This InnerOut project looks at the food culture of Hong Kong, through an investigation of its ingredients and habits, as well as practices around the ways of making and eating. Food directs a rich discourse on culture, framed around beliefs, methods, and intrinsic ideas. It is one of the critical definers of social identity. Practices around food enable people to create, share and gather, as ways to enrich and explore individual, family and other social relationships. This project enables me to exercise my creative capacities within the cultural context I am embedded in, using food as the creative driver. Through this, to translate a culturally specific experience, into one that speaks a more universal visual and material language.
Specifically, this project concentrates on a traditional Hong Kong food item, the Dim Sum. The dumpling acts as the portal through which questions of making, material, performance and experience are explored. The Dim Sum is in a sense, a gift, wrapped up, concealing its contents and promising delight. The design intention for this project is to navigate a similar trajectory, through receiving, opening, tasting through the creation of tableware. The project aims to deliver, via material and visual analogies, the sense of making, serving and sharing of this culturally specific food, in a contemporary global environment.