|Photographer Zhou Mi The Earth, Kangding, Sichuan, China, 2007|
|Ma Ke "Wuyong", Victoria&Albert Museum, Fashion in Motion, May 2008|
Fashion designer Ma Ke is known in China for her silent, organic and reflexive clothing. Her interest in the crossover between contemporary art and fashion led her to establish the artistic brand Wuyong, meaning "useless" in 2006. Her collections reference China's rich history and highlight the role of time and natural processes, the qualities of organic materials and the value of handcraft. Recycling discarded items in her creations such as old painted fabrics, she questions the values propagated through clothing in modern cultures across the world. Her work is an ode to local skills and cultural memories.
Photographies of her home on the southern coast of China show her commitment to traditional arts, crafts heritage and innovation. She treasures what she calls " voluntary simplicity." Selvedge Magazine March/April 2011.