Kwai Chai Hong Presents Everlasting Beauty Featuring A New Art Sculpture And Traditional Fabric-Dye Installation

March 29, 2021

 Dear Readers, 

Rejuvenation Initiative Continues To Celebrate Chinese Culture And Heritage Through Art

Do you still remember that I shared about Kwai Chai Hong in my previous posting when I visited their Hops and Dreams installation to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival back in September 2020 last year? You can check out the post about it here: Kwai Chai Hong - Spreading "Hops And Dreams" To Fellow Malaysians.
Everlasting Beauty Installation At Kwai Chai Hong
Kwai Chai Hong is a restoration project of a heritage 10 shop-houses with a laneway hidden in between Lorong Panggung and Jalan Petaling in Kuala Lumpur. Since the first launched back in 2019, Kwai Chai Hong's awesome team has consistently brought exciting art installations and activities to transform the space.
Partners Between Kwai Chai Hong Team (Back L_R: Ho Yong Wee, Coco Lew, Terrence Liew) (Front L_R: Javier Chor, Zeen Chang)
Despite the difficult time that affected everyone in this nation, this does not break their passion to continue brings joy and excitement to the public through arts. The story continues with Kwai Chai Hong's first installation of 2021 as it presents a new permanent art sculpture by Alice Chang from Lai Lai Art Studio and traditional fabric-dye in an effort to celebrate Chinese culture and heritage. 
The Artist Behind This "The Lady", Alice Chang

Detailing Of "The Lady"

  About Alice Chang Oi Lai (Lai Lai Art Studio)

Alice is internationally known by her clients as Lai, has keen interest and strong talent in art. Besides painting, she does a lot of embroidery and mosaics work and pottery painting whilst being very involved in charity works. Alice travels extensively to Tuscany, Italy where art is part of her daily life allowing her to foster deeper dedication and passion for arts. 
 
She has recently launched Lai Lai Art Studio in Kuala Lumpur with her solo exhibition in October 2020. Below are some of her recent exhibitions since 2018 until now. 

  • 2018
    • Malaysia Day Exhibition - Malaysian Embassy of Bangkok (Bangkok)
    • Penang Art Society 65th Annual Exhibition - State Art Gallery (Penang, Malaysia)
    • The 9th World Art Exhibition (International Watercolor League 2018) Incheon Culture Arts Centre (Korea)
    • WWF International Art For Nature 2018 "Saving Wild Lives" Gurney Pargon Mall (Penang, Malaysia)
    • "Epoca" 2nd Solo Exhibition, Minerva Art Fund International (Brescia, Italy)
  • 2019 - 2020
    •  COLORE e'MUSICA 2019 - 3rd Solo Exhibition, Alson Gallery (Milan, Italy)
    • Wisdom and Royalty 2020 - 4th Solo Exhibition, Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery (Jenjarom, Malaysia)
    • Hops & Dreams 2020 Mid Autumn Festival Art Installation (Kwai Chai Hong, KL, Malaysia)
    • Ars Simia Naturae - Solo Exhibition (Lai Lai Art Studio, KL, Malaysia)
 You can find out more about Alice Chang of Lai Lai Art Studio here in the link below. 
 

For the first installation in 2021 with the theme of "Everlasting Beauty", this installation actually pays tribute to the classic Wan Shou Wu Jiang (万寿无疆) porcelain design which is often found in the homes of the Chinese families and infused with the inspiration from the popular Chinese floral design, Bao Xiang Hua (
寳相花).
 
Everlasting Beauty With Wan Shou Wu Jiang Porcelain And Bao Xiang Hua Designs
Kwai Chai Hong once again collaborated with Alice to presents a masterpiece sculpture that made from hundreds of porcelain pieces created as an expression of turning waste to adoration, giving it a new lease of life. 

The idea came about when Alice saw how a beautiful porcelain plate that has served hundreds of memorable dinners was disposed-off instantly when it was chipped. This was actually based on the Chinese superstition that believed a chipped plate is an omen of misfortune. 
Closer Look Of Wan Shou Wu Jiang Bowl

 "There is no much memory behind these plates that it breaks my heart to see them thrown away. Now, I can give it a new purpose; an art-piece that people can appreciate for a long time. Now, the creation of "The Lady" (小姐) sculpture will sits gracefully at the entrance as a sign of greeting to the visitors as they enter Kwai Chai Hong." said Alice.
Alice Shared Her Inspiration Of Creating "The Lady" With "Wan Shou Wu Jiang" Porcelain
The installations and planned display concept is further channeled through the installation of a setup mimicking a traditional fabric-dye factory with colorful textile hanging over bamboo stilts to dry. This is made possible with the help of technology. For this installation, Kwai Chai Hong proudly collaborate with Epson Malaysia and this traditional fabric-dye installation represents how old and dying crafts are innovated and transformed into various forms, including art. 
 
