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Elaine Ng Yan Ling

Smart materials artist + designer

Fellows Class:
Elaine Ng Yan Ling

Professional Role

Current Titles:

Senior Colour and Material Designer _ Nokia Design Beijing, Smart Textile Crafter

Current Organizations:

Nokia Design Beijing, Elaine Ng Yan Ling


Videos

Techno Naturology

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Climatology: Celebrating Nature’s Survival Tactics

Climatology: Celebrating nature’s survival tactics is a new experimental smart textile series that is derived from the design concept of Naturology . Using the smartness of nature to create natural responsive movement.

Especially designed for WUHAO’s garden and engineered to Beijing's climate, CLIMATOLOGY celebrates nature’s survival tactics and reflects the changing seasons. As nature takes its course, "Wooden Skin" and "Macro Wooden Velcro” shift shape and color to create an organic responsive environment.

Layers of veneer are combined with fabric, thermochromatic resin and reflective surfaces to create objects that adapt to fluctuations in light, temperature and humidity. Each piece is handcrafted and set in shape. As the materials mature, the objects begin to work together, changing according to their surroundings. They work individually or as a group, affected by the memory of their construction, and responding to nature’s invisible energy.

Marco Wooden Velcro is a collection that studies how to create poetic interactive structures through hybridization of nature’s self-engineered forms. Magnifying micro structures into macro physical design features. The delicate movement narrates the invisible energy that is constantly surrounding us. The movement is reflecting the change of moisture, heat and light.

Marco Wooden Velcro’s behaviour is inspired by the natural physical flexible structure between pinecone’s flex and Dandelion’s seed.

Wooden Skin is a collection that narrates delicate movement narrates the invisible energy that is constantly surrounding us. The movement is reflecting the change of moisture, heat and light.

Wooden Skin’s behavior is inspired by the natural living behavior of the resurrection
plant Selaginelia Lepidoplylla. A plant that can survive for extreme dehydration, typically even over months or years.

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Projects

Techno Naturology
? – present
'Naturology’ is a hybrid word that combines nature and technology. Techno ‘Naturology’ means using artificial technology to activate and stimulate nature’s technology in order to create tectonic movement. The word tectonic might be associated with geographic movement; but within the context of techno ‘Naturology’ the definition of tectonic is when the behaviour of nature subtly weaves back into the urban landscape. The movement of the textile becomes an exchange between the urban space and its environment, resulting in architectonic movement. The vision of ‘Naturology’ tectonic movement is not just about mimicing the behaviour of nature but adding a sense of fluidity and functional responsiveness to the architecture, facilitating it to complement and harmonise with its environment. This project aims to explore the function of and symbiotic relationship between shape memory alloy/polymers and the natural sensing system of wood. The intrinsic qualities of natural and artificial materials are investigated using the hybrid tectonic system to challenge preconceived limitations and increase the potential of textiles. Nature’s endlessly evolving patterns - environmentally responsive tectonic structures - can be studied so that the design can both mimic and create new structures. This investigation explores the potential of nature’s sensing system with the characteristics of shape memory alloy/polymers to create functional responsive structures and surfaces, and considers how the current construction system can be improved to suit a future, more efficient way of living. Techno ‘Naturology’ has developed into two scenarios and both capture the relationship of natural movements within time, seasonal change and atmospheric conditions, which refer to a constant state of flux: -Seasonal Dreamland Architectural Conceptual Collection -Alive Furnishing Collection.
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Climatology: Celebrating Nature’s Survival Tactics
04/01/2013 – present
Climatology: Celebrating nature’s survival tactics is a new experimental smart textile series that is derived from the design concept of Naturology . Using the smartness of nature to create natural responsive movement. Especially designed for WUHAO’s garden and engineered to Beijing's climate, CLIMATOLOGY celebrates nature’s survival tactics and reflects the changing seasons. As nature takes its course, "Wooden Skin" and "Macro Wooden Velcro” shift shape and color to create an organic responsive environment. Layers of veneer are combined with fabric, thermochromatic resin and reflective surfaces to create objects that adapt to fluctuations in light, temperature and humidity. Each piece is handcrafted and set in shape. As the materials mature, the objects begin to work together, changing according to their surroundings. They work individually or as a group, affected by the memory of their construction, and responding to nature’s invisible energy. Marco Wooden Velcro is a collection that studies how to create poetic interactive structures through hybridization of nature’s self-engineered forms. Magnifying micro structures into macro physical design features. The delicate movement narrates the invisible energy that is constantly surrounding us. The movement is reflecting the change of moisture, heat and light. Marco Wooden Velcro’s behaviour is inspired by the natural physical flexible structure between pinecone’s flex and Dandelion’s seed. Wooden Skin is a collection that narrates delicate movement narrates the invisible energy that is constantly surrounding us. The movement is reflecting the change of moisture, heat and light. Wooden Skin’s behavior is inspired by the natural living behavior of the resurrection plant Selaginelia Lepidoplylla. A plant that can survive for extreme dehydration, typically even over months or years.
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Biography

Elaine Ng Yan Ling has spent her MA in Design for Textile Futures ( graduated with distinction) at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design exploring the function of shape-memory materials. She has focused on how the behaviour of natural elements can be manifested in man-made materials to enhance modern architecture and interior design. Elaine’s design principle is based on Biomimicry, focusing on hybrid materialisation of craft and technology. By programming shape memory materials she explores how tectonic movement can be achieved through natural responses to heat, light and electricity. Woven and etched patterns respond to changes in environmental conditions such as light intensity or mechanical force. With a sustainable and eco-conscious design philosophy she explores living urban textiles and their responses to sun, wind and rain. Techno-Naturology is Elaine’s latest discovery in the relationship between natural formations and technology design. Techno-Naturology Collection has been nominated for New Design Britain Awards and Elaine has received the New Design Britain Awards 2011 for Surfaces at Interiors, Birmingham UK . Techno-Naturology is the use of artificial technology to activate and simulate natural reactions. The concept of ‘Naturology’ tectonic motion is not only about mimicing the behaviour of nature, but also a means of evoking natural movement within an urban landscape. With this design philosophy Elaine enhances the fluidity and functional responsiveness of architecture, creating harmony within our urban environment. Her specialized craft skills are a cross disciplinarily use of woven textiles design and three-dimensional surface design of wooden materials. The result is a constructive textile that is both an art piece and a functional material.


Fun facts

Favorite meal:
I love gastronomic food and cooking. Its some what scientific related. I love the magical relationship between the presentation, colour and texture. The presentation often tricks the mind through what we are familiar with.

A funny story about me:
Constantly in China I have to persuade the local Chinese that I am Chinese and not Korean nor Japaneses.


Vital Stats

Fellows Class
TEDGlobal 2012
Languages
Chinese (Traditional)
Chinese, Yue (Cantonese)
English
Living in
Beijing, China
Working in
Beijing, China
Born in
London, United Kingdom
Gender
Female

Contact

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Websites
www.thefabricklab.com www.elaineyanlingng.com/ https://www.facebook.com/TheFabrickLab

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