The seasonless and textile collection, Design Frees the Mind, expresses hope that people will address and experience freedom from their burdens by engaging with fashion and art.
I was inspired by my habit of asking why and how on every single thing in my life. I was asking myself two questions. (1) My favorite color is purple, but why is it your favorite color? (2) How does my heart surgery experience affect on my mind? After a few thoughts, I got some answers. (1) My favorite color is purple because I like mixing the contrasting topic. For me, purple contains both bright and dark sides at the same time. It has pink, but it's darker than pink. It's an integration of different colors and existence. (2) I had a hard time expressing my real feelings because I did not want people to see me as a sick child. As a result, I thought if people understand the real reason behind their choices, they get a better understanding of themselves. The developed understanding of themselves will raise the power of self-awareness and healing.
The methodology is textiles. I created painting and stitch techniques, using waste fabric, waste yarn, and negative space of the fabric to represent the process of understanding the real journey of self-awareness. I also used diverse types of fabric to see how the contrasting materials are harmonizing together. Especially, I chose organza and tulle because what's underneath is easily exposed. On the other hand, the irregular stitches on such fabric represent an acknowledged part of the self. Seeing is merely external, but knowing is a deep understanding of oneself.
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Ji Ae Sohn, originally from Korea, is a fashion and textile designer based in New York City. Sohn came to New York to study Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design, where she recently graduated. Her main interest is addressing mental health issues through fashion and art. Ji Ae had heart surgery when she was young, which led her to consider how the mind and body are always connected. After her surgery, she couldn't embrace her scars. In her healing process, she realized that the wounds in people's hearts can be recovered through the process of getting to know themselves. In her work, Sohn applies many craft techniques, including textile manipulation, creative stitch details, embroidery, upcycling, and prints that interpret her doodles into clothing and textiles.