Carpet designs mark new millennium

PUBLISHED : Monday, 08 May, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 08 May, 2000, 12:00am

Budding artists displayed their creativity with innovative designs in a carpet competition. The Carpet Design Competition for Hong Kong students, in its sixth year, drew more than 800 entries from secondary and tertiary students.

Organised by Tai Ping carpets, the theme of this year's contest was 'New Century'.

Although most participants had not received formal training on carpet design, the entries were creative and of high standard, Kent Yeh, managing director of Tai Ping Carpets, said at the prize-giving ceremony.

'We hope the competition would attract more young people to join the industry. Carpet design is not popular in Hong Kong, but there is room for development,' he said.

Kwok Ka-ping, 16, won first prize in the junior section. She attributed her victory to her originality and simple design.

Her design featured four yellow spirals linked up to form the number 2000. The background colour was red and the carpet's perimeter was lined with blue triangles.

'Yellow, red and blue are basic colours and I used them to represent the new millennium,' the fourth former at Shung Tak Catholic English College said.

Judges Simon Jackson, managing director of Simon Jackson and Associates, and Frankie Ng Man-ching, assistant professor of the Institute of Textiles and Clothing at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, said carpet design should bring out the texture of the carpet.

The first prize in the senior section went to Poon Chun-yu, 22, a student at First Institute of Art and Design. His design had all the years lined up in bar code format, representing progress over the last century.

'Bar codes are one of the greatest and most useful inventions of the century. They remind us of how quickly society and technology have been developing,' he said.

Mr Poon, who will be graduating in the summer, said the competition had boosted his confidence.

Budding designers tap creativity and come up with innovative ideas