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The 3rd THEi Design Graduation Exhibition showcases eco design and flair of new stars

23 June 2018

The Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi), a member institution of the Vocational Training Council (VTC), is mounting the 3rd THEi Design Graduation Exhibition in THEi (Chai Wan) campus from today until 30 June (Saturday). THEi graduates of the Faculty of Design and Environment will showcase to the industry and the public around 100 of their brainchild pieces that merge creativity with eco design to instil vitality into the everyday lives of Hong Kong people.

Titled “Nova”, signifying that graduating students of the four programmes in Advertising, Fashion Design, Product Design, Horticulture and Landscape Management are finding new horizons on the design scene, the works on display make good use of the latest technologies and environmental protection principles to make an impact on future community lifestyles and planning. The fashion designs combine traditional and contemporary elements that showcase the flair of the new stars to all.

The Opening Ceremony of the 3rd THEi Design Graduation Exhibition was held on 22 June (Friday), together with a Fashion Catwalk Show. The latter presented the exquisite works of graduates of THEi’s Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fashion Design as a prelude to the Exhibition. Guest of Honour, Chairman of Hong Kong Designers Association Ron LEUNG, said, “Boundless creativity, a pragmatic sense in problem-solving skills and international vision are still the strong competitive edges of HK designers. With increasing awareness of the value of creative industries, the Government has determined to offer strong support and resources to help the local community redevelop and revitalise the strengths of Hong Kong Design. Together with the new potential of ASEAN and what we call the ‘Belt and Road’ markets, which are now mature and ready for our exploitation, there are brand new opportunities lying right in front of us.”

VTC Executive Director Carrie YAU agreed, saying that creative and design industries were important economic drivers for Hong Kong, generating new impetus for economic growth. “On the people side, creative intelligence and innovative capacity are also fast becoming requirements for personal growth and professional success,” she said. “In the latest Policy Address, the HKSAR Chief Executive has announced a series of measures to promote creative industries and expand its promotion of design thinking throughout Hong Kong. Echoing the Government’s direction, VTC is keen to nurture creative talent and has actively incorporated design thinking element into its curriculum.”

THEi Bachelor of Arts (Honours) graduate in Fashion Design Grace YAU is exhibiting a menswear series she has developed named “24/7”. It deploys 3D tailoring to fashion a suit jacket with an overblown back that accentuates the hectic life of an office worker whose body is crushed and transformed under the pressure of time. She hopes Hongkongers can suitably relax.

Another THEi Bachelor of Arts (Honours) graduate in Product Design, Ella CHEUNG, has designed the satellite navigation map “TrailBlazer” for trekking enthusiasts. With a foldable screen, the map is waterproof, non-slip, compact and lightweight. It can be used even in areas with weak transmission signals. It saves hikers from losing their way and helps them locate nearby amenities and transportation easily.

Tommy NG, a THEi Bachelor of Arts (Honours) graduate in Advertising, is concerned with the psychological well-being of teenagers. He has made good use of the concept of Hong Kong’s easily accessible network of convenience stores to come up with a helpline solution called “Are You OK?”, which encourages corporates to care for the community. A fourth THEi Bachelor of Arts (Honours) graduate, this time in Horticulture and Landscape Management, has studied the anti-draught capabilities of local greenery and developed an irrigation method that conserves water.

Meanwhile, a group of THEi Bachelor of Arts (Honours) graduates in Landscape Architecture will have their graduation works exhibited in early July (Annex 2). Their projects provide creative solutions for the future ecology and town planning of Hong Kong. Team member LAM Ping-ling says she applied the knowledge learnt at THEi to the design of a community park incorporating the concept of recycling, so as to exhort people in the neighbourhood to take part in recycling and thus practise environmental protection.

The Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) is a member of VTC Group. It offers vocationally-oriented degree programmes across three faculties: Design and Environment, Management and Hospitality, and Science and Technology. The programmes are offered in areas where the VTC has strengths, and which are also growth industries not only in Hong Kong but also across the region. They feature the synthesis of knowledge acquisition and practical applications that enable students to grow into professionally-competent graduates. With its strong links with industry partners, THEi provides students with a vital platform for enhanced development. Website: www.thei.edu.hk

Annex 1: 3rd THEi Design Graduation Exhibition
 Venue:  G/F, Exhibition Hall, THEi Chai Wan Campus
 (133 Shing Tai Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong)      
 Opening Dates:  22 June (Friday) to 30 June 2018 (Saturday)
 (Closed on Sundays)
 Opening Time:  12:00nn to 9:00pm

 
Annex 2: Details of graduation exhibition on Landscape Architecture
 1st Exhibition
 Venue:  G/F, Exhibition Hall, THEi Chai Wan Campus
 (133 Shing Tai Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong)       
 Opening Dates:  6 July (Friday) to 8 July 2018 (Sunday)
 Opening Time:  6 July (10:00am to 8:30pm)
 7 & 8 July (12:00nn to 9:00pm)
 2nd Exhibition
 Venue:  Landscape Architecture Design Studio
 (12/F., North Block, THEi Chai Wan Campus)
 Opening Dates:  10 July (Tuesday) to 3 August 2018 (Friday)
 (Closed on Sundays)
 Opening Time:  9:00am to 7:00pm

 
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Guests of Honour at the Opening Ceremony of the 3rd THEi Design Graduation Exhibition are Chairman of Hong Kong Designers Association Ron LEUNG (middle), VTC Executive Director Carrie YAU (second right), THEi President Professor Christina HONG (second left), Executive Vice President Dr Lawrence CHAN (first right), and Dean of the Faculty of Design and Environment Professor Leslie CHEN (first left)
Guests of Honour at the Opening Ceremony of the 3rd THEi Design Graduation Exhibition are Chairman of Hong Kong Designers Association Ron LEUNG (middle), VTC Executive Director Carrie YAU (second right), THEi President Professor Christina HONG (second left), Executive Vice President Dr Lawrence CHAN (first right), and Dean of the Faculty of Design and Environment Professor Leslie CHEN (first left)
Chairman of Hong Kong Designers Association Ron LEUNG gives words of encouragement to the participating students
Chairman of Hong Kong Designers Association Ron LEUNG gives words of encouragement to the participating students
Exquisite works of THEi Bachelor of Arts (Honours) graduates in Fashion Design were presented at a Fashion Catwalk Show held as a prelude to the Exhibition
Exquisite works of THEi Bachelor of Arts (Honours) graduates in Fashion Design were presented at a Fashion Catwalk Show held as a prelude to the Exhibition
THEi Bachelor of Arts (Honours) graduate in Fashion Design SEE Yee-ling is named the Overall Winner with her work “Torrential Ink” and receives the prize from Member of the Legislative Council for the Textiles and Garment sector, CHUNG Kwok-pan (third left)
THEi Bachelor of Arts (Honours) graduate in Fashion Design SEE Yee-ling is named the Overall Winner with her work “Torrential Ink” and receives the prize from Member of the Legislative Council for the Textiles and Garment sector, CHUNG Kwok-pan (third left)
The 3rd THEi Design Graduation Exhibition provides a platform for graduates of the Faculty of Design and Environment to showcase their boundless creativity to the industry and the public
The 3rd THEi Design Graduation Exhibition provides a platform for graduates of the Faculty of Design and Environment to showcase their boundless creativity to the industry and the public