Leg­ends in the Mak­ing

A pro­gramme as­so­ci­ated with Van Cleef & Ar­pels’ mo­bile school of jewellery arts pro­vided a unique op­por­tu­nity for a se­lect group of tal­ented Hongkongers, writes Kate Springer

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style Jewellery -

Lo­cal artists’ work hung along the cor­ri­dor of L’école, Van Cleef & Ar­pels School of Jewellery Arts at PMQ as part of this year’s Legacy pro­gramme ’École, Van Cleef & Ar­pels’ School of Jewellery Arts, touched down at PMQ this Septem­ber for its third edi­tion, de­liv­er­ing two weeks of hands-on work­shops, tech­nique demon­stra­tions, jewellery art his­tory classes, and the an­nual Legacy Pro­gramme. Launched in 2014, the pro­gramme brings to­gether two in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked prac­tices: art and jewellery.

Eight lo­cal artists—each nom­i­nated by in­ter­na­tion­ally re­spected artists or or­gan­i­sa­tions—took part in a com­pe­ti­tion in Septem­ber to pho­to­graph pieces from the Van Cleef & Ar­pels Mu­seum Col­lec­tion and gems from the Min­er­al­ogy Mu­seum of the School of Mines at Paris­tech. The chal­lenge? To cre­ate art­work around a com­mon theme: “The Art of Gems—the Con­nec­tion Be­tween Raw and Re­fined.”

“We are al­ways look­ing for ways in which to fur­ther evo­lu­tion in the cul­ture of jewellery,” says L’école pres­i­dent Marie Val­lan­et­del­hom. “The cre­ativ­ity and dar­ing ap­proach this year’s Legacy Pro­gramme can­di­dates brought to their pho­tog­ra­phy of jewellery and gem­stones is ex­cit­ing and in­spir­ing.”

The three win­ners—penny Tu, Den­nis Wong and Aso So—will spend three days in Paris, join­ing L’ecole pro­fes­sors for a cul­tural ex­change and ex­pe­ri­ence. As this year’s Legacy Pro­gramme wraps up, we take a look at the di­verse vi­sions of each pho­tog­ra­pher.

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