Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Janet Hiu Yan Chow ("JHYC") for their original perspective and innovative approach to design as well as their creative lifestyle, we are very pleased to share our interview with our distinguished readers.
JHYC : My family runs a jewelry manufacturing business. Since teenage, I would help in jewelry trade shows. But this did not raise my interest in the industry. I even said I would never join them. I graduated from business school and eventually landed in a 9 to 5 bank job. in jewelry trade shows. I graduated from business school and eventually landed in a 9 to 5 bank job. But I have always like drawing and designing, so I took jewellery production and design courses during my spare time and gemology course from GIA. In 2017 I started Vea Fine Jewelry, aiming to create simple, versatile and practical pieces for everyday wear with natural conflict free, responsible diamonds and precious stones.
JHYC : I would wear their dainty sample pieces when I work in bank. Friends, colleagues, customers kept asking me where to get them. It was then I realised my taste is recognise by others. I then started thinking I could maybe make a profession out of it.
JHYC : I chose it. I find it very difficult to be forced into one.
JHYC : Custom pieces are most fun because you get to hear stories and the whole design process could be very interactive with the client.
JHYC : One that public accepts, understands and could associate. For jewelry it is important that the piece is comfortable enough to be worn. Because jewelry is art pieces on body.
JHYC : Because good designs create harmony, improve life and help others to embrace life in every possible way.
JHYC : I would like to design for anyone with character. I would like to create signature pieces that they would wear everyday as an icon.
JHYC : Design is to create harmony, improve life and help others to embrace life in every possible way. To me design is to understand the wearer and help them translate their thoughts and ideas into the piece with my profession. Helping the wearer to express herself.
JHYC : Family and friends for sure. They support and believe in me from the beginning.
JHYC : All the rejections and failures. So I understand myself better and know what to improve.
JHYC : Versatile designs that speak even better.
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