Shanghai Fashion Week through student eyes

November
10
2014

Sixty-five students from Savannah College of Art and Design in Hong Kong recently traveled to Shanghai Fashion Week and Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, the second largest fabric fair in the world. The field trip afforded students from SCAD’s fashion, fashion marketing and management, and luxury and fashion management programs in-depth exposure to Asia’s fashion capital and some of Shanghai’s best galleries and creative spaces, including "M50", a contemporary art district on par with New York’s SoHo and Beijing’s 798 Art Zone.

For Singapore-born Dawn Bey (B.F.A., fashion), the Shanghai trip provided first-hand knowledge of how Shanghai’s fashion industry operates, from design and manufacturing, to marketing and retail sales.

If you want to work in Shanghai one day, you have to see it and feel it yourself. Shanghai is where the market is, where the jobs are. - Dawn Bey

Dawn visited the fashion shows of Mainland designers Ye Weicheng and Elysee Yang Guanhua. Her courses at SCAD prepared her to notice both the overall concept and small details of the looks - like how a zipper was done - when models came down the runway. She was particularly interested in noticing new construction and new techniques for finishing garments. Most impressive to Dawn was Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, where 3,500 fabric and accessory companies from 35 countries around the globe exhibited.

It’s not easy for young designers to gain access to the latest in garment making technology. Attending the shows in person enabled them to grasp the trends better. Selecting fabric samples to take home is another reason why designers-to-be look forward to attending shows.

Student Madeleine Ivey (B.F.A., photography; minor, fashion marketing and management) noticed that the stores she visited in Shanghai were full of inspiration pulled from the runway. Here’s an excerpt from her journal:

The M50 galleries were another amazing part of the trip and one of my favorites. Since I’m a photography major with a fashion marketing and management minor, the YSL exhibit was extremely relevant to me. The photographer featured, Pierre Boulat, made a huge impact in fashion photography, as he was the only photographer allowed to shoot YSL’s first show. This set the tone for his work for the next years of his life. He was also featured in Time and other fashion magazines. It was very cool to see his prints in real life! Although a bit difficult to understand, the Woolmark presentation got me thinking about wool in a whole other light. It was also fascinating to see the 'future of fashion' through just one company, and how they are utilizing their brand for the future. I loved the idea of putting wool into jeans and sportswear. I was blown away by how huge the fabric fair was…literally the size of an international airport! We were able to go to a lot of the stations and see different fabrics and accessories. It was overwhelming for sure! My favorite station was the innovative fabrics. I also thought it was incredible how many companies attended and how many options for clothing and zippers, etc. there were.

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Landmark moment for SCAD graduates in Hong Kong

June
9
2014

It was a milestone for Savannah College of Art and Design's 35-year history when its first graduating class from Hong Kong walked across the commencement stage.

More than 60 graduates gathered at the W Hong Kong Hotel, which overlooks the West Kowloon waterfront, to celebrate the beginning of a long journey of achievements ahead. Nearly 300 families, professors and supporters of SCAD attended the ceremony in Hong Kong's new art and cultural quarter.


  
Valedictorian Katrina Teh (B.F.A., illustration, 2014) left her hometown of Manila to study at SCAD in 2011. This is the second diploma that she's earned. Before SCAD, Katrina graduated with honors from the most prestigious university in Manila. Still, she felt there was more she could do to make her passion dovetail with her career. She came to SCAD with a very clear goal of realising her dream of drawing for a living.

“I consciously chose SCAD because I wanted to be technically better as an artist. I came here finding that I was growing up – learning how to be a better person. SCAD opened my life to a world of creative people and great opportunity for growth. ”

In her speech, Katrina also said that at SCAD she found “comrades in art,” like minded students with the same passion for creating things who would go through critiques together, sleepless from tirelessly perfecting key frames, value contrasts, kerning or line quality.

