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Jarvinia Jinying Li

“My collection evolved from a painting I created about my relationship with my family. My life is the reflection of their expectations; meanwhile, I struggle to find my own shadow and my own way of life.”

Jarvinia Jinying Li was born in Zhuhai, China, and immigrated to San Francisco. As a student at Parsons, she has developed a passion for avant-garde textile design inspired by the richness of fashion history and a multitude of ethnic cultures. "I believe that fashion is a cosmopolitan blend of history and culture; it is the beauty of humanity and the joy of individual expression. I start the design process based on conceptual ideas, and then I transform these ideas through the manipulation of textiles before I sketch the design. My thesis collection, Shadow Reflection, truly speaks to my design identity. My collection evolved from a painting I created about my relationship with my family. My life is the reflection of their expectations; meanwhile, I struggle to find my own shadow and my own way of life.

"In preparation for my thesis, my interest in textiles prompted me to study weaving, and I proceeded to purchase a loom. Life is like a long and intense weaving process, and the unpredictable outcomes are breathtaking. So to illustrate the richness that is the tapestry of life, I have handwoven all of my materials. I contrasted delicate beads with waxed cotton, and horsehair braid and horsehair tubing with mohair. The conceptual idea of Shadow Reflection expresses how pieces of shadows were transformed into a collection through an evolutionary journey with a loom and an eclectic assortment of materials.

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