Kwong Yik Seng Crockery Shop
Jann Choy and Amanda Gayle
24 January 2020
Kwong Yik Seng Crockery Shop was an established family-owned crockery shop located on Jalan Tun Ismail. It opened in 1938, and served its customers for 81 years before officially closing down on the 29 November 2019. A month before they shut, we spent some time interviewing those who knew the place for a long time, and soon fell in love with the charm of the shop. We became very fond of this close-knit family of owners and workers. Seeing as it was likely to be their last ever interview, they shared with us all facets of life at Kwong Yik Seng, from digging out old photos from 1991 to reminiscing over their most beloved spots in the shop, and even playing us their favourite Elvis songs. It is clear how close they have gotten over the years, with one even saying how she is closer to them than to her own mother. It is not just the beautiful objects that make up the heart of Kwong Yik Seng; rather, it is their lively personalities as well as the friendships forged between them and with their customers that keeps generations after generations returning. We will be sad to see them go, but feel privileged to have heard their stories. It was a rare opportunity to experience the ins and outs of one of the last remaining crockery shops in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur.
Jann Choy is a story teller, creative coder and experience designer, who draws on human experiences. Concepts and communication are important to me, hence my work take on the forms of many different medias, from films of me learning how to be alone, to making giant interactive batteries. I enjoy creative processes and the act of making iterations, to produce abundance of unique outcomes bound by similar constraints. I am currently studying Graphic Communication Design in Central Saint Martins. Find my work here.
Amanda Gayle is a collage maker, trash collector, and poster enthusiast who enjoys both analogue and digital image making processes, and engages in projects which challenge and reframe pre-existing ideas about the world. There is often an unplanned approach to my work which is heavily inspired by the human experience and my own surroundings, providing new aesthetic freedom whilst celebrating complexity and imperfection in the process. I am currently in my final year at Central Saint Martins, studying BA Graphic Communication Design. Find my work here.