Constancy & Change in Korean Traditional Craft 2014




Thurs 10am - 7pm, Fri & Sat 10am - 8pm, Sun 11am - 6pm

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The craft artists demonstrate how traditional materials of ceramic, metal, mother-of-pearl, Korean Paper and textiles can be transformed through the senses of freedom and mastery into modern objects of retrained beauty. You can experience Korean artcrafts’ sense of delicacy and timeless beauty.

After its highly successful exhibition held at Triennale di Milano during the Milan Design Week last April, ‘Constancy & Change in Korean Traditional Craft 2014’ will finally be introduced to London for the very first time this Autumn. The craft artists will demonstrate how traditional materials of ceramic, metal, mother-of-pearl, Korean Paper and textiles can be transformed through the senses of freedom and mastery into modern objects of retrained beauty.

By visiting this exhibition hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, you are sure to experience Korean artisans’ sense of delicacy and timeless beauty.

“Have artifacts a soul? Are things able to talk?”
Cristina Morozzi / Art Critic

It is about the voices of some urniture that, in its owners’ absence, speaks softly in the living room. Even though we cannot hear their whispers, objects talk. They unfold their stories, their ups’n’downs, and their feelings, through their shapes, colours and features.

They recount the skilled hads which made themm they reveal the process of their own designing and making. If it is true that the artisan’s fingermarks speak out for the objects they are lest on, then the artifacts on display at the exhibition Constancy and Change in Korean Craft, firstly shown in the Milan Design Week in April 2014 and now hosted by Tent London in September 2014, definitely have a lot to say.

The exhibition showcases modern-day objects which are inspired by their traditional counterparts both in their usage and materials. The artisans who, generation after generation, passed down their ancestral techniques, cherishing ancient tricks of the trade, show upparalleled ability in giving today’s production and authentic flavour of bygone ingenuity.

- Meditation Bowl Bells
Meditation Bowl Bells, struck in temples with cylindrical wooden sticks to summon monks to prayer, are still modeled by hand today and may be used in modern homes as decorative vessels endowed with a sacred aura. While brass, like a lotus leaf, can be turned into a delicate elegant tray, pottery is conveniently emplayed in the making of thicker, stylish, sometimes nostalgic designs.

- Buncheong Landscape I
Such collection includes large rounded, wavy vases which, in ancient times, used to be bright-coloured lacquered containers; the squatter, thicker ones, which looked less refined, decorated with chalky tints, purposely asymmetrical and coarse-grained, might have been used either as containers or as hassock-like seats.

- Hansan Ramie Patchwork Wrapper
Traditional patchwork quilts made up of ramie and silk odds’n’ends, folded and stitched down, created with an eye to recycling fabric scraps, look like abstract art tapestry. Usable as window drapesm partition curtains, and tablecloths, however belonging to a long-gone tradition, they may perfectly find their place in today’s avant-garde homes.

- Pebbles, Lacquered and Inlaid with Mother-of-Pearl
The ancient technique of mother-of-pearl inlay applied to state-of-the-art plastic artifacts, such as large roto-cast stones, produces surprisingly unexpected results.

- Paper string Basket, Container and Bowls
The basket, container and bowls made of woven paper demonstrate technical virtuosity, excellent manual ability and relentless patience. Small strips of paper are rolled one by one to form thin strings which later get knotted to create various designs. The craftsman’s fingers work just as deftly as sewing-machine needles. Each woven paper artifact is the outcome of a sleight of expert hands, and bears witness to the rare ability to a legacy handed down to this day and age, in which people seem to have forgotten manual arts and skill.

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