Traditional arts & crafts

"Floating worlds: Japanese woodcuts" exhibition at Brighton Museum

Posted on January 13, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
I have visited exhibitions on Ukiyo-e (Japanese Woodblock prints) in Japan, France and London before, but never in Brighton. After reading some positive reviews on the "Floating Worlds: Japanese Woodcuts" exhibition at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, I decided to head to Brighton to see the exhibition before it ended.
Oddly enough [...]

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London Design Fair & Shoreditch Design Triangle

Posted on September 29, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Please Be Seated is a large-scale installation designed by Paul Cocksedge, and it is made from more than 1,000 scaffolding planks. Cocksedge collaborated with Essex-based high-end interiors company White & White to re-imagine and re-use the building wood. The curvy seating encouraged passerby to sit and relax with their books or lap tops, which [...]

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London design festival & Kengo Kuma at the V & A museum

Posted on September 24, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Over the past few years, I have been quite disappointed with design industry's 'slow response' in tackling the sustainability issues, and felt the same way when I visited trade shows and exhibitions at the London design festival. Finally, things have changed this year. Sustainability and handmade crafts became the main focus of [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Talks, Design festivals & shows, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Contemporary craft, Design, Contemporary, ceramics & potteries and was tagged with London, architecture, talks, contemporary crafts, London Design Festival, ceramics & potteries, sustainability, Kengo Kuma, V and A museum


William Morris' Red House in Bexleyheath

Posted on August 25, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Architecture in Bexleyheath
 
Although I live in London, there are still many areas of the city that I am unfamiliar with or have never been to. I have long wanted to visit William Morris' former residence Red House in Bexleyheath, but somehow never got round to it. Since August is a quiet [...]

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LCW 19: Creative Inspiration Walk - Text in the City

Posted on June 26, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
How many of us pay attention to the text and typography around us in the city? When we are rushing around the city, we tend to miss what is right under our noses. During the London Craft week, I joined the "Creative Inspiration Walk: Text in the City" organised by The Goldsmiths [...]

This post was posted in London, British design, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Contemporary craft, Hiking & walking, Gardens & parks, Design, British art, Typography, British heritage, Sculptures and was tagged with London, walks, graphic design, gardens, British design, heritage, contemporary crafts, British art, sculptures, contemporary art, typography, marble carving, carving, public art


LCW 19: 'Inscribed: The Craft of Cutting Letters'

Posted on June 22, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
In my opinion, typography is the most underappreciated design field often neglected by the public. The term typography can be defined as the style, arrangement, and appearance of letters, numbers, and symbols; it is a means of visual communication. We are surrounded by all kinds of fonts in our daily lives, yet [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, British design, Calligraphy, Graphics & illustrations, Traditional arts & crafts, Contemporary craft, Design, Typography, Carving and was tagged with London, graphic design, traditional crafts, contemporary crafts, typography, calligraphy, The Goldsmiths Centre, engraving, carving


London Craft Week 19: Contemporary Japanese craft

Posted on June 15, 2019 by Toothpicker

Indigo Hands installation at Coal Drops Yard
 
At the London Craft week this year, many Japanese craftsmen and artisans were invited to take part and showcase their exquisite craftsmanship. Although Japanese craft is highly regarded worldwide, the future of many traditional Japanese crafts is still uncertain due to the lack of younger people [...]

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Mandvi beach & the ancient craft of shipbuilding

Posted on May 11, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
I don't know if Martin Parr has ever visited the historic seaport town Mandvi in Gujarat before, but if he has, he surely would be clicking away on the beach capturing the rather surreal beach scenes. Mandvi beach faces the Arabican sea, and was extensively used by ship merchants in the 18th [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, India, Kutch and was tagged with architecture, heritage, traditional crafts, India, Kutch, craft, shipbuilding, Mandvi, beach


Nirona village: Rogan art, copper bell & lacquer craft

Posted on May 7, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Kutch is a fascinating place; besides textiles, there are various other arts and crafts being practised in the region. Located around 35 km north of Bhuj, Nirona village is a small village famous for Rogan art, a rare traditional art form originated from Persia/Sindh, which almost disappeared until efforts to revive it in [...]

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Boro textiles at Amuse museum (closed in 2019)

Posted on November 1, 2018 by Toothpicker

Boro – real astonishment exhibition
 
After spending so much time in the rural countryside, I found it hard to cope with the hustle and bustle back in Tokyo, and felt slightly dazy and detached from reality. My original Airbnb booking was cancelled by a host in Tokyo at the last minute, (the 2nd [...]

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