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.
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.