John Yuyi may just be the secret princess of the Internet. A creative who works in design, photography and general craftiness, her self-portraits remind one of a toned down Mariko Mori.
She captures moments of unique stillness, explores personal branding, and re-imagines traditional colours and objects. Her Clay Project swimwear series is the perfect example of her ability to blend found objects and still lives with wearable design and fashion. Pastel coloured pieces of clay are twisted together into tiny shapes and patterns and printed onto block coloured swimsuits, the result being a surreal melding of wearable art.
John Yuyi urges you to take the art into the everyday, to wear and live in clothing as if it were something to be always revered, treasured and explored. Reminiscent of the Opening Ceremony and Margritte collaboration, John Yuyi’s work will have you dreaming in different colours and arranging your personal objects as if they were in a museum. She wants to take you by the hand and show you geometric shapes and colours as she sees them. John Yuyi’s explorations into the surreal are at once dreamy and hyper-real, they transport you to another plane of thought.
Words / Ruby Giles