Scripted Fashion: Calligraphy on Fabric
06.10.2011 – 28.10.2011
Organisers: The Fashion Gallery, Institute of Textiles & Clothing,
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Curators: Jooyoung Shin
Introduction | 展覽介紹
Calligraphy, the art of writing, was born of practical necessity in the East and West several millennia ago. Throughout the history of Eastern and Western culture, this form of writing was used not only to communicate thought and expressions among people who spoke different languages but also to document the codes of law, scientific treatise and spoken accounts before the invention of printing. Apart from its practical use, calligraphy has evolved into a unique form of visual arts in the East including China, Korea and Japan as it became an essential part of the traditional paintings and eventually an independent genre called “書畵”(‘writing and painting’ in English translation). The characters consisting of lines played an important role as a formative element especially in the East Asian calligraphy. Such lines created by the brushstrokes not only expressed the aesthetic consciousness of the artist, but also embodied the ideal of human virtue -benevolence (仁) and moral rightness (義) - pursued as an ideology. In addition, calligraphy was an essential means for self-cultivation to achieve humanity in the Eastern culture.
The legacy and beauty of genuine calligraphy continued and was preserved not only by calligraphers but also by many designers from various fields, such as fashion, textiles, industrial products, interior design, and architecture today. Calligraphy as a visual form arouses creativity in the minds of designers and provides the inspirational resources for unique and exotic design elements. Designers use the images of calligraphy for surface decoration, applying them in prints and motifs, and simultaneously spell out their statements or messages within the scripted image.
This exhibition will explore the various appearances of calligraphy represented on the surface of garments and textiles by presenting a selection of creative and innovative works by various fashion and textile designers from all over the world. One of main exhibits will be the work created by Lie Sang Bong who is internationally renowned Korean fashion designer. He created his collection using the beautiful calligraphy of Korean alphabet Hangeul on the surface of fabric and has taken the initiative in introducing the beauty of Hangeul via fashion to the world.
Photographs | 現場圖片