Work in Process: Bonny Cai in conversation with Kate Irvin
Hear about Ying Bonny Cai's (Brown|RISD Dual Degree Program with a BA in Economics and BFA in Apparel Design) work of sharing histories and culture through contemporary design in this conversation with Kate Irvin, Curator of Costume and Textiles. Learn about Cai’s inspiration and process through her study of traditional garment engineering and experimentation with innovative materials. Cai shares images of her thesis work and Fulbright Fellowship project of researching traditional clothing in South Korea.
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Ying Bonny Cai is a designer and researcher exploring ways in which clothing promotes play, fosters empathy, and creates a sense of home. She was awarded a 2019-2020 Fulbright Fellowship to research traditional clothing in South Korea, has exhibited her works at New York Fashion Week, Textiles Art Center in Brooklyn, the Korean Cultural Center of NYC, and graduated from the Brown|RISD Dual Degree Program with a B.A. in Economics and B.F.A. in Apparel Design.
Kate Irvin is Curator and Head of the Department of Costume and Textiles at the RISD Museum. There she oversees a collection of 30,000 fashion and textile items that range in date from 1500 BCE to the present and represent traditions and innovations across the globe. Her most recent exhibition was Repair and Design Futures (October 5, 2018-June 30, 2019), a year-long multidisciplinary exhibition and programming initiative that investigated mending as material intervention, metaphor, and as a call to action. Other recent exhibitions and projects at the Museum include: From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Maya Weaving (2018); Designing Traditions: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collections (2017); All of Everything: Todd Oldham Fashion (2016); and Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion (2013).
Image: Courtesy of Ying Bonny Cai.