Suet Yi Shirley Ko-Improbable Journey Womenswear Collection

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(Excerpt) Interview with Suet Yi Shirley Ko : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Suet Yi Shirley Ko : Always think in Improbable ways is my principle for design while I believe in the improbability between cultures and arts,so journeys in my life will be my inspiration for my collection. Life is a moving on journey,every dots comes together to form a line, an infinite line to complete my design journey.By transferring the conceptual ideas through exploring the contrast of past and present, presenting the designs in constructional silhouette to achieve the unlimited boundaries of improbable design. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Suet Yi Shirley Ko : Focusing on the mixture of architectural structure and textile development to emphasis the idea of urban cultures of a metropolitan. From the collection, a flourishing city can be projected through the interesting colors and textile development, beside of that, urban arts and street fashion silhouette has been applied on the design to bring out the diversity of the city's cultures. There is a positive message from the collection " Every small stories from a big city create the shiniest moment, Good or bad , Poor or rich, new or old, there are no boundaries in that, live as precious as we can and be improbable to find yourself in a metropolitan." .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Suet Yi Shirley Ko : "Improbable Journey" is where my dream start, so I am going to extend the journey into an infinity idea. Launching a label with the idea of improbability to share my journeys with more dreamers in the world is my next plan. "You may say I'm a Dreamer, But I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one." This is the lyrics from "Imagine"-John Lennon and it embraced what I would like to pursue in the future for my label. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Suet Yi Shirley Ko : The designs takes more than half year for concept development and four months for producing the actual outfit design.Since I have did some researches through several ways while I was staying in New York City, analyzing the habits and lifestyle of the people is one of the interesting progress for designing this collection. After that, proceeding to the hand-made details of the outfits like interlacing the fabrics and transforming photography into textile prints is another challenge with exciting experience. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Suet Yi Shirley Ko : I design the collection to pursuit an inspiration about my journey in New York City. Every parts of the metropolitan have dreamers and people who never stop fighting for their dreams in many ways to balance living and dreams. Emphasizing every particular stories I have interviewed with or experienced with in the city to give a soul to the designs, I always believe in "Getting experience is the best way for creating designs", Through understanding the people around, the cultures around to bring a positive thinking to the audiences. .Frank Scott: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?. Suet Yi Shirley Ko : I didn't plan to sell this collection, as "Improbable Journey" cannot be sell or cannot be counted with a price in my point of view. But I do intent to produce more works for my label to sustain the idea of improbability and hoping to inspire more people to chase for their dreams and believe in the improbable thinking. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Suet Yi Shirley Ko : Abstracting the shapes of architectures and transforming cultural concepts is my view of seeing characters for every inspiration in my life's journey. Based on this vision's principle, I developed designs with my deepest experiences and feelings, my designs grows old with me together, experiences what I see and listen on my journey. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Suet Yi Shirley Ko : Since I was born in the 80s-90s, idea of my designs often influenced by 80s-90s, one of the most incredible periods for art,music and cultural. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Suet Yi Shirley Ko : Passionate Dreamers. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Suet Yi Shirley Ko : The design's inspiration comes from my own journey,and everything are unique as the prints of the fabrics are developed from my photography, the design details on the outfits are handmade by myself and the silhouette are innovated through my particular views on architectural shapes. So I don't see any similar concepts apart from my collection at this moment. I am hoping my collection will inspire more dreamers to develop their dreams through designs and arts. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Suet Yi Shirley Ko : The name of the collection "Improbable Journey" comes from my thinking principle "Always think in Improbable ways".With the Improbable concept of my life , I also believes in "A Journey is the best way to learn and create". That is how "Improbable Journey" born. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Suet Yi Shirley Ko : Pencil and papers always the simplest way to create idea. I used Pencil and Papers to sketch out my design ideas and using camera to capture the scenes in the city to transform in my designs. Music is one of the important elements help drive my design moods to a better stage while designing at any places anywhere. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Suet Yi Shirley Ko : The unique aspect of my design is the journey I have experienced which brings me a vision on seeing the different of the city, in order to transform the idea into the architectural silhouette and artistic textiles with my unique technique on textile designs and cultural concept projection. .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Suet Yi Shirley Ko : I worked with a Digital printing workshop for the textile printing development progress. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Suet Yi Shirley Ko : The role of technology in this design collection is to demonstrate the scenery I have seen through the journey, and brings the vision to the audiences, so that they are able to understand what I have experience for oneself. .Frank Scott: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?. Suet Yi Shirley Ko : The design collections been through several researches on books and interviews with different peop.[ End of Excerpt: Read complete interview with Suet Yi Shirley Ko on Improbable Journey Womenswear Collection at ]

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