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Yishu Yan | Yan Yishu | Textile, Fashion & Digital Knitting | Design & Research
Yishu Yan is a designer, maker, and researcher working on fashion and textile, with a knitting speciality. Her work aims to explore an integrated design approach for fashion and textile through the application of digital technology.

Email: yanyishu0415@gmail.com    yi-shu.yan@connect.polyu.hk

Tel: +852 55327118    +86 15851812927

EDUCATION

    The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China

              PhD, Fashion and Textile Design, September 2017 to March 2021

              Thesis: Transitional Fashion via Digital Knitting

              Outstanding Thesis Award, Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles

    Nanjing University of Arts, Nanjing, China

              MA, Textile Design, September 2014 to June 2017

    University of Arts London, London, UK

              MA, Textile Design, September 2013 to September 2014

    Nanjing University of Arts, Nanjing, China

              BA, Art Design, September 2009 to June 2013

              Rank First in the Grade, China National Scholarship

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

  1. Postdoctoral Fellow, “Wearable Personal Cooling and Dehumidifying System for People Wearing Personal Protective Equipment”, Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, April 2021 to present.

  2. Research Associate (part-time), “Wearable Technology for Personal Thermal Management”, Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, October 2020 to March 2021.

  3. Research Assistant, “Digital Jacquard Textile and Fashion Design via Structure-Texture-Figure Approach”, Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, October 2016 to March 2017.

  4. Research Assistant, “Functional and Decorative Textile Products Through Sputtering Technology”, Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, March to September 2016.

  5. Research Assistant, “Novel Appearance of Wool Woven Textiles by Laser Cutting and Fulling Processes”, Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, December 2015 to February 2016.

PROFESSIONAL  EXPERIENCE

  1. Curatorial Assistant & Visual Designer, “ Youth & Beauty: Research of Qipao and Textiles in the Republic of China by GONG Jianpei”, The Fashion Gallery, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, December 2018 to March 2019.

  2. Curatorial Manager & Visual Designer, “Self-Organisation: Junichi Arai’s Textile Anthology Exhibition”, Innovation Tower and The Fashion Gallery, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, December 2017 to January 2018.

  3. Curatorial Assistant, “Art of Junichi Arai — Evolutionary Cloth Exhibition”, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China, December 2016 to March 2017.

  4. Consumer Insight Intern, Department of Business Development, VF corporations, Shanghai, China, May to October 2015.

PUBLICATIONS

  1. Yan, Y. S. (2022). Designer’s Perspective of Digital Knitting: from Fashion Design to Wearable Technology, The International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI), 5-8 Apr 2022. Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK. (Accepted)

  2. Yan, Y. S., Jiang, S. X. & Zhou, J. Y. (2021). Three-dimensional stretchable knitted design with transformative properties. Textile Research Journal, 91(9-10), 1020-1036.

  3. Yan, Y. S. & Jiang, S. X. (2019). Athletic fashion as a new hybrid for aesthetics, function, and expression. The 10th Cross-straits Conference on Textiles (p.70). Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

  4. Yan, Y. S. & Jiang, S. X. (2018). Innovative thinking of knitwear design in the era of digital driving. The 9th Cross-straits Conference on Textiles (p.184). Wuxi, China: Jiangnan University.

  5. Self-Organisation: Junichi Arai’s Textile Anthology, (2017). (Jiang, S. X., Peng, Q. X., Yan, Y. S. & Cheng, Y. Eds.). Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

  6. Gong, J. P. & Yan, Y. S. (2017). ‘Dressing Story’ in Image — A Study of Fashion Transition of Shanghai Qipao from Shanghai Comics(1928-1930). Journal of Clothing Research, 2(02):152-159.

  7. Gong, S. T. & Yan, Y. S. (2015). The Business Sense of Colour. ELLE Deco China, 4(04):99.

PATENTS

  1. Jiang, S. X. & Yan, Y. S., “Three-dimensional and stretchable knitted design”, CN 213804215 U.

  2. Jiang, S. X., Xu, J. T., Miao, D. G., Yan, Y. S. & Peng, Q. X., “Functional curtain fabric with anhydrous coating layer and method for manufacturing same”, US 2020/0149150 A1.

