Fei Gu is a Chinese freelance textile designer based in London and Beijing. He completed his Bachelor's Degree at Chelsea College of Arts in London, where he began to develop a translation of material and image languages into textiles. During his two years at the Royal College of Art, he specialised in Woven Textiles and material innovation, principally using natural yarns combining with other functional materials in both interiors space and CMF (colour, material and finish) contexts. He has a unique insight into the technique of weaving by continually experimenting with different combinations of yarns.
Rediscovery // We are living in the box.
Rediscovery my relationship with the space I inhabit.
This project explains the way I react to Post-COVID 19 life from my small studio apartment. I used woven textile as a tool to share my feelings about the space I inhabit. I use different tactile yarns to express my sense of space, through which I translate my feelings of living alone in a small space into my design philosophy. The ‘Box’ in my life not only represents my home, but also the Zoom room. And I tried to explore both these spaces the tangible and the virtual through this project.
Reconceptualising my living space began with touching each piece of furniture and wall and feeling their texture. Every detail in the weaving process was then controlled to ensure that the textiles felt accurate to the touch. I had a desire to leave the box but slowly it stopped being a space that binds me but instead it turned into my protection.
This project uses traditional weaving techniques and modern jacquard to express both realistic tactile and inner feelings. I have expressed the impressions of the space I inhabit through traditional weaving techniques of three-dimensional fabrics. At the same time, the process of translating my inner feelings into fabric through the jacquard machine also made me appreciate the importance of the 'box' in my life.