Other Echoes Inhabit The Garden

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.

I would like to acknowledge the Gadigal and Bidjigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose unceded lands I live and work, and pay my respects to their elders — past, present and future. This is, and always will be, Aboriginal land.