“There are two men inside the artist, the poet and the craftsman. One is born a poet. One becomes a craftsman.”
― Émile Zola, Letter to Paul Cézanne (16 April 1860)
This Spring & Summer 2017 edition celebrates the act of handcrafting and the beautiful connection between the heart and work of a craftsman.
1.The Artisans– Four crafters from Japan – Wataru Myousyu, the potter; Haruka Nomura, the practitioner of natural dying; Shinya Kotsuka, the carpenter; and Masaki Kanamori, the metalworker – shared their love and passion on how they have created their unique handcrafting worlds with their bare hands.
“Their palms are all so different — some have scars running on them, some are soft and delicate; their hands are at times gentle, and at times forceful. Through kneading, pressing, hammering and chiselling, they have their own ways in turning plants, metal, wood, fire and clay into different distinctive worlds. These worlds will subsequently intersect with our daily lives.”
2.Weaving Harmony Beyond Time– An inspiring travel to the umbrella sedge field in Hualien of Taiwan and also the studio of Kamaro’an taught us what makes a good design is its ability to harmonize various factors including the era, the ethnicity, the natural environment and the society.
“The art of craft does not depend on distinguishing handmade from machine made; it is rather the determination to attain perfection. This is the attitude possessed by our female weavers who always do their best when weaving our products.”––Zhang Yun Fann, designer ofKamaro’an
3.Beyond Control– We spent some time with the Taiwanese glass artist, Lynn Lin, and learned not only to appreciate the unpredictability of glass blowing, but also seeing it as a philosophy of life.
“We seldom have any conversation with our soul. Through making glass, through creating and through moving our hands, I can dig out the most intimate feeling from my heart.”––Lynn Lin
4.The Cape Reimagined– At the beginning of this year, Burberry unveiled their “February Collection” on Makers House’s catwalk, and during the curtain call, they presented 78 different capes from the brand inspired by Henry Moore’s life and creations. We selected 4 pieces to show what Burberry has achieved with this cape collection by crossing the distinct line separating fashion and art, and also renewing the meaning of capes in this era.
“The secret of life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for the rest of your life. And the most important thing is, it must be something you cannot possibly do.”––Henry Moore
5.The Sower– We had an in-depth conversation with Yumi Hayakawa, a Japanese textile artist, and witnessed how the power of her hands is not limited to creating beautiful clothes, growing fresh vegetables and preparing delicious food; her hands also create a lifestyle for herself and her family.
“My mum added buttons to (my handmade underwear) to make it easier for me. She also put some details to indicate it’s the back side of the clothes, or sewn a pocket on the right side... These are all custom made features that are created for the user’s need. Be it clothes or food, made with or without love actually casts a huge difference.”––Yumi Hayakawa
Cover photography by Ron Lam Print Details: 140 pages, perfect bound with a white cloth spine, full-color. Printed in Hong Kong.