Part 3

Research File

Why seniors prefer colorful clothes? - ZHIHU

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@大海:“First of all, from the young people, youth is inherently colorful, the temperament of the people themselves is vibrant, energetic, a pair of I am the savior, the momentum of the crowd, at this time people do not need to use additional colors to color themselves. So the color popular with young people is more plain, because when attracting people's attention, plain clothes do not catch the eye, it is easier to focus on the people themselves. And as you grow older, maybe 35 to 40 years old, after your body has grown up, the youthful breath on your body slowly began to fade, but also found that you can not change the world, but by the world a little change. At this time, people have no youthful vigor, in order to balance people's temperament, people will slowly start to like more colorful clothes, because bright clothes bring a stronger visual impact, can make themselves feel more spiritual, conceal the fading color of youth, in attracting other people's attention when The clothes themselves capture most of the attention of others, thus avoiding the attention of others to themselves.”

@张大豪:“One is the quality of design thinking, and the other is the high aesthetic standard of the elderly. For example, today's old people in their youth but with big flower patterns exaggerated clothing, such as cheongsam, dress, fashion.”

@锦瑟章:“At this age, clothes are more for pleasures. Because I miss the flower-like years, I like flower clothes; because I don't care about other people's eyes, so I can wear bright colors without scruple; of course, because bright clothes can make people more energetic. It is also at this age that we realize that life can be wonderful for ourselves, so we have more love. In addition, in fact, women of this age have their own unique tastes, should not say that only like bright colors, but bright colors and this age in the visual conflict, so everyone has such an impression.”





Lantern Riddles


Lanterns with riddles hanging underneath


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Lanterns with riddles


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People guessing the riddles


"The festival celebrates three fundamental concepts that are closely connected:

  • Gathering, such as family and friends coming together, or harvesting crops for the festival. It's said the moon is the brightest and roundest on this day which means family reunion. And this is the main reason why people think mid-autumn is important.
  • Thanksgiving, to give thanks for the harvest, or for harmonious unions
  • Praying (asking for conceptual or material satisfaction), such as for babies, a spouse, beauty, longevity, or for a good future

Traditions and myths surrounding the festival are formed around these concepts, although traditions have changed over time due to changes in technology, science, economy, culture, and religion. It's about well being together."


"A notable part of celebrating the holiday is the carrying of brightly lit lanterns, lighting lanterns on towers, or floating sky lanterns. Another tradition involving lanterns is to write riddles on them and have other people try to guess the answers."







The history of design in many fields.

A collection of printing and collaging experimentations. Each page has its unique text alignment and composition.

Apple Powerbook 150, with an old-school and humble shape

it reminds me to go further on the way to seek old products, which came up in the same periods with the seniors and have the similar "personalities" with them.

"Radio in a bag"

such a novel idea!

keep the essential objects and change another appearance, which is more interesting and it could also teach people of the inner structure of this product.



Guangzhou is a subtropical city located in southern China. And I guess that is why many males in GZ prefer to roll up their tops in summer. On the other hand, Guangzhou is also a "nice" city, which means that it is full of nice and casual people, which is the opposite of cautious and indifference. Guangzhou becomes more like home in summer.

Most old generation people in China wears fake products without feeling shame. Mainstream comment is taking charge of blaming them or feeling shame for them. But what I want to say is that most of them are innocent for that. In addition, some producers did produce creative, funny, lovely fakes. And sometimes innocent brings surprises.

Sleeping is important to everyone. In the magical cities like Guangzhou, you are allowed to sleep wherever and whenever you want. But what is more important is that you are supposed to figure out how can you sleep in your current situation. Above are some creative people sleeping in their original methods.

Plastic is everywhere! From container to tool, from transparent to color, from fire ballon to ping-pong ball. There is no doubt that it could be widely used on our body in daily life as well as in fashion. And it seems that Chinese is the pioneer. In Guangzhou, people use plastic as a bonus, it is waterproof so you can wear it as a raincoat, rainboots, rainpants, rainhat and the like. And it is disposable and cheap, which are two key points to push original designs.

Original styling designs can be easily found on the street in Guangzhou. When it is found in the old generation, it looks more novel and mysterious. They don't need to know any fashion tendency to guide them what to wear, they just know how to present themselves with their unique instincts. What's more, they affect each other in their communities, which becomes an indie fashion system.







Tsui C. (2009) China Fashion [electronic resource]: conversations with designers. Oxford: Berg.

 Loukia Richards

I really like Loukia Richards' s works. They are complicated, joyful and full of power. In my opinion, she's kind of like Piccaso in the embroidery area. It seems that she had the huge passion for what she was doing. The reason why these works are attractive is that she devoted herself to it more than any other did. I am so admiring of her energetic status. The complicated works just show how many time she spent on them and it is so impressive. I always think that when you devote yourself in some area and pay a lot of time into it, it couldn't be unattractive.





