As a sustainable fashion designer who now lives in Powell, she says she has a strong mission to preserve the cultural heritage in textile art.
“I hope to share these traditional ancient techniques with the next generation,” Pu says.
Currently, Pu is exploring various ancient weaving techniques, creating examples and combining them all to create a database.
“My goal is to incorporate more intricate processes into new designs to produce modern pieces that we can identify with today while reminiscing about our history,” she said.
Pu will be one of four Ohio-based designers featured in an intimate runway show Sept. 18 called, “Fashion of Our Times. The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio event will also include designers Tracy Powell, Celeste Malvar-Stewart and Dom Susi. The show will include designs inspired by these four, as well as a panel discussion for them to share their inspiration, vision and other behind-the-scenes details leading up to creating their collections.
A Magna Cum Laude graduate from Columbus College of Art and Design, Pu will also teach a headband workshop at DACO Oct. 17 where she will instruct learners 14 and older on how to crochet their own headband using their new skills.
“I will teach some basic skills of crochet and macrame,” she said. “This class is ideal for those who are interested in crochet.”
While the pandemic put on hold or changed how many fashion shows, classes and other events were held, Pu says she took advantage of the opportunity to have more time to evaluate her designs, think about long-term goals, and focus on what she wanted to be and where she wanted to go.
“Pursuing and finding the true meaning and power of fashion design, and the process of art creation, has guided me during this special time period,” she said.
Taking a moment of reflection can sometimes have a greater impact on one’s life than expected, she says. She recalls one moment, in particular, from years ago that changed the direction of her career.
“I was inspired by an article that was talking about fashion designers and fashion school,” Pu says. “This article reminded me about the fashion dream I once had in my life. I made up my mind to chase my dream and started to prepare my portfolio for the application to a fashion school. Looking back, I appreciate the author who wrote the article that helped me reshape my life.”
“Fashion of Our Times” will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 18. Cost is $65 for the general public and $60 for members. Member pre-sale begins July 8, followed by general admission Aug. at decartsohio.org.