Xiao Liu is a textile designer. For her, inspiration is everywhere, in particular in nature. She likes to capture the fleeting inspiration in her life and draw it out in patterns and illustrations. She is drawn to opposites and contrasts both physical and emotional. She aims to discover new fabric techniques, fusing and co-existing the contrasting relationships in her work to create timeless textiles linked through her aesthetic expressions and use of pale colours. She explores the relationship between textiles, the body, and fashion.
The inspiration for this project was a visit I made to salt lakes. This was a very powerful experience for me. When I put my hand into the salt lake, it was water and liquid, but when I took my hand out into the air, the water turned into salt crystals and covered my skin. That moment of change made a strong impression. At the moment of my touch, the transition from liquid to solid medium occurred and made visible on my skin the fluid water from the lake.
In this project, I explored a balance between original forms (solid) and changed forms (liquid). To create a textile which shows three age of a material - past, now, and future (combined).