To mark Her Majesty's 80th birthday next week, Paradise Park on Srinakarin Road is hosting an exhibition called ''The Queen of Thailand: Silk and Art Design'' to showcase beautiful designs in silk by three well-known artists and six designers.
Organised to pay tribute to the role Her Majesty has played in supporting the local silk-weaving industry and other aspects of Thai culture, the exhibition will be set up in the ground-floor Royal Plaza zone and can be viewed daily, from 11am to 8pm, from Wednesday onwards. Inspired by mural paintings, two designers from Tube Gallery _ Saksit Pisalsupong and Pisit Jongnarangsilp _ have created a striking collage featuring gold and silver arrows, artificial gemstones and sticks of sugarcane mounted on silk.
Hoping to help silk shake its old-fashioned image in the eyes of modern-day youngsters and give it a more whimsical, fun look, artist Kongpat Sakdapitak has used silk as a backdrop for montages featuring a fanciful creature called the Cocodoc (a cross between a crocodile and a dog) cut from pieces of old cotton and unbleached cloth.
Also scheduled to go on display are creations by artists ML Jirathorn Jiraprawat and Chalit Nakpawan, creative director Pupawit Kritpholnara, fashion stylist Lanshakorn Chaleekrue, Jittsingha Somboon from Greyhound and Kris Yensudjai from the Mae Fah Luang Foundation. The exhibition runs until Aug 13. Products from many of the royal projects will also be on sale.