Queenie Law is not afraid of hard work. Indeed, Sakura, her first Q collection – available through colourliving, K11 Art Mall, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong and Kelly & Walsh, along with fashion boutiques in Paris and Milan, and online – was created through a painstaking process.
“I take photos on film and then hand paint on top of them,” Law explains.
“It’s heavy on craft. I develop the film by hand and make limited edition prints or posters after I paint the print.”
Some of the images are then transferred to products such as an area rug, mirror cover and cushion, while her handwritten messages can be found on scented candle holders.
“I want to make items that are affordable, yet luxurious,” she says
“I find my subjects when I travel – my mind is more open then. I love travelling by myself because I don’t get influenced by other people. I see what I want to see. It may take me an hour to photograph a flower. I find Japan very inspiring; I was recently in Kyoto and loved its scenery – its forests, rivers, lakes and deer.”
The granddaughter of Bossini founder Law Ting-pong graduated with a graphic design degree from London’s Central Saint Martins, concentrating on illustration.
“I was rejected by the school twice before getting in,” Law recalls with a grin. “I knew what I wanted to study, but convincing someone else was hard. That taught me a crucial lesson: never give up. Growing up in Hong Kong, we don’t get enough experiences. Of course, I attended drawing classes when I was young. My study of Chinese ink painting helped me develop my style.”
Upon graduation, she freelanced in London and Hong Kong, and worked for a photography agency in Paris for 18 months to learn how to operate a creative business. While in the French capital, she found inspiration for The City Book.
“I was just about to leave Paris and saw how the city was flooded with tourists in July and August. Everyone was using their phone to take photos of the same subject. For me, an image has no meaning if there is no story attached to it.”
A collection of art inspired by Hong Kong’s street life, The City Book features the works of 10 local artists that Law personally curated.
“Some are very famous. They are photographers, painters, ceramic artists. It’s an art book; a way of injecting art into everyday life. We are now working on city books for Paris and Singapore.”
Law feels her products are the by-products of how we engage emotionally today.
“Many people don’t want to voice their own feelings,” she observes. “It’s easier to give something than to say it. Our lifestyle objects are intimate; they have a handwritten, handmade quality to them. I want to bring sentiment into people’s lives – and give them a voice.”
She believes that today’s social media culture has led to an increasingly larger number of people disengaging, willingly boxing themselves up under the guise of being connected.
“You have to get out, to see trends. Many creatives hide behind closed doors. I feel the best way to learn is to ask different people. And never give up. You have to keep trying and asking.”
Along with new collections through her company, Production Q, Law’s dream is to create a pop up café.
“It’s a way of gathering people together for new experiences. I like the casual food and easy feel of a café. Whenever I travel, I always Google cafés and go there with my sketchbook for a coffee. In a café, you can observe daily life. The one I visited in Kyoto overlooked a lake; the scenery was beautiful.”