Marisa Suen

RIP – rest in pieces (2017) models @atairhm & @craigwave

Tell us a bit about yourself!
Marisa Suen
Wearable Textile Artist, Multidisciplinary Designer & Creative.
Interests: Textiles, Fashion, ruining things, vagueness, experimenting. 

What drew you to these practices:

I have always had an interest in fashion, and have been fascinated by the concept of sewing (something 2D becoming 3D) since I learnt to hand sew when I was 5 when @ after school care. Since the age of 12 my career goal was to work in fashion but, as my creative practice developed at the end of yr12 / beginning of university, I realised I wanted to go down a more art-y path; hence wearable textile art!

Amongst my love for playing with fabrics I also discovered I liked and experimented with other mediums and realised I often combined different mediums and practices without actively THINKING about it. There is also so much out there to explore and experiment with or without fabrics/textiles and I like to put my foot in it all! (haha)

 How do you aim to practice your craft ethically? Do you think it is the creative practitioners responsibility to be conscious of ethical art making?:

All my works are hand-made by myself/done by myself, so I don’t really think about ‘ethics’ as much as I’m not outsourcing. However, I do think it is the creative practitioners responsibility to be conscious of ethical art marking! It’s a big issue right now that needs to be addressed, but also really tricky – especially in the fashion industry many places are outsourcing, using child labour, sweatshops etc. HOW DO WE STOP THIS? SO MANY COMPANIES DO THIS – and that’s why they’re t-shirts are like $2.

#scarred4lyf (2017) model @mnchps

What are tips that you have for other artists / creative for ethical art-making:

If you are going to outsource; do it wisely – pay your workers! And make it known to your audience/customer that this is an issue, as many people may still not be aware/think about such issues deep in the chain of production.


byo (2017) models @seamusphelhan & @mnchps

How does culture interplay into your practice? 

Interesting question, because most my works do not address this. The only work that sort of explores “culture” would be $weat (2014) which explores the anonymity and oppression of sweatshop workers and the hidden layers of the fashion industry.

Do you aim to avoid cultural appropriation in your work? 

I don’t think I “actively” aim to avoid cultural appropriation because normally I’m not inspired by a specific culture, but I also think I just don’t approach such political/cultural issues because I’m too scared if the work accidentally turns out offensive even though they are not my intentions. I do, however, make sure I take an objective perspective of my work and its concept to see if it could be offensive/rude/inappropriate in anyway.

 What are your thoughts on cultural appropriation in creative fields?

Obviously it’s not cool man and it can be very offensive. I think this issue is becoming bigger and bigger and WILL be addressed as more creatives tackle and comment on the issue through their practice or their actual work. I also think people/audiences/creatives need to be educated better about the issue. Creatives need to be able to have an objective view on the work they are producing to make sure it’s not culturally misappropriating.

check out more of marisasuen ‘s entrancing world:, @ughbymaris, @marisasuen

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Wastenowaste says:

    I’m loving your blog! Such incredible artists with artworks that have powerful messages


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