Experienced Glasgow School of Art postgraduate majoring in Interior Design. Outstanding user-friendly design approaches, innovative concepts and techniques result the capability of engaging in creative work. My decision of learning interior design was inspired by Ilse Crawford’s design philosophy, which is about humanity and wellbeing. I completed my past projects with thinking not only in a designer’s way but also in a user’s direction. Photography and digital&watercolour painting are my interests. Photography contributed to the observation of shape, light, colour and emotion. Painting enlarged the imagination and represented these creative ideas effectively.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
This design is called “a cat and a human’s home”. By comparing cat and human’s “home”, it studies and discusses how under the current highly developed capitalist market system in China, young people are constrained by the phantom of capitalism. In this design, “human” and “cat” is a kind of both reality and representation: they are both human and cat, as well as insider and outsider under the capitalist system. Through the materialisation of the national machine, ideology, and constructed situations, showing the human “home” has become a shaped category.
The main scope of the research lies in the sociological category of Marxism. People buying things for distinguishing dissidents and solidifying divisions, forming the basis of self-esteem and self-worth. “Cat” is also one of the exquisite items. Some people buy cats because they can get much attention on social media and because they can show their “love” and “decent life”. For the cat itself, it does not constitute these nouns or adjectives as a factor that affects thinking. It possibly will only eat the food it likes to fill its stomach, and will not go to the Michelin 3-stars restaurant on purpose.
This design uses “the others” to explore the status quo of human society. There is no antagonism between human and these “others”, while a distinction allows people to understand the situation easier and better. The central significance of the research is to illustrate the status of the young people in the “situation” and demonstrate how the social alienation and consumerism invade personal space and impact personal autonomy.