The Hanoitimes - Vietnamese architect Vi Thi Thu Trang has won the first prize at the Craft and Design Challenge 2017.
This prize was awarded by the British Council in the exhibition Crafting Futures at the Hanoi Old Quarter Cultural Exchange Center on June 12. The exhibition is running from June 12 through 30.
The exhibition features the products of 20 young designers and entrepreneurs who participated in the first ever Craft and Design Challenge Prize 2017, organized by the British Council Vietnam.
Audiences observed the results of creative processes that young designers have been developing. Photo: Ha Phuong
Vi Thi Thu Trang won the honor with her “Indie Hand”, a collection of products made from the traditional hand-made linen fabric of the Black Hmong from the mountainous region of Northern Vietnam.
Trang’s products are all dyed indigo blue – typical for the H'mong people. The beeswax pattern was made by an artisan from Ta Phin brocade farm in Sapa, Lao Cai – whom Trang met during her field trip as part of the Craft and Design Challenge.
Her collection is a full range of accessories and decorative homeware. Trang’s design is inspired by the details of the Hang Trong paintings – a traditional Vietnamese painting style. Her work aims to convey and demonstrate the cultural exchange among the Vietnamese ethnic groups.
At the exhibition, audiences have a chance to observe the results of creative processes that young designers have been developing. The projects displayed, featuring contemporary design and high quality craftmanship, also demonstrate an intimate connection with participants’ interest in supporting craft products and communities.
The winners of the Craft and Design Challenge 2017.
Craft and Design Challenge is part of the British Council’s Crafting Futures global initiative. It is aimed to promote creative, sustainable and ethical approaches as well as business development in craft and design.
Activities of the program are designed with a strong focus on skills and capacity building across the areas of design, social innovation, and cultural heritage management.
The challenge has been participated by many Vietnamese design students, young designers and entrepreneurs who either show interest and credibility in craft-based design or already have experience in running projects in craft and design.