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Taiwanese designer uses metals to express life's memorable moments

2012/07/12 14:50:57

Taipei, July 12 (CNA) Memorable moments and deep emotions experienced in life can be transformed into art through metals, said a Taiwanese accessories designer who held her first solo exhibition in Xiamen, China in April.

Yang Tan-chi, a native from southern Taiwan's Pingtung County, told CNA recently she was fascinated by metals because she felt their hard material was perfect for expressing the heart's enduring memories.

The 28-year-old, who sells her artworks -- renowned for their geometric patterns -- at markets and on websites, found a dream place to exhibit her works while traveling in China last year.

"It seemed that I has been to the place in my dream," she said, adding when she first walked into the venue, she was amazed by the design of the gallery's hallway, corridor and antique floor tiles.

Being determined and ambitious, Yang managed to get permission from the owner of the experimental gallery, and she spent five months working with staff to arrange her reality TV themed exhibition.

During the one-month exhibition, Yang, a graduate of National Taiwan University of Arts, created works with materials and tools she brought from Taiwan in a glass studio in front of visitors.

Among the pieces she made was a three-dimensional object that she created to remind people to look at things from different angles and not just on the surface.

"I cannot help but keep creating more combinations from simple geometric patterns," she said.

Being able to show her works overseas was one of the happiest moments in her life, she said, adding that if she gets the chance in the future, she will consider moving to Xiamen because it is a city built in the way she likes.

One of Yang's favorite collections is her Hexagon Intensity series, which artfully combines brass and glass beads. The collection sold well on Pinkoi, a website that offers independent Taiwanese designers a platform to exhibit their creations to the world.

(By Li Hsin Ling and Maia Huang)