A Paradox


Sorta feels good…. but once I get going… then I like, forget everything. And… Like I feel a change in my whole body. And I’ve got this fire in my body. I’m just there. Flyin’ like a bird. Like electricity..” Billy Elliot.

Billy Elliot was one of my favorite films. Only those can describe the types of feelings when one truly feels passionate about something.

It’s hard to tell when and how I began with an interest in craft and design. It’s just somehow lodged deep within my mind and heart. Like many others, I have spent a good deal of my working life within the corporate landscape climbing a professional career ladder. At each rung your status and pay packet rises and generally life is good, if not a little unfulfilling…lacklustre…predictable. Your mind can’t rest, plagued by the question, what happened to your dreams and ambitions? I think most of us, throughout our lifespan, acquire a collection of identifying labels based on the choices we make. It is indeed a paradox that the choices and subsequent roles that bring us the most personal and spiritual satisfaction are often the ones to which society places the least value.

I am especially grateful that despite doubts about the commercial viability of this project, Venus has been able to be with me, and most supportive as a partner, and tolerant with the tedious process. SOIL could not have been brought to life without the assistance and support of many people. Special thanks go to Benny Lau, Chris Lo and Chau So-hing who were with us in Burma last spring. It was an unforgettable trip indeed. I guess without their encouragement, inspirations and support this project would not have been possible. I have also learned much from Veronica Gritsenko about Burmese lacquerware. Words can never describe. We owe them a debt of gratitude.


ps This photo was taken by Benny – while we’re leisurely enjoying a sunset drink by the riverside in Bagan..