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Five HKDI graduates receive DFA Hong Kong Young Design Talent Awards 2017

7 December 2017

Five graduates of the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) won the CreateSmart Young Design Talent Special Award, HKDI Young Design Talent Award and Young Design Talent Special Mention Award in recognition of their outstanding design, making HKDI again the tertiary institute with the highest number of awardees like last year. Winning students were granted a total of HK$750,000 for overseas exchanges to embark on a journey of studies and internship.

Overseas exchange inspired idea of “Self-Maker”
HKDI graduate of the Higher Diploma in Architectural Design CHENG Wing-chun received the CreateSmart Young Design Talent Special Award. Back in 2014 when he was studying in HKDI, he was granted a scholarship for an exchange to The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen to learn and experience the local culture. He was particularly impressed with the use of bicycles for commute and the Maker Culture there. In 2015, Wing-chun founded the Wheel Thing Makers group with like-minded peers to provide a platform for knowledge sharing and handmade products, combining the concepts of creativity, upcycling and social innovation. Together they partook in community building as DIY makers. In 2017, Wing-chun organised a group called Gaau1 Up with fellow students to join the social group Precious Plastics founded by Dutch design guru Dave Hakkens. The group promoted the upcycling of plastics in the community through open source design solutions. At its preliminary stage, Gaau1 Up is working with a trial-and-error approach to explore the many possibilities of plastic waste.

He believes that “working by hand” is a means to achieve “living your way” which he regards as a way to respond to the present-day Hong Kong. He feels fortunate to have made many good friends in the course and attributes the win to efforts of the whole team.

Breakthrough design – “the flattest”, “changeable” fashion forms
Another winner of the CreateSmart Young Design Talent Special Award is HKDI graduate of the Higher Diploma in Fashion Design Daniel CHU. He was selected by teachers for an exchange trip to the Royal College of Art in London, UK to learn special pattern making skills last February. Skills like Subtraction Cutting inspired him to explore varied methods of pattern making. Daniel’s winning work is inspired by plastic surgery, bringing out the theme of “looking for changes”. The hems of the clothes are joined by buttons like jigsaw puzzles, allowing wearers to come up with their unique looks as they like. Everyone can become a designer in his/her own rights. Perforated patterns on the outfit are made with 3D printing so that the effects can be more pronounced. The cut-outs also enhance breathability. His work shone in the HKDI fashion show, “New Fashion Force”, held earlier and earned recognition of the industry, winning the Best Commercial Award and Creativity Award.

Another HKDI graduate of the Higher Diploma in Fashion Design (Accessories Design) Suzanna YU won the HKDI Young Design Talent Award with her works “FLATPACKABLE”. During her studies at HKDI, Suzanna had been to University of Borås in Sweden as an exchange student where she learnt knitted and woven fabric analysis and garment digital printing. Feeling that space in the world is getting smaller and smaller, her work combines the concepts of flat pack and origami that renders every outfit foldable into the “flattest” form for storage. Lining fabric is ironed on delicate organza, making the design as thin and light as paper and foldable. She believes more space means better living environment and human’s wellbeing.

After winning the overall championship at HKDI fashion show in 2017, graduate of the Higher Diploma in Fashion Design Ann HO received the Young Design Talent Special Mention Award again with her fashion collection “Hook the Hope”. Ann is a serial prize winner and one of the awards she received was a scholarship from Esprit for studying at Design Scholl Kolding in Denmark as an exchange student. Both contemporary arts and retro elements were taught, sparking limitless imagination. “Hook the Hope” marries the new and old. Fashion is influenced by trends and history as well as cultures. She hopes to preserve traditions and heritage. Ann prints lines onto her work which can only be seen after tearing apart the plastic coating on top, symbolising the unearthing of relics from the past. The fishnet-like adornments represent the traditional craftsmanship. Meanwhile, the draped styling resembles the fishermen pulling the net.

Another awardee of the Young Design Talent Special Mention Award is HKDI graduate of the Higher Diploma in Fashion Design YEUNG Shun-leong. His work “Der Wille zur Macht” draws on the doctrines of German philosopher Nietzsche who aspires to elevate human values to the state of the “superior man”. Shun-leong wants to pioneer functional and hi-tech chic fashion to empower people to face varied challenges.He uses thermoforming materials and thermos-fabrics and applies model making skills to build the structure and looks of the outfit, which successfully showcases masculinity and power. A tribute to Nietzsche, Shun-leong also wishes to raise people’s alertness to life so that they will be able to face adversities ahead.

DFA Hong Kong Young Design Talent Awards training local young designers
Organised by the Hong Kong Design Centre, the DFA Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award nurtures emerging designers and provides sponsorship for them to gain experience overseas, through work or further education.

About Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) 

The Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) is a member of VTC Group. HKDI was established in 2007 with the mission to be a leading provider of design education and lifelong learning, including foundation design, communication design and digital media, fashion and image design and architectural, interior and product design. With a view to providing professional designers for the creative industries, it promotes the ‘think and do’ approach and encourages interdisciplinary thinking in its broad range of design programmes. HKDI maintains a strong network with industry and provides its students with essential practical experience enriched with cultural sensitivities and sustainability. Overseas exchanges are actively arranged for students to broaden their international perspective. The campus in Tseung Kwan O provides a creative, inspiring and vibrant learning environment for students. 

Website: www.hkdi.edu.hk

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Student awardees are HKDI graduates, namely CHENG Wing-chun, Suzanna YU, Daniel CHU, YEUNG Shun-leong and Ann HO, taking picture with HKDI Principal Dr ONG Lay-lian (third from left)
Student awardees are HKDI graduates, namely CHENG Wing-chun, Suzanna YU, Daniel CHU, YEUNG Shun-leong and Ann HO, taking picture with HKDI Principal Dr ONG Lay-lian (third from left)
HKDI graduate of the Higher Diploma in Architectural Design, CHENG Wing-chun, wins the CreateSmart Young Design Talent Special Award
HKDI graduate of the Higher Diploma in Architectural Design, CHENG Wing-chun, wins the CreateSmart Young Design Talent Special Award
HKDI graduate of the Higher Diploma in Fashion Design, Daniel CHU, wins the CreateSmart Young Design Talent Special Award with his work named “Plastic Surgery”
HKDI graduate of the Higher Diploma in Fashion Design, Daniel CHU, wins the CreateSmart Young Design Talent Special Award with his work named “Plastic Surgery”
HKDI graduate of the Higher Diploma in Fashion Design, Suzanna YU, wins the HKDI Young Design Talent Award with her work named “FLATPACKABLE”
HKDI graduate of the Higher Diploma in Fashion Design, Suzanna YU, wins the HKDI Young Design Talent Award with her work named “FLATPACKABLE”
HKDI graduate of the Higher Diploma in Fashion Design, Ann HO, wins the Young Design Talent Special Mention Award with her work named “Hook the Hope”
HKDI graduate of the Higher Diploma in Fashion Design, Ann HO, wins the Young Design Talent Special Mention Award with her work named “Hook the Hope”
HKDI graduate of the Higher Diploma in Fashion Design, YEUNG Shun-leong, wins the Young Design Talent Special Mention Award with his work named “Der Wille zur Macht”
HKDI graduate of the Higher Diploma in Fashion Design, YEUNG Shun-leong, wins the Young Design Talent Special Mention Award with his work named “Der Wille zur Macht”