Exhibition “Japan Handmade: Crafts and Design from Kyoto”

Posted on Thursday 18 Apr - 2013

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Opening and A talk by Ms. Pham Thi Kieu Phuc: Tue 24 Apr, 6 pm
Exhibition: 24 Apr – 12 May 2013, 9 am – 6 pm
Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam
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Lectures and Workshops
Hanoi: Tue 07 May 2013
Hanoi University of Industrial Fine Arts
HCMC: Thu 09 May 2013
Vietnam Designer House

From Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam:

In celebration of the Japan – Vietnam Friendship Year 2013, the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, in cooperation with Hanoi University of Industrial Fine Arts, Consulate General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam Design House, proudly present a series of events entitled “Japan Handmade: Crafts & Design from Kyoto” in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Kyoto, Japan’s former imperial capital, is worldly famous for the abundance of traditional crafts and craftspeople. Equipped with its long history of tradition, craftspeople in Kyoto have been continuously creating high quality products for generations.

Japan Handmade Crafts and Design from Kyoto

In today’s harsh global market, however, high quality per se seems not to be enough to keep regular patrons attracted to your products. Something extra, novel design for instance, is required. Craftspeople in Kyoto, thus, are also struggling to survive and make their best efforts to develop new products in the context of the globalized market.

In this series of events, such efforts by a collective of young craftspeople, all are young heirs of traditional crafts in Kyoto, will be introduced through an exhibition, lectures and a workshop. Their secrets how to apply the time-honored techniques of Japanese art and craft to create inspiring new designs with contemporary international appeal will be revealed.

LAVAL Chair Collaborate with HOSOO

LAVAL Chair Collaborate with HOSOO

Fabric by HOSOO at Milano Fashion Show

Fabric by HOSOO at Milano Fashion Show

The exhibition “Japan Handmade: Crafts & Design from Kyoto” will open at 18:00 on Tuesday 23 April at the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam (27 Quang Trung, Hanoi), followed by a talk by Ms. Pham Thi Kieu Phuc (Founder/Designer of Module 7). She will talk about her thoughts on crafts and design, referring to the Japanese crafts and design.

Lectures by Ms. Noriko Kawakami (Journalist / Associate Director of 21_21 Design Sight) & Mr. Masataka Hosoo (Brand Director of Hosoo Co., Ltd.) as well as workshops by Mr. Toru Tsuji (Craftsman of metal knitting) will be conducted on Tuesday 7 May in Hanoi and on Thursday 9 May in Ho Chi Minh City. All activities are free of admission but registrations in advance are highly recommended for lectures and workshops (observers only for workshops).

Lectures and Workshops

Lectures “Traditional craft and contemporary design in Japan”
By Ms. Noriko Kawakami (Journalist / Associate Director of 21_21 Design Sight)

“Kyoto’s new tradition – Nishijin textile & wired handicrafts”
By Mr. Masataka Hosoo (Brand Director of Hosoo Co., Ltd.)

Workshop “Let’s make a tofu server with metal knitting”
By Mr. Toru Tsuji (Craftsman of metal knitting)

Ha Noi: Time: Tuesday 7/5/2013
09:30 – 12:00 Lecture
14:00 – 15:30 & 16:00 – 17:30 Workshop
Venue: Hanoi University of Industrial Fine Arts (360 Đê La Thành, Hà Nội)

HCMC: Time: Thursday 9/5/2013
09:30 – 12:00 Lecture
14:00 – 15:30 & 16:00 – 17:30 Workshop
Venue: (TBC)

* Registrations in advance are highly recommended for lectures & workshops. Workshops are for invitee only but registrations as observers are welcome.

* For registrations, please contact at:

Ms. Nha (04-3944-7419 ext: 115) / Mr. Yoshioka (0123-384-4138)
The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam
27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam TEL 04-3944-7419

Wine stoppers and corkscrews, Kanaami-Tsuji

Wine stoppers and corkscrews, Kanaami-Tsuji

Cooking utensils, Kanaami-Tsuji

Cooking utensils, Kanaami-Tsuji

■  Selected companies and their young craftspeople

Hosoo / Mr. Masataka Hosoo (b.1978)
Hosoo is a long-established company founded in 1688, specializing in obi (sash) and kimono. Mr. Masataka Hosoo is 12th generation of the Hosoo helm. 4 years ago, Hosoo started a new business, installing a textile machine with which craftspeople can weave yarn into a fabric in the width of 150cm, far wider than the normal obi width (32cm). They have been actively promoting their new fabrics based on materials and techniques for obi abroad.
http://www.hosoo-kyoto.com/

Kanaami-Tsuji / Mr. Toru Tsuji (b.1981)
Kyo-kanaami (metal knitting of Kyoto) is born in 8th century as kitchen utensils for Kyoto cuisine. After experiencing severe periods that the number of Kyo-kanaami craftspeople drastically decreased, Kanaami-Tsuji was established in 1980. The company has been actively developing new products since then.
http://www.kanaamitsuji.com/en/

Kaikado / Mr. Takahiro Yagi (b.1974)
Kaikado was established in 1875 and has been making chazutsu or tin tea caddies for tea storage, which is inseparable with the history of tea or the tea ceremony in Kyoto. Lately the company has been developing new products for contemporary life such as containers for pasta and coffee.
http://www.kaikado.jp/english/index.html

Nakagawa Mokkougei / Mr. Shuji Nakagawa (b.1968)
Kyo-sashimono is woodworking joints of Kyoto with a long history of 700 years. After honing his skill in a long-established cooper shop in Kyoto, Mr. Shuji Nakagawa’s grandfather established Nakagawa Mokkougei which specializes Kyo-sashimono. The company develops new products such as champagne coolers based on the traditional technique of woodworking joints.
http://www.grass-garden.com/

Kohchosai Kosuga / Mr. Tatsuyuki Kosuga (b.1981)
Kohchosai Kosuga is a long-established studio established in 1898, specializing in handicrafts made with bamboo, which is a familiar material for Japanese since the ancient period. The studio has been actively developing sophisticated products ranging from cutlery to interior goods.
http://www.kohchosai.co.jp/

Asahiyaki / Mr. Yusuke Matsubayashi (b. 1980)
Asahiyaki was established in 1600 as a family pottery specializing in ceramic tea-ceremony vessels which were highly admired by court nobles, feudal loads and masters of the tea ceremony. Mr. Yusuke Matsubayashi is 16th generation of the family pottery. Apart from utensils for the tea ceremony, he recently makes efforts to produce vessels to be used in contemporary life.
http://asahiyaki.com/english/index.html

Flower basket, Kohchosai Kosuga

Flower basket, Kohchosai Kosuga

Tea caddy, Kaikado

Tea caddy, Kaikado

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Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam
27 Quang Trung
Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Tel: 3944 7419
www.jpf.org.vn
Vietnam Designer House
161 A, Hai Ba Trung, District 3, HCMC
Hanoi University of Industrial Fine Arts
360 De La Thanh, Dong Da, Hanoi

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