Chi is a Chinese concept which translates to life force/ energy flow. It is believed that an electromagnetic energy connects people to their surroundings, which is why it is important to create a positive and balanced environment. Chi is the basis of Feng Shui. Feng Shui is a Chinese belief which translates to wind and water. It is believed that positive energy can be created in spaces by including five key elements from nature, water, earth, fire, wood and metal. These elements can be represented through colour, shape and textures.
‘Chi’ has been made up of 400 pyramids separated into 26 triangles all delicately handmade to explore the 5 elements of Feng Shui.
The element of fire represents the sun and has said to bring happy and joyful achievements as well as bringing more passion and romance. For the representation of fire I slightly scorched the surface of the pyramids creating irregular burn marks. The fire element can also be represented through red, yellow and orange colours and triangle shapes.
The element of metal can be used when trying to bring clarity, organisation and a new freshness of energy into a space. This can be created through incorporating round shapes, metal fishes and white and grey colours. I represented this element through a wrapping technique. White thread was used to cover the surface of the triangles as well as covering the corners with white handmade cut-outs. I wanted to bring in the colour white as much as possible to create a fresh, crisp look and cooling energy.
The element of wood is the energy of new beginnings, abundance and health, it is meant to keep us growing physically and enhances vitality. This can be achieved by incorporating colours such as greens and browns, woods and healthy plants. Within ‘Chi’ you can see I have put this element at the heart of the triangle as I think this is one of the most important elements. Without health we won’t survive so it is vital for us to try and keep a healthy lifestyle. I have used Tusidilla air plants to represent this element, the plants survive off air and a spray of water each week.
The element of water brings flow, abundance and purpose, it is meant to promote a deeper connection to life’s purposes. This element can be represented through various blues and irregular wavy patterns to create a calm, cool and refreshed living space. I represented this element by creating wavy patterns through fabric manipulation, I wanted this to look like waves in the sea and bring a sense of calmness and natural flow.
The element of earth has said to bring calmness, peace and stability. This can be achieved through using neutral colours, incorporating crystals, stones and pictures of earthy landscapes into living spaces. I was inspired by pictures of growth/blooming, in particular flower petals and mushrooms. For this element I used a burning technique made out of tissues to complete the look.
I wanted to bring all these elements together to showcase the concept of Feng Shui and how it can be used to create positive chi and have an effect on wellbeing. Feng Shui is an in depth concept and I have only touched on the surface. I hope this exhibition encourages the audience to think more about living spaces and how it can have an effect on our state of mind.