Happy Chinese New Year! This year, we celebrate the Lunar Year of the Monkey, a time for ambition and adventure. The monkey is the ninth animal in the 12-year Chinese Zodiac cycle and it follows on from last year’s Year of the Sheep. In contrast to the calm and gentleness of the sheep, the monkey is said to be lively, energetic and intelligent. Designer of The Royal Mint’s Shēngxiào UK Lunar Coin collection and print-maker Wuon-Gean Ho has captured this movement in her designs; drawing on the monkey’s playful side whereby the monkeys are seen jumping into the unknown “taking flight, even though they don’t have wings.”
We recently caught up with Wuon-Gean in our latest edition of our Designers’ Inspiration series, to find out more about her inspirations for her Lunar Year of the Monkey design, and about her process, from design to print, to coin.
Were you born in the Year of the Monkey?
Find out more about the monkey’s characteristics, companions and some ways in which Chinese New Year is celebrated in the infographic below.
How will you be celebrating the New Year? To shop the Lunar Year of the Monkey collection, see here.