Nga Wun Li, Justin Harvey「THREADS OF TIME:KNIT FORWARD, IN REVERSE」|永續時尚之旅

|Category:Clothing design
|Material:Images of Myra Mogg’s purple knitted sweater from Powerhouse Museum, image of machine-knitted prototype replica of Mogg’s purple knitted sweater, 100% wool yarn.
|Technique:Short video clips were generated via ‘image-to-video’ generative artificial intelligence diffusion models, using a source image of the Mogg purple sweater prototype being worn by an elderly woman wearing fun sunglasses. The clips were then compiled, and audio was generated to accompany the resultant video artwork.
|Year:2024
|City, Country:Sydney, Australia

Justin Harvey_SUSFUTURE2024 國際永續時尚設計展
Nga Wun Li_SUSFUTURE2024 國際永續時尚設計展

/Artist 藝術家/

Dr Justin Harvey is an artist whose creative practice research spans moving image, installation, and virtual reality experience. He nurtures an ongoing fascination with the creative potentials of human machine interaction, embracing experimental methods that seek to exploit digital imaging technologies, including the evolving ‘artificial intelligence’ systems that increasingly drive them. Justin’s works have explored web-based video-chat platforms, ‘glitch’ as aesthetic and conceptual movement, shaping digital video feedback, and collaboration with generative diffusion models. He has exhibited in solo and curated exhibitions in Sydney, Chicago, Vancouver, Amsterdam, South Korea and Hong Kong.

Dr. Justin Harvey 是一位藝術家,其創作實踐研究涵蓋動態影像、裝置藝術和虛擬現實體驗。他對人機互動的創造潛力有著持久的興趣,採用實驗方法來利用數字成像技術,包括日益驅動這些技術的「人工智能」系統。Justin 的作品探索了基於網絡的視頻聊天平台、作為美學和概念運動的「故障藝術」、數字視頻反饋的塑造以及與生成擴散模型的合作。他曾在悉尼、芝加哥、溫哥華、阿姆斯特丹、韓國和香港舉辦個展和策展展覽。

Dr Nga Wun (Doris) Li is a fashion and textiles researcher and Seamless Knitting Research lead at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). She investigates the potential of knitted material, design, and advanced technology to enhance product performance and sustainability. Doris presented her work at conferences in China, Japan, and Malaysia and has published it in top-tier fashion and textile journals. After graduating with her BA in knitwear design and technology, she won two Fashion Design Awards in China. She is also a Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Fashion and Textiles member, UTS and TAFE NSW collaboration.

Dr Nga Wun (Doris) Li 是時裝和紡織品研究員,也是悉尼科技大學(UTS)無縫針織研究的負責人。她研究針織材料、設計和先進技術的潛力,以提升產品性能和可持續性。Doris 曾在中國、日本和馬來西亞的會議上發表她的研究成果,並在頂級時裝和紡織期刊上發表論文。她在針織設計與技術專業取得學士學位後,曾在中國獲得兩次時裝設計獎。她也是 UTS 與新南威爾士州技術與繼續教育學院(TAFE NSW)合作的可持續時裝與紡織中心的成員。

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

“Tradition and Future, Sustainability and Fashion, and Life" encapsulate the dynamic interplay between heritage craftsmanship, evolving technologies, environmental consciousness, and human existence in fashion. This narrative celebrates the importance of preserving traditional artisanal techniques while embracing advanced technology in the creative industry. It is about finding balance, where sustainable practices with creative expression, and, ultimately, weaving together the threads of tradition and modernity to shape a more mindful, resilient fashion industry and way of life.

“傳統與未來、可持續性與時尚、生活”這一主題概括了傳統工藝、先進技術、環境意識和人類存在之間的動態相互作用。這一敘述讚揚了在保護傳統手工技藝的同時,擁抱創意產業中的先進技術的重要性。它關乎尋找平衡,在可持續實踐與創意表達之間,最終將傳統與現代的線索交織在一起,塑造一個更加有意識和有韌性的時尚行業和生活方式。

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

Myra Mogg was an award-winning Australian knitwear designer who was at the peak of her creativity in the 1930s. Now held in the Powerhouse Museum’s collection, Mogg’s garments provide profound insights into Australia’s knitwear design history.  

Knit Forward, In Reverse’ was created in collaboration with generative AI, imagining Myra Mogg as a young woman growing into old age. Her colourless apparel morphs into a bold replica of her purple, art deco-inspired hand-knitted sweater, produced using sustainable machine knitting technology. Like design results from current generative AI models, the video is not flawless, revealing the necessity to keep humans ‘in the loop’ of knitwear design. The work speaks to new generations of designers embracing traditional elements of knitwear craftsmanship via technologically enhanced processes.  

Ultimately, ‘Knit Forward, In Reverse’ pays tribute to the timelessness of Mogg’s 20th century designs, giving them new life using sustainable, cutting edge 21st century technology.