River To Ocean Wearable Sculpture by Yiyao Nie

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
River To Ocean

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Wearable Sculpture

INSPIRATION:
“River To Ocean”, seeing who you are while flowing your way. This concept is a metaphor to illustrate the moment in life that one who finally finds a true self throughout his/her past experiences. As a Chinese proverb has said, “The small me meets the big me” which means that one will bravely face up to and accept true selves throughout what he or she has experienced.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Nie teamed up with fashion designer Qiongxin Kou to create the collection River to Ocean which debuted at London Fashion Week 2020. River to Ocean combines Kou’s textile work with Nie's 3D printed sculptures that resemble splashing liquid frozen in time. The models were Nie's 3D design and sculptures as hats, vests, and decorations on their shoes. The wearable sculptures mimic different forms in moments of how water drops on flowers or collide with rocks.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The wearable sculptures are designed to be worn or displayed in a gallery. They are in big silhouettes but fairly light weight. With putting on the 3D printing piece, you can flexibly move but need to pay attention to things around you due to its volume structure. The multiple branches of the vest are designed in a way to be easily broken down and restructured into new forms.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
“River To Ocean” is made for and showcased in London Fashion Week 2020 F/W. It started in December 2019 and ends in February 2020. The whole making process had been done in New York and California.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The hat and the vest are created and designed in 3D software first, then 3d printed into small parts using raisin material, and finally painted, assembled and crated by hand as a wearable sculpture.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Hat: Width 300mm x Depth 300mm x Height 400mm Vest: Width 600mm x Depth 600mm x Height 800mm

TAGS:
Sculpture, functional sculpture, wearable sculpture, art, craftworks

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
These wearable sculptures explore the way to make sculpture into wearable art frozen in time, material friendly, and non-unidirectional value under the balance between the ecosystem and the human body. It carries out experiments on its development potentials and various techniques of 3d manufacturing process based on the resin materials. The combination of fashion and sculpture remade the piece as mixed media for artworks, giving people strength and contemplation while wearing or looking at it. In fact, to accept self or see who we really are is the most challenging thing in life, many people use their whole lives to compromise with themselves, to heal the pain they got from childhood hard memories or frustrating time that had destroyed their confidences. To know, to see and to accept oneself could create beautiful moments in life, this principle will release so much pain and build so much courage and brightness, and this goal forms the essential thought for this collection. The inspiration of the hat comes from the water drops on the flower, splashes, and frozen in the air, this is the birth of life. For the vest, it’s the moment the river flowing into the ocean, colliding with the rocks, breaking apart, frozen in time, this is the struggle of life. To use sculpture to memorize these important moments in life and then wear it in the body is a healing journey and also a form of newborn.

CHALLENGE:
The biggest challenge here is to transform the sculpture into a wearable and comfortable hat and vest. The piece is designed to be able to break down into small pieces and easily and freely assemble back into different forms, giving the vest a more dynamic look, also easy to carry out and recycle.

ADDED DATE:
2020-06-30 07:03:44

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Yiyao Nie: 3D/sculpture artist and technologist and Qiongxin Kou: Fashion/Textile designer

IMAGE CREDITS:
Yiyao Nie
Qiongxin Kou

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Yiyao Nie

Visit the following page to learn more: http://www.yiyaonie.com
CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Yiyao Nie

PROFILE:
Yiyao is a media artist, interaction designer, and creative technologist. She is interested in using modern interaction media and technologies to produce poetic and beautiful experiences that discuss people and their relationship to nature and society. She gains a lot of her inspiration from chinese culture and philosophy, and nature always drives her imagination for creating art work. Her art work is delightful, playful and always rewards contemplation.

NOMINATION DETAILS

River to Ocean Wearable Sculpture by Yiyao Nie is a Nominee in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

River to Ocean Wearable Sculpture by Yiyao Nie is Winner in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category, 2020 - 2021.



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