Monthly Archives: May 2019

Hong Kong heritage: old Tai Po Police station/ Green Hub

Posted on May 30, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Even though Hong Kong is a small city, there are many hidden gems that are off the beaten track, and Green Hub is one of them. I only discovered this place via google map while I was in Tai Po after a visit to the Tsz Shan Monastery. Originally I was simply [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Food & dining, Architecture, Nature, Eco living & sustainability, Architectural conservation and was tagged with Hong Kong, Food & dining, architecture, nature, eco living, Colonial architecture, heritage, Architectural conservation, sustainability, Green Hub, Tai Po


The Mills (Part 2): Art, design & retail

Posted on May 28, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
One of The Mill's main attractions is CHAT (Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile) – a space dedicated to the past, current, and future of Hong Kong and Asia’s textile industry.
Welcome to the Spinning Factory! is the inaugural exhibition designed by Turner Prize winning U.K. architect collective Assemble and UK/HK design firm [...]

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Hong Kong heritage: The Mills (Part 1)

Posted on May 27, 2019 by Toothpicker

Interesting 1950s-60s architecture
 
If you take the MTR in Hong Kong, you are most likely to encounter the name 'Tsuen Wan' because one of the main lines is the Tseun Wan line (red) and its station is at the end of the line in the New Territories. Around 100 years ago, this area [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Architecture, Hong Kong design, Architectural conservation, Design, Textiles and was tagged with Hong Kong, architecture, Hong Kong design, heritage, Architectural conservation, contemporary architecture, textiles, The Mills


Hong Kong heritage: Tai Kwun 2010 vs 2019

Posted on May 25, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Since its opening in mid 2018, Tai Kwun (means 'big station' in Cantonese) has become the hottest heritage destintation in Hong Kong. Located at the eastern end of Hollywood Road, the 300,000sq ft compound comprises three declared monuments: the former Central Police Station, former Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison. The revitalisation project is [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Exhibitions, Architecture, Art, Architectural conservation, Contemporary, contemporary, Hong Kong art and was tagged with Hong Kong, art and design exhibitions, heritage, Architectural conservation, contemporary art, contemporary architecture, Hong Kong art


Noguchi for Danh Vo: Counterpoint at M+ Pavilion, Hong Kong

Posted on May 23, 2019 by Toothpicker

 

 
I have always been fascinated by Japanese American modernist artist, designer and landscape architect Isamu Noguchi's work, yet I have never visited his museum in New York even though I used to live there. I have seen his work at MOMA and at other art institutions in America, but oddly enough [...]

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Kutch textiles: Vankar Vishram Valji, the Indigo dyer & weaver

Posted on May 10, 2019 by Toothpicker

 

 
 
One of the most fascinating studio visits in Kutch was a trip to master weaver, Vankar Shamji Vishram's indigo-dyeing and weaving studio in a village called Bhujodi. Shamji is the son of Shri Vishram Valji Vankar, who won the India's prestigious National Award for weaving in 1974. Shamji started weaving under [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Designers & artists, Design, weaving, Textiles, natural dyeing, indigo dyeing, India, Indian design, Kutch and was tagged with textiles, weaving, natural dyeing, indigo dyeing, India, Indian design, Kutch, Indian textiles, Kutch textiles, Vankar Vishram Valji, Bhujodi


Kutch textiles: Bandhani & SIDR craft

Posted on May 9, 2019 by Toothpicker

A large bandhani piece we saw at Mr A A Wazir's house
 
I think many people are familiar with the term 'shibori' which is the Japanese technique of resist dyeing on cloth. The word itself means 'to wring, squeeze, press', and it is a way of manipulating the fabric to achieve the desired [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Designers & artists, Design, Textiles, natural dyeing, India, Indian design, Kutch, Bandhani and was tagged with textiles, natural dyeing, India, Indian design, bandhani, Kutch, Indian textiles, Kutch textiles


Kutch textiles: Pabiben Rabari, the female tribal entrepreneur

Posted on May 8, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
In our current fast-paced and globalised world, we are faced with some important questions about our past, present and future: how to preserve traditions and yet make them relevant today? Can we preserve the skills and knowledge but evolve at the same time? Many artisans, craftsmen and designers around the world are [...]

This post was posted in Shopping, Travel, Designers & artists, Design, Textiles, India, Indian design, embroidery, Kutch and was tagged with textiles, embroidery, India, Indian design, Kutch, Indian textiles, Kutch textiles, Pabiben Rabari, female entrepreneur


Kutch textiles: embroidery, applique, quilts & patchwork

Posted on May 6, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Embroidery plays a eminent role in Kutch textiles, and Gujarat was the world's centre for commercial embroidery in the 17th century. The area was renowned for its mochi (meaning 'cobbler' in Gujarati and Hindi) embroidery maintained by the Mochis, who were originally cobblers but developed their own style of embroidery technique on [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Design, Textiles, India, Indian design, embroidery, Kutch and was tagged with textiles, embroidery, India, Indian design, Kutch, Indian textiles, Kutch textiles


Kutch textiles: Kala Raksha centre for embroiders

Posted on May 5, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
When I was doing my workshop at Somaiya Kala Vidya, the founder Judy Frater mentioned that she had co-founded and ran another Trust before moving to Somaiya Kala Vidya, and she said that the centre is located in a beautiful and tranquil environment just outside of Bhuj. Luckily, we did pay a [...]

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