While at SCAD, Katrina exhibited her work widely, received coverage in the Philippine Star and The Hong Kong Economic Journal, and led a team from SCAD to win the 2012 Disney ImagiNations Hong Kong competition. Following her ImagiNations win, she was awarded a trip to Disney headquarters in Glendale, California and an internship at Hong Kong Disneyland. Recently, she accepted a position as a concept designer at Hong Kong Disneyland and will continue to work as an illustrator and painter, as well. Her advice for fellow graduates:

“There is no peak upon graduation, my friends, only an infinite sky of possibilities. Keep moving forward, and never give up.”

Presiding over the commencement ceremony, SCAD president and co-founder Paula Wallace conferred degrees to the graduates. The new SCAD alumni were also addressed in a speech by interior designer Ken Hu (M.A., interior design, 1995), a partner at Chen Chung Design. Ken shared his experiences as a creative professional and told the group what they can look forward to after studying at SCAD.

The first batch of graduates was also joined by Adrian Cheng Chi-kong, a cultural entrepreneur and advocate for art and education in Hong Kong and Asia, as well as co-founder and chairman of Arts in Heritage Research. SCAD awarded Adrian an honorary doctorate degree.

SCAD Board of Trustees chair Albie Whitaker III, board member Chan Lai Wa, Deputy Consul General of the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, Tom Cooney, and Raymond Chan, a representative from Hong Kong's office of the Commissioner for Heritage, were among some of the distinguished guests at the ceremony.

 

SCAD(香港):首屆學生行畢業禮

六月七日是SCAD(香港)舉行首屆畢業禮的大日子,見證了SCAD創校四年的一個重要里程碑。

六十多名畢業生懷著興奮心情出席了畢業禮,帶著全體師長的祝福,邁向人生下一段精彩旅程。畢業禮舉行的地點W酒店臨近西九龍海濱,亦即將發展為香港新的文化藝術區。
約三百名畢業生的親友、老師及支持SCAD的業界好友出席分享畢業生的喜悅,場面熱鬧。
  
插畫系學士課程學生Katrina Teh今年以優異成績畢業,並獲得代表畢業生在典禮上致告別辭的機會。Katrina熱愛創作和畫畫,於2011年由馬尼拉來港入讀SCAD。她先前在馬尼拉一所大學以優異成績畢業並取得第一個學士學位,但她仍感不足,希望進一步裝備自己,她入讀SCAD時懷著明確目標:將繪晝創作的興趣變成一生的事業。Katrina致辭時說:「我選擇入讀SCAD,因為我希望磨鍊技巧,成為一個更優秀的藝術家。在這裡我發現自己成長了,變成一個更優秀的人。SCAD創造了一個有利學習進步的空間,讓我可以與其他有創意的人連結交流。」

Katrina認識了不少志同道合、同樣熱衷創作的「戰友」同學,數年來一起捱夜、一起趕功課,奮力完善每個技術細節如動畫創作的關鍵幀 (key frame)、明度(value contracts) 、字距(kerning),甚至是線的質量。

在學期間,Katrina的作品有機會於Philippine Star及信報刊登,她並與三位同學組隊勇奪2012年迪士尼幻想工程香港挑戰賽冠軍。他們的奬品是免費參觀美國加州的迪士尼樂園,以及到香港迪士尼接受為期八周的實習生訓練。今年六月畢業後,Katrina將獲聘為香港迪士尼的概念設計師。

她勉勵同屆畢業班的同學:「畢業不是旅程的終結,反而是無盡機會的開端。努力向前,永不放棄。」

畢業典禮由SCAD校長Paula Wallace主持,她並向一眾畢業生頒贈學位和證書。

SCAD傑出校友、著名酒店設計師及鄭忠設計事務所合伙人胡偉堅在畢業禮上發表演講,鼓勵畢業生善用他們在學校獲取的知識,為創意產業及現代藝術作出貢獻。

藝術及古蹟資料研究的創辦人及主席鄭志剛獲頒發榮譽博士學位,以表揚他對推動香港藝術和文化的貢獻。其他出席的嘉賓包括SCAD董事會主席Alan B. Whitaker III及董事會成員陳麗華、美國領事館及發展局的代表。

