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In china, people have are accustomed to bless ing newborn babies with a long life lock. A traditional long life lock is made of silver and has a lot of decorative patterns on it. I wanted to draw inspiration from this custom and make a special lock which people could interact and forward their best wishes to their children with.

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"Long Life Lock". Silicon, Water, Gold leaf. 2015. 

"Long Life Lock". Silicon, Water, Gold leaf. 2015. 


 The inspiration is chinese soft tofu which is white, tender and particular ly vulnerable, much like babies. But my version of "tofu" is not made of soybeans. Although it has the appearance of tofu, when touched, it feels elastic and malleable but it will never be broken. The structure of this long life lock can be deconstructed but it will spring back into its original shape. Through this process, this piece of blessing becomes stronger than its metal equivalent.