Inheriting the Spirit of Dragon | 龍的傳人
Ever since his graduation, Fine Art major freshmasonry Ian Wong has committed himself to pursuing his dream of becoming an independent art-toy designer. The collaboration with streetwear brand Dragonmade8 was his first attempt to bridge the genres of
fashion and toys, and also an opportunity to express his opinion for various social topics through these mediums.
As a homage to the culture of independent toy making, Ian used traditional PVC rotational molding to create a brand new art-toy for Dragonmade8. The figurine features a toddler wearing a cape with a dragon imagery on it. The chinese characters tattooed on its body translates directly to ‘A dragon stuck on the beach will be teased by the shrimps’. Dragonmade8 and Ian used this proverb to represent their personal feelings about growing up in Hong Kong. As an aspiring individual, it is natural to have fantasies about changing the society for the greater good (one’s inner self is represented as a dragon, a symbol for potent and auspicious power, particularly in traditional Chinese culture).
However, when circumstances are not favourable, it feels like being stuck in a situation where you don’t belong, or even despised for having a vision for the future. Having a rich contextual meaning separates art-toy from the rest, it raises a question to the audience: When faced with adversity, would you confront it with might or whine like a toddler?
The art-toy market has begun to receive attention from mainstream media lately. This collaboration further strengthens the position of art-toys as a weighted influencer in popular culture.
Wong Wa Hei, Ian
The Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學