Sun Hyang Ha-Flowing Arcs Ring
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Interview with Sun Hyang Ha : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Sun Hyang Ha : It is utilizing the feeling of continuity created by the illusionary movement of identical and basic geometric elements. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Sun Hyang Ha : I wanted to design an unconventional ring that is not only functional but is also a beautiful objet d’art. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Sun Hyang Ha : I would like to see a few pieces manufactured in two varieties: diamonds set in 18k gold and just in silver. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Sun Hyang Ha : It took me three days to sketch the design and make prototypes – first in aluminum and then in silver. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Sun Hyang Ha : I designed the ring for a class project at my design school in Japan; the project required that the ring design not look like a ring. .Frank Scott: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?. Sun Hyang Ha : I would like to lease out the production rights for the ring. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Sun Hyang Ha : I was interested in creating intriguing designs that made use of only basic geometric elements. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Sun Hyang Ha : I cannot name any design or designer specifically. However, I am fond of Scandinavian designs, which are simple and sleek, and they may have influenced my style. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Sun Hyang Ha : Anyone who likes unconventional jewelry would be a target customer. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Sun Hyang Ha : Whereas most double finger rings have two adjacent round shanks and must be worn on two fingers, this ring is not circular and can be worn on both one as well as two fingers. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Sun Hyang Ha : I chose the name Flowing Arcs for this design, as it makes use of only arcs that flow in a line from one to the other. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Sun Hyang Ha : I made the prototypes in metal using jewelry tools. For the presentation, I refined the design using a CAD program. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Sun Hyang Ha : It is the fact that although it is a ring, it does not look like one. .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Sun Hyang Ha : I worked entirely on my own. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Sun Hyang Ha : Only to the extent that I have used CAD/CAM programs for simulating the design in different materials. .Frank Scott: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?. Sun Hyang Ha : I have not made use of any kind of research while developing this design. .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. Sun Hyang Ha : I started the design using only straight lines. However, since the ring was not circular like other rings, it slipped off when it was worn on one finger. Playing with prototypes, I finally discovered that two arcs on opposite sides could securely hold the ring in position. Thus, I replaced the straight lines with arcs. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Sun Hyang Ha : While I mostly design classic fine jewelry, I liked this design and did not want to leave it lying around, discarded as an old class project. .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. Sun Hyang Ha : It taught me how I can always turn to very simple elements to find a way forward, whenever I am unable to come up with a design. .Frank Scott: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?. Sun Hyang Ha : I just want to say thank you for the opportunity. .
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