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Wei Wei Chang

MA work

Using bags as a discourse, I am aiming to illustrate stories that our society considers taboo, questioning whether bags can be used as a tool to trigger new experiences. Inspired by conjoined twins, I experiment with bags that share such conjoined characters. Will people appreciate deformed bags? Can bags be dependent of each other? If duplications of the same bag were stuck together, what would that portray?

By combining such concepts with surrealistic expressions and unusual materials, I want to create an uncanny effect that is not normally associated with bags. Parts of the bag may seem familiar yet odd at the same time, generating mixed sensations for the audience. Some will find the collection strange and undesirable, while others will see the beauty in such incongruity.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Fashion Womenswear, 2009

    Specialism

    Accessories

  • Using bags as a discourse, I am aiming to illustrate stories that our society considers taboo, questioning whether bags can be used as a tool to trigger new experiences. Inspired by conjoined twins, I experiment with bags that share such conjoined characters. Will people appreciate deformed bags? Can bags be dependent of each other? If duplications of the same bag were stuck together, what would that portray?

    By combining such concepts with surrealistic expressions and unusual materials, I want to create an uncanny effect that is not normally associated with bags. Parts of the bag may seem familiar yet odd at the same time, generating mixed sensations for the audience. Some will find the collection strange and undesirable, while others will see the beauty in such incongruity.

  • Degrees

  • Diploma, Making Leather Goods, Scuola del Cuoio, Florence, Italy, 2006; Foundation Art and Design, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada, 2005
  • Experience

  • Handbag Designer, GAYA CANADA Enterprise, Vancouver, Canada, 2004 to present; Designers Assistant, Pauric Sweeney Handbags, Florence, Italy, 2006
  • Awards

  • Finalist, International Flavours & Frangrances/Thierry Mugler Award, 2009; Winner, UMBRO Design Competition, 2008; Finalist, Best Student-made Bag, Independent Handbag Designer Awards, 2007