MEI MEI XU
This trio proves Melbourne's creative talents consistently bring it.
Légèreté is RMIT design student Mei Mei Xu's latest collection and was shot by fellow RMIT photography student Amelia Stanwix.
Melbourne writer Jessica Yu wrote a poem to accompany the collection.
Swim: Breaststroke through the sky with me as you did when you used to take lessons at the local pool. Your pink face creamy with sunscreen. Salmon circles graffitied around your eyes, each time you took your goggles off. Unfold your eyelids and pin them back. They grow all the way up here. Cotton flowers of the nimbostratus family. They have the frothy white perm of a grandmother. Wade towards the cotton flowerbed. Gather the air up into an ever-widening embrace. Almost there. You mustn’t stop now. There. You made it. Pluck the milk-blooms, one by one. They give in to your fingers, don’t they?
Weave: together the cotton flower clouds you gleaned. Weave sandwashed silk, the silver drool of spider-limbs. Weave wool crepe, the undyed fairy floss spun onto the torsos of sheep. Weave only the things that will fall apart in your fingers. Weave only the things that give themselves.
Make: Outline your body in chalk. Cut patterns in the shape of yourself. Your bones are a heap of clingy coat-hangers. So make yourself a second skin. First in calico then in the full-woven things. But don’t overdo it. Subtract from the whole to add.
Wear/Live: Lose your life only to find it. Tell the truth and try not to embellish it. It is beautiful enough as is. Fictional interpretations of your self feel too heavy, right now. So sing something true and your lungs will unfurl. Sing something true and it will put the breath into you. You will burst into bloom like a cotton flower cloud. And I will see you soon, in the shallows of the sky, lying there, afloat.
Words / Jessica Yu