Surface designer, Yet Another Name design studio (HONG KONG)
Bertha Sun is a Hong Kong-based surface designer specialising in textiles, graphics and illustration. After graduating with a BFA in textile design from the Rhode Island School of Design in the US, she worked in Hong Kong and New York creating textiles collections for global brands such as Michael Kors, J.Crew, Karl by Karl Lagerfeld and Boden.
She has since set up her own company, Yet Another Name, to work with a broader range of brands. Clients include Lane Crawford, VistaJet and HK Formula E, as well as several restaurants and start-ups. Though each project is different, her main goal is always to create surface designs that encourage dialogue between the viewer and the product.
Artist (BEIJING, CHINA)
Wu Jian'an earned a master's degree in fine art from Beijing's Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in 2005, before going on to join its faculty. He currently lives in Beijing, where he works as associate professor and master instructor in the School of Experimental Art at CAFA.
Wu's imagination has operated simultaneously in multiple dimensions; likewise, his works simultaneously expands the viewer's artistic imagination in various directions. He travels between words and images while adding a layer of storytelling above figuration and abstraction.
His art spans various media and styles, including painting, sculpture, paper cutting and installation, providing him with a varied vocabulary. His works have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the China Pavilion at the Venice Biennale; the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington; the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum; CAFA Art Museum; and Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum.
Video artist (BANGKOK, THAILAND)
Thai video artist Kawita Vatanajyankur creates works that offer a powerful examination of the psychological, social and cultural ways of viewing and valuing the continuing challenges of women's everyday labour. In her staged performances, she undertakes physical experiments that playfully and often painfully test her body's limits. The luminous colours in Vatanajyankur's work tap into a globalised, digitally networked visual language of consumption and instant gratification.
Vatanajyankur has achieved widespread recognition since graduating from RMIT University in Melbourne with a bachelor's degree in fine art in 2011. In 2015 she was a finalist in the Jaguar Asia Tech Art Prize and her work was included in the prestigious Thailand Eye exhibition at Saatchi Gallery, London. In 2017, her work was part of the Islands in the Stream exhibition that ran alongside the 57th Venice Biennale. Vatanajyankur has exhibited widely across Australia, Asia, the US and Europe.
Artist, LazyBusy Studio (HONG KONG)
Koren Sin is an artist, designer and architect whose work spans different disciplines. Her award-winning sculptures include The HK Eye, a winning proposal in a competition organised by the HKSAR government as part of its City Dress Up campaign, which is currently on display in Tamar Park. Another sculpture, The Wings, was commissioned by a lingerie company for its listing ceremony at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, and received a Gold award at the A' Design Awards 2016.
Sin is the recipient of the Hong Kong Young Design Talent Special Mention Award 2016 organised by the Hong Kong Design Centre. She is also the founder of LazyBusy Studio, a multi-disciplinary practice that focuses on creative projects of differing scales, including sculptures, furniture, art and interior design. Clients range from listed companies to local designers.
Surface designer and artist, Anoma & Odyssey (Noida, India)
Ruchika Grover is a surface designer, artist and entrepreneur who works with stone across diverse media, sculptures and larger-than-life installations. Using a multitude of digital fabrication techniques, robotics and hand craftsmanship, Grover explores organic forms and textures. With a background in commerce and a master's degree in entrepreneurship (UK), she founded Odyssey in 2007, focusing on installations and custom fabrication across a range of landscape sculptures, and ornately inlaid gemstone carpets. In 2012 she launched Crosta, her first collection of digitally fabricated surfaces that celebrate Indian sandstone.
She has won national and international awards such as the Elle Deco International Design Award (2015), and has created installations in India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. She is now expanding her work to the US, where she launched selected installations in natural stone at the Scope Art Show in Miami Beach (2017).
Visual designer (BANGKOK, THAILAND)
Tuna Dunn (Tunlaya Dunnvatanachit) is a 25-year-old Thai visual designer living in Bangkok, whose work includes illustrations, comics, graphic design and animation. She is best known for the short comics and illustrations on her Tumblr page (tunlayadunn.tumblr.com).
Her style is a mixture of simple lines and storytelling, and since 2013 she has published four comic books with Salmon Books: I Like Like You (2013), Missed (2014), Best Before (2015) and Quarter-Life Crisis (2017).
As a working illustrator and visual artist, her clients include Sansiri, Smileyhound, D'Oro, Perrier, Habito Mall and more. In 2016, she was chosen by The Jam Factory magazine to display her works along with other Asian artists at Unknown Asia Osaka. She was also a part of the International Women's Day Google Doodle 2018 along with 11 other artists from around the world.