A gorgeous array of traditional Argentinian textiles in a market in Salta

Market in Purmamarca, Jujuy, Argentina

Landscape Architecture, Beniamino Servino. Cathedral of the gulf

Cloud's Images Explained

Below is Cloud's selection of six images that describe her and her culture.

-A Main Street in her home city of Chongqing. She was describing how the lights and the architecture are eponymous to Chongqing and remind her dearly of home.

-These spices and chilis are commonly used in her Chinese food. Food always has the power to bring us home- it is related directly to the five senses, so the smells and tastes and sights of these felt so familiar and homely to Cloud.

-Cloud was describing how inspiring Mozart is to her, and his classical music compositions are always a welcome sound that hold memory and value close to her.

-The piano is an interesting one, as it relates to her love of musical theatre and drama. She was describing how when she was little, it is common in China that children from a young age are put into classes to learn how to play an instrument, so that they can become proficient as they get older. She was put in a similar situation with the piano, but it never felt extremely natural to her, but she appreciates its value deeply.

-Chinese rock band, Omnipotent Youth Society, that Cloud really likes. I love the experimental and surreal aspect of this photograph of the band. This band was formed in late 90’s in Shijiazhuang, Hebei, which is a declining industrial city in Northern China.

Alpaca pom pom adornments at a market in Salta

Bright Colorways and Details of Embroidery in Salta, Argentina

Bright Colorways and Details of Embroidery in Salta, Argentina

Checkered Floor at the Abbey

Thoughts on Landscape Architecture and Fashion

Clothing design informs the medium of contemporary landscape form making, materiality and fabrication. In both clothing design and landscape architecture there are shared formal concerns for creating material structure(s) that fit an organic body. In both clothing and landscape the materiality of form making needs to be conceived conceptually and tectonically to reflect the bodily needs to move, breathe, and adapt. Both share physical constraints, in clothing those of protection from the environment, wearability, utility, and regulation of body heat and in landscape those of ecological process, movement of water, and maintenance of habitat and vegetation. Both share culture needs of expression such as identity, personality, social status, cultural background and ethnicity, sex and mating, power and politics as well as other cultural influences.

In clothing design the concept of inherent vice is the tendency in physical objects to deteriorate because of the fundamental instability of the components of which they are made, as opposed to deterioration caused by external forces. Seams, junctures, materials, and forms are of uttermost importance in designing landscapes and fashion.

Both disciplines focus on the relationship of flat or planar materials and the seaming and construction necessary for creating expressive three-dimensional form. 

There is such a large importance in both areas dependent on the joinery of materials and how joineries work together, and a common challenge the designer must face is how to address these points of juncture and put intention behind the seams.


Architectural section drawings of landscape viewpoint

My Images

Below is my selection of six images that represent me personally and my culture.

-The sunflower field is a photograph I took on the Camino de Santiago, the world famous pilgrim trail, that runs throughout Spain. It passes by where my grandmother and late grandfather live/lived in Pamplona, Spain. Walking and running through this trail makes you feel absorbed in nature's beauty, and passing by pilgrims who do the entire trail feels even more inspiring. But mostly, this photograph reminds me of dear family time spent in Spain and the abundance of love and warmth I get from going there, and the connection I feel with my Spanish heritage.

-Photograph I took of the New York City skyline over the summer at the Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District. New York has been my home my entire life, and it will always be my home. Seeing the skyline reminds me of all the good memories I hold all over the city, and how I will always find a sense of place in Gotham.

-The sunset on the highway from La Plata to Buenos Aires in Argentina. My family is mainly divided between La Plata and BsAs, so the highway is the literal connection between both places. But most importantly, there is something so mesmerizing about the sky in Argentina that is just an unparalleled experience. The horizon is so expansive, and the sky engulfs you. I never feel this feeling anywhere else than Argentina, and it is something I look forward to experiencing any time I go back to Argentina and visit family. I have noticed this feeling ever since I was little, and experiencing it never gets old to me.

-Cambridge, Massachusetts. I lived in Cambridge for a year. It was by far one of the most amazing years of my life, it was a place where I deepened my sense of self and matured greatly. Going back to Cambridge always feels like home, it holds a special place in my heart and growth as an individual.

-Ballet picture of me. Without ballet, I would not be the person I am today. I spent my entire life since I was three dancing, and around the age of 10 I became very serious, later on training and spending 3-8 hours a day in the ballet studio. Ballet defined my values of hard work and perseverance and relentless drive. Without it, you could not survive in the ballet world. And now, I see how this love I have and knowledge I possess for the art form manifests itself in my work, and I always try and find ways to tie my work to dance and body movement.

- Argentinian items in Salta, Argentina. The textile designs and colors from Salta are eponymous in Argentinian culture, and are definitely something I want tried to bring to the forefront in my work. As much as Urban Outfitters can try and imitate the style of gaucho and indigenous patterns and color palettes, they will always hold their roots in South America.