Bejing based menswear designer Sean Suen on meditation, memories, and quarantine-induced laziness.
By Naomi Barling.
Name: Sean Suen
Thanks to lockdown measures put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus, almost the entire creative industry has been put on hold. However, through the darkness, there is light. A global shift in perspective has ignited a new mode of thinking. Through this series, we attempt to reflect the digital social interactions society is embracing in light of social isolation, by conducting a series of interviews with creatives during this time, accompanied by digitally captured portraits.
Who is Sean Suen – Tell me about yourself?
I am a menswear fashion designer based in Beijing.
How do you perceive creativity?
To me creativity is a personal process. It is about feeling something inside and navigating how to articulate that to the outside world.
What is the overarching feeling you currently have?
Honestly, it has been very quiet, quite slow, and lazy. At times you feel very stuck.
What are the things that have fed your soul in quarantine?
Meditation and Memories. I have been quarantined since the 23rd of January when I got back from Paris Fashion Week, and I only have my two dogs for company. When you are on your own for such a long time, you have a lot of time to think and remember; a previous trip, experiences, work accomplishments, or someone you have crossed paths with. It has been a reflective time.
What things had you forgotten you loved?
I’ve been trying to paint more. I studied fine art when I was younger and I haven’t found time to revisit that until now.
How do you think your industry will change post-quarantine?
I don’t see there being huge changes, or at least change won’t come immediately after quarantine. I hope this period of time does make people think and gives us a new perspective, but will people really make the monumental changes needed when life returns to normal? I am not too sure? However, I really hope so.
What’s your biggest fear going forward?
Worldwide populism. Bad leaders. I hope this virus is a catalyst for much-needed change and reminds people no one is an island. We are all connected and humans need to help each other, not with hate. I hope we rethink who we are electing into power because the wrong leaders can damage so many lives and can cause seriously devastating things to happen.
What will be your biggest take away from this moment in time?
Enjoy myself more, be an individual, do what makes me happy. Continue to think about the issues that this crisis has brought to the forefront and think harder about issues I have never considered before. I also have a new understanding that this world and everything we know can change in an instant. We cannot take things for granted.
What is your mission?
I want to continue to have conversations with people through my work. I see the world with my senses, but if I can express them in a way that can help others, or bring others joy, then I feel my world has a purpose.
Always be a good human first and foremost. Then try your best and do what you can do.
Portraits by Daniel Archer.