Zimo He

Contact:
heqianmu@yeah.net
University/School:
University of Central Lancashire
Location:
Central Lancashire
Specialism:
Art DirectionDiversityFashion DesignGender NeutralSustainabiltyWomenswear
About Me

Beauty of Yin and Yang in Tai Chi.

I was born in the coastal cities of China and was brought up by my grandparents. Under their influence, I like Chinese traditional art very much. This time I came to England to study, I wanted to combine traditional Chinese art with avant-garde western aesthetics. Design different works. Taijiquan, a kind of traditional Chinese shadow boxing.

My grandfather is a famous Taijiquan teacher, but also my childhood teacher, I have been learning Tai Chi around him since childhood, this design my inspiration muse is my grandfather, he let me understand the essence of Chinese Tai Chi. Because of learning Chinese traditional Taijiquan from an early age, I know the Yin and Yang sides of Tai Chi and the hard and soft Taijiquan. My grandfather often showed me his old photos when he was young. I incorporated the Tai Chi clothes in those old photos into my design, and I also reflected the essence of Tai Chi in black and white.

INSPIRATION

Taijiquan, a kind of traditional Chinese shadow boxing.

Tai Chi (also Taiji) is an important element in my life as it relates back to my grandfather, who was a master of this internal Martial Art form. The Yin and Yang symbol signifies balance and harmony, something that has been in disarray over the past 18 months. I will integrate the concept and values of Taiji into my design development with the bold contrasts of the symbol, the black, and white opposing tones, becoming a key inspiration throughout my creative process.

Highlights of metallics’, in particular gold, will signify strength and enduring quality. Traditional textile techniques such as tie-dye will interpret the color infusion or the interplay of elements from Taiji to illustrate the mood of this practice and create the balance of opposing elements. The garments worn for this Martial Art, researched from primary photographs of my grandfather, will be the building blocks of my design process fusing these with contemporary fashion developments.

MY WORK

PORTFOLIOS

DETAIL

Hand stitching and tie dyeing

Traditional textile techniques such as tie-dye will interpret the colour infusion or the interplay of elements from Taiji to illustrate the mood of this practice and create the balance of opposing elements. The garments worn for this Martial Art, researched from primary photographs of my grandfather, will be the building blocks of my design process fusing these with contemporary fashion developments.

“I wanted to infuse my heritage with a contemporary Western aesthetic. My grandfather was a famous Taiji teacher who taught me from a young age and it was these early memories that inspired my collect
Art DirectionDiversityFashion DesignGender NeutralSustainabiltyWomenswear
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