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Roots

In collaboration with Alice Yeung, Aliencat

 

 

“Roots” exhibit a series of beautiful images which were made with rubber stamps carved from rubber board. The technique of rubber-stamping involves sketching, transferring, carving and printing. 

 

Alice Yeung has received the rubber stamp carving instructor’s certificate in 2011.

 

 

One of Hong Kong's many unusual features is the trees growing from old walls. Most of them have existed since before World War II.  The artistic shapes and endurance of these trees won appreciation from nearby residents, which transform into an indispensable part of the collective memories of the community.

 

To overcome the hilly terrain with limited flat land for development, stone retaining walls of various types were built by traditional Chinese masonry techniques to provide horizontal platforms and stabilize disturbed terrain.    They also provide shade by the street and offer habitats for wildlife right in the heart of our urban areas.

 

The traditional craft in masonry wall construction is no longer present and there is no new stone wall constructed by traditional craftsmanship thus making stonewall trees unique heritage.

 

With the sub-tropical climate, the presence of plant species usually Ficus spp. with strangler growing habit, joints between the stone blocks, the soil behind the walls and ground water seepage have permitted plant growth and stonewall trees have established on vertical surfaces on the retaining walls.

 

The surface roots also fuse together at interactions to form a distinctive root network enhancing the grip on the walls. For species with aerial roots, these roots provide additional support to improve stability of stonewall trees when lignified, particularly if they can reach the soil to become prop-like supports.

 

 

Interview 訪問文章:

Eat and Travel Weekly, Oct 2015

 

20 Sept - 5 Oct 2014

SOIL, PMQ

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Founded in 2012,  SOIL aims to promote crafts through the inspiring history, culture and humanity behind them.

 

We offer a new perspective and experience to traditional crafts. 

In collaborations with designers and craftsmen across different 

disciplines and cultures, we hope to create better craft designs exposed to alternative methods and materials. Collaboration spreads our design sphere of influence and breaks down walls with new approaches.

SOIL 土壤文創於2012年成立,與不同地域的創作人合作,

嘗試從歷史、人文和文化的角度,研究及推廣傳統手作設計,讓手工藝重回現代人的生活中。

我們連結不同領域、喜愛及深懂工藝的創作人和傳統匠人,

一同發想、一同設計,讓傳統工藝與現代設計互相對話和影響。

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