WWL + 1, Weave Wedge and Last Exhibition with Four Japanese Craftspeople
By Mike Sullivan. Photography by Mike Sullivan.
WWL+1 featured four different Japanese craftspeople at the Craft Central Gallery London, UK, from 28th of May to the 1st of June.
The event website can be viewed here: http://wwlplus.weebly.com/
Maiko Dawson works with leather producing simple yet beautiful shoes and bags, we previously interviewed her as shown here when she told us about her thoughts regarding crafts:
‘The perfection. They are beautiful, skillful, and thoughtful. I admire them very much and am proud of myself as a Japanese. And at the same time I recognize the difference between them and my aim for my work. I try not to finish my work by myself, because I want them to be adapted individually in the user’s hands/ feet.’
Kaori Tatebayashi trained as a potter in Japan and creates tactile tableware, we interviewed her in January as shown here when she had this to say about crafts:
‘I believe tradition is something you go beyond. You learn a lot from it and must find your own way to move on. I see Traditional Japanese crafts in the same way. There is a Japanese word called Utsushi, it’s an interesting and nice word, it means copy, but not in a nasty way.
If you are an apprentice craftsperson, you are supposed to do Utsushi of great masterpieces. By doing Utsushi as precisely as possible, you gain skills and techniques, it is a fantastic way of learning. Then you will start making your own pieces. I think tradition is just like this training. You should go beyond it afterwards.’
Mica Hirosawa produces hand woven scarves and other accessories, in March we interviewed her as can be seen here and she had this to say about crafts:
‘I like the richness of Japanese craft traditions, and I like the ideas of the Mingei movement. A lot of every day objects are no longer made by craftsmen, but I like the idea of useful handmade products that can be used everyday. Not precious, but robust and yet attractive to look at.’
Yoriko Mitsuhashi makes delicate jewellery and works in Tokyo, she participated in WWL+1 as a guest designer.
These four amazing people said the following about their exhibition event:
‘It has been a few years since we first talked about organising a joint exhibition as we were in need of a new platform to show our works. We all wanted this exhibition to be exciting and different from the usual craft shows. For us it is like stopping work and taking a walk to get some fresh air. We hope the same can be said for the people that visit us.
We realised that it would be a great opportunity to be more interactive and do some collaborations for the exhibition. You will find ceramics incorporated into fine jewellery, tableware with co-ordinated woven table linens and some woven details within leather shoes.
We also wanted the visitors to feel more inspired by a more peaceful and relaxed setting than a bustling craft show.’
The exhibition was held at Craft Central, a charity with the following aim:
‘We are a pioneering not-for-profit organisation established over 25 years that is dedicated to building a strong future for craft and design.
Craft Central is a place where things happen. People get inspired. Creative businesses flourish and a community of designers and makers talk, meet and swap ideas. Put simply, Craft Central is a destination for those involved in craft who want to get somewhere, make something happen and see things differently.’