“Emotion, Intuition, Imperfection” is a personal collection focused on capturing the feeling during the process of making. Inspired by the traditional Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, a concept that encapsulates the idea of embracing the flaws in natural beauty and existence, this collection is created with the emotions of accepting the imperfections of self and product through the exploration of print, knitwear, embroidery, embellishment, and photography.
Each print is produced from my own drawings that are then intuitively scanned in a way to distort the images. Monofilament fishing line and various textured yarn are machine knit together to create transparent textiles that are disrupted by the opaque yarn going through. Accidental holes on the knitwear are accentuated by the melting of the textiles and beads attached by jump rings. The knit textiles are then embroidered and embellished with different types of beads onto the prints, following the distortion of the images. In the photography, the subject is interacting and playing with the textiles, displaying vulnerability of self, and often captured in candid moments. The textiles come alive through the human bodies and the natural environment they are in.
Emotion is an essential part of a being. It incorporates intuition, the feeling that something should just be done a certain way. Accepting imperfection is a part of vulnerability, a notion that time again and again we as people are scared to face. These feelings transcend throughout the beginning to the end of this collection.
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Sarah Ding is currently working as a designer in New York City. She is also working on a brand to create a platform for various artists, designers, writers, etc. to showcase their work and create a diverse and interconnecting community for all. She wants to cultivate a space where people will be able to comfortably exchange their ideas, inspirations, and goals. She is interested in starting photography and animation.