Fishing in the Dark is a collection that explores the ability of blind people in sports. Often thought as handicapped, blind people have been breaking boundaries their physical ‘disability’ sets for them to excel in sports like golf, archery, skateboarding and fishing.
This collection aims at creating fashion which blind people can experience. Rather than focusing on colour or prints that they can’t see, these clothes pay a great attention to different textures and fabrics so that they are able to feel fashion. Incorporated into the clothes are ways for them to understand the clothes better, from flies on zippers to help them find zip ends to pockets with braille punched into the fabric. Their unique language of braille has also been incorporated so that they can ‘communicate’ with the fabric. Beaded on the sleeves, punched into the suede or weaved into the neoprene is the phrase ‘I am not blind’. Ironic or not, when braille is put on the clothes, the one who becomes blind are the people who have sight as they do not understand braille, thus turning the tables on them.
Truly, the collection can be summed up with a quote from Helen Keller- The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.
Men at work. Women at work. If women had their own construction clothing, what would it look like? This collection mixes slip dresses with the elements seen at a road work, from construction vests to road signs.
South African artist Lionel Smit will be exhibiting at Cat Street Gallery opening today till 8 November. Tagged as one of the young investment artists, Smit is best known for his contemporary portraits done in monumental canvases and sculptures. His work tonight explores duality in identities with mirrored portraiture pulled in opposite directions on canvas, sculpture and silkscreen.
Curator’s talk will begin at 6pm today followed by cocktails till 9pm.
I’ve been looking through images of braille art to be inspired for my collection. Someone said “I can’t believe how these people feel to read. It’s so beautiful.” And it truly is…
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Yesterday it hit me during my mid-term presentations that I was doing an all black collection. I must say, I love colour a lot. I can get a rush from seeing colour and for my 21st birthday present, I requested my mom to get me the pantone set which till today, is one of my most valuable gifts.
Then this quarter, I decided to try stripping down my strength in colour to doing an all black collection. A main reason for that is the nature of the collection. We were required to chose an ethnic group and match it with a sport. I eventually chose to do fishing and… blind people. I have interacted with the blind on a personal level and believe me, they are an ethnic group themselves! Although they do not have a specific geographic location, they have their own culture and language (braille).
Doing this collection exposed many of my flaws. It made me very stressed too, having to think about merging functionality with fashion. Most of the times, these two don’t meet very well. Fashion is usually seen as a form or something frivolous like decoration with no meaning while function serves a purpose. By choosing to look at fishing gear, doing a menswear collection and creating clothes for the blind, I got myself trapped in creating functional clothing which to be frank, looked absolutely like a robber’s get up in the night when it’s all black.
Moving forward, I have started to create some textures and prints in braille which I am excited to show you soon! This would keep the collection from looking like a robber’s wardrobe 🙂
This project was created during the 3D class for an eco-art exhibition in collaboration with HSBC Hong Kong. The art work created is now stored in the HSBC Permanent Art collection along with other famous renown artists.
Having grown up in an Asian society, I have always been in love with the mystic of the imperial dynasties and the long history of the Chinese culture. Looking towards the imperial treasures as an inspiration, I quickly noticed the fine art of porcelain.
First founded in China, porcelain was once a common choice for utensils, houseware and even imperial treasures. The craft of moulding and firing porcelain was considered such a fine art that some kilns would only produce for the imperial family. However in this modern day, old traditions like this have started to disappear, especially with the prevalent use of plastic in all types of houseware including disposable ware.
Bringing the disappearing craft back into the present, I took recycled plastic bottles and coated them in leftover wax to resemble the Chinese Ming vases. Coloured in white, these bottles mimic white porcelain, which was created during the Tang Dynasty and was considered to be the best quality. White also represents the illusion many of us have today. Much like how the bottle is coated in wax, but is truly plastic underneath, many consumers are under the illusion that our world is doing well, not knowing the state that we are actually in.
Some bottles have been painted over and carved with coloured wax while others have printed rice paper coated under. The scenes depicted on the bottles are classic Chinese landscapes usually found on ceramics or in Chinese paintings. By making these bottles look like modern day Ming vases, I aim to not only elevate the status of cast of materials into an imperial ornament but to also make viewers realize the widespread usage of plastic in our society today. Isn’t plastic the new porcelain?