For more information about Epson Malaysia, you can visit the link below. 
 
 
Kwai Chai Hong Partners, Epson And Artist (L_R: Javier Chor, Ho Yong Wee, Chua Li Tinn (Epson Malaysia), Coco Lew, Zeen Chang, Terrence Liew, Alice Chang (Lai Lai Art Studio)

 "We are delighted to work with Bai Chuan Management again to bring vibrant traditions to life with printing technology. Using the Epson SureColor SC-F9430 dye-sublimation digital textile printer, we have printed over 200 meters of fabric for this installation while ensuring the design details and colors are well presented. We hope the visitors to Kwai Chai Hong will love the installation as much as we have enjoyed bringing the concept of traditional fabric-dye factory to life with our printer." said Dickson Lee, Senior Manager of Commercial & Industrial Department, Epson Malaysia.
The Wan Shou Wu Jiang And Bao Xiang Hua Printed Into Fabric Display By Epson Malaysia

During our visit when the display is open to the media, Zeen Chang, the managing partner of Bai Chuan Management shared with us about Kwai Chai Hong. 

"At the core, Kwai Chai Hong serves as more than just an attraction spot. We challenge ourselves to recreate the wonders of Chinese culture and heritage and in that process, we strive to bring the best experiences to our visitors near and far. This year, we are proud to be working with Epson Malaysia to bring our vision into reality. At Kwai Chai Hong, we have always incorporated the power of technology and innovation to enhance one's experience bringing people back in time." said Zeen Chang. 
Installation and Display Briefing by Zeen Chang to Friends of Media
Arts With Technology (Scan The QR Code)
From Moonlight in the City, to the mythical flying dragon installation, to the glorious rabbits at Hops and Dreams, every initiative to bring footfall into Kwai Chai Hong has had some element of technology and innovation. 

"By collaborating with local artists, we were able to work hand-in-hand to create an experience that is uniquely Kwai Chai Hong and we wish to continue this journey and help others to discover the gems of this beautiful and rich culture.' Zeen concluded. 

Now, Kwai Chai Hong is proudly presenting the Everlasting Beauty installation to all of you starting from 26th March 2021 until 2nd May 2021. You can plan your trip now to visit them and the opening hour starts at 9.00 A.M. until 12.00 A.M. daily. 

Since we are still in the midst of fighting and containing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, remember to observed all the required SOP set by our Ministry of Health. Be a responsible visitor. 

Don't miss out the opportunity to witness the traditional fabric-dye art installation like never before. Remember to take some pictures with "The Lady" and look for the hidden art piece too.
Team #KiteJalan With "The Lady"
Nescafe Made Famed In This Art-Piece
Artwork by Drewfunk
Special thanks to Kwai Chai Hong team for having us this time. Looking forward for to have more surprises and installation like this in near future. Together, we bring the culture to the next level through arts and installation!
With Miera, My Sifu!
For more information about Kwai Chai Hong and latest event, please visit their official social media platforms at the links below. 
 

 

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12 comments

  1. Cantik kalau dapat bergambar dengan kain-kain warna-warni yang bergantung tu. Nampak klasik sangat dengan latar belakang bangunan lama.

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  2. I hope the team will go around Malaysia and given enough assistance and funding to restore all the beautiful and historical buildings in our country.
    Congrats Lai for such a beautiful masterpiece!

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  3. hari tu ada nampak tmpat ni masa makan dekat Luckin Coffee. Patutlah nell cakap dah dekat hahahaah . anyway tempat ni memang cantik! rugi kalau tak pergi kan>

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  4. Kwai Chai Hong has been geaining popularity in the recent years. It's nice to see restorations done to old buildings.

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  5. Bagusla depa usaha pulihkan dan bagi life pada tempat tu. Kita pun suka je jalan kt tmpt old school cmni. Nice!

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  6. I simply love this place. So colorful and nostalgic. Although I didn't live during that era, those murals and art installations make it easier to imagine.

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  7. Tak pernah lagi ke sini. Bagus buat usaha gini. Mencantikkan kawasan dengan arts

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  8. Tempat ootd yg sangat menarik. Cantik esp yg lady tu suka tengok

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  9. Dah makin banyak ek diaorang tambah kat sini. Dulu i gi tak de lagi benda2 ni

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  10. Aaawww.. what a lovely and personal journal! Thank you for coming for the preview. Your gang memang fun! Hope to see you back here soon. In the meantime, allow us to share your featured article in our FB ya. ����

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  11. Semakin cantik kebabommm sini! Memang tertarik part view untuk OOTD tu. Alahai... Nanti nak ke sini

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  12. Cantiknyaa,.. tempat gini kalau dapat kat anak i, habislah berOOTD bagai.. boleh masuk list ni one day boleh singgah sini..

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