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Wenxuan Zhou

Why is it important for today's young people to inherit traditional handicrafts?

This project captures Wenxuan's fading childhood memories, while exploring her own creative narrative; how and where her find peace within her own creative practise.

Wenxuan have used this project to document the objects special to her childhood, starting with the re-creation of a cubical sandbag her grandma had made over 30 years ago.

Choosing to work in clay, she was really inspired by the ancient painted potteries displayed in the Dunhuang Mogao Grotto in Gansu, China after a recent research trip.

Linked with her knowledge of screen print and natural dyes, she chose to learn and explore a combination of traditional Chinese craft techniques combining printmaking, Pakou embroidery, woodworking and Batik with the aim of capturing and bridging past and present.


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Degree Details

School of Design


Wenxuan Zhou is a Chinese born textile designer whose work explores her fascinations with screen printing, ceramics, embroidery and Chinese traditional crafts. Her work investigates making processes and is unique in the re-appropriation of knowledge and techniques across a range of materials.  

Before studied Textile in London, Wenxuan Zhou worked and studied in different field and countries, gained lot of working experience and skills. She studied printmaking and oil painting in Mount Holyoke College for 1 year, and got a Bachelor degree of Chinese Literature in Yunnan University. She worked as a Senior Account Manager in an Insurance Company in shanghai for 3 years. During her undergraduate studied in LCF, Wenxuan took part in suffragette motive/motif exhibition hosted by V&A, and participated in IamUnique Collaboration hosted by Acadia group.

a traditional wooden box — it found in my grandparents’ house, which filled with albums, diaries and my childhood memories. (Length: 15.5cm/ width: 12cm/ height: 11.5cm)

a Chinese traditional hand-made stool — it recalled in my grandparent’s backyard. The flora on it is the Chinese flowering crab apple, the fruit of which is commonly used as Chinese herb, and it was my grandma’s favorite flower. (Length: 28cm/ width: 11cm/ height: 25cm)

a traditional Chinese medicine cabinet — it from my past grandfather, who was a pharmacist and knew both Chinese and Western medicines. The patterns on the cabinet records the process of germination, blooming, and withering of beans and Chinese flowering crab apple as metaphors for the connections between my generation and my grandparents’ generation. (Length: 12cm/ width: 10cm/ height: 31cm)

a close-up image of the traditional Chinese medicine cabinet.

a traditional screen — it in my grandparents’ living room. The pattern on the screen described the process of my grandmother planting flowers and sewing sandbags. (There are three screens, each screen: Length: 9cm/ width: 1.2cm/ height: 16cm)

a traditional closet — it remembered in my grandparents’ bedroom. It has a pair of screen-printed doors, and was dyed with logwood inside. (Length: 21cm, width: 13cm, height: 22cm)

process and research 1 — draw the flora in my grandmother's backyard from my memory.

process and research 2 — learning how to make a stool using a traditional technique- mortise and tenon joint in a rural area in China.

working process video — through my working process video, I intend to show my audience the delicacy and beauty of the traditional handicrafts in my country, and as well as revealing the values of inner peace, the concentration on the process of creating artistic works and the persistence in improving the works until they are satisfied to the artist. (07:27)
ColourCraftFine ArtGalleryHandcraftHandmadeMakerMixed MediaNatural dyePatternsPrintsSculpture
28 July 2020
14:30 (GMT + 0)

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