Lisa Zhou-Droplet Collection Ring and Earring
At Design Interviews
Interview with Lisa Zhou : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Lisa Zhou : Little Rambutan Jewellery’s Droplet series is inspired by the beauty of water droplet. It explores the aesthetics and the formation of the droplet against surface such as leaves and stems. The idea is to express my interpretation of its charm in a wearable form. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Lisa Zhou : The main focus is to capture the elegance of water droplets in a stop motion of time and present it in a day to day jewellery form, something that is beautiful and contemporary at the same time. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Lisa Zhou : I hope to gain more brand recognition in various parts of the world by featuring in different design shops and galleries. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Lisa Zhou : It took me about 4 months from initial concept to final product realization. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Lisa Zhou : I am always inspire by objects in the nature and in particularly water. Its organic form is so beautiful and balance but it is also something we often take for granted, so I want to express its preciousness into an adornment. .Frank Scott: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?. Lisa Zhou : I currently produced my designs locally in Australia and plan to continue doing so. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Lisa Zhou : Ladies with an appreciation for culture and art and like to pamper herself with unique gifts. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Lisa Zhou : Each element in the design relates strongly to its concept: water droplet. The high polished surface of silver granulation to mimic droplet reflection. The integration of pearls to express the softness of water. The fact it can be turned 360 degree to show different facet of droplet formation links back to the versatility of water. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Lisa Zhou : I like to name my design in the simplest form of its concept, hence “Droplet”. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Lisa Zhou : I started by hand sketching many design variations and eventually shortlist to a few selected ones. I then go through the rapid prototyping process by 3D CAD modelling and 3d printing to refine on the final version. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Lisa Zhou : Both the rings and the earrings can be turned 360 degree to show different facet of droplet formation, hence the wearer can wear it in a new way every day. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Lisa Zhou : 3D CAD design and 3d printing has enabled me to examine and try on the design through each stage of refinement in a considerably time and money efficient manner. .Frank Scott: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?. Lisa Zhou : My research mainly consists of looking at numerous water droplet formations in the form of photos, videos and real life experience. I will note and sketch down its characteristics and then express my interpretation of it through my sketches and design. .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. Lisa Zhou : The polishing of the product is particularly challenging as the gaps between each silver droplet is narrow hence extra patience is needed to make sure all gaps are polished without flattening the round droplet surface. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Lisa Zhou : I believe in the uniqueness of my design and that recognition in an international design competition will bring positive reinforcement and exposure for my brand. .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. Lisa Zhou : While the aesthetic of the jewellery is important, don’t compromise on its durability and the end user’s experience (comfortability) when wearing the piece. .
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