My thesis collection is inspired by a place called Nainai temple which is located in Hebei, China. The reason why I chose this temple was that this temple breaks all presumptions of what a traditional temple should be like. The particular mix of modern, unusual, humane and realistic energy in combination with a Chinese temple's traditional purpose from a mundane folk culture is what drove me to create my collection.
The concept of repurposing mundane objects found in everyday life, it was my primary objectives to portray this concept by extracting from my research the silhouettes and patterns from pre-owned garments which were then pieced together artfully. The functionality of object or garment is reimagined in its innate nature through the collaging process.
The persistent and aggressive nature of advertisement in our current consumerist climate is what I hope to repurpose aesthetically in my prints, by elevating what is normally discarded as a surface to be an integral part of the design.
Combining these concepts and create a new system that is something I find extremely fascinating. Where none of the elements fit together but when they fit together it's brilliant and fresh. Shishangpinpai is the name of my brand and it translates in English to "fashion brand". The simplicity of the title relates to the anonymity of the garments as the wearer can create their own system.