Saturday, September 19, 2015

Hong Kong in Miniature: Street stalls and plants by Loi-Yau Li

A woman and a child looking at a display of miniature Hong Kong street stalls.
One of the first displays you come to when you enter the first part of the Hong Kong in Miniature exhibition at Westfield Pitt Street is a row of street stalls. These stalls were traditionally found in the streets and lanes of old Hong Kong, and many can still be seen today.
A miniature Hong Kong seafood stall.
 One of my favourites was the fish stall, complete with a mind-boggling array of fish and shellfish for sale
A miniature Hong Kong seafood stall.
Photo courtesy of the Joyful Miniature Association
Fish being filleted on a miniature Hong Kong seafood stall.
Photo courtesy of the Joyful Miniature Association
and a spot next to it where you can sit down for a meal from the stall.
Miniature scene of a person at a table holding various plates of seafood and bottles.
 Further along is a well-stocked fruit stand,
Miniature Hong Kong fruit stall.
 a flower stall,
Miniature Hong Kong flower stall.
 and a number of stalls which I didn't manage to get good photos of.

All these stalls (and the many many items displayed for sale on them) were made by one woman: Loi-Yau Li.
Woman standing in front of a selection of dolls' house miniature plants, arranged on the guest book for the exhibition Hong Kong in Miniature.
Loi-Yau's first loves was painting, which she gave up as she did not feel talented enough. Instead she found miniatures, which she fell in love with: often staying up until midnight to work on a model. Eventually she quit her job as a primary school teacher to focus on her miniatures and set up the Hong Kong Miniature Art Society to promote the art and share the joy with others.

She had some of her amazing plants with her and allowed me to photograph them to share with you: 
Three dolls' house miniature plants, arranged on the guest book for the exhibition Hong Kong in Miniature.
Dolls' house miniature spider plant.
Loi-Yau will be giving a plant-making demonstration tomorrow afternoon at 3 pm. Afterwards, members of AMEA are invited to meet with the some of the miniaturists who created the exhibits to chat about minis. Details can be found on the AMEA Facebook page.

The Hong Kong in Miniature exhibition is on at Westfield Pitt Street during trading hours until tomorrow. 

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1 comment :

mannequinmaven said...

How Fabulous ! Love the miniature plants !