With my project I have investigated my family ties. The point of departure has been the term “timeline” divided into three periods: the oriental dynasties, my father’s flight from Vietnam and my own childhood in the suburbs in Sweden.
Background and history have always inspired me. In this project I have concerned myself with my own origins, asking: Who were my ancestors in East Asia? I wanted to investigate the roots of my existence and the choices made by earlier generations.
I interviewed my own parents in order to gather concrete information, and I studied old photographs and sound recordings in order to produce my own interpretation of different epochs. Photographs of snakes represent my Asian horoscope which interprets my character almost perfectly.
My collection balances between the two cultures that I have grown up with: Vietnamese and Swedish. In my project I have been inspired by historical references in order to design garments for present and future use. Choice of colour, form and materials create a bridge between two continents.
Anna Karin Karlsson.