PEOPLEText: Justin Tsui

Although handcraft accessories may not be one of the mainstreams in Hong Kong, it is always lovely to have handcraft designer like Sally Chu in town. Her brooches are precious, unique and delicate; they can even heal a broken heart. Congratulations to her for the great success of her first solo exhibition “108 Pieces Of Heart-Healing Plaster”. Now she is still having fun making and experimenting different kind of handmade accessories. So today Sally will share her works and thoughts with us.

Sally Chu
Sally Chu, Exhibition at Kapok

Please tell us about yourself.

I’m Sally Chu. I’ve been working in the advertising industry for 10 years. In the daytime, I’m a creative director. In the nighttime, I’m a handmade accessories designer. I enjoy using my spare time to create handmade accessories.

Sally Chu
Sally Chu, Exhibition Poster image

How did you start creating your handmade work? What inspired you to start making?

I think it was my France trip and SO-EN magazine. I’ve been to France for traveling few years ago. I fell in love with the place immediately. I was very much inspired by those lovely accessories that I found in France. So when I came back to Hong Kong, I started finding accessory parts in Sham Shui Po and tried to create my first handmade brooch with a piece of lace. Also, I’m a huge fan of SO-EN magazine. I love the style of SO-EN very much. It motivated and influenced me a lot both in my job as creative director or as handmade designer.

Sally Chu
Sally Chu, Exhibition at Kapok

Do you have any background of making handmade accessories before?

Not really, I studied graphic design at the university. I remember I made a hand stitching fish for my final year project. Ever since I graduated, I haven’t created any handmade work. I’ve never had any stitching, knitting or sewing training before; I guess I just keep experimenting to create my pieces.

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