Image: FLW 2011 Finalist, Open: Jaymei (back)
Jennifer Tang wears the finalist entry of Jaymei Vo, a student of the Academy of Design in Melbourne, VIC.
- Stuart Humphreys
- © Australian Museum
Jaymei Vo is a student of the Australian Academy of Design in Melbourne. Her design is modelled by Jennifer Tang. Think of the disposable cutlery thrown away daily in our parks. It wouldn’t take long to amass the cutlery in this design, ‘Waste by Picnics’. Jaymei was inspired by the Superb Bird of Paradise and by the head-plumed birds of the Parotia genus. To convey their stumpy and mostly black bodies, and the skirt shape that’s formed when males of the Parotia species lift and spread their plumage to dance, Jaymei made this array of black plastic cutlery to wear with renovated black pants. She shaped a wire frame and then fixed the cutlery to it. Knives fan side-by-side around the edge. Elsewhere, spoons are spread evenly, bowl end out. Black chopsticks laid side-by-side form a bustier front. Like the birds, she has focus points of another colour – the brown chopsticks in the front of the bodice and in the headpiece. Tape was used in construction and black paint to finish.