Taking On The World, One Creation At A Time
We would like to show our respect and acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land, on which our creativity takes place.
We respectfully acknowledge the Darug and Eora people who are the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we create.
YEAR OF THE RABBIT 2023 - GEORGES RIVER COUNCIL
Happy Lunar New Year! It's the Year of the Water Rabbit. 7.3m x 2.44m mural - located outside Hurstville Interchange. Inspired by Chinese Feng Shui painting '8 Horses' displayed across Asia to attract wealth and fortune.
Join in the celebrations 12-9pm Saturday 28th Jan, Forest Road Hurstville. 3pm Lantern workshop featuring my lantern designs and colouring sheets.
'FUN, RABBIT, FUN, RABBIT, FUN, FUN, FUN' is a mural of 8 lucky rabbits adorned with lucky lunar new year symbols. What does it all mean?
Red is a lucky colour in Chinese culture. Gold represents wealth and fortune. Clouds are auspicious. Chinese cabbage/cai represents fortune. Chinese red packets are handed out to children during LNY celebrations - quite exciting for children as they receive money in the red envelopes. Gold ingots, coins and mandarins are displayed during LNY as they represent wealth and fortune. Lanterns and dumplings are enjoyed during the celebrations. The rabbits wear longevity locks/necklaces as a sign of a long life. One rabbit dances with Chinese plum blossoms - these flourish in harsh, cold weather and are a sign of perseverance.
Australia Post has commissioned Chrissy Lau for the second year running to create their Lunar New Year stamp collection following the success of the Year of the Ox 2021 stamp collection. The brief was to create an entirely new style with no reference to the Ox collection.
The Lucky Tiger 2022 stamp collection is inspired by the Japanese Maneki-Neko beckoning waving cats that have been adopted into Asian and Western culture, often displayed in homes and businesses to bring good luck and fortune to their owners.
The tigers are fun and contemporary, designed to make you smile and feel warm & fuzzy. They are a celebration of East meets West because of the familiarity of beckoning cats displayed in every day life: picking up a Sweet 'n' Sour from the local Chinese takeaway or wandering the aisles of the Dollar Store. Whether you're in Australia or China you'll smile and feel nostalgic when you see these beckoning tigers.
Above all the designs are created to celebrate multiculturalism, on the superficial surface the designs can be appreciated by any age, no matter their knowledge of Asian culture. On a deeper level the designs are full of Chinese/Asian inspired symbolism that can be appreciated by the eye of the beholder.
The collection can be viewed as an educational art project because the beauty draws you in and you can also learn more about deeper meaningful symbols within Chinese/Asian culture.
Happy Lunar New Year! We've launched The Waving Ox in Chinatown, Sydney.
Chrissy Lau with Lord Mayor Clover Moore. Credit: Renee Nowytarger/City of Sydney
Credit: City of Sydney
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STORYBOX - My Father's Story
Celebrating the life of Chi-Hoi Lau 1949-2021, born in China in the Year of the Ox.
Traditionally in Chinese culture birthdays are celebrated by eating a red, hard-boiled egg. The egg symbolises birth or new beginnings. The red symbolises fortune and prosperity.
Aged 10 Chi-Hoi climbed a mountain, crossed a river and hopped the border into Hong Kong to escape poverty. At 19, with one suitcase he migrates to England in pursuit of fortune and prosperity.
My Dad was a man of grit and determination.
An inspirational migrant story for me and I hope for you.
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