Bark → Spark
Useless → Useful
Abandoned → New Life
“Fashion anthropologist” is an interdisciplinary project with handicraft research institutes, textile research institute, museums, universities and designers from the Netherlands, United Kingdom, America, China, and Taiwan; we use words, images, filming and different ways to record the traditional Austronesian handicraft — Tapa and would love to introduce them to the public in a modern and interesting way.
My mom used to work with the bark when I was a child.
I sat beside her to see how she treats this treasure from our nature and make it into a whole new look. At that moment in time, I didn’t know this kind of normal daily life as my heritage. It was after working for quite some years as a professional designer that I found this to be important to myself and for this industry. Once I went back and saw my mother doing the hammering again, I started to realize that the most precious thing for me in this is to be surrounded by the sound of hammering, the smell of the tree bark and my family.
From bark to Spark
The bark is an eco-friendly material without any chemical material added inside. Tapa is an Austronesian handicraft in which we use the hammer to stretch the fiber and water to wash the sap off. You can find bark as abandoned bark from furniture in factories. In nature, you can peel off the tree bark from branches after which the tree recover by itself. So it can be seen as a continuous cycle from nature to life and back to nature to be decomposed by our land.
The final textile I would like to make, shows the cross-culture communication which we as a Taiwanese have. This island was colonized by the Dutch, Spanish, Japanese and so on. Compared to others, we don’t really have a continuous cultural heritage. We are composed of different countries and people. What we do have continuously, is the origin of Tapa from ancient to modern.
I really hope to bring the memories from my ancestors to my land and the public.
I want to rebuild the connection.
I want to tell the story of my culture.
I want to give an example of social responsibility to our surrounding.
I want to restore the human aspect in the fashion which I think we lost today.
I want to embrace the close connection between nature and textile and human and textile.
We use words, images, sounds, and video to record the growth and footprint of this artistic journey to see how this beautiful textile could be in the coming future.
Fashion for Good, 2019
Fashion for Good launched the Redress exhibition to show eleven emerging designers use the different sustainable method to recreate the wasted, abandoned and second-hand materials, clothing and textiles into a whole new look.
“From Modern to Tradition, From Fashion to Nature” public lecture, 2018
“From Modern to Tradition, From Fashion to Nature” lecture at Circular economy and sustainability of fashion and textile conference in Taiwan on 19th, September, 2018
Mercedes Me HK in 2018
Select garments from the eleven 2018 Redress Design Award Finalists’ collections are on display from 14–23 September at the Mercedes me Store, as part of HKTDC’s ‘Hong Kong in Fashion’ – a month-long city wide campaign promoting fashion, trends and creativity at various trendsetting hotspots.With fashion’s staggering excesses and polluting ways increasingly dominating the headlines, these eleven designers, selected from applications from 55 countries, skillfully demonstrate that textile waste is an opportunity not to be missed. Their transformational collections, recently showcased at Hong Kong’s CENTRESTAGE, share a vision of beauty and exponential possibility for waste
Redress Design Award Magazine, 2018
Redress Design Award Magazine vol.5 - The fifth issue of the Redress Design Award 2018 Magazine is out now! Find out more about our Redress Design Award 2018 finalists and our competition alumni – a new generation of designers reinventing the way we make and market fashion. Dive into our feature articles, contributed by sustainable fashion experts including Clare Press, Orsola de Castro, Marieke Eyskoot and Bel Jacobs on sustainable fashion, textile waste and circular news.
HongKong Fashion Week, 2018
The Redress Design Award (formerly the EcoChic Design Award) is the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition. Organised by Redress, the competition works to educate emerging fashion designers around the world about sustainable design theories and techniques in order to drive growth towards a circular fashion system. By putting sustainable design talent in the global spotlight, the competition creates a unique platform for passionate and talented fashion game-changers to transform the global fashion industry and rewards the best with career-changing prizes to maximise long-term impact.
Taiwan Design Expo, 2017
Taiwan Design Expo has left behind a trail of happiness over the past 15 years in Taipei, Yilan, Kaohsiung, Tainan, Taichung, and Taitung. This year, Taiwan Design Expo returns to Tainan with the theme “Design for Happiness”—using NCKU Fomer Library as the main exhibition area, the expo will collaborate with six satellite areas, including Blueprint Cultural and Creative Park, Wu's Garden Culture Center, Creative Tainan, Tainan Cultural and Creative Park, 321 Art Village, and C-Hub@NCKU; through eight pavilions, design for happiness will flourish at all corners in the city with rich cultural fabric.
Taiwan Craft Tour Exhibition, 2017
Taiwan Craft Tour Exhibition is held by Taiwan Crafts Research and Development Institute which invites emerging designers to work with the craftsman to turn the tradition into modern design. Taiwanese designer WEIYU HUNG works with his mother who uses Austronesian handicraft, Tapa ( bark fabric ) and inspired by the calligraphy, they launch a capsule collection included accessories, handbags, and clothing.