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Momo Wang’s Third Hand Collection

04 May 2012 by Editor

Momo Wang in her local second-hand market

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.

Article tags: texprint 2011 (31), mixed media (24), accessories (15), sustainability (4)

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