I use textiles as a means to illustrate 3-dimensionally. My current project, “Wandering Home” is a textile installation inspired by the lifestyles and old tales of a kind of elderly wanderers, which have habits of collecting things as they wander and create their own art word by using whatever they find around them. This project is about getting inspiration from those romantic aging wanderers who live without limit of age, but with the wisdom and open-mindedness from it.
I begin by creating watercolor paintings as my inspiration and collecting their color tablets, develop naturally dyed (plant-based) fabrics from them, laser cut flower-shapes and sew them onto the dyed ribbon and silk. as an expression of new embellishment.I then create woven and knit fabrics from these new ribbons and silk threads, imitating my watercolor paintings, resulting in textile illustrations . The fabrics are designed to cover tent structures to live within or alternatively live on our body as a set of garments. And the disassembled and joined bamboo structures will be the basic form. Additionally, I combine beading and lighting to illuminate “Wandering Home” transforming into accessories for the same set of garments. The items are able to be used in these two ways to celebrate the preference of elders to make full use of everything.
These pieces are not practical textiles for true aging nomads but instead express the freedom and imagination that I have learned from them, combined with my own passion for the natural world and my wandering soul.
My living sculpture, the final installation, can be assembled and disassembled, can be worn as a garment, can change shape and be rebuilt as a cozy home and a backpack, light enough to be carried, delicate, romantic and durable at the same time.
"In this world, we love something, and we practice ourselves perfectly in the thing we love. we are thus satisfied, and everything else is actually insignificant. In this way, we become strong enough to resist the loneliness that comes from time to time，comes from the word; we become brave, we learn pure and serious."
Liuxu Luo is passionate about incorporating mix-mediums such as painting, watercolor and all kinds of textiles handicraft into her creative practice. She started using techniques like embroidery and laser cutting to develop more ways of drawing; creating new yarns and developing them into knitting and woven works. She believes using natural dyes adds a richer cultural connection to her work as well. Luo hopes her visions and creations bring something encouraging to others.