Quilting / Longform writing / Web design / Design research
Other Echoes is a design-research Honours project, borne partly from my own personal struggle with
my cultural identity and the persistent feeling of being never quite
‘Australian’, but also never quite ‘Chinese’. This project taps into the
widespread existential condition of being ‘neither/nor’ but also ‘both/
and’ prevalent amongst diasporic immigrant identities in Australia,
to explore the experience of occupying the space in-between Otherness and Belonging through a decolonial lens.
Using design techniques traditionally dismissed as craft, including
quilting and embroidery, Other Echoes consists of a website, a quilt
and a dissertation which propose new representational strategies
for self-making derived from metaphor.