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Interview with Teong Yan Ni

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Teong Yan Ni (TYN) for A’ Design Award and Competition. You can access the full profile of Teong Yan Ni by clicking here.

Interview with Teong Yan Ni at Friday 10th of May 2019

FS: Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
TYN: At high school I have taken Art stream. But in university my major was in Marketing. After some years of working in pursued Pearls and Jewelry Design in 2015 from Gemological Institute of America and Jewelry Manufacturing Art in 2016 locally. Becoming jewelry designer wasn’t in my mind until I started with hobby taking up pearl beading class 7 years ago. I eventually felt in love in pearl at first and I have this dream to become a designer. I always see myself can be more fulfilled other than working in a corporate world. So, I left my job and pursued further study in this field.

FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
TYN: My design studio is like a lifestyle gallery. It consists of ground section whereby my gallery and pantry. And upper Mezzanine floor is my working and personal/think-tank room. I have taken sky blue as my feature color because blue create peaceful mood.

FS: What is "design" for you?
TYN: Design is about emotional art of expression. It is so unique, unable to duplicate the moments, thus idea is very natural and origin, no right or wrong in designing, is all about design elements.

FS: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
TYN: I like to design necklace, pendant and earrings

FS: What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
TYN: Other than Blue Daisy, I have another collection called Hot Spring. Because that piece is very much emotional attached. As I like to go hotspring, one day, wind was strong, small flowers dropped from trees on the hotspring water. That moment my idea was triggered.

FS: What was the first thing you designed for a company?
TYN: I designed Chinese Constellation (Horoscope) which consisted 9 types of different pendants.

FS: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
TYN: I like to work with silver, pearls and color-stones

FS: When do you feel the most creative?
TYN: When I am at outdoor or visiting nature places

FS: Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
TYN: I focus on main concept first, combination of stones, color, shapes and practicality

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
TYN: Mixture, normally start with a lot of imagination, curious and anticipating the results

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
TYN: Very excited and at the same time quickly apply quality control

FS: What makes a design successful?
TYN: Design is rather subjective some people like, some people may not. But overall design looks harmonious and stand out of what it represents.

FS: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
TYN: The way I evaluate good design is there is no right or wrong in design. Is all about design elements.

FS: From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
TYN: Ability to express or present their design and respect another designer’s work

FS: How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
TYN: It will be headed more to computer design and printing, however, I still think original design is best from touch and feel, from your own hand. And heading to people like statement, like custom jewelries or something

FS: When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
TYN: I haven’t held any major exhibition before, if I have a chance, I would like to do it in Hong Kong.

FS: Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
TYN: I mainly inspired by nature, phenomenon and their surroundings. Such as flora, garden, natural phenomena. I like to go to art gallery or simple outdoor activity like water fall, hot spring to feed my creativity

FS: How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
TYN: Feminine, combinations of stones opaque and faceted stones. I like to explore this style because opaque stones have its charm but because opaque stone doesn’t produce the reflection of like that much, I complement it with faceted stones. I like opaque stone because of its matte feel and natural surface.

FS: Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
TYN: I live in Malaysia a multi-cultural country. It does affect a little if you plan to sell your design. As whom do you target, what do they like. But if you are designing for your own showcase, no, it is not affecting.

FS: How do you work with companies?
TYN: Presenting my profile, discussion on the terms or contract. Further discussion and sketches will be performed. Modification apply and final for confirmation.

FS: What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
TYN: Understanding designer’s style and portfolio and giving ample of time because good thing needs time.

FS: Can you talk a little about your design process?
TYN: Inspiration, idea, research, sketches, modification, mood board, prototype if necessary and repeat

FS: What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
TYN: Blue Daisy ring, Hot Spring pendant, Cherry Blossom earrings, Warna Gemilang of Malaysia pendant and Frozen Rose Droplet earrings.

FS: Can you describe a day in your life?
TYN: After breakfast, 10am go to studio, check emails, start sketching or continue previous drawing until end of the day if not appointment. Home at 7pm dinner and rest. However, at peak time, home at 10pm or 12am.

FS: Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
TYN: Remember your dream, work hard with your whole heart on it and never give up.

FS: From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
TYN: High satisfaction and fulfillment but it takes a long time to get there. Need a lot of patient and perseverance.

FS: What is your "golden rule" in design?
TYN: Be yourself

FS: What skills are most important for a designer?
TYN: Manufacturing knowledge is part of the important skills to designer other than creativity skills. It complements highly what you design can be practically realize.

FS: Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
TYN: Drawing tools, coloring tools, coloring therapy books, ancient jewelry books, design skill help book

FS: Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
TYN: This is the most challenging. Prioritization. Planning. Prioritize your task, or what you have planned and be discipline.

FS: How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
TYN: 2 – 4 months

FS: What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
TYN: How did you come out with this design?

FS: What was your most important job experience?
TYN: When dealing with manufacturing team, effective communication is highly important

FS: Who are some of your clients?
TYN: Few business to business clients and few business to consumer clients

FS: What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
TYN: In the process of designing, I enjoyed most if I have the stones with me, I can play around or if I need to source for the client. Because it expands my normal routine and is much more exciting than staying indoor.

FS: What are your future plans? What is next for you?
TYN: I will continue to develop more new collection in time to come

FS: Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
TYN: I develop the design myself but for manufacturing I work with expert team

FS: Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
TYN: My next project will be a collection with Amethyst and Pearls.

FS: How can people contact you?
TYN: Email: ivyteong@juwelendesign.com, Website: www.juwelendesign.com, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ivy.teong.31, https://www.facebook.com/juwelendesignmalaysia/


FS: Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to interview you.

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