YUAN LUNG KAO PORTFOLIO
YUAN LUNG KAO PORTFOLIO
Yuan Lung Kao Birthdate 19 August, 1988 Education 2010 - 2013
Taipei, Taiwan ( R.O.C. )
Fashion and Communications Design ( Division of Fashion Design ) Mater of Design 2007 - 2010
Fu-Jan Catholic University
Taipei, Taiwan ( R.O.C. )
Textiles and Clothing ( Textile Design Section ) Bachelor of Science 2010
University of the Arts London
Fashion Design Term Course Work Experience 2009.6 - 2009.8
Shiuh-Huei Knitting Co., Ltd / Intern
2010.10 - 2010.06
2010.6 - 2010.12
2011.1 - 2011.6 2011.6 - 2011.9 2010 -
Johan Ku Design Ltd. / Design Assistant Fashion Institute of Taipei / Project Designer
Wintex Knitwear Corp. / Knitwear Designer
361째 ( China ) Co., Ltd. / Project Adviser
Apu Jan Design Ltd. / Designer
The Scarf-Knitter Course Exhibition / Head of Advertisement Section
TSIA ( Taiwan Sweater Industry Association ) Knitwear Workshop
Taipei Fashion Design Award / Prize of Good Design
Taipei Fashion Week
The Project Of Interdisciplinary Art Exhibition / Exhibitor
Fu-Jan Catholic University Graduate Exhibition / Exhibitor, Head of Sweater
Misktaken, My Sadness
Taipei Fashion Week
Sweater Design Award / Quality Award
Fang-Yi Sheu & Costume
Sweater Design Award / First Prize
The Park Project by Dai Fujiwara
Sweater Design Award / First Prize
Section, Team of Advertisement Section.
Fu-Jan Catholic University Graduate Exhibition / First Prize |
Exhibition of Creativity / Curator, Exhibitor.
Interdisciplinary Art Exhibition / Curatorial Team, Exhibitor. |
Exhibition / Exhibitor
Solo Exhibition International Design Conference
ARCHAIC WARRIOR 5 ENVIRONMENTAL SYMBIOSIS 39 REMODELLING 57 MEDEA 85 ATLANTIS TRIBES 101 IN FILMS 121 OTHERS 137 NIKE x O’logy Magazine Commercial Project Ultra Bio International Design Conference Praxes Design Journal
ARCHAIC W ARRIOR
2009 | Taipei Fashion Design Award / Prize of Good Design 2009 | Taipei Fashion Week
Archaic Warrior is a collection of works on my exhibition series. This series also won the Prize of Good Desing in 2009 Taipei Fashion Design Award, simultaneously issued on 2009 Taipei Fashion Week. The main concept came from ancient Japanese warrior. Taiwan had become Japanâ€™s colony for almost 50 years, and was influenced greatly by Japan culture. This season is developed from the great sympathy and impact of Japan culture.
The main concept of Archaic Warrior came from samurai in traditional Japanese culture, a kind of soldier taking combat as a career. I had not only researched samuraiâ€™s features, clothes silhouette and shape, and Zen of Japanese architecture, but also discovered and explored the aesthetics of traditional Japanese culture. Then I use knitting skills to re-interpret the clothes of ancient warriors.
Clothes are like sculptures. I recognized that knitting is one of Soft Sculpture skills, that includes carving the work of clothes through stitch and yarn. In order to finish a sculpture, research, exploration and experiment are necessary. For me, this kind of sculpture - clothes - not only transfer creative graphics, but also delivers the whole concept through fabric, and ready-to-wear.
Archaic Warrior | 2009 | Fashion Show in Taipei Fashion Week
Archaic Warrior | 2009 | Fashion Show in Taipei Fashion Week 36
Archaic Warrior | 2010 | Misktaken, My Sadness Exhibition of Creativity 37
2011 | Being Fashion Fu-Jan Catholic University Graduation Exhibition / First Prize
Conformity to the natural. Accept natural. Adapted to the natural.
Shinto, the natural indigenous religion of japan, thoughts about environment and nature.
