Contemporary craft

The art of shibori at Bunzaburo in Kyoto

Posted on September 10, 2018 by Toothpicker

Katayama Bunzaburo Shoten's flagship store in Kyoto
 
When I was going through my pile of leaflets/ business cards that I picked up from my previous trips to Kyoto, one particular leaflet caught my attention. It was from Bunzaburo, a tie-dyed/ shibori (the term means “to squeeze or wring”)  company in Kyoto. Oddly enough [...]

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Kaikado tea caddies shop & cafe in Kyoto

Posted on September 7, 2018 by Toothpicker

Since I only had four days in kyoto (including a day out at Miho museum with my friend), I didn't manage to fit much shopping in. Hence I targeted a few shops either close to where I was staying or near a sight I wanted to visit. One of the shops that [...]

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Textiles of Hiroshi Saito at Honen-in in Kyoto

Posted on September 5, 2018 by Toothpicker

 

Honen-in temple by the Philosopher's path
 
The older I get, the more I believe that everything happens for a reason, which includes the people we encounter over the course of our lifetime. And since I started running my own business, I discovered that when you follow your heart and passion, you are [...]

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London design festival 2017 at the V & A museum

Posted on September 23, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
After visiting Paris design week, I came back to London just in time for the London design festival. The scale of the festival is much bigger than the Paris one, which makes it harder to cover, hence I decided to focus on the main venue and the trade fairs.
My first stop was [...]

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The power of flowers: Pierre-Joseph Redoute exhibition

Posted on September 15, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
There are many world-class art museums in Paris, but I tend to favour the lesser-known ones that are slightly off the beaten track. Located at the foot of Montmartre hill is Musée de la Vie romantique (The Museum of Romantic Life or Museum of the Romantics), a small and pretty hôtel particulier [...]

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Maison et objet (autumn 17)

Posted on September 13, 2017 by Toothpicker

Hall 6 at Maison et objet
 
The term 'enochlophobia' means fear of crowds, a phobia that I suspect I have – mildly. Although I don't experience blackouts or panic attacks in crowded places, I do feel overwhelmed, as if my energy is being sucked out of me, and I often feel exhausted afterwards.
This [...]

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Design & craft shopping in Myanmar

Posted on April 13, 2017 by Toothpicker

Inle heritage shop, Inle Lake

 
When I was in Myanmar, I was genuinely surprised by its diverse craft industry. Aside from traditional crafts, we were quite delighted to have come across some contemporary craft/design brands as well. My favourite shop of the trip was an accidental find in Inle Lake... We had hired [...]

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Collect art fair 2017

Posted on February 10, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
Top: Improving The Everyday (In Support Of Grand Dad Vistor Center) by Laure Prouvost; Bottom left: Primal pottery project by Ole Jensen; Bottom right: Hanna Järlehed Hyving
 
The annual Collect art fair (2-6th February) organised by the Craft Council did not take place last year (according to their website, they had to [...]

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London Design Festival 2016

Posted on September 23, 2016 by Toothpicker

'Elytra Filament Pavilion' by experimental architect Achim Menges with Moritz Dörstelmann, structural engineer Jan Knippers and climate engineer Thomas Auer.

 
What is going to happen to the UK in the future? It is hard to tell. As a multicultural mega city, how will London cope with the aftermath of Brexit? And what can [...]

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Iceland's Museum of Design and Applied Art

Posted on February 23, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
There are many museums in the centre of Reykjavik, so I am not sure how many tourists would venture out of the city to The Museum of Design and Applied Art located 6 km away from the centre. I managed to board onto the correct bus (number 1 from the City Hall [...]

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