We are featured on two newspaper articles: zbNOW, The Business Times, and Hokkoku Simbun (北国新闻)! Special thanks to Wei, Suan Chiang and Hokkoku Shimbun for the articles on the exhibition and on our collaborative work with the craftsmen from Ishikawa prefecture, Japan.
In Ishikawa, my eyes were opened on many levels. The basic level is obviously to the many styles and types of craft that have prevailed in Ishikawa and Japan. Craft is almost a word that is hung loosely on every advertorial and used on any product or experience. However, in Ishikawa, the culture of 'craft' is real, alive and very much practiced. I see that there is pride and almost a sense of urgency for continuity and renewal. I see workshops, young kids having a go at "Kaga
Ishikawa Prefecture has a rich history and one where traditional Japanese culture is still very much alive and part of daily life. This strong culture dates back to the Edo period where the Maeda clan used their wealth to promote culture and education. In this "Kingdom of Crafts", there are 36 different type of crafts including gold leaf, lacquerware and silk dyeing, many of which are still made using techniques that have been handed down through the generations. Working in c
In this second part, we visit Kanazawa, capital of Ishikawa Prefecture and Yamanaka, a town with a rich woodwork heritage. After Wajima, we headed to Kanazawa which literally means "stream of gold". It is home to 99% or more of Japan's gold leaf production, and 100% of silver and brass leaf. Apparently, the unique qualities of Kanazawa gold leaf is that it never becomes discolored or oxidized, making it ideal for use in a wide range of items such as the production of arts and
We were invited by the Ishikawa Prefectural Government of Japan to visit some companies prior to an exhibition planned in January 2017. This took place in late August and although this is long overdue, we hope to document this important visit there. We arrived in Komatsu and promptly made our way to Wajima City. The route took us along the Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (40 minutes from Kanazawa city by car). The weather was nothing short of spectacular and along this scenic route