Vivid Yunan Ma, MFA Knitwear Design, was born and raised in Taiyuan, China. She attended the Savannah College of Arts and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia, where she earned a BFA in Fashion Marketing & Management in 2013. Ma also has professional experience in design, development, and packaging for global leather handbag manufacturer, The Well Leatherware, and, in production, illustration, textile design, and showcase preparations for New York-based brands such as Sang A Studio, Georgine, and Danna Degnan. After two years of professional practices in fashion industry, Ma began her MFA Knitwear Design program at Academy of Art University, further strengthening her skills and versatility as a designer. Ma’s collection is inspired by the photography of Mark Nixon, in particular his series of portraits that appear in the book, Much Loved, featuring teddy bears and stuffed animals that show all the signs of wear and tear as dearly beloved ‘stuffies’. Ma’s collection aims to capture the essence of unconditional love and nostalgia, pointing to an overall sense of harmony and serenity that these worn-out toys seem to convey. For Ma, the color choices in her collection are representative of the emotions and memories associated with Much Loved; bold colors, like the red and orange, represent ‘love’, whereas the midnight blue represents ‘blurred memories’. Ma sourced her yarns mainly from Italy, using mohair, cashmere, rayon and elastic for the construction of her zero-to-no-waste garments. She demonstrates versatility through the use of single and double bed knitting machines, hand knit and crochet, as well as the Dubied and Stoll machines, experimenting with techniques and stitch, including: cable, ripple, weaving, jacquard and tuck lace. Ma brings these elements together to create depth and dimension to each garment in her collection.