Environmental Symbiosis is a series work of graduation exhibition. While environment is destructed, weâ€™re seeking an sustainable way to live with the environment, and it also prompts us to pay more attention to protect nature. The thoughts on nature, Zen, of Shinto, Japanese religion, reminded me the symbiosis of surrounding environment.
This time I started with the material, researching the felting effect of wool jersey. The inspiration came from a pullover that my grandma left, which was found in the closet after my grandma passed away. I researched the felted ratio of wool jersey, washed the fabric again and again to make it felted then then recorded the results. I spent lots of time on researching the process, to make the pure wool jersey felting in a perfect status under the condition of temperature, rubbing fastness, and time. I expect that in the experiment process, the felted-wool jersey wore on human body could be like a second skin. By the above process and experiments, I present the concept of environmental symbiosis.
Knitting, for me, is not merely a single skill. With the combination of various clothes technology, knitting can present 3D effect of different aspects. Many words are covered into knitting. Knitting, the turning point of industrial society, contains the period feel and lots of emotion and feelings. If you give me some yarn, and I can give you a wonderland.
In this series, except for researching felted-wool jersey, also tried many draping and changes of structure. In the design, from fabric design to cut, completely and comprehensively present the concept of this series, continue to examine the design process, and entirely use fully fashioned knitting skill of knitting skills. The technique reduces the consumption to the lowest, perfectly present the concept of environmental protection and environmental symbiosis.
Environmental Symbiosis | 2011 | Fashion Show in Graduation Exhibition
2013 | Remodeling Solo Exhibition 2013 | Ultra Bio International Design Conference 2014 | Praxes Design Journal
Remodelling is an art creation talking about relation of self and society, which is also part of my thesis. Remodelling is a behavior, existing between ego and super-ego in psychology. Weâ€™re playing different roles in a society, building different masks for different roles. According to different situation, we change the masks. The appearance of masks is a process to socialization, and a setting of character as well as the personality. I defined the process as remodelling, the second skin created by self and society.
Remodelling is an anxious emotion created by transitional object under the outer pressure and self-oppression. Itâ€™s an abstract and conceptual creation that interprets anxious emotion in the inside and super-ego individuals built outside. In research process, I studied a special fiber, called low-temperature formed yarn, which is often used in accessory modelling. I present this series of clothes creation via the form of fiber art, and show depression and anxious emotion in the remodelling process.
The research and creation of Remodelling cost lots of time in reading and analyzing, and fiber experimenting and testing. In the experiment, the temperature-sensitive response and control cost lots of efforts. To start the creation, it is a must to understand the factors like feature and material restrictions of low-temperature formed yarn. This timeâ€™s creative method is different from the past, using an abstract and philosophizing way to create not via graphics and creative thinkings, a completely different way of creative logic. Unlike the works using graphs and creative thoughts in the past, this work was created with an abstract and philosophic way, which is a completely different logic of creation.
In the end, what is most important is to find the balance between creative clothes and practical clothes, which is also a critical point of this creation. I take fiber art as a producing process to extend the issue to wearing possibility of clothes. I think that good clothes can not merely transmit the creative concept but also break the established framework in order to give clothes the possibility of wearable.
Remodelling | 2013 | Remodeling Solo Exhibition
Shadow | 2011 | Film
2011 | Fang-Yi Sheu & Costume Interdisciplinary Art Exhibition
Medea is an interdisciplinary art exhibition of cloth creation coordinate with the modern dance choreographer Fang-Yi Sheu. The motif of the exhibition is around the dramatic character of Greek mythology — Medea. In Greek mythology, Medea was the daughter of King Aeëtes of Colchis, niece of Circe, granddaughter of the sun god Helios, and later wife to the hero Jason, with whom she had two children. In Euripides's play Medea, Jason leaves Medea when Creon, king of Corinth, offers him his daughter, Glauce. The play tells of Medea avenging her husband's betrayal by slaying their children.
Medea’s love and hatred, is so strong for the emotion of love. For me, Medea was a person who eager to be loved. She had fame and wealth are the thing she had, but she was longing for love, like modern people hide in cities. If there were no love how did we know about the hatred? Because Medea loved Jason too much, she revenged on him even killed their children.