Barbara Lugge

I think she is a creative embroidery artist. The threads remain the line situation in her works but still looks so sophisticated. I think it probably because of the line skill itself. The lines are all really straight without any hesitation, they look determined and unshaken like it really shows the personality from its author. It reminds me of the time when I was learning sketch in China, about 5 years ago, when I didn't know why there were some artists' works looks so pretty from a long distance but when we come closer, it became pretty messy. What an amazing experience of appreciating!

Unlike Rita, she replaced pixels with straight threads, but still remains a strong feeling of handcrafting on her works. Like painting, I think she has subjectively edited the objects she paints, and then comes those wonderful and unique effects. I would like to try the techniques she used on other materials.





Rita Zepf

Unlike other embroidery works, Rita Zepf's works are full of poetic flavor. I think that was because she combines photography and embroidery together. As we all know, photography is kind of a digital symbol, which restores as more realities as it could with tons of pixels. But embroidery is made of threads, which could be much bigger than the pixel. She doesn't replace the pixels with thread directly, but combining threads and a little bit inks together to create a blur, rough but poetic picture. It reminds me of Monet's works, which remain the draft traces and only focus on the whole feeling of the painting. I recognized it as an inspired method of thinking while creating arts, and I think it inspires me a lot.





 Guang Yu

 Some might think that's a simple and normal poster. But I have heard from some typography experts that they were always trying to organize the layout in a way people wouldn't notice any traces. 

I think Guang Yu's works are bold and remain fun. The color combination is fun and comfortable. When I look at the posters, I feel really comfortable due to the careful choices of elements. There are never too many elements in a mature poster.












Jean-Paul Goude

"Goude is often recognized for his humorous and illusory style. Creating post-modern art, Goude is recognized as avant-garde, "constantly the boundaries between publicity and high art" in his advertising campaigns. In comparing Goude's advertisements to his "art pieces", several distinctions can be made. To begin, advertisements that Goude creates on commission almost never display Black men or women, are often colorful and are read as humorous and playful."

I also appreciate his techniques for cutting photo into pieces and reconstruct them. The process changes the figures on purpose and leaves a wonderful image.







Through this exhibition, my horizon has been broadened. I saw some amazing printing skills at this exhibition. I had no idea how they printed gradient ramp colors onto the paper with inks. I was also drawn by some of their covers, which had the strong visual effects.



- Painting textures by lines and colors

- Irregular patterns mixed with geometric figures

- Create a feeling of spaciousness by changing the colors and shapes

- Repeat the same elements (hand)

- Line figures overlap the color-blocks

- Full layouts

- Saturated color combination

- The outer frame can build a solemn vibe

- Putting interesting pattern or important information into the thick outer frame is a novel method

Thinking Eye - Kiyoshi Awazu

Kiyoshi Awazu, Japanese, 1929–2009. 

"The self-taught painter and designer Kiyoshi Awazu was an acclaimed avant-garde graphic designer in post-war Japan. His designs often advocate social issues. In Awazu’s early career, he created a large number of advertising posters for cinema, including movies created by Nikkatsu, a film company where he previously worked as a designer. He later expanded his practice to urban design and art direction for film and theater projects in collaboration with other creators. Awazu’s works often reflect his ideology of anti-Japanese modernism. Unlike his contemporaries, who appreciated the simplicity and a minimalistic approach to their designs, Awazu often employed representative figures and expressive typography, which were suggestive of the chaotic reality of rapid economic growth in post-war Japan."





Pixel art



A-Inn and Tanaka Brothers

From the far side, it is vintage and attractive, when you look closer to it, you can see the pixels, which are in charge of building up the whole image. Then you would find the true attractive point from it.

Despite they are both using pixels to build up an image,  photograph and pixel arts are pretty different. You could only feel awful and uncomfortable when you see pixels in a normal photograph because it always means that it has come from the low-quality device or has been transferred a lot, which is unperfect. But when we look at a pixelated image, we feel pleased and comfortable, because it comes from handcraft, it was painted, or say, reorganized. People's brain could automatically recognize it as a valuable retouched image rather than a natural photo, which could be reproduced really really easily and worthless.



Claire Watson

Claire Watson

"Claire Watson is a sculptor originally from Amarillo, Texas, with a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from Tyler School of Art in Rome and Philadelphia.  She has worked as a model maker, scenic artist, decorative painter, copy editor, and museum educator, and has taught at Middlebury College, Rutgers University, Dowling College and in other diverse settings while creating and exhibiting sculpture over a nearly forty-year career."


