“Dear you, he said.” (2018)I realise i didn’t had the luxury of creating a home video as a kid, hence I wanted to use this opportunity to present my collection in the form of a film.
Based on the feeling of overwhelmed, I redirected the emotion into a mood film I shot in Japan named “Dear You”. My project follows the sequel, a second narrative film shot in Hong Kong named “Paper Boys” which follows a “paper” boy whom felt overwhelmed and decided to leave his life behind, however after reaching the epiphany (explosion), he realises in the end that he is still very much a papery boy at heart. Collaborated with friends at the Royal College of Music, we composed a poetic soundtrack specifically for my body of work. These films serves as a form of a self portraiture of myself.
In traditional Chinese self portraiture, Shan Shui painting (山水) or geology were used as a form of metaphor of self reflection, hence being inspired by He Jian Chen’s paintings of rock, it provides the mood I wanted to achieve within the plot. With the inspiration of the granular texture from the film, as well as surface texture of the rock, I develop my own material: slime, a malleable material that when its cool, it stays stiff and when it’s steamed, it’s soft as leather and can be mould and stitched. Texture and grains were explored through several textile techniques, screen printing and spray paints in order to achieve the gradually change in grains and texture within the collection. I also developed an oil paint print transfer technique that allows me to build layers of colours and opacity and transfer onto the surface any fabric as well as my slime. Although the collection is mostly worn by men, however it was primarily focuses on women’s garment details within this collection.
I hope that as my models walks down the runway, when it’s photographed or filmed, it will present itself as a still shot from the “film.” Hence creating a moving film gallery. The catwalk itself result in the third sequel of my film series.
Thank youTo my team of helpers, Team Gasped
and the following
Phoebe Walters (Internal Show)
Mariko Yamamoto (Press Show)
Kristina Pavlovic (Look Book)
Look Book photographed by Simonas Berukstis
Slime Making photographed by Oliver Vanes
Tien Ai Guan
and friends at Royal College of Music