Born in Orange County, California, Andrea Liu is an artist and designer. She is currently studying MA Textiles at the Royal College of Art where she continues to delve deeper into crafting with fish skins and waste.
While studying BA Textile Design at Central St. Martins (2015--2018), she specialised in woven textile design. She focuses on material research, sustainable / circular design, and on- and off-loom woven construction. She approaches every project with the goal of turning waste into material of value. She handcrafts one-off pieces that can be used as artistic pieces or as unique products for fashion and architecture.
The waste material that she dedicates her time to re-define, re-evaluate and re-vive is salmon skins that are found in the waste bins of smokeries, restaurants, factories and fishermen. Motivated to work in a 100-percent chemical-free environment and zero-waste practice, she actively adopts traditional practices of dyeing, tanning, spinning and weaving. She believes that designers have an opportunity of designing positive change, even if it is as small as simply starting a dialogue.
Her work focuses on the preservation of stories and crafts that are on the verge of being forgotten. Through her work, she is also driven to help preserve the existence of wild salmon. It is important for her that her designs are not only aesthetic but also imbued with stories that hold cultural, emotional and ecological values.