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Metamorphosis: Transformation of Asian Lacquer 21.10 - 12.11.2017

In collaboration with Taiwan Sunrise Lacquer

Through collaboration and exchange between Taiwan, Hong Kong and Myanmar, we leverage the strength of the materials available, craftsmanship and creative minds.  Together we explore Asian lacquer art in a new perspective and embrace the diverse culture of these different places in Asia. In this learning process we grow, transform and innovate...a true metamorphosis.

Sunrise Lacquer Art in Taiwan and SOIL in Hong Kong engaged in a study trip to Myanmar in June 2017.  We studied the process of local lacquerware making and techniques.  The fruitful trip led to several design experiments which are to be shown at the exhibition.

The Versatility of Lacquer Art: Butterfly as a Metaphor

The unique characteristic of Taiwanese lacquer art is about the technique of applying natural lacquer layer by layer to create a cumulative thickness with a mixture of natural pigments. After repeating the polishing process, the surface will reveal a gem-like dazzling luster and fluid-like patterns. Taiwan was once known as the Butterfly Kingdom because of its variety of species. Using the butterfly as a metaphor, the concept of this special collection is to demonstrate the diversity of Taiwanese culture and the lustrous and versatile finishes of lacquer art.



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