One of the many bizarre Nanshan billboards that gave the town its strange vibe. I have never been to such a bizarre place where the town's/ company's logo is everywhere you go, not to mention the fact that everyone in the town works for the company or is learning to. This is an advertisement for Nanshan garments which highlights the strange energy of the town.
Our first designer meeting with Harrison Wong. It was very interesting to hear Harrison talk about the challenges for his label in the HK market. Namely the sky high rent and problems surrounding the HK market's insatiable hunger for International Designer brands. Harrison combats these challenges by creating menswear with a difference. He does this through unusual textiles and keeping things at a price point that while still in the luxury market, sits below International Designer Brands.
Peta and I were lucky enough to attend the Woolmark Prize Asia Pacific Regional Finals as we stayed on in HK an extra week. It was quite a glamorous event held in PMQ, where we started our exploration of HK's fashion industry. It was interesting to see how the designs differed based on where the designers came from; with more edgy looks coming from Korea and Japan and more poetic design coming from China. It was also great to see the different ways the designers had applied wool.
The highlight of HKFW was seeing the collections of 10 Poly Technic fashion honours students. The collections were all very strong and all had very interesting textiles as well as interestingly constructed garments. It was also great to see the gender fluidity of their collections, with many of the designers presenting looks on both men and women. It was so inspiring to see what young designers like us are doing on the other side of the world, and the similarities and differences in our…
Our last group meeting at this yarn manufacturer really solidified our learning about yarns and fibres over the last two weeks. Seeing the ways this man could create so many amazing and totally different textiles using only one yarn again solidified to me how important the yarn is to a design. The thickness of the yarn, along with its texture, colour and composition can totally transform a garment.
Waiting for the WGSN presentation at HK fashion week to start. Unfortunately filming and photography were banned in the actual presentation. This was our first point of call at HKFW. It was interesting to hear what the big stories in fashion are for the next seasons, for me particularly in terms of seeing how things happening in society, globally and locally will be reflected in fashion. For me this is the most exciting aspect of fashion; as a reflection of the world it sits in and it was…
The magical zen garden restaurant where we ate lunch our first day in Hong Kong. A stunning vegan meal was enjoyed hidden in the vines and beneath the waterfall, which completely added to the experience of the nunnery. The quiet atmosphere and delicate food was so special after having walked around the nunnery and gardens.
My design becoming a reality. Because I wanted to capture a space that sat between the digital and the real, it was important for the design to feel flat and glitchy, but for it to also have a textural feel. I feel that the floats helped me achieve this really well. Unfortunately there was a miscommunication when we were setting up the warp which meant that both the yellow and red warps were on the same structure. This meant I had much less flexibility as to where the floats were.
Another version of my image pixellated, hopefully formed with different warp colours and different structures to emphasise the gridding and cut floats to give off the idea of textured areas, with the photo coming alive in its hair 3 dimensionality.
Highlight of the day. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this absolutely stunning buddhist nunnery in the heart of Hong Kong. Unlike the temple which had absorbed much of HK's madness, the nunnery truly had a zen quality about it. The fact that you were banned from taking photos in the inner section honestly felt like a luxury. An opportunity to simply soak in the peaceful atmosphere, the various shrines and to reflect.
My drawing used to communicate the rest of the design to Li Min. Unfortunately there wasn't time to totally finish our weaves in the week, so we left some designs for our counterparts. I wanted the weave to continue fairly organically, sticking to the colour palette and changing widths which I communicated to Li Min largely verbally. I also left her this drawing. Drawing I discovered on the trip is a very useful universal communication tool and was invaluable in explaining ideas to Li Min.