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Momo Wang’s Third Hand Collection

4 May 2012 by TexSelect in Alumni Stories, Fashion

Designer Momo Wang (Texprint 2011) has alerted Texprint to her latest collection, called “The Third Hand”.  These are clothes and accessories that Momo has bought second-hand and which she has up-cycled in her typically imaginative mixed-media way, becoming the ‘third hand’ to give them a whole new life.

Momo, are you selling the collection?  There are 12 outfits in all, and currently I don’t want sell them because they cannot be reproduced.  Some of the accessories I might sell on Etsy.com later.  I recently had two exhibitions in Beijing, and also held a workshop to teach people how to up-cycle second-hand clothes, it all went very well.

Where were they made?  They were all made in my hometown Jinzhou in China. I bought all the clothes and materials from local second-hand markets there. The market is very cool.

Where were the film and look book shot?  In a farmer's house and the mountains near my hometown, in a very small and beautiful village outside the city.  View the video…

Momo, we love the idea of 'third hand' – any more thoughts or comments on your inspirations?  Are you planning to regularly create one-off collections like this?  The basic idea is to do what I can to refresh, renew, re-animate precious second-hand materials, and eventually deliver the beauty in them by my realization, and eventually have more and more people doing the same, or at least thinking similarly. A French philosopher once talked about third hand, Jacques Derrida. I like hands.

One-off is not really the major point, it is just that how I create makes it easier to have just one-off. I am happy with it, but I think I am open for other ways of working, such as, say, the conventional way; also, if it is possible, I don't think it is a bad idea to review my past collections and perhaps redo the projects.

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