Water and Femininity
“Women are made of water.”
(Quote from Dream of the Red Chamber)
According to traditional Yin-Yang theory, everything in the universe has a dualistic nature. It is this dualistic nature which maintains the equilibrium and order of the universe. Hence, Yin (the female principle) shares equal importance with Yang (the male principle). In traditional Chinese culture, women are closely associated with water, the symbol of Yin. To me, water and women share many similarities – they are both soft, graceful, flexible and yet strong and powerful at the same time.
“Luo” stands for the Goddess of River Luo, a beautiful female deity who has been a symbol for ideal women for centuries in China. Luo Jewellery is inspired by the softness, the sensuality and the purity of water. The softness and sensuality of water are closely linked to the traditional Chinese ideals for female beauty. An ideal woman is gentle, graceful, sensitive and flexible like water. This still holds true in the modern context despite the changing roles of women in our society.
Ancient philosopher Lao Tse once said, “Weak overcomes strong, soft overs hard.” Water represents the strength of femininity. In my project, I want to celebrate the beauty of women through the manifestation of water in the form of jewellery designed for modern and sophisticated women.
DV3000 – Visual Communication III
Graphic design, Video
Art, Design & Media Library
26 March 2015
29 April 2017
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