Pieces of jade is project addressing the impact of digital technique, craft, and waste materials for designers in this generation. Jialing Lee developed her methodology of making ‘lucky charms’, influenced by ancient superstitions and local beliefs.
‘’Soft Soul; Sleep’’ is a collection that presents a process of self-healing while a person or a plant is sleeping. Taking reference from “Sleep Movements”, a scientific literature published in the 50s. It refers that plants would change the position of leaves to reduce the light intensity during the night in order to protect itself. In this project, Jialing uses bedroom objects as a metaphor, with the wonder of ‘‘imaging how plants sleep’’, making soft sculptures and wall hanging quilts as the process of self-healing.
Exhibition, Pharos, Tokyo, 2023
The Whisper of the Stones is a set of soft sculptures inspired by historic tales of a small island off the southeastern coast of Taiwan.
This group of soft sculptures incorporates quilting, screen printing, hand embroidery, and other techniques. The strings of numbers on the pieces represent geographical coordinates. The records were sourced from the collection catalogue of the herbarium at the Institute of Botany, Academia Sinica, and refer to the locations where, in 1978, botanists found precious specimens of Phalaenopsisin Yeyou Village, on the way towards Hsiangai Mountain.
In 1879, the white Phalaenopsis was discovered and collected for the first time on the island. Its elegant and delicate appearance soon made it a favourite collectible among the rich and powerful in Taiwan. In 1947, it became an instant hit by winning an award at a Japanese flora expo. As a result, the Taiwanese government renamed the island Lanyu, meaning Orchid Island. Yet, with the overharvesting that was to take place in the following years, the indigenous species soon vanished from the island, leaving it with all but a name.
The Whisper of Stones tells the story of how man's obsession with nature's beauty results in its disappearance. Covered in soft fabric, quietly murmuring tender softness, yet unable to erase the imprint of history.