Elaine Yan Ling Ng

Elaine Yan Ling Ng


Sustainability in Art
Technology in materials & Art

Job Title

Founder and Design Director | Chief Material Innovator | The Eco Innovator Award Winner | TED Fellow


The Fabrick Lab | Nature Squared


London | Hong Kong


English, Mandarin

Speaking Topics

  • Art and textiles on the cutting edge: blending textiles, weaving and new technology
  • How to power the art installation using data and make it interactive and informative
  • Digitally archiving traditional weave patterns from Guizhou and how to use AI to rework existing material or traditional forms of art
  • Innovation in the world of textiles
  • Circular Magic in Nature, People and Planet and how we can apply it to leave a sustainable life
  • How the behaviour of natural elements can be manifested in man-made materials to enhance modern architecture and interior design
  • Visions for sustainable materials
  • Unusual textile-made structures and what the future holds for textiles
  • How art can inform sustainability

Expert Profile

The expert is founder of THE FABRICK LAB, who brings together textiles, electronics, biomimicry, interiors and installations. She is a British Chinese visionary multimedia artist and a graduate of Central Saint Martins in London where she earned her MA Design in Textile Futures with distinction. 

She is also known as the ‘techno fairy’ by Elle Deco, is a TED fellow and is globally recognized, having worked with international design companies such as Nissan Design Europe and Nokia Design Beijing with multiple design awards. In 2015, she became the recipient of the Swarovski Designers of the Future Award, which acknowledges emerging studios and designers who are actively expanding design culture through experimentation with cutting-edge technologies. 

Her work has been exhibited at V&A and Science Museum in London, and Textile Museum, Tilburg, Harbour Front Centre in Toronto, Espace EDF Art Foundation in Paris and Wuhao, Beijing, and Moleskine global galleries. Her art and design research has been widely featured internationally including Wired UK, Elle Decoration China, Surface Asia, AD Italia, AD China, China Daily, Yazter and Core 77 and many more.

As a grant recipient of Hong Kong Design Trust, her feature project includes creating an on-going textile experimentation, a synergy between traditional craft and modern understanding of material. Through visiting Guizhou in South China, working with local weavers, she is designing an efficient work model with the Guizhou villagers. This in return aims to achieve the final goal of skill exchange and can help the villagers to create a sustainable way of living through making exquisite craft for the urban consumers.