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Personally, I like to have a certain state of mind to make some observations about the city environment. It’s a real process to focus on details, to pay attention to the city pace, its tempo, its people, their lifestyle, their interactions… I have the feeling that I connect with this community because I spend time to examine each element that makes a city an organized small world with its own codes and rules. I view the city as a microcosm where I can do some research to fuel my perceptions and my design skills using different colors or fabrics in my creation process. This is how I like to work, my city is my muse.

我習慣在安靜的地方觀察城市,靜下來的時候能夠感覺到更多城市的流動、也可以觀察到更細節的部分:像是人們生活的方式跟城市裡的生活作息。比起環境,對我來說最有趣的應該是城市裡有更多形形色色的人們,在交流之中,人們影響了這個城市也帶給它更多的色彩。所以當你在城市裡的時候,當發生了什麼事情時,人們會很直接的反應出他們的感覺,跟展現群體的感染力,而不需要慢慢的感受這件事所帶來的影響。把觀察分析後用作品呈現,是一個我很喜歡的方式。

My inspiration
My family is from Taipei so I have grown up here in the city. Actually, when I look back I realized that I have been always living in a city and never elsewhere. I guess it has a huge impact on the person I am today. When you live in such urban environment it’s difficult not being part of it because in the end, each individual makes the city with his her lifestyle.My main inspiration for my design work comes from different elements surrounded me on my daily life. Obviously, we are shaped and influenced by the environment where we are live in, so the city has clearly an influence on my creativity.

If I were a city, I would be…
As I said, I only know Taipei. This where I belong for so long time so it’s really difficult for me to consider any other place. In addition, I haven’t really lived abroad in other city so it’s quite challenging for me to have a benchmark in terms of place or people. At the end of the day, I would be Taipei because this all I am.

An artist in the city…
For every artist, the creation process is coming from the things we can experience. So I believe this is inextricably related to the life we have. Sometimes what makes our existence a life is what we have or what we would like to have and these perspectives affect our thoughts. When this little seed is planted in the artist brain, the environment where we are can nurture it and no doubt that the city is then a great source of inspiration. The city is a sort of muse that can have different sense of beauty or aesthetics to reveal different state of mind. When you turn that into design, it brings new possibilities to be expressed. For every artist I believe that makes a unique chance to propose a personal and unique relationship to city interactions.

我的靈感
從小在城市裡長大,因為連爺爺奶奶也都住在臺北,幾乎沒在城市外的地方長久生活。已經從我的生活中滲透進去,無法抗拒的成為我的一部份。因為本來就習慣從身邊周遭的東西擷取元素來開始進行創作,對我的作品來說就會有一定程度的影響。我想即使是從一項完全跟城市不相關的元素下手,製作完成後在作品呈現出來的樣子,應該會在我渾然不覺中,還是能夠隱約可以看到臺北的影子。

如果我是一個城市,我會當…
像先前提到的,因為我真的在臺北這個城市裡生活了太久的時間,而我也還沒有去過太多其他的國家跟城市,不太了解其他地方的風土民情或人們的個性。所以,我想最能展現我個性的一個城市,應該就是臺北了吧。

在城市的藝術家… / 藝術家在城市裡
藝術或是創作這件事,我一直認為它是跟生活密不可分的。因為生活是與我們息息相關的東西,會慢慢的影響你的想法,然後直接的反映在作品上。
而在城市裡,有太多的生活元素是包含在裡面的。
把它拆解成部分,每個不同的元素都能做出很多不同的創作,每個城市可以分析出來的成分也都不同。這些元素也會因為你看待的角度方法不同,就可以製作出更獨創或豐富的創作。