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Waste to Art: HSBC-SCAD Hong Kong exhibit redefines reuse

April
30
2014

One last nod to Mother Earth before Earth Month slips away. Behold the thought-provoking and stunning pieces that comprise the Hong Kong exhibition, "Waste to Art." The show is a result of HSBC's partnership with 29 Savannah College of Art and Design freshmen to raise environmental awareness within the bank's community. In three months time, the students made sculptures composed entirely of recycled waste provided by the bank, including plastic, paper, and electronics. The 23 sculptures, which bear the fruit of the students' diverse academic pursuits at SCAD Hong Kong as much as they do an astute social conciousness, will be displayed at HSBC locations until June 22. Additionally, HSBC is considering adding several of the pieces to its permanent art collection, which includes works by Chinese and western artists, like George Chinnery.


"E-body" by Abinanth Ashok (B.F.A., visual effects) and Mariam Zamani (B.F.A., graphic design). Made of cardboard, wire mesh, cable wires, clock, motherboards and printer gears.

E-body represents a human race that contains electronic parts which many of us carelessly discard. It foretells the future of mankind if timely precautions are not made.
 


"Lai See/Paper Tapestry" by Rhéa Duckworth (B.F.A., advertising) and Rhea Nayar (B.F.A., architecture). Made of newspaper and shredded paper.

Lai See/Paper Tapestry was inspired by one issue: We sought to portray the falling motion of waste entering the landfill, where 25% of Hong Kong's paper ends up.


"Tech Smog" by Anastasia Simone (B.F.A., advertising) and Jonathan 'Jay' Lee( B.F.A., advertising). Made of keyboards and wires.

Tech Smog represents a sinister cloud because this deadly form of pollution is not often brought to light. It's about treating e-waste like dangerous pollution. We believe recycling is not enough. We don’t really want to make something look like waste. We want to make something that looks like art, not just screaming 'recycling.' It's just there quietly and sends you the message that you don’t really have to think about it.


"I wasted time, and now doth time waste me" by Inga Nelli (B.F.A., painting). Made of steel, acrylics and recycled plastic pellets.

The monumental hourglass, with waste trickling down, reinforces the idea that time runs out as waste becomes a permanent part of our nature. Viewers are invited to invert the hourglass.


"Take-A-Waste" by Daniel Kostianos (B.F.A., graphic design). Made of cardboard, cables and bamboo.

Based on the premise of consuming less and reducing more, this piece is made entirely out of discarded computer cables, cardboard and a pair of bamboo sticks rescued from the rubbish bin.


"Plastic is the New Porcelain" by Dawn Bey (B.F.A., fashion). Made of plastic bottles and wax.

By making plastic bottles resemble modern-day Ming vases, this piece elevates the status of such material into imperial ornaments, leading viewers to reflect on the widespread usage of plastic in our society today. I melted wax and dipped the plastic bottles and coated them a few times until they look really smooth, like porcelain. I made three types of bottles: plain, a layer of rice paper under a layer of wax, and wax printed on wax. All made of classic Chinese imagery like bamboo and plum blossoms.

"SPLURT" by Andre Ho, (B.F.A., interactive design and game development), Ellen Siu (B.F.A., interior design) and Jenn Lam (B.F.A., illustration). Made of shredded paper and foam.

This piece symbolizes the excessive use of paper in Hong Kong, showing that our landfills are overflowing and warning us that it soon may fill our streets.


"Stained City" by Jeselle Leung (B.F.A., photography). Made of plastic bottle labels and steel.

When will we start to take care of the place that we live in? A city made from waste prompts viewers to reflect on how they are affecting the community.

"E Bird" by Wesley Yau (B.F.A., visual effects) and James Hou (B.F.A., fashion marketing and management). Made of wires, metal, and CDs.

