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Vivian Ge

Vivian Ge is a textile designer specialising in print. With a BA from Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, she pursued her MA at Royal College of Art. Vivian devotes herself to designing patterns and materials in both the physical and virtual worlds. With a strong interest in space, her works focus on the sensory experience conveyed by textiles and she has a passion for exploring how sensibility can be provoked by colours, patterns and surfaces.

Exhibitions

New Designers, London, 2018

Première Vision Designs, Paris, 2018

Première Vision Designs, Paris, 2017

Awards

'Glass in a Connected World' NSG HACKATHON Second Prize 2019

Degree Details

School of Design

Print

Reconnect // Here's the Garden


The transition from traditional to modern society has brought with it the hard-to-confess problem of loneliness. The arrival of Covid-19 has exacerbated this as public health restrictions aggravate urban isolation and mental illness.

So how do we connect with others, particularly if we don’t find speaking easy?

‘Here is the Garden’ project took inspiration from the role of gardens as a healing space and barrier. The work patrols the space between people and the natural landscape, conducting an investigation into closeness and distance, intimacy and estrangement.

The origin of the word ‘Garden’ comes from the Middle English, gardyn, and the high German, gart, meaning “enclosure.” The word implies that a garden is a place with edges and boundaries. But alongside the cultural hallmarks of innocence, tranquillity and beauty, the garden is also a place for pleasure and protection. Vivian’s intention is to bring the garden outside inside and to cultivate a space for collective healing in the city— a tactile and visual garden, as the artistic and poetic resistance of life to the fragmentation of society and the rigidity of science and technology.


Natural Dyeing Process — Collecting from the garden
Sketchbook
Sketchbook
Ideas Sketch — Inspired by the shape of boundaries in garden design, I developed a series of forms, using them to buffer interactions.

Counterintuitively, I set up boundaries between people and created the healing journey from loneliness via textile, in order to provide a way of relieving loneliness — not by seeking out sympathy from others through language, but by returning to nature and using introspection and distance to better maintain social relationships as we integrate into society.

Medium:

Watercolours ; Mixed Media
Fluffy Samples — Tactile experiments with different qualities of natural dyed yarns
Prototype Ⅰ
Prototype Ⅱ
Materials Close-up — From left to right: silk; wool; cotton & mohair
Interior Scene Ⅰ: The Ground — Tufted by natural dyed wool yarns
Material Close-up / Interior Scene Ⅱ
Fabrics Close-up — Screen printed on translucent natural fabrics in order to emphasize the sense of the external wind and light

Medium:

wool; silk; cotton; linen
Visualisation Ⅰ — Domestic home space
Visualisation Ⅱ — Soft Opening Gallery in London’s Piccadilly Circus underground station.

The interior garden can kindle the journey of self-healing in private spaces, as well as vaster public spaces like galleries in the city centre, such as the Piccadilly Circus Soft Opening Gallery, as a common resting space.

For visualisation, I converted my physical materials to digital materials, which can be used in the virtual world as well.

Medium:

Cinema 4D; Substance Designer; Substance Painter; Arnold Render