Mark Liu is a fashion and textile designer focussed on advancing fashion design through the application of scientific principles to traditional techniques. His PhD research uses modern mathematics to understand traditional fashion patternmaking and address systemic problems. The research developed the new field of “Non-Euclidean Fashion Patternmaking”.
Mark is an acknowledged pioneer in the area of Zero-Waste Fashion design in the sustainable fashion movement in London. This developed out of his research while completing a Masters of Textiles Futures at Central Saint Martins College. Mark ran a Zero-Waste Fashion label for several years and has exhibited in Estethica at London Fashion Week for many seasons. This fashion label was awarded the Innovation Award by the Ethical Fashion Forum. Mark was awarded the role of artist-in-residence at the London Print Works Trust.
His work bridging the gap between fashion and science has showcased at the London Science Museum. Mark’s commissions have taken him all over the world, including representing the British Council in a sustainable fashion show in New Delhi, and creating collections for the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art in Korea. His work has exhibited in museums in the UK, US, China, India, Korea, Amsterdam and Denmark, and has been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, books, publications and blogs.
- Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship 2011 - 2014.
- Ethical Fashion Forums Innovation Award, 2009.
- London Printworks Trust Artist in residence bursary, 2009.
- 1st Place in the Oroton Graduate Award, 2004.
- Oroton Award Scholarship, 2003.
Can supervise: YES
Zero-Waste Fashion Design
The intersection of fashion and textiles with science and mathematics.
- Fashion design
- Fashion patternmaking
- Smart Textiles
- Synthetic Biology
Liu, M, Novak, J & Loy, J 2019, 'Designing Thin 2.5D Parts Optimized for Fused Deposition Modeling' in Additive Manufacturing Technologies From an Optimization Perspective, IGI Global, USA, pp. 134-164.View/Download from: Publisher's site
This chapter builds new knowledge for design engineers adopting fused deposition modeling (FDM) technology as an end manufacturing process, rather than simply as a prototyping process. Based on research into 2.5D printing and its use in real-world additive manufacturing situations, a study featuring 111 test pieces across the range of 0.4-4.0mm in thickness were analyzed in increments of 0.1mm to understand how these attributes affect the quality and print time of the parts and isolate specific dimensions which are optimized for the FDM process. The results revealed optimized zones where the outer wall, inner wall/s, and/or infill are produced as continuous extrusions significantly faster to print than thicknesses falling outside of optimized zones. As a result, a quick reference graph and several equations are presented based on fundamental FDM principles, allowing design engineers to implement optimized wall dimensions in computer-aided design (CAD) rather than leaving print optimization to technicians and manufacturers in the final process parameters.