- Bei Yan is a textile artist who studied knitwear design as an undergraduate.
- Her knitting skills are not only on manual machines, also include digital knitting. She has expertise in domestic and industrial knitting techniques using machinery such as China Longxing Computerised Flat Knitting Machine and Nissan Island Seiki Computerised Flat Knitting Machine.
- During her gap year, she aimed to establish her own fashion brand and participated in the showroom of Shanghai Fashion Week 22AW. The learnt skills and experience have been further developed during her stay in the UK.
- Throughout her time at the RCA she has started experimenting further with knitting art. Bei likes to combine different materials with knitting techniques. During her studies, she experimented with knitting visuals through light.
- The project began with an exploration of Polaroid images, the principle of which is inextricably linked to light. After many experiments my journey started to explore light combined with knitting.
- During this exploration, I was curious about whether Polaroids themselves could be fused with fabrics, so I started testing with the film transfer technique. This experimentation lead me to printed textiles design.
- The project started as a colourful expression of light and then developed into a rationalisation of light and fabric by using fibre optics in combination with fabric. In development process, I discovered that the combination of special yarns and knitted structures with print directly reflects the relationship between light and visual error.