From Weaver to Chinese rose - 1982 Interview

{Interview with Yawng}
K-100 Pictorial No. 20 - 1982 Interview - Hong Kong TV Special Edition - 1987 Retrospective Interview


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Once, in the midst of a beautiful brocade, she thought of plucking a rainbow from the sky as a pattern. I once daydreamed in front of a loom, dreaming of a cowherd on the other side of a silver bridge. Yesterday was just like a bubble and smoke. Today, I am just working on my script and playing the role of a pretty Huang Rong.


She lives in a suburb of London, in a two- or three-storey house, surrounded by quiet surroundings that are a bit intimidating, and a life that is very humdrum. Fortunately, I spent most of the day at school, otherwise I would not have been able to bear it as a petite girl who had been loved and cared for by her parents and family since she was a child.

Looking back on her eight years of study in the UK, she says, "When I arrived in the UK eight years ago, I didn't know my way around, I had to make my own decisions, and I had to do everything myself. At first I was a bit overwhelmed, but then I got used to it and found it fun. On the one hand, I learnt to live independently, and on the other hand, I felt happy to be with my parents."

Looking at this sweet, petite, lively girl talking about her time in England, one can't help but feel a sense of enrichment and sweetness, but it's also easy to understand the strong inner world of this seemingly small and lovely girl.

Playing with the transparent cup filled with "Mixed Fruit Binge", she gazed at the cushion under the cup, tilted her head sideways and seemed to be contemplating something, looking strangely serious and amused, and then, as if in thought, murmured.
"If you enlarge this pattern a little, you can connect them diagonally one by one ......"
"Hey, what the hell are you talking about?

With her eyes wide open, she woke up from her dream and said with a slight smile and an embarrassed look, "I'm sorry, it's 'academic sickness'. You know, I studied textile design. Whenever I see a beautiful or special pattern, I always bring it in and look at it, and sometimes I don't know how long I've been holding it. Haha!"

She smiled so sweetly, so adorably, so naturally, so comfortably, without being coy at all.

"Why did you choose textile design?" I don't understand why she chose textile design when there are popular and promising subjects such as interior design, jewellery design and commercial advertising design.

"Many people have asked me this question, but I think that textile design is not only not a popular subject, but also has the closest relationship with people's clothing, food, housing and transport. Fabrics can not only be used to make clothes to wear on the body, but also to make all kinds of household items such as tablecloths, bed sheets, curtains, etc.
You dare to say that textile design is cold and impractical?"

I finally raised my hand in surrender! But for the sake of saving face, I had to come up with another question for this smart-alecky little girl! "After all these years of studying textile design, she is now working in front of a screen. Don't you think it's a waste of talent to learn something that you can't use?"

"I was a bit conflicted at first, but now I've figured it out. I have the diploma in my hand and what I have learnt is already in my head. I am afraid that it will fly away. I'm just hiding what I've got for the time being, so that I can use it when I have the chance." She said it as if she was joking, but she really meant it! And it's true!

"Besides, one can only enrich one's life if one has the opportunity to try more things. If you have the opportunity to be an artist and live a different life, you can experience more of life and have more social experience, so why not? If after a period of time I find that I don't fit in with the industry, I will be able to work again. It's not too late to go back to my old job! Is n't it?"

I have nothing to say, but I really feel that this weak and slender girl is not just a pretty girl, but has a deep and hidden heart. I remember that when she was running for Miss Hong Kong, she said she wanted to be a successful textile designer, but I believe that her dream of becoming a weaver will not be realised for the time being. However, her confidence and determination make me believe that she will succeed - no matter what she chooses!