  3. Jiang, S. X., Xu, J. T, Miao, D. G, Yan, Y. S. & Peng, Q. X., “A functional curtain fabric with anhydrous coating and its preparation method”, CN 108625152 B.

AWARDS

  1. Silver Prize, 2020 YINGER PRIZE Global Womenswear Emerging Talent Contest

  2. Finalist, 2019 Arts of Fashion Foundation

  3. Second Runner-up, The 6th International Youth Designer Competition

  4. Best Design Innovative Application Award, International Creative Pattern Design Competition      

  5. Award of Excellence, “Light of Textile” China Textile Art Exhibition

  6. Bronze Award, Hongyifang Cup Chinese Clothing Design Competition

  7. Carmen Rion Award, NEW BEAT: International Design Students Competition

  8. Award of Excellence, International Creative Pattern Design Competition

  9. Silver Medal, 2015 National Design Competition and International Theory Symposium

  10. Bronze Award, “Zijin Award” Jiangsu Cultural and Creative Design Competition

  11. Gold Medal, The 2nd National Yinshilai Cup Jacquard Fabric Creative Design Competition

  12. Award of Best Design, The 2nd National Yinshilai Cup Jacquard Fabric Creative Design Competition

  13. Bronze Award, Molik Cup Household Soft Adornment Design Competition

  14. Creative Design Gold Medal, China International Home Textile Creative Design Competition

  15. Creative Design Silver Medal, China International Home Textile Creative Design Competition

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

       LOOKLOOP: Transitional Knitting – Research Work by Yishu Yan, The Fashion Gallery, Institute of Textiles & Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, May 2020.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  1. International Fashion Art Exhibition, Qiaoshan Culture Center, Foshan, China, 2022

  2. Fashioned from Nature in China: Then and Now, Sea World Culture and Arts Center, Shenzhen, China, 2020

  3. The 4th New Crafts International Artists Group Exhibition, Art Museum of Bangladesh University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2018

  4. International Creative Pattern Design Competition, Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China, 2018

  5. “Light of Textile” China Textile Art Exhibition, Beijing World Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2018

  6. NEW BEAT: International Design Students Competition in the 11th International Shibori Symposium, Tohoku University of Arts & Design, Yamagata, Japan, 2018

  7. Shibori Mini in the 11th International Shibori Symposium, Arimatsu Dashi Kaikan, Arimatsu, Japan, 2018

  8. Surface Design in Fashion — works by Knior Jiang and collaborators, Jill Stuart Gallery, Cornell University, USA, 2018

  9. Silk Story — International Fashion Art Exhibition, Beijing Exhibition Centre, Beijing, China, 2018  

  10. NEW BEAT: International Design Students Competition in the 10th International Shibori Symposium, Centro de las Artes de San Agustín, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2016

  11. NEW BEAT: International Design Students Competition in the 10th International Shibori Symposium, The Fashion Gallery, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, 2016

  12. ART AL VENT XIV, Valencia, Spain, 2016

  13. International Creative Pattern Design Competition, Hangzhou White Horse Lake International Convention and Exhibition Center, Hangzhou, China, 2015

  14. National Design Competition and International Theory Symposium, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2015

  15. “Zijin Award” Jiangsu Cultural and Creative Design Competition, Nanjing International Exhibition Center, Nanjing, China, 2014

  16. The 7th China Modern Handcrafts Art School Exhibition, Beijing World Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2013

  17. NEW BEAT: International Design Students Competition in the 8th International Shibori Symposium, The Fashion Gallery, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, 2011

FASHION SHOW

      Fashion Parade, Rebelles - 2016 Festival of Extra Ordinary Textile, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 2016

MUSEUM COLLECTION

      Mermaid Recall, Museum’s Collection No. 2019.35.18, China National Silk Museum, Hangzhou, China, 2019

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