I tried to make a piece of fitted and coated high neck long dress with chiffon to present the inner emotion that Medea wanted to be understood but she built a wall between her and people. While designing, I thought of the paintings of Gustav Klimt(1862-1918) in Art Nouveau. Most of Klimt’s paintings are about women, including sex, love, birth and death, which is common to the story and emotion of Medea. I added a covering cardigan coat for Medea’s clothes, which Klimt’s painting and totem is on, as a piece of work representing the image sign of Medea’s appearance. I use jacquard to present Klimt’s wooden-like totem and to symbolize Medea’s appearance, with shiny golden lining to convey(express) Medea’s royal extravagance.
The project used the character of Greek mythology as the theme. In the exhibition, 7 designers are gathered to work with Fang-Yi Sheu. With the same story background, they all express the way they see the story of Medea on clothes designing, and discover different opinion and conversion of feelings. It was my first time designed costume to connect with a play, which added more possibility of clothes. Also, this time I tried to use image with dance costume performance to exhibit. With the combination of image, this exhibition shows the other possibility of clothes. Clothes are not only the combination of the fabrics and material, but the significance of emotion that the creator gave.
Medea | 2011 | Film
2011 | Sweater Design Award / First Prize 2011 | Taipei Fashion Week
The idea of Atlantis Tries came from Taiwanâ€™s aborigines. Taiwan is an island, located on the border between the Eurasian plate and the Philippine sea plate. Taiwan is surrounded by Pacific Ocean, just as Atlantis is. The story of Atlantis comes to us from Timaeus, a Socratic dialogue, written in about 360 B.C. by Plat. Atlantis, also called Utopia, a fantastic dream-like kingdom, blends diverse cultures and tolerates different races of different complexion. My research focuses on Taiwanese aboriginal traditional clothes, in which includes the traditional clothes of Kayan ( also called The Long Neck Tribe ) in North Thailand and minority in South Africa. I spent lots of time to researching features of traditional clothes and totems.
Traditional folk costume contains lots of culture sign. Paiwan, one of aborigines in Taiwan, puts geometric figures on clothes and tattoos a special pattern called chevron Tattoo on face to celebrate adulthood. Kayan people continuously put iron rings on neck annually to keep the beautiful tradition. Ndebelet people in South Africa put arc-shaped headwear on neck to celebrate victory on festival. In this series, I used the diverse ethnic symbols, patterns and clothes outlined from the research to present the fantastic and diversity of Atlantis.
The process of creation is interesting. Developing not only clothes but metal craft, digital printings and other items, even creating an original fantasy to go with this concept.
Atlantis Tries | 2011 | Display in Taipei Fashion Week & Press
2010 | Sweater Design Award / Quality Award 2010 | Taipei Fashion Week
In Films was the work to participating in the Sweater Design Award in 2010. I was born in Taiwan in 1980s. In my memory, whenever there was religious carnival, people would always set up the white screen to play the movie in front of the temple. What was the most unforgettable to me was dancer’s body movement in the movie projected by the film through light.
Nowadays, films give give people a retro image. Taking out rolls of films, I researched the 30’s fashion and dancing style of tango to be closed to the time of memory the film gave us through the mottled old pictures. I tried to use filmliked stripe knitted structure and brown and black crossover knitted weave to present retro features. The Clothes of Tango, in 30's, decorating with many tassels. While the dancers danced, their movement with the swinging tassels on the clothes would produce strong visual effects. Using the film to deliver the emotion of memory is like using the film record ing the past — the good old days.
In the advertisements and magazines, patterns are compressed into a flat form to be presented. The structure and line of clothes couldn’t be transferred by graphs. For me, clothes, like films, should be a presence to give the implication of memory. The memory which the clothes contain include times, creativity and influence. Good creative clothes should not only be good looking, but also need to contain images and long-lasting emotional memories.
In Films | 2010 | Fashion Show in Taipei Fashion Week
NIKE Oâ€™logy Magazine Commercial Project 2012 | O'logy Boozine 09
Praxes Design Journal 2014 | Praxes Design Journal No.8
Ultra Bio International Design Conference 2014 | Ultra Bio International Design Conference in Shin-Chien University
..g ive me s ome yar n, and I can g ive you a wonderland.