DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
MD : The biggest inspiration of my design came from the divine meanings behind the Japanese folding fans. The shape of the fan opens 180 degrees and the shape is considered to bring endless luck. I believe in designing jewelry that have meanings and that is my principle. Therefore the ring is not only unique but also to bring graceful luck to people who wear it.
DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
MD : My concept of jewelry is East meets West. My inspiration obviously came from the traditional Japanese culture and arts, but I also am deeply focused on integrating the culture into the western style, and that was my main focus on designing this ring.
DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
MD : I would love to start designing in other fashion fields, such as clothing, shoes, and accessories that can open up more opportunities.
DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
MD : The concept has been on my mind for a long time, maybe a few years.
DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
MD : It was totally my inspiration. From this concept I became more certain what my style really is.
DI: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
MD : I intend to produce my work myself and it is available to order on my website.
DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
MD : My Japanese heritage and the history of the Japanese fan, it's beauty and for all its uses.
DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
MD : No.
DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
MD : The target for this jewelry is people who are interested in unique and meaningful artistic pieces of jewelry. Particularly people who love the Japanese culture and oriental fashion are the target customers.
DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
MD : There are many pieces of Japanese inspired designed jewelry I believe, but it is not that easy to convey the meanings and messages into designing. I believe my designs convey in depth meanings and collaborate the idea with my style of designing.
DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
MD : Ohgi means Japanese folding fans. It is a graceful word in the Japanese language and brings an elegant emotion when I hear it.
DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
MD : Drawing on a sketch book, water color pencils, caliper, gemstones, carving wax, computer software.
DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
MD : My designs represent who I am.
DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
MD : There was no collaboration at all, purely a solo project.
DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
MD : 3D computer software and printing play the most important role in this design.
DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
MD : Studying the history of the Japanese Fan.
DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
MD : Time, frustration with weight and measurements.
DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
MD : People who know me well, kept on telling me "you should enter a design competition" . I never really saw my potentials before but I am glad I listened to them, Sometimes people know you better that you do!
DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
MD : What I learned from this designing experience was that there is no right or wrong in designing, and there is not a set process in designing either. What matters the most is to believe in your own intuition, be persistent and keep pushing your limits. Because when you keep challenging yourself your designs get better and better, and you become a better designer.