Product Design – Chan Ru Ying

Four Seasons

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Project Description

This project is a series of four modern rice paper table lamps infused with traditional Chinese art (painting, calligraphy and seal-carving).

The lamps’ abstract bird forms represent bird in “flower and bird” painting category in Chinese painting. Four seasons is also depicted as a life cycle in my project. Each season is represented by a bird, from birth to death, representing the impermanence of life.

Ink and wash Chinese paintings of the four gentlemen plants are depicted on the lamps. Calligraphy words of the seasons and seal-carvings of the four gentlemen plants are also included on the lamps.

Project Type



About 350mm(L) X 150mm(W) X 250mm(H) (X 3)
About 230mm(L) X 100mm(W) X 170mm(H) (X 1)


Chinese Rice Paper


Ru Ying loves art and focuses on learning traditional Chinese art (painting, calligraphy and seal-carving). She chanced upon a Chinese painting class when she was ten and started learning it under Mr. Tan Kee Sek. She was also learning Chinese calligraphy mainly in her primary and secondary schools. Last year, she started learning Chinese seal-carving under Mr. Oh Chai Hoo. She is a member of Siaw-Tao Chinese Seal-Carving, Calligraphy and Painting Society and has taken part in various exhibitions. She aims to be an artist in future and also promote traditional Chinese art through her designed products.

Contact 9350 4841