Some of the most gratifying moments as an artist have been my stick art collaborations with talented and generous architect Fu Tung Cheng at Cheng designs. Fu Tung is able and willing to design on the fly. My job as an artist is to take his ideas and make them come to life. The first project we worked on together was lighting for his Tea Bar, Celadon in Berkeley, Ca. His ability to sketch project concepts is so helpful to take me along with his overall vision.
Then I can go home and see what works with the materials I have pulled together to work with. It takes inspiration, and buying into the whole vision for it all to come together in a great way. At the first there is always a feeling that I am not going to be able to do it. Then little by little in spite of my doubt, gracefully it all comes together. I love the scale, subtlety and edge that Fu Tung is able to work with. It is so fun! Things flow and I work as late as it takes until it’s done.
Our collaborations have included smaller stick lights for over dining tables, a trade show canopy, stick and paper pendant lights, and also a willow fence.
Fu Tung is always generous in his collaboration giving credit to everyone who participates. His home designs and interiors are covered by magazines and newspapers (with me included) such as Luxe, Dwell, the San Francisco Chronicle and others. I look forward to more creativity with Cheng Design – whatever challenges it may bring!