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Departing from Human Necessity to Reach the Ideal Life

Departing from Human Necessity to Reach the Ideal Life

Interviews with Hsu Che-Yu and Kuo Chung-Yuan, Curators of the Craft Pavilion

 

Text by Michelle Kuo
Translated by  Liu I-Ying 


Images courtesy of PLAIN DESIGN

 

The Craft Pavilion

 

As the 2022 edition of the Creative Expo Taiwan moves to Kaohsiung, we expect encounters with a variety of objects on our southbound journey. Have these objects themselves also experienced a journey as well?

 

Such questions popped into the minds of Hsu Che-Yu, Artistic Director of Plain Design Co., Ltd, and Kuo Chung-Yuan, Creative Director of the Midroom Design Co., Ltd, both of who are the curators of the Craft Pavilion this year. In response, they decided to open“The Craft SHOP,” a concept shop with the perspectives of craftsmanship, which enables crafts themselves to narrate the journeys they’ve undergone.  

 

Weaving a Cultural Path to Reach the Ideal Life

Weaving a Cultural Path to Reach the Ideal Life
 

"After discussion, we realized that if there is a starting point for the journey of craftsmanship, it may be the needs of human survival. Deriving from necessity, and extending step by step to material selection, technical development, and design evolution, the journey eventually ends with its arrival at people's ideal life," said Hsu Che-Yu.

 

However, the previous path of human necessity has transformed into that of culture and craftsmanship nowadays; from survival to everyday life is not an easy leap. Craftsmanship does not exist on its own as well, and has to go through the process of cultural refinement. As such, "weaving" has also become a hidden motif in The Craft SHOP this time; through the method of weaving, the knowledge of craftsmanship is exchanged, while a journey of craftsmanship also starts. Visitors are invited to experience the invisible paths intertwined by different people, and finally, weaving together our ideal life.

 
Come Join a Craft Yoga to Experience the Rhythm of Weaving Bodies

Come Join a Craft Yoga to Experience the Rhythm of Weaving Bodies
 

"But from another point of view, weaving is also a physical movement," Kuo Chung-Yuan added, "As a graphic designer, I am not as familiar with craftsmanship as Hsu Che-Yu, but perhaps because of this, I could see craft exhibitions from a different perspective. ” As such, the two interweave the bending movements of craftsmen’s bodies into a craft yoga, inviting people to re-experience the weaving method through their body movements in The Craft SHOP.

 

In addition to the yoga where one can experience craftsmanship, The Craft SHOP also collaborates with interdisciplinary creators to make crafts that constitute the ideal life. For example, local brands "HEY SHENG Creative Inc.,”“Pistacchi Design,”and "Chatzutang,”and the pottery brand "ROUND ROUND," are going to work with different craftsmen and artisan, to express their imagination towards the ideal life. and so on are to be on display in the shop. In addition, the Craft SHOP  will also publish the pictorial The Craft Zine, with its editorial work undertaken by Shen Dai-Hua, the founder of the zine FT Mole, so that everyone can not only see the journeys of craftsmanship in the exhibition, but also read more about craftsmen’s stories on the pictorial. "All are very welcome to go on a round island journey first, enjoy ice at the Formosa Ice Shop, go have drinks at the Matsu Pavilion and get tipsy, before making their final stop at the Craft Pavilion to enjoy window shopping, " Guo Chung-Yuan said.

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