Source of information for this article
Hong Kong K-100 Pictorial, Issue 20 key-in: HYH
    Published on 1982/12/25 Text: Siu Lo

Source: http://www.barbarayung.net/ Hong Kong K-100 Pictorial, Issue 20 Published on 1982/12/25

 

翁美玲由織女到黃蓉.1982訪談內文

【訪談亞翁內文】
◎K-100畫報第20期.1982訪談內文 ◎香港電視特刊.1987回顧訪談內文
封面特寫:曾在綺羅錦緞中發奇想,想摘下天上彩虹當圖案;
     曾在織布機前作白日夢,夢見牛郎在銀橋的那一邊;
     昨日種種如泡沬如輕煙,今天只管埋首劇本,演活一個俏黃蓉。

圖:網友loulan提供霧都倫敦,是翁美玲熟悉的地方。
翁美玲住的是倫敦近郊,全是二、三層高的平房,四週環境寧靜得實在有點怕人,生活也平淡得很,加上離鄉別井,遠離摯愛親朋,箇中滋味,實在並不好受。幸而一天中有大半天在學校上堂,否則這位自幼備受父母家人寵愛關懷的嬌嬌女,真個會受不了!

回想起在英國求學這八年的生活,翁美玲回味無窮:「八年前到英國時,人生路不熟,凡事要自己作主,起居飲食也要親力親為,初時實在有點不知所措,後來習慣了又覺得怪好玩的。一方面學習到獨立生活,另一方面也體會到跟父母在一起時的幸福。」

望著面前這位樣子甜甜、嬌小玲瓏、活潑可人的俏丫頭娓娓地談著在英國的日子,使人不期然也產生一種有如身受的充實感與甜蜜感,卻也不難明白這位看來纖小可愛的小女孩底堅強的內心世界!

把玩著盛滿了「雜果賓治」的透明杯子,她凝神注視著杯子底下那墊子,側著頭,似在沉思什麼似的,樣子看來怪認真、又怪有趣的,忽又若有所思,喃喃自語道:
「這個圖案如果放大一點,一個個對角地連起來……」
圖:網友loulan提供「喂,妳在說什麼鬼話呀?」

睜大了那雙本來已經夠大的眸子,她有點如夢初醒的感覺,微微一笑,帶點不好意思的神情說:「對不起,這是『學業病』。你知啦,我是學紡織設計的。每逢看到些美麗或特別的圖案時都會拿來參詳一番,有時也不知道拿著圖案呆了多久,人家不知道的還以為我有點什麼問題呢!哈哈!」

她笑起來怪甜、怪可愛的,自然得很舒服,一點也沒有忸怩造作。

「為什麼妳會選紡織設計呢?」
其實我是不明白為什麼有「室內設計」、「珠寶設計」、「商業廣告設計」等熱門、受歡迎且出路好的科目她不擇,卻偏偏選了這冷門的「紡織設計」。

「很多人都問過我這問題,不過我覺得紡織設計不但不冷門,而且與人的衣食住行有最
 密切的關係。布料不但可製成衣服穿在身上,也可以製成各式各樣的家居用品,如桌
 布、床單、窗簾布,甚至抹拭用的也是布料,你還敢說紡織設計是冷不實用?」

我終於舉手投降了!但為了面子問題,又想出一個問題來難難這位伶牙俐齒的小丫頭!「花了這許多年學紡織設計,現在卻幹起螢光幕前的工作,
 不覺得有點學非所用、浪費人才嗎?」

「初時我也有點矛盾,不過現在想通了。文憑已經在我手上,學到的東西已經在我的腦
 子裏,真是有人想搶也搶不到呀,還怕它會飛走嗎?我不過是將這些已得之物暫時藏
 起來,等將來有機會時再拿出來用,還不是很安全、很合經濟原則嗎?」
 她說時像開玩笑,但其實是很認真的!而且她的話也真不無道理!

「而且,人有機會多嘗試各方面的東西才可以充實生命,既然有機會當藝人,過過另一
 種生活,既可多體驗人生,又可多一些社會經驗,何樂不為呢。如果一段時間後我發
 覺自己不適合這圈子,再返回老本行還不遲呢!是嗎?」

我無話可說。不過著實覺得這看來弱質纖纖的小女孩並非虛有美麗的外表,而是極有深藏不露的內涵。記得翁美玲在參選港姐的當兒,曾表示希望當一個成功的紡織設計師,但相信她這個織女夢暫時是無法實現了。不過,她的信心與堅定的意志令我相信她是會成功的—無論她選擇的是什麼!

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本文資料來源:
香港《K-100畫報》第20期 key-in:HYH
    1982/12/25出版 文:小盧

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