Date of Award

Summer 6-3-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Industrial Design


Industrial Design

First Advisor

Leslie Fontana

Second Advisor

Aspen Golann

Third Advisor

Windy Chien


The thesis aims to explore the intersection of traditional crafts and modern design by modernizing traditional Chinese crafts like knitting and knotting. The objective is to preserve the aesthetic, cultural, and utility values embedded in these crafts while creating a series of home-scaled furnishing designs that offer a self-making experience.

By applying traditional crafts to modern daily life, the thesis seeks to give new life to the essence of traditional crafts and create new life experiences that are accessible to more consumers. The focus will be on creating modern designs that incorporate traditional knotting and knitting techniques, while also offering a DIY element that allows consumers to participate in the making process.

The self-making experience will be an essential element of the project, allowing consumers to learn and participate in the making process while also creating a deeper appreciation for the artistry and skill required in traditional crafts. The resulting home-scaled furnishing designs will offer a unique blend of tradition and modernity, preserving traditional crafts' essence while offering a fresh and contemporary perspective.

Overall, the project aims to demonstrate the relevance and value of traditional crafts in today's world while creating new opportunities for consumers to engage with and appreciate this ancient human-making wisdom.



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