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Sarah Myerscough Gallery

Lin Fanglu

She's Landscape, 2023

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Lin Fanglu

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Lin Fanglu always thinks about the traditional handicraft from the perspective of contemporary art. Therefore, she has done investigations on site about the Zhou Cheng village of the city of DaLi in YunNan province, for the purpose of knowing more about tie dye's technology of Bai nationality. Through nearly one year’s research about the Zhou Cheng village, she has carried out ingenious experiments about the tie-dye process of Bai nationality, including the collection and study of embroider technology, the derivation from conception to embroider, and the experiments of tie-dye with using different materials.

Exhibited at Design Miami/ 2023 Fanglu’s work is inspired by the traditional craftsmanship of the Bai ethnic minority, located in China’s Yunan Province. Fanglu experiments with traditional methods and materials to produce utterly contemporary and deeply thoughtful works that centre the place of women and culture in craft. Of the significance of her material choices, Fanglu says that ‘the flexible medium allows me to create in three dimensions, producing tactile artworks that entice the viewer to reach out and touch.’ Working with natural materials is particularly important for the artist’s practice as well: ‘My work is based on traditional tie-dyeing process of the Bai women, which is very particular about the choice of materials. The natural blue root pigment only works on the natural fibre fabric, chemical fibre materials cannot be died by this. This influences my choice of materials: I only use pure cotton, pure linen, or other natural fibre materials. It is essential to me that I preserve this tradition and the original techniques… In a way, my work is a dialogue with nature, as all the materials in my work come from the natural world.’ Materials: cotton cloth, cotton thread, wood. 

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