Zishan Hua is a textile designer specializing in weaving, with a strong focus on materials. Through her creative processes, she leads and develops a deep understanding of the materials she works with, allowing her to gain an acute sensory perception of their characteristics. As a weaver, she prefers to start from the basics, creating materials like yarns herself, as she believes there are no shortcuts to truly understanding the intricacies of the materials.
In the early stages of her career, Zishan Hua curated various projects centred around different materials, enriching her sensory experience with silk, cotton, bamboo, paper and clay. These projects have played a vital role in expanding her knowledge and expertise in each material. Notably, she succeeded by patenting her invention of placenta print, which originated from one of her projects.