We love nature; and since birds are fragile creatures, we have created this bird sculpture to raise public awareness of e-waste harming animals in Hong Kong. 
 

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Sidewalk Arts Festival welcomes spring in Hong Kong

April
1
2014

More than 100 students at Savannah College of Art and Design turned out for the annual Sidewalk Arts Festival, the rite of spring at the university's locations in Hong Kong and Savannah (April 26). Whether Inspired by nature, Hong Kong landmarks, mythology or even SCAD's mascot, Art the Bee, the masterpieces were too ornate to tread on. Here's the winning squares and the best of the rest.

Best Overall Individual Square


Alissa Berkhan (B.F.A., Illustration): “This is my third time joining Sidewalk Arts. I wanted to create something colourful and playful. I drew four flamingos with shoes, and incorporated the words SCAD into the flamingos.”

Best Overall Group Square


Mairin Blaauw (B.F.A., Painting) and Maddalena DeBeni (B.F.A., Graphic Design)

SCAD Spirit Square


Laura Kwon (B.F.A., Advertising), Peggy Ip (B.F.A., Illustration) and Yi Jeong Koh (B.F.A., Painting)

The Best of the Rest

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I'm going to Disneyland!

January
29
2014

You may hear the famililar refrain of champions, "I'm going to Disneyland," ring out from your television on Sunday night after the big game. But four students from Savannah College of Art and Design programs in Interior Design, Animation, Illustration and Interactive Design and Game Development have the Super Bowl victors beat.

They’re in Disneyland this week visiting the headquarters of Walt Disney Imagineering. The dream field trip and their eight-week internship at Hong Kong Disneyland, slated for June, are prizes for their first place finish in the Disney ImagiNations Hong Kong contest for emerging designers.

Click here to read more about students who are working to create the world's leading theme parks of the future.

The winning 2013 Disney ImagiNation's Hong Kong team took us inside their winning concept "Second Star to the Right" and what it took to be the third team in a row from SCAD to take home the grand prize.

"Our team proposed to bring 'Neverland' to the Hong Kong audience. While famous as the setting for Peter Pan's adventures, we wanted Neverland to become a unique, personal experience for guests."

"Each aspect of the land is as immersive as it is diverse. It features interactive Pirate Bay and Mermaid Lagoon playgrounds, a fantastical Pixie Hollow restaurant, a thrilling gesture-activated dark ride in which guests help Peter save Tinkerbell, and a theater in the round showcasing the story of Peter's adventures with the Darling children through 360 degree projections."

"Throughout each area of the land, guests can also document their adventures through Magic Mirror photo booths and pixie-powered light drawings. Guests are then able to weave their personal Neverland experience together through the creation of their very own storybook."

"There were many iterations of the Neverland concept, but we always knew that the land had to offer an experience that was both immersive and interactive. We realized that the land's uniqueness rested primarily on the guests' ability to feel a personal connection to Neverland. Keeping that in mind, we focused on building a unique hook for guests to experience. We also narrowed the attractions down to the ones that made the greatest cohesive impact."

A lot of the technology we use in Neverland is derived from technology already available in the market.

"In our dark ride below, for example, guests use gestures to interact with the environment. This is very similar to the technology they use for the Kinect, where special cameras detect specific body or hand gestures and use them as cues to trigger events. In our Magic Mirrors, guests can take photos of themselves and apply backgrounds and images to their photos, similar to that of a Purikura Photo Booth. In our Indian Brave Camp, guests can draw onto the walls of a special tent using a totem, using technology that is very similar to the wiimote.

"In terms of conceptualizing and developing our ideas, we worked a lot with traditional sketches to flesh out our initial concepts. What's great is that the design process is iterative, and being able to quickly discuss things with your teammates and edit ideas on the fly is incredibly convenient. After everything had been figured out, we worked almost exclusively with Photoshop to create the final illustrations and slides you see above."

