Here at So Catchy! Where Fashion Begins on various occasions we’ve talked about fashion artifacts, items that finds themselves in the realm of object, jewellery or accessory at once. However vague this may seem, there is something that joins them: they build bridges between art and fashion.
Today we’re going to introduce you to the work of Vann Kwok, a recent graduate of the Fashion Artefact program at the London College of Fashion. Before her time there, Vann studied fashion design in his native city of Hong Kong and worked as a stylist and costume designer for films and TV adverts.
Her collection, “Out of Flux” is a series of eye-catching colorist pieces that combine manual handiwork with 3D printing technology.
And of course, you’re going to like it.
SO CATCHY!: Why did you decide to focus your studies on artefacts after studying Womenswear Fashion Design?
VANN KWOK: I was looking for a different platform to express my ideas apart from clothing design and Fashion Artefact are a prefect medium which fulfill my interest towards art, products and fashion.
SC!: Define fashion.
VK: Fashion is a language.
SC!: What’s a fashion artefact for you?
VK: An Artefact is a precious object that evidences time and the presence of maker.
SC!: Tell us about “(OUT OF) FLUX”.
VK: (Out of) Flux is a project that addresses the relationship between what occurs naturally and that which is technically produced – Chance vs Choice / Control vs Chaos. The struggle between the natural and the artificial is evidenced through the process of making something by employing machines (technology), using traditional craftsmanship (humanity) and applying processes that involve the participation of the natural environment (nature). The collection also aims at exploring the relationship between time, space and body.
I aim to create objects that function optically as well as sculpturally, engaging both vision and touch. By interacting with industrial and organic material, colour and texture, I hope to provoke a visual stimulation to the viewers. Materials that are used in my collection include sand, volcanic rock, resins and precious metals e.g. 18ct. gold.
The project involved a complicated and labour-intensive fabrication process to produce a series of sculptures that associate with the human body. Most of the objects were handcrafted with some delicate fittings produced by 3D printing.
SC!: Where do you want to show your pieces?
VK: I would like to showcase my collection along with artists and designers, who embrace same kind of aesthetics and specialise in 3D work making including sculpture, furniture, ceramics, product design etc.
SC!: What kind of people do you think would wear your pieces?
VK: People who look for products with content and quality.
SC!: What are you doing right now?
VK: I am currently working on a project that would feature my pieces with a photography artist and a filmmaker.
SC!: What would you like to do in the near future?
VK: I would like to carry on producing works under my name, which may be on the scale of small commercial collections or commissioned projects. I’m also keen on placing myself in other fields like product design or collaborating with artists, photographers and fashion designers.
SC!: Could you define your style?
VK: Intuitive and fun.
SC!: Do you sell your pieces? If so, where?
VK: Yes of course. Wherever, as long as there is a suitable context.
SC!: You can´t stop wearing…
VK: A simple loose-fitting jumper.
SC!: You can’t live without…
VK: My respirator.
SC!: A website or blog you love…
Product shot photographs – Rory@Capture Factory
Translation and Layout by Michael Padilla