Neon artist Karen Chan reclaims a Hong Kong icon and forges her own path as a woman in a traditionally male craft

Karen Chan’s design studio in Fo Tan, in Hong Kong’s New Territories, oozes creativity. A huge, lightsabre-wielding figure of Darth Vader, the lead villain in the Star Wars films, dominates one shelf, and others are lined with retro cameras and film equipment.“A lot of these items were given to me by my dad who worked in the post-production industry,” Chan says.The space is also alive with neon.Chan is the only active female neon light designer and maker in Hong Kong. The 33-year-old is part of…


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