China has always been fascinating to me, not only with her long history and colourful civilisation, but also because of her natural wonders. Flora and fauna in China have captivated the imagination of the people in the West for hundreds of years. Chinoiserie is the term for the fashion of Chinese themes in decoration in western Europe, beginning in the late 17th century, reaching its peak in the rococo chinoiserie wave, 1740-1770.
All things Chinese became objects of desire among the European elite, and that included Chinese vases.
In Chinese floral art, it has always been symbolism that plays an important role. Flowers, plants, and decorative motifs on vases convey different auspicious meanings. For example, chrysanthemum is a symbol of joviality and a life of ease. Pine is an emblem of longevity. A vase represents peace and safety. Inspired by my floral journey to Taiwan, I designed three vases, which took their different shapes from traditional Chinese vases.
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