From 2012 to 2016, Zuoyu Shi attended the BFA Fashion Design program at Parsons the New School of Design in New York, specialize in women’s ready to wear.
In the summer of 2015, Zuoyu encountered works of 3D and 4D printing, interactive coding and biodegradable materials which are all innovative ways to make sustainable design. Zuoyu’s fascination has led her to learn basic coding and 3D model making. Zuoyu’s graduation thesis collection is a 6 looks presentation of 6 different categories of avoidable food waste, with clothes patterns and surface design generated with data visualization coding program with specific waste data statistics.
Zuoyu believes that a fashion designer is responsible for the environmental impact created in the design process. Her creative process is evolving into a more sustainable approach to garment making in both the choices of natural fiber materials and reduce waste in pattern cutting.