Soh Design Studio

Attending Beijing's World Design Congress

26-28 October 2009. There were more than hundred speakers mainly from the West to ‘open’ the eyes of young Chinese designers and students. I was one of the ‘older’ guys who is not really from China but was equally hungry for design, outside the field of architecture. And yes, I was excited and inspired, listening to designers who create interactive graphics, movie trailers, commodities, signs, installations and so on…

One of them even made me cry. She made an extraordinary entry, by being very unsure, unlike other enthusiastic speakers. Her name is Ma Ke Wuyong. She is an unusual fashion designer, living in almost self-exile conditions, somewhere remote in a village where she has her craftsmen making every single fashion pieces by hands only. She made an emotional speech not just about her journey as a designer, but also a woman in search of truth.

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