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Textile Art - The Fascinating World of Xue Liang

Textile Art - The Fascinating World of Xue Liang

Each month on the Tactile Trends blog we highlight the work of a textile artist or sculptor covering various diverse disciplines from wearable tech to hand embroidery art.

This month we look at mixed media sculpture (a favourite topic on the blog) as we put the spotlight on an unconventional multidisciplinary designer with a significent message. Let us introduce you to Shirley Liang, the designer behind Xue Liang Design

Shirley Liang is based in Toronto, Canada and works with paper, up-cycled and organic materials. She is self taught, approaching fashion from a background in graphic design having studied Design and Illustration at York University, Sheridan College and abroad at the BauHaus University in Weimar, Germany. She received the 2016 Gold award for Student work from the Advertising and Design Club of Canada as well as awards from the RGD and Applied Arts for her thesis collection “Covered”

It is no suprise that ''Covered'' is award winning, the execution is otherworldly conjuring up images of skeletal structures like mushroom coral and sea urchins...then there's the concept which is more relevant than ever, psychological wellbeing.

[‘Covered’ is a] series of visualizations of psychological states that can be difficult to communicate.
— Shirley Liang

Lets take a look...

Xue Liang Design - Winter Thesis-Covered

 Xue Liang Design - Winter Thesis-Covered

Xue Liang Design - Winter Thesis-Covered

Toothpick urchins suggest human feelings that are hard to touch.

 Xue Liang Design - Winter Thesis-Covered

Xue Liang Design - Winter Thesis-Covered

Painted flowers, feathers and chainmail stand guard

 Xue Liang Design - Winter Thesis-Covered

Xue Liang Design - Winter Thesis-Covered

Spiky skeletal structures protect

 Xue Liang Design - Winter Thesis-Covered

Xue Liang Design - Winter Thesis-Covered

Coral structures look frozen in time 

The hand fabrication and variation of materials in these pieces are incredible, with individually painted flowers, wax coatings, toothpicks, feathers and more!

Want to see more of Shirley Liang and Xue Design?

Shirley Liang has two Instagram Accounts which are an aladdins cave of inspiration:

Wearable Art

Sketches and illustration

When you see Liang's Instagram feed not only do you get a sense of her creative vision you also get the sense she is a big team player as she thanks people ALOT. So in respect of that we mention her creative team for ''Covered'' here:

Photographer Ryan Mccoy

Assistant Tessla Stuckey

Model Hannah Lee

MUA Irina Badescu

Assistant Laura Quinn

Final thought

''Covered'' sparks cultural signals which are early indicators of product trends and one area that gains momentum as we forecast ahead is emotional capacity, mindfulness and spirituality.

Shirley Lings artwork is popular because it visually articulates difficult emotions.

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