Folk Paintings – the Remake, a project conducted in 2016, features the modern renditions of 20 Vietnamese folk paintings. Besides, in the project, the folk paintings are also applied in the daily products. On the occasion of the Lunar New Year of the Rooster, I organized an exhibition with a view to showcasing the project. As a tradition of the ancient Vietnamese, Lunar New Year is also the time when people make their way to the Tet markets and buy the folk paintings to decorate their homes.
Twenty paintings featured in the project are inspired by the Dong Ho Folk Woodcut Paintings, Hang Trong Paintings and Religious Paintings from the Northern Provinces. The structures of these paintings are largely preserved, with a touch of additional details to make it livelier. The major tones used in Dong Ho Paintings such as yellow, green, red, brown and the color of “dó” paper are also employed in combination with the gradient technique of graphic design.
The products introduced in this project include tote bag, red envelope, notebook, calendar, bomber jacket and dress. Shout out to my friend Thanh Trung & Minh Ngọc for helping me doing this photoshoot, fashion designer Hoa Nguyen for making these beautiful dress & jacket. A collaboration of Hoodie and T-shirt between me and Tired City, a Hanoi-based brand specialized in art print with young local artists was made.
An exhibition was held on the threshold of the Lunar New Year when the spring was just round the corner. All the paintings are printed on canvas and displayed together with the products of applied arts and a special folding screen made from organza. Within 2 weeks, the exhibition welcomed an audience of about 400 people of all ages. Here some of the few pictures from the exhibition.