⟨ Slow Stitch ⟩

The handwritten fashion

TIME WARDROBE

Words / tobycrispy
Photography / Phoebe Wong

時尚象徵時間,隨着春夏秋冬的轉換而蛻變,但是在快時尚的催谷下,每7天就要轉季了,在冷氣房和地球暖化之間,我們都忘了感受春去秋來的意味。時尚的流轉同時陪伴著我們的經歷成長,當中有些服飾不值一提,有些卻喚來會心微笑,甚或默然垂淚。一件件衣物,也是一段段時間的印記,猶如活在衣櫥裡的年曆。

Fashion symbolizes time, undergoing transformation as spring goes and summer comes, followed by autumn and then winter. However, propelled by fast fashion, fashion season changes every seven days. Within an air-conditioned room and in the face of global warming, we all forget to explore the odor of the seasons. The turning wheel of fashion accompanies our growth and experience, during which some clothes are insignificant while some elicit an understanding smile or even silent tears. Each and every piece of clothing corresponds to an imprint of a time period, resembling a calendar that resides within the wardrobe.

To be continued  ( Photo courtesy of Oi! )

7年的「再時尚設計」旅程中,聽過不少教人心動的故事,能讓一個個經歷延續到未來,是我的榮幸;與其說我是改造衣物,我反覺得自己是用針線描寫故事,畢竟現今談成衣的價值恍如不值分文,但能成為《時間衣櫥》(Time Wardrobe)裡其中的一個里程碑,若以「情感值」來計算,卻是無價。

Throughout the seven-year journey of “redesigning fashion”, I have come across many moving stories. It has been my honour being able to extend each experience to the future. I would regard what I do not so much as transforming clothes but as using needles and threads to weave stories. After all, nowadays, ready-made clothes are not worth a penny but having become a milestone within “Time Wardrobe”, they are priceless in terms of emotional value.

2010年夏見證過離合的裙子、2013-19年記住了師生的校服、2016年冬孫女的第一件藏品、1996年冬難以忘記的情人、2018年夏的童年回憶⋯⋯,都一一借了回來,在油街實現藝術空間(Oi! Street Art Space)的《如果我們還有空間》(The Practice of Everyday Life)聯合展覽中和大家娓娓道出這些捨不得放下的季節故事。

A skirt witnessing the break up of a marriage in the summer of 2010; a school uniform remembering teachers and students from 2013 to 2019; the first collected item of a granddaughter in the winter of 2016; an unforgettable love story in the winter of 1996; childhood memories during the summer of 2018…I have borrowed all these pieces for the joint-exhibition titled “The Practice of Everyday Life held” at Oi! Street Art Space to recount in detail these stories of seasons with which we cannot bear parting.

不知多久之前,爸爸已選購Céline的衣服,他追求質感的品味留給了我,讓我把他對記念事物的執著縫到心上,願我能繼續和他一起好好地活著。擁有細膩的手工剌繡卻是只值數百元的Zara Home床單,現在已變成了裙子,將常伴我出席大大小小的活動。

The Céline suit that my father bought but I do not know how long ago. He passed on to me his taste for quality. And I stitched his deep regard to what is valuable onto a place close to the heart. May he live on with me forever. The origin of its delicate hand-crafted embroidery can be traced back to a bed sheet from Zara Home which cost only a few hundred dollars. It has now become a skirt, which is going to accompany me to the future events.

Hand-stitched by Kero

謝謝你在我們還未認識前已啟動你的「神經刀」為我製作布偶,以橡皮印章逐一蓋上留字。這展覽見證著我們本來互不相識,因為一個信念,把我們牢牢扣著,我們在不著邊際的網絡世界裡互相窺探、互相支持,靜待某時某刻相連起來。舊雨之外,我還邀請了5位新知,分享他們的故事和創作自己的再時尚,不只展示手藝,更重要的是每個人的獨特個性。

Thank you for making the free-styled ragdoll for me, even before we knew each other and for leaving my names letter by letter with your rubber stamps.  This exhibition testifies to a conviction which has turned us from being strangers to becoming firmly connected. We have been following each other within the borderless world of Internet, supporting one another, silently anticipating a moment that connects us.  Apart from old friends, I have also invited five new friends to share their stories and to create their own “refashion”. Not only have they showcased their craft, but more importantly, they have also displayed their own unique personality.

Hand-embroidery by Karen

Hand-embroidery by Jim

Photo by Ichi Chan

我們相識於你的19歲那年,然後一起進步,在這7年間我的每一件大事上,都留有你的光影。

 We became acquainted when you were 19, and since then, we have made progress together; your contribution is in every major event of my redesigning journey within these seven years.

Photo courtesy of Oi!

因為對修繕的堅持,把我們由你的2字頭縫合到3字頭。

2020年的企劃,我特別邀請了擅長時尚攝影的黃海珊(Phoebe Wong),讓她把快門開合之間所拿捏的情感,以影像展現出每個人的自然質感。還有與我合作多時的新一代縫紉師陳曉君 (fashion maker, Ichi Chan),我在你們年少時相識,這麼多年,我們各自奔波,卻在同一平行線上相連,大概是因為我們對大自然的一份尊重。

Our perseverance in upcycling has binded us from your early twenties to your early thirties. 

For this project in 2020, I have specially invited Phoebe Wong, an expert in fashion photography, allowing her to display every person’s natural quality through images in using her sensibility in capturing emotions during the opening and closing of shutters. I also invited Ichi Chan, a fashion marker of the new generation, with whom I have collaborated for a long time. I first met both of you when you were young. Over the years, we went our own ways and yet we were connected on parallel lines, perhaps thanks to our shared respect for nature.

Redesigned by See

大自然活像一個任性的孩子,令我們望著天天下雨的預告,拿不定拍攝的日期,延遲了一星期後才決定孤注一擲,最後在雷電轟頂的前夕完成;謝謝你戲弄完我們,還是愛我們。

Nature is like a spoiled child, making us stare at the rainy forecast for consecutive days and unable to fix a date for filming. After delaying for a week, we finally decided to go for it and managed to finish just before the arrival of thunder and lightning. Thank you for showing us your love in the end after messing with us.

Photo courtesy of Oi!

我們一行12人,在雲後的陽光下和四面八方的狂風中順利完成任務。

《時間衣櫥》(Time Wardrobe)我和黃海珊,以及25位新知舊雨的作品和故事,將於627-1011日在油街實現藝術空間的《如果我們還有空間》中展出。這個聯合展覽,還有另外6個來自不同範疇的創作單位和研究伙伴參與,展現創新並可行的方案,讓永續生活融入日常之中。

We are a team of twelve, completing our mission without a hitch against the violent wind from all sides and under the sunlight hidden behind the clouds.

“Time Wardrobe” is a compilation of the creations and stories of me, Phoebe Wong and 25 other new and old friends, which are on exhibit from 27th June to 11th October. This joint-exhibition features also six other creative units and research partners from various faces, which display and propose innovative and feasible ways for integrating sustainable lifestyle into our daily life.

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