Design Links: A Chain of Creative Inspiration, Part 10

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Editor’s Note: This is part nine in Emily Potts’ inspirational series, Design Links. Every other week she features three artists whose work offers fresh, fun, and stimulating creative inspiration. Each artist picks the next link—someone who personally inspires him/her. Check out the ninth part in the series, featuring Emma Åkerman, Rue Tenreiro, and Stina Löfgren here.

Stina Löfgren is inspired by …

Evah Fan

She inspires me because of the way her associations jump and loop in her own unique way, resulting in images no one else could possibly make. Plus – her work is made with a skilled hand and a wonderful eye for details, and I’m all about craft.

1_New_Utensil_EVAH_FANNew Utensil: This piece is made with a great sense of drama. You’re sitting on the opposite side of the table, not sure of how you should react to this behavior. It’s unsettling.

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Job Seekers: A great title that makes you philosophize over the motif. The weird medieval clothing makes the image disconnected from our time, which makes you think of the emotional aspects more clear (just like Star Trek has had success in addressing social issues by placing them in outer space).

Evah Fan is inspired by …

Son Ni

Son’s impeccably constructed books never get old. I am inspired by her daring solutions and wild formats that the contents call for. I savor every read for the humor and the simple, yet provocative drawings. The figures and shapes are always transforming in a compositionally well-balanced space.

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When you page through her books, there’s always a pleasant surprise. The images are surreal and the books involve multiple printing techniques. The Calabash book has a letterpress on canvas for cover, marble end papers, risograph pages, opposing patterns alongside drawings and photo.

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Another extraordinary publication is a compelling collection of comics in a folder from five artists who don’t usually make comics. Divided by the tabs, the translucent pages unite the authors to explore in an uncommon ground in a most honest way. Son’s acute attention to detail in the production processes along with her thoughtfulness behind them make each publication a rare design treat. It’s a labor of love that turns into an art object of its own.

Son Ni is inspired by …

Chihoi

He is working out something that crosses the border between comics and fine arts. Chihoi draws the stories with each panel beautifully crafted, and he also draws bigger works to show in galleries. He does both very well.

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New Dust: Tinged with a melancholic tone while sleekly blended with his signature dark humor, the featured black-and-white and colored pencil drawings by Chihoi incorporate and satirize varied architectural and public sculptures that refract Hong Kong’s contemporary landscape. Deeply embedded in the fabric of our communal life, the selected buildings—Bank of China, Mandarin Oriental, HSBC Lions, to name a few—have clearly become the symptomatic symbols of a post-SARS and pro-capitalistic Hong Kong. While the city is advancing forward in high speed, historical representations across the city are being torn down one after another to make room for skyscrapers and identical high-rises, abandoning freedom and tradition for the sake of pursuing “more.”

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Hijacking: Chihoi collaborates with artist Kongkee, to transform the literary works of 12 contemporary Hong Kong writers of all ages into comics. In Hijacking (two volumes), each chapter consists of graphic interpretations by both artists, generating diverse perspectives, narratives, and visual styles from the original texts. The great alliance of the literature and comic circles is an adventurous experiment of language of comics.

Tune in two weeks to see who inspires Chihoi.


 

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