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Immersion Hong Kong: a 20-day tour of the city's architectural gems

December
16
2013

In case you’re stuck somewhere cold, snowy, uninspired, or all of the above, here’s some eye candy that’ll whisk you away on a virtual, albeit momentary, adventure.

The images come from 18 graduate and undergraduate students from Savannah College of Art and Design's School of Building Arts who are traversing Hong Kong in search of the neighborhoods, architecture, and urban design that make it one of the world’s great cities.

Hong Kong's historic and modern culture provides students with rich perspectives of Chinese architecture, social and political influences in its urban design and architecture. - Hsu-Jen Huang, Professor of Architecture

These postcards and excerpts from the travel-study itinerary document the field trips and assignments the students have participated in since arriving in Hong Kong. SCAD Hong Kong's location in the North Kowloon Magistracy Building has not only provided a welcoming home base, but a context for understanding development and preservation in Asia at large.

Day 1: Arrival in Hong Kong.

Day 2: Orientation and first class meeting at SCAD Hong Kong, then dinner with SCAD architecture alumni representing Handel Architects, Marc & Chantal Design, Aedas and Pleasanthouse Architects.

Day 3: Chungking Mansions site visit followed by a walking tour of the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

Day 4: Fa Yuen Street Market, Ladies Market and Jade Market.

Day 5: Field trip to Macau and the Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral.

Day 8: Firm visit at Foster + Partners. Meetings with local residents, preservationists and firms give students a taste of what it’s like to be engaged in a global practice. Then a stop at Kowloon Walled City and a discussion of the Kai Tak Airport redevelopment site.

Day 10: The pier at Cheung Chau Island.

Day 13: At the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, students pitch in and help the American Institute of Architects teach architectural sketching for the Draw Together Hong Kong event, which teaches participants how cities develop through observation and the resulting drawings.

Day 11: A field trip to Tian Tan Buddha.

For more photos follow SCAD Architecture on Instagram, #immersionhongkong.

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SCAD welcomes its 35th class

September
15
2013

Atlanta, Hong Kong, and Savannah are abuzz with the fresh energy of the class of 2017, new transfer and graduate students. SCAD’s 35th anniversary, to be celebrated throughout the year, loomed large over all orientation activities. In some places quite literally.

In Savannah, a huge 35 was projected on the wall of the Civic Center, symbolically replenishing itself with the faces of 2,400 new design denizens. Inside the arena new students, representing 49 states and more than 100 countries, listened as President Wallace recounted some of the iconic brands on which alumni have made their mark, such as Starbucks, Rolling Stone, Vera Wang, and Coke.

Michael Mack (B.F.A., Industrial Design) used his story of launching Michael Grey Footwear to encourage the crowd that their coursework and faculty can guide them to their dream careers: “Ask questions, work hard, keep an open mind and you’ll see your dreams come true.” 

The air-conditioned welcome was a much needed break from the late summer heat, which greeted students as they moved in and made merry in the shadow of a double decker bus and oversized photo of the 80 students who comprised SCAD’s very first class.

In Atlanta, alumna Feifei Sun (B.F.A., Advertising) told 500 incoming students that her best memories of SCAD are the “real-life experiences woven through every stage of my academic development.” Formerly of Time magazine, Feifei previewed her new website “Making It Atlanta,” where she’ll profile the city’s dynamic professionals. “I’ll be writing about some of you,” she predicted.

Among the ranks of SCAD Hong Kong’s 150 incoming students is interior design student Johnny Cheung Joy-lai, one of the newest members of Hong Kong’s Cycling Team. Orientation speaker senior Alfred Lee told Joy-lai and the others that he credits SCAD Hong Kong’s tight-knit community with the success he’s had, like winning the Disney Imaginations competition.

“The campus size and the student events will allow you to meet and learn from one another. I encourage each of you to be extremely motivated during your time here and take advantage of all the opportunities that SCAD provides,” Lee said.

SCAD Hong Kong’s newest students also participated in the 35th anniversary kick-off celebration, answering the question, “Where do you see yourself at 35?”

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