Hsiang-Lin Kuo「(UN)FASHIONABLE MOUNTAIN TOOLS 」|永續時尚之旅

|Category:Footwear design
|Material:Rubber and other ready-mades
|Technique:3D-print sole and handcrafted upper
|Year:2024
|City, Country:Taipei, Taiwan

Hsiang-Lin Kuo_SUSFUTURE2024 國際永續時尚設計展

/Artist 藝術家/

Hsiang-Lin is a Taiwanese wearables designer, knit programmer, and artist currently based in the Netherlands. Her creative pursuits center around contemporary fashion narratives, wearable technology, and the exploration of embodied social dynamics.

Since 2014, Kuo’s works have been featured in exhibitions across global cultural hubs such as Amsterdam, Milan, Cairo, Tokyo, and Taipei. In 2018, her project, "This Is Escapism At Its Best (2018)," received recognition with the Craftsmanship Award at the Tokyo Young Designer’s Grand Prix during Amazon Fashion Week.

In 2023, Kuo earned her master's degree from the Contextual Design program at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

Hsiang-Lin是一位台灣的可穿戴設備設計師、編織程序員和藝術家,目前居住在荷蘭。她的創作重心圍繞當代時尚敘事、可穿戴技術和體現的社會動態的探索。

自2014年以來,向霖的作品已在阿姆斯特丹、米蘭、開羅、東京和台北等全球文化中心的展覽中展出。2018年,她的項目「這是最佳的逃避主義(2018)」在亞馬遜時裝週期間獲得東京青年設計師大獎賽的工藝獎。

2023年,向霖在荷蘭埃因霍溫設計學院的語境設計課程中獲得碩士學位。

Perspectives on Tradition and Future, Sustainability and Fashion, and Life.
關於傳統與未來、永續與時尚生活的看見

Sustainability is seemingly stamped onto everything these days with companies interpreting it to their advantage. Within the fashion industry, it not only means striving for carbon neutral production, but social, ecological and animal welfare justice and many more. That’s why it’s important for me to dig a bit deeper—usually in the method of field work and using a garment’s artistic potentials— than what the “sustainability” clothing tag refer to, in order to find out about the ethical strings attached to the designs.

可持續性似乎如今被貼在所有事物上,公司們都在利用它來為自己謀利。在時尚產業中,可持續性不僅意味著追求碳中和生產,還包括社會、公平、環境和動物福利等多方面的正義。因此,對我來說,深入挖掘(通常通過實地工作和利用服裝的藝術潛力)比僅僅查看“可持續”服裝標籤更為重要,以了解設計背後的倫理問題。

Hsiang-Lin Kuo_SUSFUTURE2024 國際永續時尚設計展

The Concept and Description of the Work
關於參展作品的創作動機與設計理念

The speculative footwear collection takes inspiration from mountain gear advertisements, which typically depict hikers in stunning mountain settings, embracing nature while clad in advanced technical gear adorned. With slogans such as "you can conquer any terrain" or "boost your confidence in reaching the summit”, it sends out messages to “conquer” nature than respecting it.  

The 3d-printed sole resembles the topographical map of mt. Nan-hu, one of Taiwan's most popular hiking destinations. However, it's ironic because although the wearer might seem to conquer the peak, the reality is that they can barely stand on it, as the peaks break as soon as they touch the ground. 

這個推測性的鞋履系列靈感來自登山裝備廣告,這些廣告通常描繪登山者身處壯麗的山景中,穿著先進的技術裝備,並配有諸如「你可以征服任何地形」或「提升你的信心,達到頂峰」的標語,傳達出「征服」自然而非尊重自然的信息。

這款3D打印的鞋底形似台灣最受歡迎的登山地點之一南湖大山的地形圖。然而,這具有諷刺意味,因為儘管穿戴者看似征服了高峰,但現實是他們幾乎無法站穩,因為鞋底在接觸地面時就會破裂。