To coincide with Lunar New Year 2022, our February Edit is a celebration of artistry and innovation across Asia and beyond. Championing the continent’s extraordinarily rich history of craftsmanship, this month we profile some of the makers and organisations who are preserving ancient crafts and reinventing them for future generations. We’ve rounded up below a small selection of exhibitions and events to help you celebrate the new year with craftsmanship and savoir-faire.
Savoir-Faire: The Mastery of Craft in Fashion
K11 MUSEA, Hong Kong
New World Development CEO and K11 Craft & Guild Foundation Founder Adrian Cheng has joined forces with fashion icon Carine Roitfeld to host Savoir-Faire: The Mastery of Craft in Fashion. Bringing together the storied crafts of haute couture and traditional Chinese craftsmanship, the exhibition presents rare artefacts and modern pieces from the archives of K11 alongside works from acclaimed design houses that include Chanel, Dior and Loewe. Find out more.
Stories Encapsulated: Wood
Crafts on Peel, Hong Kong
Presenting objects made in wood by Hong Kong artisans, Stories Encapsulated: Wood is a celebration of the tactile, living nature of this medium. From small decorative objects to large furniture pieces, the exhibition features collaborations between traditional craftsmen and contemporary artisans, exploring the skills, stories and emotional connections between the makers and their works. For those unable to visit in person, there will be an opportunity to discover Crafts on Peel’s Creations Enlivened: Metal exhibition during LCW. Find out more.
Jewellery designer Juefang Yang marries traditional jade carving techniques with a contemporary design aesthetic. The RCA graduate, who trained as a gemologist at the Gemological Institute of America, works closely with a professional jade carving base in Yunnan, China, to create her collections, which are made solely by artisans with disabilities. Discover Juefang’s work during this year’s LCW as part of Second Floor Studios & Arts’ Deptford Open Studio weekend. Find out more.
National Base for International Cultural Trade (Shanghai)
This May, Amazing China returns to London Craft Week for the fifth year. Showcasing exceptional craftsmanship and Intangible Cultural Heritage across a range of disciplines, the exhibition will shine a spotlight on the rich history of Chinese artistry. In the meantime, head over to the programme page where you can watch demonstrations by some of the artisans who took part in last year’s virtual exhibition. Find out more.
Featured image courtesy of K11 Craft & Guild Foundation.
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