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With his signature sculpture dress in white Johan Ku is a force to be reckoned with.  Born in Taipei, Taiwan Ku began as a graphic designer when he was only 17 years old.  Since then he has gone on to get a masters in fashion and textile design, move to London where his studio is based, and win a series of awards for his designs and style.

In an interview conducted by extracted these great insights into Ku’s philosophy on fashion and life:

NOTHING INSPIRES KU LIKE… Interesting textiles or yarns. He often get inspired by new materials. It’s not only an important element of his design process, but also a starting point for Ku’s collection.

KU HOPEs… He can live on an isolated island with only someone whom he loves.

CULTURAL INFLUENCES… Can affect people’s minds imperceptibly. They also represent where and who we are in the world.

KU GOT WHERE HE IS… Thanks to Ku’s commitment to hard work. Also, the support from friends and family can be the best encouragement in such a competitive industry.

FASHION CAN SOMETIMES… Can make Ku feel bored and superficial, on the other hand, it can sometimes impress him in a very positive way.

MONEY MAKES… Many things possible and often makes many things complicated. We cannot live without money, but it would be really sorrowful if we lived only for it.

CREATIVITY COMES FROM… Studying in a certain field for a very long time. It comes from rational development rather than a mythical emotion.

KU HAS NEVER… Taken any kind of drugs in his life, and Ku am not a smoker either. He doesn’t want to do anything that could damage his health, no matter how exciting it may seem.

His most recent collection Emotional Structure won the Avant-Garde Award of Gen Art Style  last year.  And with the chilly months swiftly approaching us I cannot help but imagine that I am lounging by my ridiculously large fireplace with a martini draped in one of these goddess gowns.

Reminder:  The Cutting Edge Artist Talk is this Friday (October 8th) at 7:30pm.  We have 8 artists lined up and the curator Joetta Maue will be present.  For more information please refer to our website.  We hope to see you there.

For all you textile artists that are itching for a cute video Owyn was sent, then this is the answer to your prayers!  Check this absolutely heart-warming textile video.  I couldn’t even believe it is a commercial for Nokia.

Nokia ‘Dot’ Video

Directed by Sumo Science

On another note, we had three video submissions to Cutting Edge.  They were all shown at our Opening Party but you may have missed them from the crowds of people pouring into the space and crowding around the projector.  I will be attempting to put the videos up on the Textile Arts Center’s website soon.  (Wish me luck.)  Though, I think it is important that you learn a little about these artists as they are an integral part of the show.

Video 1: Metamorphosis by Heidi Field-Alvarez

Is an interesting work in which a white dress seems to constantly be changing its shape to the point where the viewer questions what the white mass even is.  Randomly you will see bursts of human ligaments and you are reminded of the dress.

Additional text was added into the end of the video, putting into perspective what the metamorphosis means.


The metamorphosis of

marriage can feel like

being trapped,

stretching and

transforming a traditional


The wedding dress is a

fixation on the past.


I haven’t decided yet whether or not this video celebrates the change marriage brings to a person or criticizes it.  I feel it is a personal struggle, whether or not you can accept that change will come or if you fight it all the way.

Video 2: On her Birthday, Give her  Drum by Sarah Bahr

Is a beautiful video of the artist embroidering a white dress she is wearing in the park.  The viewer watches and waits as the plain dress is morphed into an extraordinary wearable.  For me it comments on how easily you can change your life to become something beautiful and completely your own.  Taking something as simple as a dress and creating something new.  Which comes to the title, that confused me at first but after viewing the video resonates with the idea of pure creation.   A drum is the perfect instrument, you don’t “have” to take lessons to learn it and there are a million different beats you can create with it.  For me, the celebration is in true creation.

Video 3: The Invisible Woman by Lou Trigg

A movie and work of literature, the Invisible Woman is one woman’s story and how she became invisible.  The movie is a series of illustrations and text done in stitches, which makes the work raw and simple.  The simple stitching whispers the quiet invisibility of the main character drawing the viewer into the story.  You are able to purchase one of these books at the Textile Arts Center or you may read one of them and admire the exquisite work of Lou.

Look for these videos on the website coming to you in the next week.  (Once I work out the kinks!)

Till next week, come in and enjoy the entire Cutting Edge show, and keep on creating.

As promised, today we are going to have a little fun.  A little guessing game to get the nerves fired up.

Each one of these pictures is part of a larger work, though not all the works presented are typically “large”.

It is really hard to interpret when you are only given a small part of the art to look at. Remember those birth control commercials where 4 women were touching different parts of a rhino and they all made a guess as to what they were touching….

This is sort of like that.

But I think that the artists is more interested in the details and the painstaking work that goes into creating their pieces.

The Grand Opening Party and Cutting Edge: A Celebration of Fiber being TOMORROW at 8:00pm.  There is food provided by our lovely neighbors Bencotto, drinks by P&H Soda and Fire Island Beer, art provided by 27 amazing artists, music by the Raya Brass Band, and good people provided by the Textile Arts Center.  Enjoy.