是着色和濕度控制。若要打造出純白色的肥皂,他們則需要使用濃度高達75%的酒精,而且「羅望子多糖膠」的天然橙黃色色調於簡梘的健康配方肥皂當中十分難以剔除。除此以外,為保持豆腐肥皂的乾爽,產品需要附加一個特別的包裝如一個小巧的密實盒。因此他們還要繼續研究令肥皂的外型和觸感能更合乎市場需要的配方。

Design Graduate:

Kwok Ka Lok | 郭家樂

Collaborator:

Handmaid Production | Can Soap | 簡梘

Email:

eatgold123@gmail.com

School:

Visual Arts | Hong Kong Baptist University – Academy of Visual Arts | 香港浸會大學視覺藝術院