Ma ke is known in China for her silent, organic and reflexive clothing that is more
creative and experimental in shape. confronted by the local clothing industry with
its cheap, homogeneous mass-production and by a fashion scene lacking local aesthetic influence and dominated by foreign labels, she dedicated herself to developing her ‘useless’ ideas.
Voluminous, sculptural garments that make up the 'wu yong' collection.
It questions the values propagated through clothing in modern cultures across the world,critiquing the consumerism, superficiality and commercialization of international fashion and the erasure of unique local historical and cultural memories.
(My not so accurate translation: Purely handmade and natural processes is a continuation and activation of traditional techniques, Ma Ke, through her own handmade clothing, invites people to put aside the attitude of consumerism and cherish the rarity of the things made by hand and feelings that come along with. Meanwhile, she proposed three responsibilities to her identity of being a designer: ecological, moral, cultural heritage, It is to avoid harming the environment in the manufacturing process, to active the role as a social conscience, to display a new traditional vitality by creating things in a daily and real life basis.)
My understanding of clothing and the identity of a designer comes from my constantly thinking and exploration to the value of life and the world, and this becomes to be my great and enduring creative power. I believe it is because of the pursuit of these spiritual values of life and world, I became not mediocre. Creating for me is like walking on a long road of practicing. It is always more important to move forward on this road in a "down to the earth" and "continuing" manner than to reach a goal. I would love to choose to pursue and initiative to create a "most essential" and" most simple life" , in which there is a " most extravagant affluence" spiritual world.