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PechaKucha Night Dali 1 – Pattern Recognition

27 March 2021 @ 19:00 21:00

On Saturday, March 27, the first ever PechaKucha Night in Dali will be held at September Bar. Local and international fashion designers will share their inspiration at a fast and fun event:

PechaKucha Night Dali 1 – Pattern Recognition 模式识别

PechaKucha (Japanese for “chit chat”) is the world’s fastest-growing storytelling platform, used by millions around the globe. 

At a PechaKucha night, people share inspiring and creative 20 x 20 PechaKucha presentations at venues around the world. 20 slides. 20 seconds of commentary per slide. That’s it! Powerful, visually compelling stories that move audiences in less than 7 minutes. There will be seven speakers, there is time to ask questions after the presentations, and enough opportunity to mingle and have a drink in the beautiful September Bar courtyard while listening to a fashion-themed playlist.

Creative. Connective. Authentic. Memorable. FUN! Everybody welcome to join!

(scroll down for an introduction of the speakers)

Speakers & presentations

What is a man? Stories of building identity

Mark van Beek (NL) is a fashion designer based in Shanghai. He has worked for Dirk Bikkembergs and Burberry, to name a few. In 2017 he moved to Shanghai, where he works as a consultant for ICICLE. Mark has extensive design and fabric development experience in the luxury sector, and high end ethically produced clothing and accessories for women and men.

Textiles as a thread through a product and spatial design practice

Henny van Nistelrooy (NL) leads Studio HVN – a design practice offering spatial to product design. The Dutch and Chinese owned studio merges contemporary design with Chinese culture. The studio’s design methodology is to research local culture and connect through contemporary design to modern life. Studio HVN was founded in 2009 and in 2012 moved to Beijing. Henny’s work has been exhibited at the Trienalle di Milano, Aram Gallery London, Design Berlin, Art Basel Miami, Beijing Design Week and Westbund Shanghai.

Managing and sharing the heritage and resources of Chinese traditional culture, and stimulating rural development by encouraging female employment.

Qu Baoxiang is the official intangible heritage guardian of Dali Yi minority embroidery craft. Qu Baoxiang has traveled to Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, India, Thailand and Myanmar to share the story of Dali crafts. He has taught Dali ethnic handicraft culture, clothing, embroidery, weaving, heritage and promotion of Chinese traditional culture at several prestigious universities across China.

Good things come from the earth

RIO HILO is an independent designer based in Dali. Committed to transparency as well as sustainable products that have a small ecological footprint, RIO HILO aims to build a strong connection with anyone who loves and enjoys spending time with nature. Designer Rio was born in Jiangsu, Xuzhou, and studied Fashion Engineering in Shanghai Donghua University and Fashion design in Singapore Raffles Institute. Seeking for a more natural and better quality of life, Rio decided to move to Dali. The village life influences her in many ways, including her design.

The forgotten indigo journey

Chen Yiting 陈怡婷 or Coco Chen, a native of Guangzhou, graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 2005. While doing her research on traditional tie-dye craft in Dali, she encountered a wealth of folk crafts. In 2006 she settled in the city. Since then, she has been engaged in metal, glass, indigo fabric creation and design. She runs her own art studio: the Need Blue Goods brand produces indigo products, Need Shop focuses on metalwork.

The unisex style of fashion: Don’t let people label you by what you wear

Xu Yi is a Jiangsu province native who holds a master’s degree in art design from Rome Academy of Fine Arts and Beijing Institute of Fashion. She has studied with Ms. Keyu Li and the Italian artist and designer Veneranda Carrino. She has spent time in Rome, Tibet, Beijing, Shenzhen and other places In 2017, she settled down in Dali in 2017 where she works as an independent fashion, costume and accessories designer. She is founder and director of Xuyi Lab, an independent brand that combines tradition and lost craftsmanship while showcasing and guiding a new avant-garde lifestyle. Xuyi Lab aims to explore the possibilities for future relationships between garments and people.

Designing with your hands, not with your head

制服损坏的军神 Military gods with damaged uniforms is the brand of Kunming native Liu Xi 刘希. He completed a bachelor’s degree in fashion design and after graduation worked as a custom fashion designer and artisan in Beijing. Now, he is back in his hometown Kunming, where he specializes in custom garments. His presentation explores the design based on the traditional tailoring process and looks at the possibilities and experiments of tailoring techniques used in avant-garde design throughout the world. In Liu Xi’s words: “I think that fashion design is a universal language – and it’s my second language.”

Come and join an inspiring event, all about fashion! 来感受时尚吧!


September Bar 大理九月

Xinmin Lu
Dali Old Town, China

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