Impressive portfolio of embroidery work by Chinese American artist
Embroidery is versatile in mimicking the original object
in shape and design but still distinct enough to be recognized as
something else. The stitches are soft but substantial, more tangible.
With embroidery, I explore my Asian-American born
identity-the dualism of being too Asian to be American, and too American
to be Asian.
In my object series, I recreate familiar Asian American
objects that take on the visual identity of the original object but
reject said identity due to its material.
In my girl series, I replace the facial identity of
suggestively posed Asian women with Asian textile patterns. The
patterned skin creates a broader spectrum of Asian identity; it becomes
more ambiguous and fluid as identity moves between the two.
Why do “text” and “textile” have the same word root? In this video, learn from Tim Perry about ancient technologies and ways of thinking about texts and fabrics.
This is the first in a series of three videos we just finished for an online course on the history of fashion, taught by Nicole Johnston of the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection. The videos were produced by Alora Bauer, the University of Missouri Libraries e-Learning graduate assistant.