He Ning is a Chinese textile designer who primarily works with various knitting techniques, combining crochet, macramé, screen printing, dyeing, and photography as her creative language of conceptual knitting design. After graduating with a Master's degree in Biblical language studies in 2014, she does not only find inspiration from visual references, but also from her daily readings with a wide range of interests, from fiction to non-fiction. She uses textiles as a narrative language in her artworks, addressing the topics of unemployment, environmental challenges, identity loss and the living condition of marginalized groups.
Visible Man is a series of knitting designs based on my experience of mending clothes of homeless people in London.
After the traumatic lockdown in Shanghai in 2022, I came to London. As an outsider to the culture, being far from my family, I try to explore what space means for human rights and humanity. The series of works drew inspiration from my city photographs, biblical text, and ancient Middle East costume traditions. The works also explore combining knitting and printing techniques in designing.
Medium:AYAB knitted, digital knitted, knitted with print piece
Medium:Photography, digital knitted pieces with mono-print, screen printed piece
I do not consider myself an artist because everyone can do art at any time, anywhere, with the materials in his/her hand, especially those underprivileged. I set apart one morning each week to mend the clothes of homeless people in London. They are a group of people with underestimated creativity; they brought me the clothes and materials they prepared and, most of the time, with their design ideas. What I did was follow their design and help to realize them. Their designs are both practical and with aesthetics.