The collection was inspired by my experience of studying and living abroad for years. The concept was connecting back to my nostalgia/homesickness, with the support of those photographs of folks daily wearing that I took in my hometown, connected with the ideas of birds’ migration to describe the feeling of being alone, being an outsider, in a foreign country.
I used 3d printing as part of my textiles design for this collection. Using different shades of skin tones TPU 3D printing filaments, building dreamy, sculptural but also soft layers on the fabrics. To explore more possibilities in 3d printing technology in fashion design.
PART ONE: Migrating birds, they fly across many different places, chasing the sun, endless searching for food----many people in the world such as me doing the same thing, the endless search for finding the purpose of life across the world. I call them the Migrating Birds. I am one of the migrating birds in society. As many of those wild birds return to the places where they were born, to raise their next generation, they back to their 'hometown'.
PART TWO: Kites have a string to hold them fly lightheartedly. To me, the string was my homesickness, a strong emotionally support in my heart connecting to my homeland while I flew in different regions. The thread of kites Connected back to what the local folks, the senior citizens wore in their daily life in my hometown. Many of them are not fashionable, but there were many interesting details/wise of life hidden in the dressing, these elements made a vivid living picture of local folks' life.
Printed pieces using different shades of skin colour TPU, one of them are flexible TPU, which gave strong flexibility to hold between two other pieces. They are also fastened by eyelets and jump rings, to make the repeated pattern look more sophisticated.