Textile Art - The Fascinating World of Xue Liang
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.
Lets take a look...
Toothpick urchins suggest human feelings that are hard to touch.
Painted flowers, feathers and chainmail stand guard
Spiky skeletal structures protect
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:
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
''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.
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