 Reddy, 2008




Suddenly Somebody, 2007



Darn Foot, 2008


Planting the hair on the brush, adding legs to gloves, placing a single wooden leg on a wooden cube...... the sculptures made by Clarie Watson are so mysterious and interesting. Claire Watson gave the objects personalities by mixing them with some human parts. The idea is so novel and even kind of weird, but the weird feature has captured all the attention from the audience. I would love to try to attach personalities to objects in different ways and see what I would get.





Adam Lister

I think he is so clever that he has created a new original kind of art.

He used many little different regular geometrical shape to build up images with watercolor. And this kind of method was supposed to make the picture too abstract and that would be less fun. But he was clever enough to choose some famous images, which are familiar to everybody, from world-famous paintings to unforgettable scenes from movies. What's more, the texture of watercolor is impressive, especially when it is used to present these regular geometrical shapes





Joo Jaebum

A talented pixel artist who often transfers classic famous drawings into pixelation, and also create different styles of pixelated figures.

By analyzing his works, I've learned a lot of skills of creating pixelation style works. For example, how to present gradual shadow by pixels, which way is the best to present curves by pixels. I found it really flexible to make images with pixels. 





Alexandra LeeseBoys of Hong Kong (2018).

 "Alexandra Leese introduces us to the new generation of Hong Kong boys deviating from the toxic tropes of masculinity."

 This collection shows me a new way to observe the world. There is no need to travel around the world to collect enough inspiration. The most reliable materials are always come from the place we are familiar, where maybe we have lived for a long time and left precious memories. All we need to do is just to be more curious about"your place".





Wonjun Jeong 

 A creative artist who creates amazing surrealism photographs with a projector. When I first saw this collection, I thought they were synthetic images. But then I found that projection would be a fabulous tool to create pictures like these. The projection on the flowing fabric is so beautiful because it looks so tuneful with the surrounding background. And the selection of people's faces is also intelligent, the scale of the faces are so appropriate and the draping texture works perfectly with the faces' projection. I would love to try projection in the next project.





 Reiko Suto, Textile designer






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Alexandra Leese and Luke Casey, Hong Kong taxi drivers for Helmut Lang (2018).


This collection of videos and photos show the close relationship between the brand and the ordinary people. It shows the charm of the brand by telling stories of people who have the similar personality with it. The action is novel and brave because it shortens the distance from people and uses another unregular way to draw consumers. At the same time, this action makes the brand positioning and style more specific and distinct.





Online course video - Heng Liu

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Object selection:

The visuality strengths of images are generally based on the following order:



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Image crop:

The visuality strengths of images with different crops are generally based on the following order:



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Image composition:

  •   LEFT --> RIGHT





I went to Chinatown and took some pictures of the passerby. Most of them are older generations, which is my aim subject in this project. I used a DSLR camera to capture them. In the beginning, I invited them to be my model, but somehow this method is ineffective. Because some of them are too sensitive or shy to face the camera. Then I found a corner, just standing there and capture them without them being Informed. I think it is an efficient way and then I have been able to collect a variety of street styles to study.



Ada Chen, Made in Chinese America (2018).

Her collections were about "giving Asian-Americans a voice". I found it inspired because I have the similar experience, and her method of transmitting feelings to objects is really interesting.

" I met friends here who are black and very proud of who they are, and I was like, ‘How come I don’t feel that way about being Asian or Chinese?’ Coming to terms with my identity, over the years, and finding things to be proud of, it made me want to talk about it. Jewelry was just a craft that I like, so why not integrate my interest in social issues and my love of craft? "





Boris Mikhailov, Case History (1997-1998).

"Boris Mikhailov, born in 1938 in Kharkov, Ukraine lives and works in Ukraine and in Berlin. Case History documents Mikhailov’s perception of social disintegration ensuing from the break-up of the Soviet Union – both in terms of social structures and the resulting human condition. Case History documents the social oppression, the devastating poverty, the harshness and helplessness of everyday life for the homeless."

I am obsessed with the extremely strange feeling from this collection. It is bizarre to us but normal to the specific people and time. I can't believe of some of these pictures, and I can't help guessing the truth behind the images. And I think this kind of power just makes this collection more valuable.





Andria Lo & Valerie Luu, Chinatown Pretty (2018).

 "Chinatown Pretty celebrates the street style of seniors living (and grocery shopping) in San Francisco’s Chinatown. "

The seniors bring new dressing ideas to the youth. It sounds ridiculous but I think it is true these days. The fashion trend is always circulating in the history. I think when young people are following the current fashion, their elders are already wearing the next fashion trend. The project Chinatown Pretty could not only remind us of the fabulous vintage style but also evoke us to seek for our unique styles, just like they do.