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I am an artist focused on expanding the traditional boundaries of craft and art. My interest lies in altering the conventional language of specific art categories, exploring new possibilities for artistic presentation, and challenging the role of art objects in contemporary life. I am eager to engage in projects and exhibitions that allow for innovative expressions and collaborations, merging traditional craftsmanship with forward-thinking artistic concepts.

Projects
• Ritual Footwear: The Objects Of Magick, 2021-2022
This project was designed to evoke the healing and self-observation of individuals by integrating
ritual concepts into the design process. It challenged conventional footwear design by pushing
the boundaries of its language and explored innovative ways of incorporating fine art into
everyday life.
• Extension of Ritual Footwear, 2022
Invited to participate in the Craft Reimagined exhibition, this extension of the Ritual Footwear
project evolved into a dynamic moving image work.
• Earthen Stitches, 2022-2023
A collection that merges the tactile richness of clay with the intricate art of beading embroidery.
"Earthen Stitches" explores and reinterprets traditional crafting techniques by embedding them
within a contemporary artistic context. This project challenges conventional uses of clay as a
medium, transforming it into a canvas for embroidery, thus pushing the boundaries between
different craft forms.
• Colorful, Colorful, 2024- present
Tailored a unique drawing book specifically for children with autism and bipolar disorder,
designed to explore and support their unique methods of creation. This project devotes into the
behavioral aspects of artistic expression among these children, providing them with a platform to
communicate and express themselves in ways that are intrinsic to their experiences.

EDUCATION
Master
• Oct 2020 - Feb 2022
Footwear Design
University of the Arts London
Bachelor
• Sep 2017 - Jul 2020
Cordwainer Footwear: Product
Design and Innovation
University of the Arts London
Others
• Jun 2019 - Nov 2019
French Haute Couture Embroidery
Traditional Embroidery
University of the Arts London
Professeur Elisabeth ROULLEAU - Lyon

AWARDS & EXHIBITIONS
• LONDON COLLEGE OF FASHION,
2022
Victoria House Basement, WC1B 4DA,
London
18th Feb 2022 – 28th Feb 2022
• LONDON CRAFT WEEK, 2022
Fashion Space Gallery, W1G 0BJ, London
9th May 2022 – 2nd June 2022
• LCF CRAFT REIMAGINED
Lab-E20, E20 1JB, London
8th July 2022 – 16th July 2022
• ITS CONTEST 2022'S FINAL SELECTION
• VIRTUAL SHOE MUSEUM
Footwear Design:
Ritual Footwear: The Objects of Magick
Featured Designer Recognition by Virtual
Shoe Museum

June 2024

Nian Liu

As an artist, I'm all about pushing boundaries and mixing things up across different fields—it's where I get my best ideas. I'm deeply interested in exploring how people connect with their creations and how this influences the way they perceive and interact with art. I enjoy challenging traditional ways of engaging with art objects and transforming perceptions of them.
In my work, I love to blend elements from various artistic and craft traditions not only to capture the eye but also to ignite deeper reflections about the relationships between the artist, the artwork, and the viewer. It’s all about creating art that isn’t just to be seen but to be experienced and discussed.
Adding to this exploration, I weave ideas from process philosophy and empiricism into my projects, aiming to expand the lifespan of art objects. This approach encourages a continuous discovery of new perspectives on final works, challenging viewers to see beyond the initial encounter and appreciate the evolving narratives embedded in each piece. My goal is to create art that lives, breathes, and grows within the context it inhabits, offering new insights and experiences with every interaction.

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