Traditional arts & crafts

Hong Kong's urban typography

Posted on April 20, 2017 by Toothpicker

Neon lights and advertising billboards outside of the iconic Sunbeam Theatre in North Point
 
This post is a follow-up of the previous one on Hong Kong's urban typography... Over the years, I have documented the city's streetscape and the relationships between visual communications, architecture, and its perpetually changing identity.
Hong Kong has always [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Photography, Calligraphy, Graphics & illustrations, Traditional arts & crafts, Hong Kong design, Design, Street life, Typography and was tagged with Hong Kong, graphic design, Hong Kong design, street life, typography, calligraphy


"Typography and the sea of words" exhibition at CACHe HK

Posted on April 15, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
The building and courtyard of CACHe on Western Street, Sai Yun Pun
 
In recent years, an influx of international art galleries and art fairs has somehow transformed Hong Kong – the infamous cultural desert – into Asia's glossy art hub. To be honest, I am not sure if this has had much [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Exhibitions, Calligraphy, Graphics & illustrations, Traditional arts & crafts, Hong Kong design, Design, Typography and was tagged with Hong Kong, art and design exhibitions, graphic design, Hong Kong design, typography, calligraphy


Burmese crafts: bamboo & textiles weaving

Posted on April 11, 2017 by Toothpicker

Bamboo factory
 
Bamboo is a material that is widely available and used in Myanmar. The sustainable and versatile material is used to build houses, scaffolding, make woven walls, furniture and basketry etc.
We visited a bamboo factory in Mandalay, and it was interesting to see how the hollow and tall bamboo shoots can be [...]

This post was posted in Traditional arts & crafts, Myanmar, weaving and was tagged with traditional crafts, Myanmar, Burmese craft, textiles, weaving, embroidery, bamboo


Burmese crafts: The art of carving

Posted on April 8, 2017 by Toothpicker

 

 
Carving has endured a long history in Myanmar. Exquisite wood carvings can still seen at some ancient monasteries and pagodas. Teak is commonly used as it is a native species in the rain forests of South East Asia.
In Mandalay, we visited a wood carving workshop where we saw artisans carving large [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Puppetry, Myanmar, Carving and was tagged with puppetry, traditional crafts, Myanmar, Burmese craft, wood carving, marble carving


Burmese crafts: papier mâché , lacquerware & pottery

Posted on April 5, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
Stumbled upon a papier mâché maker's home in New Bagan
 
Before my trip to Myanmar, I had no idea that a myriad of traditional crafts are being produced in different parts of the country. Apparently, every region uses local materials to produce in a specific craft that is unique to that area [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Paper craft, Traditional arts & crafts, ceramics & potteries, Myanmar and was tagged with paper craft, traditional crafts, Myanmar, pottery, Burmese craft, lacquerware


Live animation workshop with The Paper cinema

Posted on March 30, 2016 by Toothpicker

The Paper cinema at work
 
As a fan of paper, puppetry and animation, I was feeling quite ecstatic when I found out about a one-day live animation workshop with The Paper cinema at the Little Angel Theatre in Islington.
Famed for their charming 'Odyssey' show premiered in 2012, The Paper Cinema was founded in [...]

This post was posted in London, Graphics & illustrations, Traditional arts & crafts, Puppetry, Theatre & performance art and was tagged with London, puppetry, illustrations, theatre, The Paper Cinema


Maze Hill Pottery's open studio

Posted on December 12, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
Top left: The disused ticket office-turned pottery studio; Top right: Lisa Hammond's beautiful Soda & Shino glaze pottery
 
London is full of hidden gems, not only they are off tourists' radar, but many are also unknown to Londoners. Since I live north of the river, I am quite oblivious to events that [...]

This post was posted in Uncategorized, London, Coffee, Shopping, British designs, Korean stationery, Trade fairs, Calligraphy, Traditional arts & crafts, Britain, Design, Portuguese art, ceramics & potteries and was tagged with London, British design, ceramics & potteries


Middleport – The last working Victorian pottery factory

Posted on November 2, 2015 by Toothpicker

  
Trent & Mersey canal
 
I had pre-booked a guided factory tour at the last working Victorian pottery factory – Middleport pottery factory the morning after my visit to the British Ceramics Biennial. I decided to take a scenic route (also recommended by the B & B owner) along the Trent [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, British designs, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Britain, Architectural conservation, Design, ceramics & potteries, British heritage and was tagged with British design, heritage, traditional crafts, Stoke on Trent, ceramics & potteries, Middleport pottery factory, England's canals


British Ceramics Biennial 2015

Posted on October 28, 2015 by Toothpicker

The former Spode pottery factory was used as the main hub of the event
 
I found out about the British Ceramics Biennial (26th September to 8th November) on the news, and it got me intrigued as I have never visited Stoke on Trent, the pottery home of England before this trip [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, British designs, Travel, Design festivals & shows, Traditional arts & crafts, Contemporary crafts, Britain, Design, ceramics & potteries and was tagged with British design, contemporary crafts, Stoke on Trent, British ceramics biennal, ceramics & potteries


Portuguese doors, windows & tiles

Posted on February 22, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
I have a slight obsession with doors and windows of façades, as well as staircases. I can't remember exactly when I started photographing them, but I took the 'mission' slightly more seriously over the past few years esp. during my travels. I must have taken hundreds of photos over the years from [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Traditional arts & crafts, azulejos, Portugal, Lisbon and was tagged with architecture, azulejos, Portugal, Lisbon, portuguese design


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