Reborn 自然及生命的獨特演繹

by Be-Blogger CHINA / 中國 on: 二月 4th, 2012

當人類安於現狀、不斷征服地球的同時,卻也忽略了大自然所賦予的威力。過去一年裡地震、暴雨、洪水及氣候暖化等天災不斷,似乎也在提醒著生活在地球村上的人類,除了給自己更美好的生活外,應該要更加重視環保和自然生態議題。

有鑑於去年3月日本東北遭受強烈地震侵襲,日本藝術策劃暨經紀公司FEMME MANAGEMENT PRODUCE於去年底舉辦一場NIPPON ZINE特展,展覽中邀請約100位藝術家共同為東北受災民眾募款;如同展覽名稱NIPPON ZINE一樣,展覽上展現出日本人獨特的美學文化外,也展出日本人團結一心的精神。

其中藝術家暨鞋履設計師Masaya Kushino的作品吸引不少人的目光,畢業於京都藝術學校的Masaya Kushino,本身即擅長打造充滿故事性的鞋履,像是星座系列或是藝妓系列鞋款。這次Masaya Kushino為NIPPON ZINE特別創作Reborn系列鞋款。

Reborn系列利用植物和鞋的巧妙結合,比喻腳踩在土地上,展現出人類和大自然密不可分的關係,利用不同演化呈現出大自然無遠弗屆的威力和能量。

當繁花盛開時,就好像是人類企圖打造出美麗、興盛的烏托邦。

而花朵開始漸漸枯萎凋零時,反映出人類社會、經濟的衰敗,及對大自然所造成的種種汙染。

燃燒中的火焰代表大自然無情的反撲以及接連不斷的天災。

最後,浴火過的土壤,休息生養過後,總有一天會漸漸冒出新芽,繼續繁衍下去。

Masaya Kushino用他最擅長的鞋履闡述了大自然的奧祕,也鼓勵著大家勇敢從災難中站起。

繼去年底的NIPPON ZINE展後,Masaya Kushino將帶著他的創作前往紐約及巴黎。Future Tradition WAO展將於2月10-12日於紐約Capsule Studio展出,3月4-6日於巴黎Musee des Arts Decoratifs展出,有興趣的朋友不妨去參觀一下。

by Vincent Hsu

 
 

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 Recycled Asia

by United Blogs of Benetton on: 五月 12th, 2010

Stylites interviews Currie LeeCurrie Lee opened D-Sata, a store in Beijing, carrying her creations, which include colorful party purses and card holders, made of snake and frog skin, and chunky necklaces made from water buffalo horns, to name a few.

Should you be labeled a Westerner?
I am a Westerner on paper. I have a Canadian passport, am licensed to practice law in the U.S., and have an Italian marriage certificate, but I remain at heart Asian. I was raised and educated in the West but my parents sent me to a private South-Korean boarding school after an embarrassing visit by the South Korean ambassador when it was revealed that my sister and I could neither read nor write Korean and the little Korean we spoke was elementary at best.

What from Asia especially attracts you? Discuss your trips.
What attracts me about Asia is not only its diverse history but also its culture and infusion of influences from the West, from the metropolises of Seoul, Tokyo, and Beijing to the tribal or minority villages of Southeast Asia. Though I am bare faced and bare footed when hand selecting the materials for my collections during my visits to minority and tribal villages, i am much inspired by the timelessness in the materials or methods used (for example T’nalak from the T’boli Tribe… it is a traditional method of hand weaving and hand dyeing that is from even before my grandmum’s time yet more exquisite in its color and intricate in its weave than most other fabrics…). Natural over synthetic… and hand made over factory made.

Stylites: How do you define Asian style?
Modern Asian style tends to be more about status, but my definition of Asian style is to infuse traditional materials and methods with more contemporary designs.

What made you decide to switch from being a lawyer to a free style designer?
It was a change… I’ve always designed my own clothing and accessories (and for my close friends and family) but never had the courage to change careers until I met a girlfriend who was an editor at Vogue and now is flown around on corporate jets as a brand manager… She, upon viewing my collections, told me I have a natural gift and to do something with it!
Of course, my husband and mum have been so absolutely supportive.

How did you come up with the slogan “RE-uSe, don’t AbUSe!!!”?
Everything that has been made was made to be used for something and by someone… and I believe it is abusive to the person who created it to merely discard it with absolute disregard …someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure. The Chenille Chanel suit that my grandmum could no longer wear due to mothballs was fashioned into my favorite little peacoat as a little girl!
It is so difficult to be consistent in only using natural or recycled materials (most of my natural materials are also indirectly recycled). Some designs I have been unable to execute due to the unavailability of natural or upcycled materials usable… however, with the diversity of materials naturally available and those being wasted in turn inspire designs themselves… so there has never been a want for new designs!

Thanks Currie!

Stylites in Beijing

 
 

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 Beijing’s Hippest Expressories

by United Blogs of Benetton on: 三月 25th, 2010

Small details with resonanceNo, the downmarket American rags chain hasn’t entered the China market yet.

Expressories are accessories that express an individual’s worldview, style, or taste.

We often have to conform to certain norms in our attire. These norms might be dictated by our school, office, or even our peer group. Most of the time, the main rules determining how we dress relate to social class and where we are trying fit in.

Subtle but unique expressories give us the freedom to say a lot in a small amount of space and with minimal attention-grabbing.

A butterfly on a lapel or a lizard a hat can express much about a person’s fun side. These can be worn to the work place or elsewhere and only careful scrutiny from colleagues will require us to explain further.

Expressories like these work better for adults who have to make their way in conventional settings than piercings or wild hair colors.

It’s interesting to note that most of the expressories I have photographed in Beijing still have a Western message.

We have “I love London” and a Mcdonald’s scarf and a Vivienne Westwood logo on a sock.

An interesting Chinese expressory I found was the blue and white Chinese pot shard that was worn with a vintage dress.

It seems that most stylish Beijingers still seek to project a message of longing for things Western, though this is clearly changing.

Stylites in Beijing

 
 

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