Invited by HKTDC, Karen Aruba Art is honoured to present the Hong Kong story at the Design Without Boundaries of DesignInspire 2017. Among the 10 international designers, Karen is the only Hong Kong representative to present “East meets West” story in the showcase area.
How to Make Mahjong – from craftsmanship to artistry
How much do you know the traditional Mahjong craftsmanship? What were the tools used in the manufacturing processes from 1960s to 2000s in Hong Kong?
Preservation of traditional local culture by integrating it into modern lifestyle products is the specialty of Karen Aruba Art. Mahjong is a quintessential part of the traditional Hong Kong way of life, especially to the designer Karen Cheung, whose grandfather and father were involved in running a Mahjong making factory named “Fuk Hing Lung Mahjong Factory (復興隆麻雀廠).
While the traditional form of this business and sculpture skills were hardly found in Hong Kong, Karen’s illustrations, feature on a wide range of home décor products thanks to advanced technology, help to bridge the gap between traditional culture and modern lifestyle, to pass skills and know-how from old to new generations, from East to West – that is, a new Design without Boundaries.
TheSunShine Cafe, Sai Kung, 2017
Tuen Mun Hospital Charity, 2018