Yuming Weng of China, was moved by distorted portraits from Henrietta Harris. Wools in shades of grey and brown dominated the collection and expressed the muted tone beautifully. The Bay area’s Teresa Field channeled depictions of the human body as well as sketches from H.R. Giger’s “Alien” for the collection she collaborated on with textile designer James Thai, and jewelry designer Leah Aripotch. California based Thai created custom leather textiles in compliment, take for example burning the leather to reveal imagery of flora and fauna blended into the medium. Leah Aripotch from New York created the jewelry and embellishments by fusing concepts from her collaborators and turning the work into her own with cast pieces of bronze, brass, and copper metals.
Heather Marie Scholl from the Northwest Pacific Coast region brought together her past studies in her current project. Her collection explores the sexually obsessed nature of queer culture and the glamour associated with it using materials like wool, cotton, and wool knit, with glass beads for embellishment. Chenxi Li (China) was inspired by fashions of the 1950s. She included exaggerated silhouettes and voluminous components while the knitwear pieces resembled traditional Chinese armor. Originally from Canada, Heather McDonald got revved up with Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis, and explored humans vs. technology with angular forms and shaped knitwear. Inspired by natural light and ensuing shadows Qian Xie, originally from China, where she attended the Southwest University concentrated on geometric silhouettes and negative space were constructed in a variety of wools, and cashmere knits.
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