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“Brooch: Floral Print of Formosa – Dendrobium Crumenatum” by Heng Lee 

DESIGN OVERVIEW

Brooch: Floral Print of Formosa – Dendrobium Crumenatum, 2017
Stainless steel plated with 20K gold, thread, aluminium, auto paint, silk organza.
From series: Floral Print of Formosa
© Heng Lee.

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JEWELRY DESIGNER

Hang Lee’s work is divided into two major directions:
1. Decorations extended from the body—decorations that are exaggeratedly big and thus change the profile and shape of the body. 2. Surface decorations attached to the body decorations that are tightly covering the body and thus give the wearer a new appearance and visual experience.

Through making jewelry, he explains how the combination of over expressing costumes and luxurious jewelry along with Eastern and Western history become the inspiration for my works.
He presents Chinese traditional craft as another inspiration for his collection and displays how the surprising flame can be generated when traditional patterns cross upon contemporary jewelry. Eclecticism in jewelry.

HOW TO WEAR IT

Heng’s artistic approach is to reflect the obsession of people seeing nature through phone screens to remind people to enjoy the current moment. If you want to project the message of enjoying the present this is the jewelry to wear.

ADDED VALUE

The mix of the Taiwanese sensibility of Heng Lee with his western intellectuality is the result of this kind of jewelry design. We will never be tired of seeing how an artist can feel the world in any expression. In his words: “I am a Jewelry artist in Taiwan, I explain how the over express costumes and luxurious jewelry along with Eastern and Western history become the inspiration for my works. I present Chinese traditional craft as another inspiration of my collection and display how the surprising flame can be generated when traditional patterns cross upon contemporary jewelry”. “In my series of works, I enlarge the images as a decorative garments on the dresses or creatures of nature. Throughout the magnified image process, the pixels of the pattern also weakened, and the rest is similar to the mosaic image. As the image to magnify, the border out of focus, then hand-embroidery would be the highlight of all”. (From: @beautifulpeopleliveart). The term Pixel Art consists in construct pictures out of small colored units similar to the pixels of modern digital computing. Others would define Pixel Art as a form of digital art, created through the use of software, where images are edited on the pixel level. The majority of graphics for 8-bit and 16-bit computers and video game consoles, as well as other limited systems like graphing calculators, is pixel art. There are some similarities in technique and style between pixel art and older artistic movements like Impressionism, Abstract Art, and especially Cubism. But, how Hang Lee converts Pixel Art into jewelry? The pictures were at first downloaded from the internet and then meshed into digital grids by Photoshop. The artworks expressed the detail of nature like petals of flowers through Chinese traditional hand embroidery, as well as Italian winemakers, use traditional techniques to make good wine. The threads significantly weave out the technicolor of nature. Imagine which ones are the limits in jewelry design? NONE. It’s less and less about diamonds, emeralds, and rubies.

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