Celebrating Craft

25th March 2013

Craft and artisanal design explorations have been gaining favour for many seasons now and the hand of the maker does not seem to be abating, it is infact even more interestingly evolving with the hand of the machine too and creating entirely new aesthetics.

Recognising this and seeing the importance in the 'art of the maker' is the current exhibition Hand Made: long live crafts at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Holland.

Interestingly the exhibition carefully puts at the centre the notion of the hand crafted myth of imperfection and one offs to try to contextualise craft in the modern day.

Showcasing pieces from the middle ages to the modern day they have curated the objects in seven sections: Crafsmanship, Honesty, Art, Tradition, Unicity, Virtuosity and Handicrafts.

Amongst the pieces on show are the modern day Dutch craftspeople such as Iris van Herpen with her digitally crafted garments and Studio Job as well as Bertram Potts who's incredible masks I fell in love with during Milan design week last year.

There are also a series of videos accompanying the exhibition that can be viewed here.

Hand Made long live crafts runs until May 20th



Crystallization 2

25th March 2013

The brilliant Nick Knight is collaborating with the equally talented Iris van Herpen to design a new Crystallization dress during a live broadcast via SHOWstudio.

Capturing black and clear water being thrown at Daphne Guinness on a high speed camera, Knight will capture images of the moving liquid in real time which Iris will in time interpret into a one-of-a-kind water dress in real 3D form.

This process will be broadcast live on SHOWstudio next week 3rd - 9th April 2013.





Loom Chair

20th March 2013

Having trained as a weaver many years ago now I am still drawn to the beauty of a loom and therefore couldnt help but love 'The Loom Chair' from Laura Carwardine.

Created from one continuous piece of orange climbing rope it is part of her exploration in incorporating magnified textile techniques into every day objects.




Hydrophobic patterns

20th March 2013

Using alchemic approaches to design, Jetske Vissers' latest textile collection explores the hydrophobic reaction between oil and water based pigments and captures them on silk scarves.

The subtle patterns are reminiscent of fractals and each time they are completely unique. Jetske has captured her process in a poetic video that explores the simple beauty of the moment captured in time on the scarves.








Imitation Basketry

18th March 2013

Taking traditional basket weaving as inspiration for a project about imitation and reinterpretation of craft, Dienke Dekker's Basket project explores textile and artisinal techniques in a beautiful and poetic way.

Using imitation bamboo structures as well as silk screening patterns onto textiles to resemble basketry and through the us of custom made paint stamps she has created a visual feast that plays tricks on the eye and comments on traditional craftsmanship in our modern world.

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